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Get a Jumpstart on the Day With Caffeinated Toothpaste

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For many people, coffee is a morning must. If the caffeine from your java just isn't enough, though, you can now get an extra fix while brushing your teeth.

Power Toothpaste is infused with caffeine to perk you up while you're brushing. The product promises to get rid of morning grogginess and, unlike coffee, the paste reportedly takes effect almost immediately. Each tube looks small, but the makers say it has up to 90 brushes if you use about a pea-sized portion (each of which has about 80 mg of caffeine). It has no fluoride to avoid having to be pre-approved by the FDA, but they follow the regulations and the ingredients are not harmful to your teeth. The consistency and taste is—according to Motherboard—"decent."

While the toothpaste perks the user up immediately, it does not last as long as coffee. Power Toothpaste is meant as a quick jolt in the morning instead of something to get you through the day, but it also has a bit of an ulterior motive. Inventor Dan Meropol created the product to help promote better oral hygiene. He hopes to make brushing teeth more fun and rewarding with the help of caffeine. The Indiegogo page explains: 

Traditional oral care products are boring. For most people, oral care is a chore, something they do because they feel they have to. And 50% of Americans don't brush twice a day. Our mission is to turn oral care into something people can get excited about. Brushing your teeth should be an indispensable part of your morning routine.

You can pre-order Power Toothpaste here

[h/t: Neatorama]

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Beyond the Label: How to Pick the Right Medicines For Your Cold and Flu Symptoms
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The average household spends an annual total of $338 on various over-the-counter medicines, with consumers making around 26 pharmacy runs each year, according to 2015 data from the Consumer Healthcare Products Association. To save cash and minimize effort (here's why you'd rather be sleeping), the Cleveland Clinic recommends avoiding certain cold and flu products, and selecting products containing specific active ingredients.

Since medicine labels can be confusing (lots of people likely can’t remember—let alone spell—words like cetirizine, benzocaine, or dextromethorphan), the famous hospital created an interactive infographic to help patients select the right product for them. Click on your symptom, and you’ll see ingredients that have been clinically proven to relieve runny or stuffy noses, fevers, aches, and coughs. Since every medicine is different, you’ll also receive safety tips regarding dosage levels, side effects, and the average duration of effectiveness.

Next time you get sick, keep an eye out for these suggested elements while comparing products at the pharmacy. In the meantime, a few pro tips: To avoid annoying side effects, steer clear of multi-symptom products if you think just one ingredient will do it for you. And while you’re at it, avoid nasal sprays with phenylephrine and cough syrups with guaifenesin, as experts say they may not actually work. Cold and flu season is always annoying—but it shouldn’t be expensive to boot.

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Why You Might Not Want to Order Tea or Coffee On Your Next Flight
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A cup of tea or coffee at 40,000 feet may sound like a great way to give yourself an extra energy boost during a tiring trip, but it might be healthier to nap away your fatigue—or at least wait until hitting ground to indulge in a caffeine fix. Because, in addition to being tepid and watery, plane brew could be teeming with germs and other harmful life forms, according to Business Insider.

Multiple studies and investigations have taken a closer look at airplane tap water, and the results aren’t pretty—or appetizing. In 2002, The Wall Street Journal conducted a study that looked at water samples taken from 14 different flights from 10 different airlines. Reporters discovered “a long list of microscopic life you don’t want to drink, from Salmonella and Staphylococcus to tiny insect eggs," they wrote.

And they added, "Worse, contamination was the rule, not the exception: Almost all of the bacteria levels were tens, sometimes hundreds, of times above U.S. government limits."

A 2004 study by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found that water supplies on 15 percent of 327 national and international commercial aircrafts were contaminated to varying degrees [PDF]. This all led up to the 2011 Aircraft Drinking Water Rule, an EPA initiative to make airlines clean up. But in 2013, an NBC investigation found that at least one out of every 10 commercial U.S. airplanes still had issues with water contamination.

Find out how airplane water gets so gross, and why turning water into coffee or tea isn’t enough to kill residual germs by watching Business Insider’s video below.

[h/t Business Insider]

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