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3 Things To Do In Malaga

Malaga is a briskly contemporary yet historic city that lies in the Province of Malaga, Spain, and is home to one of the major Spanish football clubs. If you’re planning to visit the city this summer, you have an array of beautiful tourist attractions to explore. From world-class museums to national parks to beautiful beaches, Malaga simply has something for everyone!

Getting around Malaga is fairly simple, they have a good public transport system and there’s plenty of places to rent a car. The main train station also has a regular service to all the surrounding areas, so it’s fairly easy to move up and down the coast.

Top things to do in Malaga

1. Visit the Museo Picasso

If you’re a history lover, a visit to Malaga would not be complete if you don’t explore the world famous Museo Picasso. The museum boasts a unique collection of an incredible 204 works, with 155 donated and the remainder loaned by Christine Ruiz-Picasso (the wife of Paul who’s the eldest son of Picasso, after whom the museum is named) and Bernard Ruiz-Picasso (Picasso’s grandson). It includes some stunning paintings of the renowned family, such as a heartfelt Paulo with a white cap (Paulo con gorro blanco), a portrait of Paul which was painted as far back as the 1920s. Make sure to tour the museum’s basement to see Islamic, Renaissance, Phoenician and Roman archaeological remains that were in discovered during the construction of the museum.

2.Explore the Fuente de Piedra Lagoon

Malaga boasts a wide selection of unique national parks which offer visitors pleasant views of the area’s fauna and flora. One such park is the Fuente de Piedra Lagoon which sits 19 Kms to the north of Malaga and is known for its wide variety of bird and being host to Spain’s biggest lagoon ( at 2.5 Km wide). On your tour of the park, you’ll get to see some of the 170 different bird species. The park’s lagoon has abundant aquatic fauna and boasts a huge flamingo population (in fact second after only the French) and is also the only area throughout Europe where the birds breed.

3. Go out swimming at the beach

During the afternoon, consider taking out the whole family to one of the popular beaches in Malaga. One is the Playa de la Malagueta, which sits just 10 minutes from the Paseo Pablo Picasso centre and is 1200 meters long. Boasting an award of the blue flag, the beach is always busy and is filled black sand. There are also restaurants & beach bars nearby where you can take lunch or a quick drink as you enjoy the water.

Another popular beach here is the Playa Las Acacias, which is always filled with sunbathers and swimmers, so make sure you get there early. The sand is grey and very fine, with facilities at the beach some of the best around. The 1200m long & 20m wide beach is divided into numerous sheltered sandy coves by rocky breakwaters.

Making the Right Food Choices on a Fitness Holiday

Finding food during a fitness holiday in an unknown territory can be a daunting experience.

Food carts and food shops are placed closely together, leaving you with the question, “where should I eat?”. What’s worse is that names and menus are often written in their native alphabet. Then you might end up having to meet the local doctor while on your adventure.

So what about fast food? Health enthusiasts should know better that fast food should never be an option. So here’s a list of tips from the Fitness Travel Co.  you may want to keep in mind while you’re on your fitness holiday in another country:

  • Grocery shop – a healthy alternative to eating outside the hotel. Try finding convenient stores that are close to you then stock up on food in the mini fridge. Minimize perishable goods so as not to run the risk of them turning rancid.

  • Eat small portions – Try to minimize your food intake when going in a new country. Your stomach might not be friendly with the local delicacy.

  • Drink lots of water – try to rehydrate as often as you can, so you won’t get fatigue. It also helps in maintaining your cool in your adventure getaway.

  • Fruits and vegetables are always right – wherever you are in the world. Fruits and vegetables are always good for your health. They are high in potassium and fiber for better digestion.

  • Eat plenty of protein – Protein stabilizes your blood sugar, so you won’t miss out on any adventure that may come your way.

  • Avoid too much fat – Too much of anything is bad, fat can make you sluggish and weak. It can also lead to heart burns and stomach cramps.

  • Canned tuna – This is one of the best options you have in eating healthy on an adventure. Tuna is high on iron and potassium to boost up your energy.

What is a Dental Implant?

Dental implants provide both the same functionality and appearance as a natural tooth, and are by far the most natural replacement for any missing teeth

The implant process is fairly simple, and the first step involves your cosmetic dentist surgically attaching a small titanium screw in to your jawbone. Over the course of a couple of weeks the screw will fuse with the jawbone and provide a stable and robust artificial root. This process is called osseo-integration.

