Stop Letting Bad Excuses Destroy Your Health

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By Katherine Smith

healthywordsThere are all kinds of reasons we give for why we settle for an unhealthy lifestyle. Here’s the thing: They’re all bad. Granted, healthy living is not as easy for some as it is for others. But it is absolutely essential for all.

Consider some of the reasons we give for not sticking to a healthy diet:

• Healthy food is more expensive

• Healthy choices are harder to find

• Healthy eating requires a lot of cooking

These all seem like excellent reasons until we end up with some kind of life-threatening disease which requires a drastic dietary change. Suddenly, the budget opens up for healthy eating. We discover where to find those healthier choices. And cooking becomes much less of a chore than it once was.

The same kind of thing is at play when it comes to proper exercise. We are convinced that our bad excuses are actually good reasons. Here are three of the most popular excuses, why they’re bad, and how you can overcome them:

I Can’t Afford It

Who said you need money to get fit? You can strap on the pair of running shoes you already have in your closet and hit the road to physical fitness before you are done reading this paragraph.

Spending money to achieve higher levels of fitness is always optional. But if you select one of the many options, such as a Fitness 19 gym, you will find plenty of affordable plans that cater to entire families.

You can spend as much or as little as you want. You can choose to take classes from professional instructors, or enjoy a more free-form use of facilities.

We tend to spend money on the things we consider important. If your life depended on a gym membership, you would find the money. It is just a matter of convincing yourself that your health is a budgetary priority. If a loved one were in your condition, you would find a way to pay for their treatment. You only need to love yourself equally as much.

Pain Is Holding Me Back

Regardless of your level of health, good exercise causes a certain amount of discomfort. This is especially true for muscle building. But not all exercise is about muscle building. No pain, no gain may be motivational to a certain type of Neanderthal. But it is scientific nonsense. Exercise doesn’t have to hurt.

Lifehacker points out…..

“This myth has been debunked by doctors, physical therapists, and researchers of all stripes, but it still persists because most people conflate the idea of pushing themselves to work out harder with pain.”

The desire to, and enjoyment of hurting one’s self is called masochism. It is a mental illness, not a useful, athletic trait. If exercise moves from challenging to painful, see your doctor. And get better exercises to do.

Exercise need not be at the level of a professional athlete to be useful. Expecting pain from exercise is the product of bad high-school coaching. Take your favorite NSAID such as Advil, and do the level of exercise you can achieve that does not include pain.

I Don’t Have Time

This is always the trump card that is supposed to end the discussion. It is also the worst of the bunch. You may think that a good exercise regimen takes a lot of time. But the Mayo Clinic begs to differ.

They say it takes about 75 minutes a week of vigorous exercise. That is less than 11 minutes a day. Strength training will cost you two sessions a week with no specific time limit. Whatever you can spare is fine.

How do you find the time? Set your alarm to go off eleven minutes earlier. Take one less detour to Starbucks. Split it up with two minutes here, three there, and so on.

At the end of the day, finding eleven minutes, or eleven dollars, or eleven pain-free exercises is not the problem, and never has been. It is always ever about prioritizing your health. It is either important to you, or it isn’t. Don’t let past failures stand in the way. One saying we all learned as children applies doubly as adults: If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.

Snoring: Bad For Relationships, Bad For Health

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snoringIn today’s world, a good night’s sleep has become especially valuable, and increasingly difficult to get. Snoring and sleep apnea (a medical problem where the airway collapses during sleep and breathing stops) robs people and their bed partners of the rest they need to face their daily challenges.

Up to 45% of the population snores and 20 million people in the United States alone have sleep apnea. Of these, only 10% have been diagnosed and treated; and of those treated, many cannot tolerate their prescribed medical device known as CPAP (continuous positive air pressure supplied through a nasal mask) – which supports the airway during sleep.

Small, comfortable, dental mouthpieces that hold the lower jaw in a forward position have been proven to support the airway to prevent collapse, and have been approved as a primary treatment in mild to moderate sleep apnea – and, as an alternative to, or in conjunction with CPAP when needed. This treatment is called oral appliance therapy (OAT).

