¦ Q. I have several stretch marks, some as a result of weight fluctuation, but mainly due to pregnancy.
Is there anything that can be done to help make these disappear, such as a cream or supplement?
>> Stretch marks will fade over time, but generally are still visible — the actual structure of the skin is changed, and so even when they are faint in appearance the skin will always look and feel slightly different.
It is known that stretch marks appear as a result of rapid growth, hormonal change, and even some medications (particularly steroids such as cortisone).
Fleshier areas, such as the hips, breasts, buttocks, thighs and abdomen, are more prone to stretch marks.
While some specialists believe that actual stretching of the skin is responsible for these marks, others believe it is due to an increase in a hormone called glucocorticoid. Chances are, it is actually a combination of the two.
Rosehip oil, pictured, works to minimise the appearance of stretch marks, and will also help to prevent the development of new ones. Rosehip oil works by regenerating tissue, softening and moisturising skin, and minimising the appearance of scars.
Getting plenty of essential fatty acids through your diet is also important, so it is well worth supplementing with a high quality fish oil, or chia seeds if you prefer to avoid animal sourced EFAs.
¦ For some time I’ve had a strange tingling or feeling on the outer side of my tooth. I have been to the dental hospital and the GP with regard to this and have tried quite a few medications but all to no avail. Could it be a lacking in some vitamin or other?
>> There are a number of potential causes of tingling teeth. The most obvious one is tooth sensitivity, which is often indirectly triggered by stress. The reason stress is a factor is because this generally leads to subconscious physical behaviours such as teeth grinding and jaw clenching.
Underlying nerve problems and gum conditions can play a significant role in tingling sensations of the teeth, however, I imagine that these will have been ruled out during your visits to the dental hospital and GP.
It is useful to remember that the tooth is a living thing — because they are solid rather than fleshy, we tend to forget that they are just as affected by diet and lifestyle choices as any other part of our body. They have a complex internal structure, with a blood supply and nerves, and so our dental health can be managed outside of simply brushing and flossing.
Another important factor to consider is whether or not it is all of your teeth, or just one or two teeth. If it is all of your teeth, then the grinding or clenching possibility is very likely; if the tingling sensation is localised to one or a few teeth, then there may be an abscess, or specific damage, such as an internal crack or a cavity that has reached the nerve.
One of my favourite authorities on all things natural when it comes to dental health is Nadine Artemis from Living Libations (www.livinglibations.com). She has a wealth of information on successful self-dentistry in the form of e-books and online video demonstrations and seminars. Nadine is quick to answer queries, so it is worth getting in touch with her via the contact form on her website. She also creates high quality natural products to treat teeth, which are for sale on her website (based in the US, but they shop worldwide).
Ramiel Nagel at www.curetoothdecay.com is another great information source for dietary suggestions in relation to preventing and repairing dental caries and related concerns. I would take a look at the information provided by both of these authors before considering any supplementation protocol.
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