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What’s Best: Manual Or Electric?

When it comes to choosing between manual and electric products, electric wins hands down, right? Why use your own energy when you can get it from somewhere else? Seldom do we hear of someone rejecting the use of a sewing machine in favor of a good old needle and thread, and does anyone even remember manual typewriters? Likewise, it seems beyond consideration that anyone in their right mind would fan themselves with a piece of paper if a table fan was an option.

Yes, when you consider the choices, it seems electricity is the clear winner, but are there ever times when you’re better off doing it the old fashioned way? After all, we have all heard the saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Let’s take a look at some common hygienic devices: the toothpaste and the razor to determine if we are ever better off doing it ourselves.

Woman brushing teeth

If you ask a child, they’ll go for the electric every time; after all you can’t beat the allure of the Spongebob handle, but, according to the ADA, manual toothbrushes can be just as effective. The key, say experts, is not in what you use, but how you use it. Kimberly Harms, DDS, says, “If you are a wonderful brusher and flosser than manual toothbrushes are just great.” However, she does allow that power devices can be better for those who have trouble physically maneuvering a toothbrush.

The cost of an electrically powered toothbrush can be triple the cost of its manual counterpart. Is it worth it? At 6,000 to 30,000 stroked per minute, it takes less time to do a thorough job with the electric version. However, the action may be a little intense for those with sensitive teeth and users also find the electric version difficult to store.

The Final Word
Braun Oral -B studied more than 16,000 patients after being asked to use a Braun Oral-B powered tooth brush. When asked, dental professionals said that the powered bush had a positive effect on the oral health of over 80% of the patients, with most participants claiming an improvement in the health of their mouths after using the device.

Electric Razors

The Pros
Electric razors are more time efficient; because electric razors force hairs up before cutting them, men don’t have to keep going over the same areas. They are also more portable than their manual counterparts and do not require items such as gels, soaps, shaving cream or even water for use, Electric razors also can be used to shape facial hair more accurately and reduce the probability of cuts, nicks, and ingrown hairs.

The Cons
Electric razors do not shave as closely as manual ones, and those with normal to heavy facial hair may find themselves having to shave more frequently with the electric versions. Electrics take time to get used to, and can lead to painful irritation in the process. The majority of powered razors cannot be used in the shower and are rather noisy.
Electric razors also need more attention when it comes to maintenance. They need to be cleaned ofter and require rechargeable batteries or an electrical outlet. Although the initial cost may be high, electric razors may actually be more cost effective than manual ones in the long run.

Manual Razors

manual razor

The Pros
Manual razors will provide the closest shave, keeping the need for touchups to a minimum. They are extremely easy to use and blades are easily replaced. Manual razors are easy to travel with and easy to keep clean. They are also usually the cheapest shaving option available, although their cost can add up over time.

The Cons
Shaving with a manual razor requires the use of grooming products, like shaving cream and aftershave. This not only necessitates the purchase of additional products, it also makes the shaving process take longer. Another negative aspect to the manual razor is the tendency of the blades to become dull. On the average, the blades of a manual razor need to be replaced every four to five shaves. Using a manual razor often requires join over the same area several times, which can increase the chance of getting nicked or cut, and a painless shave calls for water, making the manual razors the less versatile option.

So what do you think? Man power or electric? Let us know how you weigh in.

Collagen Peptides and Your Body

You know that collagen is necessary for healthy skin and that as you age your natural collagen levels decrease. However, you may not be aware that collagen is also a part of your bones, muscles and organ tissues. Simply stated, your body needs collagen to work effectively. While there are numerous studies on collagen and its effect on your skin, up until recently there were no studies that showed what effect, if any, collagen has on your body composition. A study published in the British Journal of Nutrition examined what effect collagen supplements had on body composition and the results were quite exciting.

Collagen molecule.

Why Your Body Needs Collagen
Collagen is a natural protein that is an essential part of healthy skin, organs and tissue. Nearly one third of the protein content in your body is collagen and it is also found in your bones, muscles and organ tissue. Your body naturally produces collagen, but as you age there is a disruption in collagen production. Women in particular are affected by collagen disruption during ageing because women produce less collagen than men do. Without collagen, your skin loses its firmness and elasticity which results in saggy, wrinkled skin.

The Study
Led by Professor Daniel Konig of the University of Freiburg, a study conducted recently indicates that collagen peptides in addition to resistance exercise may increase muscle mass and strength while decreasing fat mass. The study also suggested that age-related muscle loss was lessened with exercise and certain collagen peptides. Published in the British Journal of Nutrition, the study is the first to examine the effect collagen peptides have on body composition and muscular output. For the study, 53 men, with an age averaging 72, who were experiencing muscle loss (a natural occurrence in the aging process) were recruited for a double-blind placebo controlled study. During the course of the study, half of the men received supplements (BodyBalance collagen peptides) while others were given a placebo pill. All participants engaged in the same resistance training program three times each week for a period of 12 weeks.

The Results
As the study concluded, researchers discovered that collagen peptides increased the benefits of aging men who were experiencing muscle loss. The researchers wrote “[o]ur data demonstrate that compared with placebo, collagen peptide supplementation in combination with resistance training further improved body composition by increasing fat free mass, muscle strength and the loss in fat mass.” When speaking about the study’s focus they noted that “[t]he impact on body composition has not been in the focus, as it is generally believed that the relatively low biological value of collagen would not favor a significant improvement on muscular net protein synthesis. The results of the present investigation do not support this assumption, and the following findings could contribute to further explain the increase in FFM (fat free mass) and strength following collagen protein supplementation…”

Interestingly, this study showed that collagen supplementation was more effective than whey protein at maintaining body weight and balance. While the findings are certainly interesting and encouraging, the researchers suggest that further study in order to determine what the effect of collagen supplementation and resistance training will be among different ages and genders. Additionally, further research is required to determine the most effective dosage levels of collagen supplementation. Although more study is necessary, the results of this finding are encouraging for those wishing to increase muscle strength during the aging process, as well as those looking to decrease fat mass and maintain a healthy weight.