Snoring Isn’t Sexy® was formed to alert the public of the medical dangers and social hazards of snoring and sleep apnea, and to connect snorers and sleep apnea sufferers with a specially trained dentist in their area who can provide oral appliance therapy.

Amanda Juarez DDS, a Snoring Isn’t Sexy dentist in Houston, TX provides this treatment for snoring and sleep apnea patients. Dr. Amanda Juarez has been providing expert dental care for decades. Dr. Juarez is a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and of the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain. She is also a longtime member of the American Academy of General Dentistry, Texas Dental Association, Greater Houston Dental Society, and the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals.

Dr. Juarez received her Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M in 1996 and in 2001 was awarded her Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

By applying the highest protocols and latest technology of dentistry, and by always placing the welfare of patients first, her practice has functioned as a vital leader in the advancement of modern dentistry in the Houston area.

“I am fortunate to be in a profession where I can make such a positive impact on people’s lives. When a patient tells me that I helped save their marriage, helped save their life, or gave them the confidence to achieve new goals, I realize I am so privileged to be doing something so special,” says Dr. Juarez.

About Snoring Isn’t Sexy
Snoring Isn’t Sexy, a unique public awareness resource that seeks to educate the general public about sleep disordered breathing, provides up to date information about sleep apnea and the variety of treatment options available. Snoring isn’t Sexy is committed to the welfare of patients who use our services to find a dentist who provides oral appliance therapy for obstructive sleep apnea. The dentists associated with Snoring Isn’t Sexy dentists adhere to the protocols of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and believe in a team approach to treating patients.

More information about snoring, sleep apnea and Dr. Juarez can be found at his website at http://www.snoringisntsexy.com/sleep-dentist/amanda-juarez-dds/index.

Snoring Isn’t Sexy® consists of independently owned and operated affiliated offices. Visit http://www.SnoringIsntSexy.com for a directory of all participating dentists.

– Courtesy of PRWeb

Is Mouth Breathing Bad For Your Teeth?

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dentistChange in weather sets in various allergies and can be a period of discomfort and turbulence for many. The blossoms and pollen can cause stuffy noses and leads to the common habit of breathing with the mouth.

A dentist is the most qualified person to detect signs of mouth breathing in a patient. And as a result they can suggest the best solution for it too. The allergies cause an obstruction in the upper air passage forcing the patient to breathe from the mouth. Almost all families have an individual or so suffering from it. Most patients pay a visit to the dentist once every six months and hence that opportunity can be used to discuss the problem with the dentist. Let’s take a look at the disadvantages of breathing with the mouth.

1. Damage to children
Children, who are not treated for breathing from mouth timely, suffer from abnormal development of the face and teeth. They are generally seen with narrow mouth and faces. They have smiles that look gummy and suffer from crooked teeth and gingivitis. Since they do not sleep well it eventually also effects their academic growth and overall health. Such children are often wrongly diagnosed with lack of attention and being hyperactive. Mouth breathing also affects the overall intake of oxygen in the blood and can lead to serious diseases like blood pressure, problems of the heart and amnesia.

2. Early symptoms
It is critical that the condition is caught at an early stage for the treatment to start on time. On every visit to the dentist there should be check for any swollen tonsils and symptoms of erratic breathing. If any swelling of the tonsils or adenoids is found, then they should be removed by an ENT specialist. If it is found that the face and mouth are narrow then the dentist should suggest appliances that help in expansion of the nasal and sinus passages. Most patients show a significant improvement in energy levels, behavior and academic performance after surgical intervention. It defiantly improves the quality of living of the patient.

3. Breathing from the Nose
doctorThe most important scientific reason for breathing from the nose is a gas called nitric oxide. Production of this gas is only possible when the air passes through the nose and the sinus membranes. This gas in small quantities enhances the ability of the lungs to absorb oxygen. Nitric oxide is also deadly to bacteria and other viruses and prevents them from entering the human body. Hence, inhaling from the nose is very important for the well being of the body.

