Skin Is In

We all know that citrus fruits are loaded with Vitamin C, which is essential for the growth and repair of tissues throughout our bodies. They are also natural diuretics that help the body eliminate toxins and promote healthy function of the liver, kidneys, and the digestive tract. But did you know that researchers have  identified over 60 unique types of flavonoids in citrus fruits that exhibit antioxidant properties, with the highest concentrations found in the peel? In fact, gram for gram, citrus peels contain higher levels of minerals, vitamins, and dietary fiber than the actual fruit. According to the USDA, one tablespoon of lemon peel has twice the Vitamin C and triple the fiber than a lemon wedge without the peel. In February, a researcher at the University of Massachusetts Amherst received a $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study how polymethoxyflavones, a unique class of flavonoids found in lemons and oranges, can prevent and treat inflammation in the colon and such associated diseases as irritable bowel disease and colorectal cancer. To get the benefits of these appealing fruits, chop, zest, or grate the peel into baked goods, savory sauces or your next smoothie.


Word Of Mouth

On April 5th, Dentistry at Bridlewood will hold their 10th annual Free Dental Event from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 7555 SW State Road 200 in Ocala. They will offer the choice of one free cleaning, filling, or extraction per patient on a first-come, first-serve basis. You must be 18 years or older to qualify for services. The first 300 patients are guaranteed to be seen. The practice is celebrating 30 years of business and explains, “This is the day that we give back to a community that has been so wonderful to us.” Call (352) 873-2000 or visit for more information.


Bug Out

Much like snowbirds, fleas are attracted to warmer climates. So as things to start to heat up, it’s a good time to start thinking about treating your furry friend against these pesky creatures. “Here in the warm Florida climate, fleas and ticks thrive. This means that our dogs and cats need protection from these pests even more than animals living in other areas,” explains Magnolia Animal Hospital. While there are a variety of options available, from collars to topical treatments, it’s best to consult your vet for the right option. Many organizations discourage flea collars as they can contain substances that may be harmful to your pet’s health and could cause an allergic reaction. While there are no oral medications for ticks, there are oral medications for fleas. A good practice, as temperatures rise, is to wash your pet’s bedding once a week, bathe your pet regularly, and use a flea comb to check for any unwanted hitchhikers.


Lip Service

Want to know the secret to Jessica Alba’s perfect pout? She recommends that you exfoliate your lips before an evening out. Yup, that’s right…exfoliate your lips. She’s even posted a recipe for a DIY lip scrub made with brown sugar, organic honey, and organic coconut oil on her Honest Company blog. Not a “make your own” kind of gal? Don’t worry, she’s got a quick beauty hack for you, using her Honest Healing Balm.

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