Archive for March, 2012

Stealth Tooth Killers

There are an array of foods and drinks that could be hurting your teeth.  For example, everyone knows that red wine can stain the teeth, but white wine can also damage teeth due to its high acidity.  Try rinsing your mouth with water after drinking white wine or just eat some cheese.  Cheese contains calcium and will help balance out the wine’s acidity.  Lemons also have very high acidity and can eat away tooth enamel, making them weaker over time.    Chewing Ice can literally chip the tooth’s enamel and is not a good habit to have.  Weak enamel can lead to teeth chipping or breaking more easily.  Sports Drinks might be considered healthy but can be very acidic and can lead to tooth erosion.  With more people exercising and using these drinks to hydrate, this type of tooth decay is on the rise.  Try drinking just plain water instead.  Always remember to practice good dental health by brushing, flossing, and using mouthwashes on a daily basis


Vitamin C

Gum disease prevention is closely linked to vitamin C.  Vitamin C is required for the development of collagen, the ground substance between our cells that gives tissues their integrity, and our gums are fragile tissues to begin with, so they need lots of collagen.  Our gums are exposed to an array of nasty bacteria.  Infection and disease in the gums is much more likely if your vitamin C intake is not optimum.  It is very important to take care of your gums, by brushing and flossing on a regular basis and using mouth washes.  A great way to take care of your gums is by increasing your vitamin C intake.  If you experience bleeding gums regularly, consult your dentist.  Bleeding gums can also be a symptom of scurvy.  If you feel like your teeth might be getting longer, that is a sign that you’re gums are receding, and in turn exposing more of your teeth.  Vitamin C can greatly increase the health of your gums.  Consult your dentist if you are concerned about the health of your gums or for more information on preventing gum disease.


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5 Foods that Fight Fatigue

If you feel lethargic or fatigued after you eat, then you’re eating the wrong foods.  The trick is to choose foods that release energy more slowly and give you a gradual boost of long-lasting energy.  The following five foods fit the bill and they’re also easily digested and rich in nutrients.

***Oatmeal- supports digestive health and many medical practitioners and nutritionists encourage eating oatmeal first thing in the morning for instant energy.

***Yogurt- has protein and probiotics.  It’s a great afternoon or pre-workout snack because it gives a quick hit of energy.

***Spinach- is full of nutrients that are essential for battling fatigue and helping our bodies perform at their peak.

***Nuts and Seeds- are packed with high-quality protein and healthy omega-3 fats.

***Beans- are a concentrated source of stable, slow-burning energy due to their unique nutritional composition.
Always remember to make healthy food choices that will give you all the energy you need.



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5 Foods to Eat When Depressed

Many people who suffer symptoms of depression seek comfort from their favorite foods like chocolate, salty chips, or pastries.  But if you really want to boost your mood, try making some different food choices.  Here are five foods that can help you beat your bad mood;
*Omelets- They are full of B vitamins and protein.  Egg yolks are the vitamin- B rich part of the egg, so be sure to include it.
*Nuts and Seeds- are full of magnesium and influence the production of serotonin, a feel- good chemical in the brain.  Magnesium also affects overall energy production.

*Cold- Water Fish- for the omega- 3 fatty acids.  Fish is known as wonderful brain food and has been shown to increase the membrane quality and nerve function in the brain.

*Ancient Grains-are full of complex carbohydrates.  They take longer to digest and don’t cause spikes in blood sugar that can affect moods.

*Green Tea-is a great way to stimulate brain waves, and ideal for an afternoon pickup.
Keep these foods in mind the next time you’re feeling the blues.


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