4. Smell and Taste
Our smell and taste buds are also directly linked to the breathing from the nose. If the nose is blocked or not inhaling properly, then the sense of smell will also not work to its full potential. Similarly, the sense of taste will also suffer, leading to loss of appetite and other weight problems. The nose is also neurologically connected to the lungs and heart. If the patient is not breathing well it can directly alter the pressure on the heart and increase the response to stress. The nose generates 2 pints of mucous on a daily basis. If the nose is not working correctly then it will lead to the accumulation of this mucous, which can lead to infections of the ear and sinus.

– Clara Carol is practicing dentist in Brooklyn, New York. She loves to write when finds time she has written various articles pertaining to dental hygiene and overall health for various online health blogs and e-magazines.

Talking To Your Kids When Bad Things Happen – Part 2

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By Mary Jo Rapini, MEd, LPC

Continued from part 1 of this article…..

familyrunning* As much as possible, stay on your routine at home. This will give your child stability and reduce anxiety.

* This is an excellent time to set up an emergency plan in your own home. Go through what you each will do if there is an emergency. This empowers children and helps them feel more in control. Remind them of a time something happened and what they did to help. Also remind them of how proud you were of them.

* Take extra time at night to read stories, watch movies, or say prayers. This helps kids feel safer and it is also a time when questions come up that parents can use to help understand how their child is processing the tragedies.

* This is a good time to bring your spiritual beliefs to the forefront. Things such as having a mass said, lighting a candle, or planting a tree for the people who lost their lives is important. It helps your child see that no matter what happens people do care and they do remember. Spirituality is also important because it gives us strength beyond our human capacity.

* Listen to your children. Children’s brains work differently than adults, and by careful listening you can better ascertain where your child is having a difficult time with the recent events.

* Grieving with your child will help them heal. Children grieve much differently than adults. Their time frame isn’t the same as ours. They may be playing and jumping around one minute, and sitting alone by a tree the next. Grieving in children isn’t normal for adults to witness and we want to cheer them up. This is a time to acknowledge when they are sad and then brainstorm with them what they can do (with your help) to feel better. Always identify with trying to do something good with your child for others.

When bad things happen the greatest source of encouragement comes from mom and dad and family.

I find comfort in what Mr. Rodgers’ mother use to tell him when tragedy struck. She would say, “Look for the helpers. There are always more helpers than bad people.” I see this acted out in truth all of the time, in situation after situation. Good in the world must always be more powerful than bad; we all need that right now.

– Mary Jo Rapini, MEd, LPC, is a licensed psychotherapist and co-author with Janine J. Sherman, of Start Talking: A Girl’s Guide for You and Your Mom About Health, Sex or Whatever. Read more about the book at www.StartTalkingBook.com and more about Rapini at www.maryjorapini.com.

Talking To Your Kids When Bad Things Happen – Part 1

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By Mary Jo Rapini, MEd, LPC

familywalk2With the recent happenings in Texas, we, as parents, are faced with the question of how do we talk to our children about what happened, and then help them feel safe and reassured that it won’t happen to them?

This is one of those issues that parents find so difficult. Every parent I know wants their child to be safe in their environment and when something such as a shooting occurs the parents have little control. Beyond our comprehension is the fact that when random violence happens no one has control. When someone wants to kill, and is prepared to die themselves then the best anyone can do is to protect themselves from the mad man’s rage.

Spring is a busy time of the year, but taking time to help your child process this now will help prevent them suffering emotionally in the future. If you consider this as a process and let it unfold rather than force the conversation, your child will be able to understand or at least feel less fear from it happening to them as time goes on. As a parent your immediate concern is with the safety of your child, and having a plan or something you can do will help both you and your child feel better.

I have suggestions below that will help you help your child. If you notice your child being anxious and fearful for more than two weeks consistently, it will be helpful to talk to your pediatrician and perhaps a counselor.

* Parents are a barometer for their children, and children are skilled with reading their parent’s emotions. So, before you talk to your children, make sure you know how you feel about what happened, and if you are anxious or not ready to help your child feel secure, delay talking with them about it

* Don’t mention the trauma part to your children and don’t assume what they are afraid of. Rather, ask them specifically so you won’t introduce another possible fear. If they mention they are afraid that something bad may happen to them, validate that by saying it’s natural to feel that way, but also tell them you are going to do everything you can to keep them safe.