Depending on how many teeth you may be missing a crown, bridge or denture will then be affixed to the root. The result is the closest thing you’ll find to your natural tooth. Implants, when properly fitted and maintained, will typically last well over 25 years.

You can see the implant process in the below video.

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Outline of the procedure based on the Glasgow Smile Clinic dental implants page.

Video via Dental FX

Why Dental Implants are the Best Choice for You

Stoke Bishop are one of the leading providers of dental implants in the Bristol area. Here they discuss the benefits of dental implants.

Dental health is a very important aspect of your overall health.  When you have missing or damaged teeth, what are your options?  You may feel less confident in your smile, or just be wary of your dental health.  One great option is dental implants.  What makes them better than other options?  Read on to find out!

 

Benefits of Dental Implants over Other Treatments

 

1.  A great alternative to natural teeth- Dental implants have a very similar look and feel to natural teeth—in fact you won’t feel a difference.  They are strong, and work just as well as natural teeth, that won’t lead to further complications such as increased deterioration and an uncomfortable feel in your mouth.

 

2.  Long lasting- implants are essentially a permanent fix-when properly cared for, they can last a lifetime.  Other treatment options only last about a decade, and that’s with proper care and placement.  Implants are a natural, long lasting choice for dental repairs.

 

3.  Keep your natural look- missing teeth can make a very unnatural look to your face, and even cause facial sagging.  Get back your confidence and your face’s natural look by having dental implants.

 

4.  Protect your existing bones- keeping spaces in your mouth after losing teeth can lead to further health problems in your mouth, including existing bone deterioration.  By getting dental implants, you protect the future of your dental health.  Your jawbone is at risk when you leave these gaps from tooth loss or decay.  Implants promote jawbone strength and growth.

 

5.  Avoid dentures- by having dental implants, you avoid having to resort to dentures.  Keep your teeth in your mouth!  You get to live with all natural looking and feeling teeth with dental implants.

 

6.  No future dental problems- cavities cannot form in dental implants—saving you time and energy that you don’t have to spend at the dentist.  However, it is important to visit your dentist regularly for checkups on your implants, and for regular cleanings.

 

Don’t feel defeated by your missing or decaying teeth— dental implants are a permanent fix that have the look and feel of natural teeth.  Regain your smile and confidence with dental implants, and protect yourself from future dental problems.  Dental implants are a sure way to live a life of confidence and continuous dental health—not only do the restore the natural look of your face, but protect the rest of your dental bones from deterioration.

4 Amazing Natural Pools

Cenote-Ik-Kil-Mexico-Late-afternoon-viewSwimming outside can be a rejuvenating and soothing experience, and a way to reconnect with nature. Sometimes, what nature has created can be far superior to man made efforts, and some of these remarkable outdoor pools are testament to this.

First up is the Mexican cenote of Ik Kil. A cenote is a natural sinkhole that exposes groundwater. They certainly do make for a stunning natural setting, and Ik Kil is no different. It is completely circular, 26 metres below ground but still open to the sky with beautiful vines twining all the way down to the clear blue water which is reached by a rustic staircase carved into the rock. At over 60m in diameter and 40m in depth, make sure you can swim first though before you take the plunge!

Next are the gorgeous Kuang Si Falls in Laos, which offer the perfect escape from the Southeast Asian summer heat. Atop a steep hillside in a national park, they begin in shallow pools which lead on to a 60m cascading waterfall. The numerous enticing blue green pools are formed as the water flows down towards the falls, making for a truly mystical experience.

Perhaps Scotland with its temperamental and often distinctively chilly climate is not the most obvious choice for some outdoor swimming. However, the charmingly named Fairy Pools in Glenbrittle on the Isle of Skye may make you reconsider. Only accessible by foot, the Fairy Pools are a collection of magical little pools and gullies leading on to a waterfall that are well worth the effort.

Refreshingly cold, even in summer, they are an enchanting setting.The aptly but dramatically named Devil’s Pool in south east Africa, really is spectacular. Located at the very top of Victoria Falls, which is double the height of Niagara Falls at 108m, and classed as the largest waterfall in the world, the Devil’s Pool is a naturally occurring rock pool. Between the months of September and December, when the water is at a suitable level, the pool is safe enough for (adventurous/brave) people to swim in, mere inches from the deadly edge. Seemingly dicing with death in the Devil’s Pool makes for an unforgettable swim.

