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Mother’s Day is Sunday, so if you didn’t pick up a gift for mom yet - you still have some time. And if you don't run out to get her something, it looks like you'll be in the minority, since a new poll finds that most people do indeed honor mom on her big day. 

Overall, a new RetailMeNot poll finds that 76% of people plan to buy gifts for mom, which is up 6% from last year. Not surprising, more people plan to buy gifts for mom this year than dad, with only 73% of folks planning to go shopping for pops.

As for how much they're spending, folks are planning to shell out $88 for mom, which is up from $58 last year, with men spending way more than women. In fact, guys plan on spending about $101 on mom, while gals will spend only $74.

So, what exactly should you be spending your money on for mom? Well, the survey finds that 50% of moms would love a nice dinner for Mother’s Day, while 26% want flowers and 26% want a gift card.

Source: Market Watch

There’s a lot of people don’t know much about their teeth, and it’s perfectly normal to ask your dentist questions to make sure you’re doing all that you can to keep them clean and healthy. But there are some people that are so clueless their questions can be truly bizarre and now dentists are spilling the beans on some of their strangest inquiries.

A new survey of UK dentists, which could easily translate here, asked dentists to reveal the most common and uncommon questions they get from patients. Common questions include whether they should be brushing their teeth all and the differences between manual and electric toothbrushes, but it’s the out there ones that have us truly shaking our heads.

Bizarre questions asked of dentists include:

  • Why do I have to brush my teeth when my dog doesn’t have to?
  • Is using a chips packet between my teeth better than floss?
  • What is floss, can I eat it?
  • Is my filling going to melt if I drink hot soup?
  • Will the ulcer in my mouth turn into a flesh-eating disease?
  • Will my gum disease eat my face?
  • Is it OK to only brush my teeth once a week?
  • Can you take one of my teeth from the back and put it in the gap at the front?
  • (In reference to a broken tooth) – Can’t you just paint something on top of it?

Source: The Daily Mail

Now that temperatures are warming up and pollen counts are high, your skin may be affected, too. But nutritionist Kimberly Snyder says you can get a jumpstart on better skin in just a week by eating these natural foods. Here’s what to add to your grocery list for a better complexion.

  • Almonds - Packed with vitamin E, they’re not only a healthy snack, but great for your skin. Snyder calls vitamin E the “skin-beautifying antioxidant” and says it creates smoothness and suppleness.
  • Beets - It’s the powerful antioxidants in beets that help fight signs of aging and keep skin firm and youthful, according to Snyder.
  • Chia Seeds - They’re full of fiber and minerals and they fight free radicals, too. Plus, Snyder says they have the perfect balance of essential fatty acids that give that “glow” we want.
  • Figs - This fruit’s tiny seeds are full of nutrients that help cleanse the digestive tract of toxins and mucus, which she says allows nutrients to get to your skin to enhance your inner glow.
  • Lemons - Snyder advises her clients to start the day with hot lemon water to “detoxify the body by helping your digestive system and liver eliminate waste quickly.”
  • Pineapple - It improves digestion, reduces inflammation, and removes toxins from the body while helping in the production of collagen, so pineapple is a “wonder food” for skin.
  • Spinach - It’s packed with vitamin C, which helps build and maintain collagen.
  • Medjool Dates - These are high in fiber as well as copper, which helps the body absorb iron and form collagen and red blood cells.
  • Sweet Potatoes - Their “magical skin-brightening combination” of Vitamin A and Vitamin C can improve a lackluster complexion.

Source: Vogue

By now most of us have heard that sitting as much as we do is bad for our health. Dr. James Levine even went as far as saying “sitting is the new smoking,” because the human body wasn’t built to sit all day. And to biomechanist, movement advocate, and author of “ Move Your DNA,” Katy Bowman,says the solution is simple - we just need to quit using our couches.

Bowman isn’t actually suggesting that we never sit down again, just that we could work more movement into our day if we re-evaluate how we use our furniture. She advocates using different seated positions on the floor that naturally include movements like squats, lunges, and hip stretches to use muscles more than just sitting on the sofa would.

“Chairs restrict your movement, and we’ve been conditioned to think that they’re the only way to rest our bodies,” Bowman says. “But rather, you can take a seat while still moving the parts of you that hardly ever get moved.”

At her own home, her family uses low tables with floor cushions, small bolster blocks as seats, and standing tables instead of traditional desks with chairs, sofas, and dining tables. But even if you’re not ready to drag the couch to the curb just yet, you can test her idea first. Try watching TV on the floor or sitting on the floor for a picnic-style meal instead of around a table with chairs. And maybe you’ll be ready to go sofa-free too.

Source: MamaMia

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