* Limit the news in your home regarding the tragedies. Children don’t understand the replays and they may be at the level of thinking each time they view the incident that it is happening again. The visual parts as well as the audio accounts of the recent tragedies once seen and heard may create anxiety, nightmares, and depression in children.

Stay tuned for part 2 of this article shortly…..

– Mary Jo Rapini, MEd, LPC, is a licensed psychotherapist and co-author with Janine J. Sherman, of Start Talking: A Girl’s Guide for You and Your Mom About Health, Sex or Whatever. Read more about the book at www.StartTalkingBook.com and more about Rapini at www.maryjorapini.com.

10 Bad Habits To Break In 2014 To Boost Fertility

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Dr. Edward Marut of Fertility Centers of Illinois shares tips to help couples conceive.

babyIf you’re hoping to have a baby in 2014, there a few bad habits that you’ll want to break. These changes will not only improve your health, but also give you a fertility boost.

“For couples trying to conceive, making some changes for the New Year can have a huge impact,” explains Dr. Edward Marut, Medical Director with Fertility Centers of Illinois. “Quitting smoking or cutting down on coffee, and getting more sleep can be the difference between trying to have a baby and becoming pregnant.”

Break these 10 bad habits in 2014 to supercharge conception efforts:

1. Stressing About Timing

Temperature charts and home ovulation kits add nothing if you are having intercourse two to four times per week. If you have regular periods, your fertile zone is Days 12-16. If your cycles are irregular, see a reproductive endocrinologist and relieve yourself of the stress and confusion that comes with home testing.

2. Ignoring your BMI Number

Body Mass Index is a number that is calculated using a person’s height and weight, and is used as an indicator of obesity and weight issues. Extra weight causes hormonal shifts that can affect ovulation and semen production, and can also make achieving a pregnancy more difficult. Conversely, being underweight can cause irregular or absent periods. The ideal Body Mass Index (BMI) falls in the 20-25 range. The CDC provides a BMI calculator to help assess your BMI number. The positive news: losing as little as 5-10 percent of body weight can significantly improve fertility potential in overweight patients. Also, being a little overweight is better than being underweight.

3. Eating Junk Food

If you’re putting junk in your body, you aren’t getting the nutrition you need. Limit or cut out processed foods, sweets, and saturated fats. Make meals that include fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins, and don’t overdo carbohydrates. Too many carbohydrates can lead to the production of ovarian hormones, which can interfere with ovulation and cause harm to women with PCOS. At the same time, don’t punish yourself if you have a craving. A little bit of fun food never hurts, and may relieve the urge to feast on guilty pleasures.

4. Avoiding a Doctor Appointment

If you’ve been trying for a year and you’re under 35, or if you’ve been trying for six months and you’re over 35 and have not yet achieved a pregnancy, it’s time to talk to a specialist. Knowledge is power, and there may be simple changes you can make to help achieve conception. A consultation and basic fertility evaluation is an affordable way to get a snapshot of fertility potential. If you are under 35, having basic testing done which returns normal results may allow for a few more cycles of trying without pursuing treatment.

nosmoking5. Lighting Up That Cigarette

We all know smoking is unhealthy, but there are numbers to prove it. A report by the British Medical Association showed that smokers may have up to a 10-40% lower monthly fecundity (fertility) rate. The American Society for Reproductive Medicine has estimated that up to 13% of infertility may be caused by tobacco use. Smoking as few as five cigarettes per day has been associated with lower fertility rates in males and females. Smoking, whether tobacco or marijuana, is also associated with miscarriages, ectopic pregnancies, pregnancy complications and stillborn births – even if it’s the male partner doing the smoking.

6. Going Big at Starbucks

Even though up to two cups of coffee have been shown to be safe in pregnancy, exceeding that when trying to conceive may be counterproductive. One study showed that “women who consumed more than the equivalent of one cup of coffee per day were half as likely to become pregnant, per cycle, as women who drank less.” Better to use decaffeinated or half-caffeinated coffee, and remember there is caffeine in tea, cola and chocolate.

