This time of the year is often the starting point for body and skin regimes to ensure ‘‘beach selfie awesomeness’’, but have you thought about your smile?
Applecross House Dentists principals Dr Ankush and Dr Swati Bajaj say now is the time to prepare and that more options are available than ever before.
‘You don’t have to travel out of town for advanced treatments now,’’ said Ankush.
‘‘Here at Applecross we can whiten your teeth inoffice or with a take-home kit, create ceramic veneers and realign loose dentures.
‘‘Something new we are offering is Aligner orthodontic treatments. These are great for both kids and adults because they cannot be seen as they straighten teeth. If you have been afraid to grin come and talk to us – the smile you have been dreaming of is absolutely possible!’’
Swati also encourages examinations and cleans before the festive season, especially for teens returning home from university or polytech.
‘‘If a check-up and clean is due, or perhaps a tooth is misbehaving, call and make an appointment now. Nothing ruins a great holiday like toothache,’’ she said.
Applecross House is located at 1 Meura St and offers plenty of parking and wheelchair access.
Cash, cheques, eftpos, Visa, Mastercard and Q-Card are accepted.
To make an appointment, call 888 8835. Healthy eating. Not interested? Why give up salted caramel, creme brulee, spicy chorizo or triple-cooked potatoes in duck fat?
Nutrition science has moved on from the 99.9 per cent fat-free, fat-phobic era to a more moderate approach that includes a better understanding of nutrigenomics, or eating according to your genetic blueprint.
There is more than one way to have a healthy diet and there is a personal eating style that can keep you healthy, energetic and feeling great yet still include foods you love. The best news? You can make your eating healthier without really noticing.
Eat what you love
Some foods can elevate our mood by increasing serotonin levels in the brain, such as pasta and bread (comfort carbs); tryptophan-rich dairy milk, yoghurt and cheese; and chocolate, which lights up pleasure centres in the brain more than sex, some say. Accepting that there are no ‘‘bad’’ foods, that it all comes down to how much and how often, helps create a healthy relationship with food.
Eat with all your senses
We eat with our eyes as much as with our nose and tastebuds. Research shows the
You’ve probably heard you need time for your brain to catch up with your stomach.
Sure, you may slow down at a long Sunday lunch but how often do you eat on the run, in the car or ‘‘al desko’’?
Establish a mealtime mantra, such as always sitting down to eat and stick to it.
Make every mouthful count
Avoid skipping meals and going hungry. Blood-sugar levels drop, headaches start, tempers fray and fatigue sets in making us likely to succumb to snacking, lured to the high-fat, low-nutrition contents of biscuits. Eat regular meals.
Plan your meals from the ground up
Plant foods are the true health protectors but they are also a sneaky way to satisfaction. Vegetables, in particular, can plump up the volume of food on your plate, with fewer total kilojoules. Those with high water content, such as leafy greens, zucchini, beans, cucumbers, capsicum, brassicas and mushrooms do this the best.
Drizzle on the good oils
Make the switch from bad fats to good and healthy oils over butter and duck fat that is high in saturated fat.
Go with the grain
Ancient wholegrains offer superior nutrition and improve bowel function, immunity and overall health.
Smile: The team at Applecross House are ready to help you have the best smile possible.