Archive for December, 2011


Healthy Aging

As we get older, good nutrition plays an increasingly important role in how well we age.  Eating a low salt, low fat diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables, and fiber can actually reduce your age- related risks.  A good diet could reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, osteoporosis, and other chronic diseases.   In your diet be sure to include the following:
*Protein- to help maintain and rebuild muscles.  You can get protein from fish, eggs, low fat meat, and dairy.

*Carbohydrates- which is the body’s preferred source of energy.
*Fats- which also provide energy.  But be careful to avoid trans fats that are found in margarine and many processed foods.

*Water- to replace the water lost from your body through activity.  It is very important to drink plenty of water each day.
All these are great suggestions for a healthy diet, and could help you age well.


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Thumb Sucking

You may be concerned about your child’s thumb-sucking and wonder if it is harmful, at what age your child should stop, or what could happen if your child doesn’t stop.  First off, thumb-sucking is a natural reflex for children.  It serves many purposes; it makes babies feel secure and happy and helps them to learn about their world.  So many children suck their thumbs at night because it is relaxing and helps them fall asleep.  Children should have ceased sucking their thumb by the time the permanent teeth are ready to come in.  Children usually stop between the ages of two and four.   After the permanent teeth come in, thumb-sucking may cause problems with the proper growth of the mouth and alignment of the teeth.  It can also cause changes in the roof of the mouth.  Some aggressive thumb suckers may cause problems with their baby teeth.  If you notice changes in your child’s teeth, consult your dentist.



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