7. Using Water-Based Lubricant

If you’re trying to conceive, water-based lubricant may be working against your efforts. Water-based lubricants such as Astroglide and KY Jelly may inhibit sperm movement by 60-100 percent within 60 minutes of intercourse. The swimmers can’t win the race and reach the prize if they can’t move. Opt for natural oils, oil-based lubricants or even cooking oil, but be sure to keep any potential allergies in mind. If you’re allergic to peanuts, then peanut oil may not be for you. Pre-Seed lubricant is a commercial product that may even enhance motility (movement) of sperm.

8. “Catching Up” On Sleep

If you aren’t getting the sleep you need per night, no amount of “catch up” can make up for lost rest. Research shows that the hormone leptin, which has a critical role in female fertility, is reduced when the body is deprived of sleep. Rest for at least seven hours per night, and be aware of your body’s needs.

9. Not Seeking Support

A study concluded that women with infertility felt as anxious and depressed as those diagnosed with cancer, hypertension, or recovering from a heart attack. If you’re concerned about your fertility, don’t walk the path alone. Talk to your partner, see a counselor (with your partner or alone), and find a support group or forum where you can speak with others who can relate. One in six couples experiences difficulty when trying to conceive – the odds are that someone you know is feeling the same way you are.

10. “Saving Up” for Ovulation

There is no need to “save up” sperm for sex during ovulation, or have intercourse multiple times per day leading up to ovulation. Don’t let trying to conceive interfere with a pleasurable sex life. Aim to have sex two to four times per week when it feels right.

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– Courtesy of PRWeb

High Fiber Diet Good Or Bad?

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By Dr. Michael Wald

saladplateWe have all heard that eating a high fiber diet is a healthy thing. Is it? There are two main types of fiber, soluble and insoluble. Nutritionists and doctors alike are doing away with these terms because most foods have combinations of both types of fiber. Soluble fiber is the type of fiber that dissolves when mixed with water. Insoluble fiber when mixed with water does not dissolve.

Each of these types of fibers has some similar and very different potential effects on the human body. Insoluble fiber tends to lower cholesterol. Various types of fibers are found in all variety of fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds. An individual should never supplement fiber without the help of a trained clinical nutritionist because fiber may interfere negatively with many nutritional supplements, reducing their absorption. Furthermore, fiber may adversely interfere with medications, reducing their intended affects.

However, I believe that fiber is generally safe, not to mention that prescription medications and the pro’s of eating a high fiber diet far outweigh the con’s. Increasing fiber in one’s diet can have the favorable effect of quickening detoxification in the body, particularly the colon. Fiber increases the numbers of beneficial bacteria in the body, increases one’s endogenous or in-body production of B vitamins and vitamin K, helps the colon produce anti-cancer elements, including, but not limited to, butyrate and caprylic acid. Healthy intestinal flora, namely lactobacillus acidophils, bifidus and other “healthy bugs” require fibers as a fuel source.

– Dr. Michael Wald, aka The Blood Detective, is the director of nutritional services at Integrated Medicine of Mount Kisco, located in Westchester New York. He has appeared on ABC World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer, Channel 11 PIX, Channel 12 News, CNN, The Food Network and other media outlets. Dr. Wald earned the name Blood Detective for his reputation to find problems that are often missed by other doctors. He earned an MD degree, is a doctor of chiropractic and a certified dietician-nutritionist. He is also double-board certified in nutrition. He has published over a dozen books with three additional titles due for release late 2013 including: Frankenfoods – Genetically Modified Foods: Controversies, Lies & Your Health and Gluten-A-Holic: How to Live Gluten Free and the Blood Detective’s Longevity Secrets. Dr. Wald can be reached at: www.intmedny.com or www.blooddetective.com or by calling: 914-242-8844.