Exotic, exciting and incredible as these pools are, maybe they are not for everyone. For the less adventurous out there, luxury hotels with gyms, spas and of course swimming pools are perhaps a more suitable option. And at least in a hotel you don’t have to worry about freezing water, slimy fish and inclement weather!

What are Dental Veneers?

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Veneer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Gallery, a cosmetic dentist in Milton Keynes, have provided us with this article.

Dental veneers are shells that are customized to cover the front surface of the tooth so as to improve its appearance by changing either its color, shape, length or even size. They are water thin and have the natural tooth color which makes them impossible to notice when bonded to the front of the tooth.

Dental veneers are often made from porcelain or resin composite materials and are sometimes known as porcelain veneers or even dental porcelain laminates. Porcelain veneers however have better stains resisting properties than resin veneers and can reflect light just as the natural teeth. The resin veneers on the other hand have advantage of being thinner hence less of the teeth surface is removed during their placement.

What Problems will Veneers Fix?
Dental veneers can help solve several problems. Discolored teeth for instance can be made to appear as bright as the natural teeth. Other possible problems that can be solved include worn out teeth, chipped or broken teeth, teeth with gaps or those that that are misaligned, uneven and irregularly shaped.

What’s the Procedure Involved in Getting a Dental Veneer?
Getting dental veneer starts from a consultation with the dentist before the veneers can be made and then applied. During the initial consultation, the diagnosis is done and then the best treatment plan is devised. The dentist will then prepare the tooth for veneer which involves removal of about a millimeter of enamel from the targeted tooth. The procedure may require the use of a local anesthesia.

Models for each of the tooth are made and then sent to a dental laboratory for making the veneer. After the veneer is made (which can take up to two weeks), the bonding then follows. This will be preceded by temporal placement of the veneer to the tooth to examine its fitness. The tooth is then cleansed, polished and etched and then some special cement used for final bonding. Before the patient is set free to leave, the dentist will remove any excess cement and carry out final adjustments after evaluating the bitting ability.

What Advantages come with Dental Veneers?
There are several reasons why dental veneers stand out as the better option among many patients. The veneers are stain resistant and help restore the natural teeth color. The gum tissues are also known to tolerate porcelain better than most of other materials. With less shaping involved in the procedure as compared to crowns, dental veneers offers much stronger and better aesthetic alternative.

What Downsides are Associated Dental Veneers?
The process of getting dental veneer is usually irreversible and is also much expensive as compared to other forms of bonding. It is impossible to repair veneers in case they crack or chip. The removal of these veneers also make the teeth much sensitive to hot or cold foods and drinks.

Dental veneer however remains one of the top choices in improving the appearance of the teeth. They may last for up to five years and requires no special care. It is however important to have a discussion with the dentist before resolving to dental veneer.

Cosmetic Surgery Abroad

Cosmetic surgery is more popular than ever, with the lure of smoothing out your imperfections and tweaking a bit here and a bit there often irresistible. And with so many procedures now available for every type of modification imaginable, anybody can achieve the look of their dreams.

That’s not to say it’s cheap though. Cosmetic surgery by highly trained professionals, with comprehensive consultations and after care is obviously going to cost a bit. That is why some people are tempted to seek cheaper surgery overseas.

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There has been a rise in ‘cosmetic surgery tourism’ or ‘surgical holidays’. This means that a company or agency will arrange flights, accommodation and a surgeon for you, with the entire cost being cheaper than having the surgery by itself in the UK.

A holiday that includes your dream modifications sounds too good to be true, and very often it is just that.

There are risks associated with any type of surgery, so treatment abroad can end up being a nightmare. Poor communication, lower healthcare standards and dubious surgeons can lead to unforeseen complications, and perhaps not the end result that you desired.

If you are unhappy with the finished look, then returning to get it sorted out by the original surgeon will be even more complicated, and you could find yourself left in a difficult situation. Whereas in if you have your surgery in the UK, then it is the surgeon’s responsibility to provide adequate after care.

Every year the NHS spends millions of pounds of taxpayer’s money correcting botched foreign surgeries. There is an argument that the patients should pay for this, since it was their decision to scrimp on their surgery in the first place.

When it is a question of your health, you really can’t put a price on it, so often if is best to just bite the bullet and pay the extra for cosmetic surgery at home. If you do decide to save a few pennies and jet off on a surgical holiday, do your homework, and thoroughly research everything!