Simple Steps To Curb Bad Health Habits

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By Dr. Mario Pary

obeseboyvectorbellyChildhood obesity is verging on an epidemic in the United States. According to the American Heart Association (AMA), one in three children or teens is considered obese or overweight. When compared to numbers from the early 1960s, the rate has nearly tripled. If your child is on the wrong side of these statistics, they could be at risk for some serious health problems – both now and later on in life. High blood pressure, increased levels of cholesterol, and type two diabetes are all heavily correlated with this condition, according to the AMA. Depression, low self-esteem, and a negative body image are not as tangible, but still very serious factors that can arise from being obese.

To avert these potential issues and get back on the right track, there are several things your children can do to move towards a healthier lifestyle. However, this process isn’t just about them. As the parental figure your actions and guidance helped cause this situation. Those same factors can just as easily change the standards and the environment, creating a healthy and sustainable future for your children.

Limit Access to Unhealthy Offerings

Proximity to unhealthy foods plays a big role in the process. If your house is loaded with sweets, fried foods, and other high-calorie offerings, it is unrealistic to assume that your child has the willpower and foresight to police their own eating habits. As the parent, you can negate this issue at its source. When grocery shopping, avoid purchasing these items and place an emphasis on fresh foods and healthy snacks. Doing so can avert bad decision-making and allow your child to develop better eating habits. If you want to have treats for special occasions, that is also fine. Just make sure to keep them separated and designated as such.

Make Exercise Fun

kidsexercisevectorAnother major problem facing children is the fact that exercise isn’t always as fun as playing with toys, video games, or watching TV. Unfortunately, most parents simply concede defeat and allow these sources of entertainment to rule their kid’s free time. If you want to switch up this standard, incorporate fun and healthy activities into a daily routine. Playing sports, like soccer and basketball, with other children, as well as taking trips to the beach or a nature trail, can be a great way to exercise while also keeping your child interested. Evaluate their interests and try to build some outdoor activities around these subjects to keep them excited and engaged.

A Healthy Family

Perhaps the most important change in your child’s health starts with helping yourself. If you are overweight or obese, think of the example you have set. If you are not satisfied with this standard, shifting your priorities and getting healthy by following many of the same concepts listed above can create a shift across the entire family. Eating healthy and exercising together is a great way to stay motivated and active. This process can also promote strengthened bonds and relationships among members of your family, leading to better emotional health as well.

– Dr. Mario Pary is a dentist in Shreveport, LA who focuses on providing patients with the best possible dental care. In his free time, he writes dentistry related articles and publications to educate people on how to maintain a healthier mouth.

Tips: How To Cure Bad Breath

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By Stephen Roshy

malesmileBad breath which is also called halitosis is an embarrassing problem that numerous people are facing nowadays, but an important thing is that those people who are experiencing it don’t know about it, until someone tells them. In this article, we have discussed seven useful tips that will help you to cure bad breath. Here they are:

1. Daily Brush and Floss Your Teeth:

The first thing you have got to do to get rid of bad breath is to properly brush your pearly whites twice a day. You should also floss your teeth as small particles of foods can get stuck between your pearly whites, and produce an unpleasant odor, when they start decaying. Flossing is the best way to keep your inhalation fresh, and it also washes the plaque from your pearly whites.

2. Cleanse Your Tongue and the Roof of Your Mouth:

Numerous people forget to clean the tongue and the roof of the mouth while brushing their teeth which can be a hiding area for odor-causing bacteria and particles of food which are left in the mouth after eating. Utilize a tongue cleaner to scrape your tongue, and also clean the roof of your jaws to eliminate halitosis.

3. Get Your Teeth Cleaned By a Dentist:

Cleaning teeth by yourself is distinct from getting it cleaned by a dentist. If you want to get rid of halitosis quickly, then you should visit your dentist, because dentists have good tools through which they can properly clean your pearly whites which you can’t do at home.

4. Be Aware of Some Foods:

Some foods you eat can affect your inhalation. For instance, onions and garlic can cause a terrible ador when you eat them. So, if you want to get rid of bad breath, you should stop eating such types of foods.

5. Use Saliva to Get Rid of Bad Breath:

A dry mouth is a big reason of bad breath. Saliva can assist you in washing away the foodstuff particles in your jaws. Chewing sugarless gums and drinking a lot of water can aid you in producing more saliva. A dry mouth is a normally a side- effect of numerous pills. If you think that you a have dry mouth, then you should visit your dentist.

6. Drink a Lot of Water Daily:

watercupThis is a simple thing that you can do to eliminate bad breath. Drinking plenty of water will wash away the bacteria in your mouth, and also decrease the chances of having an unpleasant breath. You should also stop drinking caffeine-containing beverages that can dry your mouth.

7. Stop Smoking:

Even if you have been smoking for many years, you can still discover some good methods to get rid of this habit that just gives you unpleasant smelling breath, yellow teeth and also put your wellbeing in danger. It might be hard for you to avoid this habit, but if you find some good experts, they will definitely help you to overcome this addiction.

In short, a proper oral hygiene can assist you in keeping your mouth and teeth clean and inhalation fresh. I am sure, if you follow the aforementioned tips, you will definitely be able to get rid of bad breath and get healthy teeth too.

– As a freelance blogger Stephen often writes on Oral Health and Dentistry. He works with iv-sedation.org

50 Reasons Why Sugar Is Bad

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By Dr. Michael Wald

http://yourhealthjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/kickhabit.jpg1. Sugar can suppress the immune system

2. Sugar off sets the mineral balance within the body

3. Sugar increases inflammation

4. Sugar lowers cellular and humeral immunity

5. Sugar can cause heart and vessel disease

6. Sugar can cause diabetes

7. Sugar can cause fatigue

8. Sugar can worsen infections

9. Sugar increases fasting glucose levels

10. Sugar can cause tooth decay

11. Sugar contributes to obesity

12. Sugar causes copper deficiency

13. Sugars reduces HDL

14. Sugar can cause Heart Disease

15. Sugar can elevate LDL (bad cholesterol)

16. Sugar can cause depression

17. Sugar feeds cancer

18. Sugar can exacerbate premenstrual syndrome

19. Sugar causes varicose veins

20. Sugar can contribute to acne

21. Sugar may contribute to memory loss

22. Sugar causes loss of nutrition through the urine including chromium and magnesium

23. Sugar suppresses the release of HGH (Human Growth Hormone)

24. Sugar can increase the aging process

25 Sugar raises insulin levels and insulin resistance

26. Sugar increases triglyceride levels in the blood

27. Sugar can cause hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia

28. Sugar can contribute to anxiety

29. Sugar can contribute to the cause of multiple sclerosis

30. Sugar contributes to saliva and blood acidity

31. Sugar can increase cholesterol

32. Sugar can contribute to ADHD in children

33. Sugar can impair absorption of protein

34. Sugar can perpetuate insulin resistance

35. Sugar can cause drowsiness

36. Sugar contributes to food allergies

37. Sugar causes eczema

38. Sugar can impair the structure of DNA in children

39. Sugar can cause atherosclerosis

40. Sugar lowers enzyme function

41. Sugar causes constipation

42. Too much sugar affects sex hormones

43. Sugar causes acid reflux

44. Sugar may contribute to high blood pressure

45. Sugar causes migraines

46. Sugar causes atrophy of the muscle

47. Sugar decreases healing time

48. Sugar contributes to the cause of metabolic syndrome

49. Sugar causes chronic fatigue

50. Sugar can contribute to Alzheimer’s disease

– Dr. Michael Wald, aka The Blood Detective, is the director of nutritional services at Integrated Medicine of Mount Kisco, located in Westchester New York. He has appeared on ABC World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer, Channel 11 PIX, Channel 12 News, CNN, The Food Network and other media outlets. Dr. Wald earned the name Blood Detective for his reputation to find problems that are often missed by other doctors. He earned an MD degree, is a doctor of chiropractic and a certified dietician-nutritionist. He is also double-board certified in nutrition. He has published over a dozen books with three additional titles due for release late 2013 including: Frankenfoods – Genetically Modified Foods: Controversies, Lies & Your Health and Gluten-A-Holic: How to Live Gluten Free and the Blood Detective’s Longevity Secrets. Dr. Wald can be reached at: www.intmedny.com or www.blooddetective.com or by calling: 914-242-8844.