Why Annual Eye Exams Can Improve Heart Health

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eyeThis article is courtesy of PRWeb, please leave your comments below. Although it discusses February as Heart month in the article, it still has some great tips…..

Many people may not be aware that an eye exam could prevent a future heart event or know that vision health is linked to cardiovascular health. During American Heart Month, Dr. Stewart Shofner of Shofner Vision Center shares why scheduling regular eye exams may also improve heart health.

“A trip to the eye doctor can identify other diseases before symptoms appear,” says Dr. Shofner. Some health conditions can also cause vision loss when not addressed timely. During an eye exam, an optometrist or ophthalmologist thoroughly examines the retina and can view small changes in the blood vessels in the back of the eye.

Changes in the eye’s blood vessels can indicate more serious systemic diseases such as hypertension (high blood pressure). Hypertension affects over 65 million Americans and many don’t even know they have it. “This disease doesn’t always show symptoms,” says Dr. Shofner.

The more advanced digital retinal imaging allows an eye doctor to quickly and painlessly detect and monitor blood flow in the retina. Ongoing research is proving that these changes in the retina can predict cardiovascular disease. This includes predicting one’s risk of having a stroke, high blood pressure or even a heart attack. Prevention is key to maintaining both vision health and heart health.

Vision Changes
“Anyone that experiences vision changes and has not had an eye exam in over a year should schedule an appointment with their local vision center,“ says Dr. Shofner. In some cases, hypertensive retinopathy can cause vision loss from retinal veins becoming obstructed.

Prevention
Researchers continue to confirm that certain risk factors such as smoking, obesity and high cholesterol levels can increase cardiovascular disease and put one’s vision at risk. Exercising, refraining from smoke (includes second hand smoke), maintaining a healthy weight and eating a heart healthy diet rich in antioxidants and omega-3s will help improve vision and heart health. It’s always recommended that patients consult with their primary care physician before starting an exercise program or taking nutritional supplements.

Many people may not be aware that an eye exam could prevent a future heart event.

American Heart Month
The CDC reports heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women. Supporting American Heart Month could positively impact lives. Shofner Vision Center along with other leading health professionals encourages Americans to visit the Million Hearts® website to find tools that can assist with making heart-healthy goals that last a lifetime.

About Dr. Shofner
Recognized by his peers as one of the most outstanding Board Certified Ophthalmologist in the United States, Dr. Stewart Shofner has performed over 30,000 LASIK procedures and 10,000 ocular surgeries and his business continues to grow…mostly from patient referrals. Dr. Shofner has outstanding credentials to deliver the best care and surgical outcomes for patients.

About Shofner Vision Center
Shofner Vision Center provides comprehensive vision care services including LASIK/PRK vision correction, cataract surgery and eye disease diagnosis and treatment. Shofner Vision Center utilizes the most advanced, proven technology to deliver the best solutions safely and reliably. Patients can schedule appointments online or call 615-340-4733.

Tips To Improve Sports Performance

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joggerFive Elements of a Successful Sports Training Plan

The football season has brought highlights, Heisman finalists, a National Playoff, power rankings, fantasy match-ups and games of the week. It also included commercials from the leading footwear and sports apparel companies. While the season has been marked with impressive upsets, the athletic commercials have had a similar message, all revolving around a common theme: buy their product and ‘train harder.’

Every athlete recognizes that training and preparation are part of sport. But with the level of competition rising and more athletes interested in making the team, earning more playing time, or taking their game to the next level, athletes recognize they must do more than train with their team. The commercials all show athletes sweating, sprinting, lifting and perfecting their skill, insinuating that training in their products makes you a winner. Their gear may very well make a difference, but it doesn’t replace training and preparation. Over the years, it’s been easy to embrace ‘Just do it’ as a call to action. But from a training perspective, the aspiring athlete is left wondering, ‘Just do what?’

Over the past 25 years, Athletic Republic’s training centers have helped more than one million athletes – get selected for a team, move off the bench and on to the field, earn a college scholarship, stand-out in the draft, make a professional or Olympic team, post a PR, or honor a New Year’s resolution. Throughout the training process, AR has documented each athlete’s progress and is now sharing five elements that will help aspiring athletes improve their training plans or better understand just what to do.

These elements are: increase speed, build power, improve stability, maintain an effective recovery approach, and all in a year-round approach to training.

1. Lead with speed. Speed is a defining attribute of athleticism, and developing it requires a focus on training. No longer considered a genetic gift, speed can be improved by training stride length, stride frequency, power output, symmetry, and stamina. Speed training should improve running mechanics and running economy while developing acceleration, top-end speed and endurance to help players create separation, close a gap, and play as well during the closing minutes as they do when the game started.

2. Power is not strength. Science says Power = Force x Velocity. In other words, being strong is only half the equation. The ability to produce more force more quickly than an opponent is what ultimately separates an athlete from the competition. To jump higher, accelerate quicker, deliver a crushing blow, or move at warp speed…the instant the ball is in play, the athlete needs power. The key is to combine a wide range of movement velocities, with a variety of age-appropriate loads, to safely expose muscles to training that will improve power at game speed.

3. Stability reduces the risk of injury. Agility hinges on an athlete’s ability to control his or her center of gravity in all situations, including making quicker cuts and turns, maneuvering in traffic and maintaining position during a double team. Stability means maintaining control of the body in all directions and in all situations. It’s developed by building strength through a progression of plyometric movements to improve foot-speed and balance while training the core and hip girdle for the safe transfer of power to the turf, dirt, floor, ice or water.

4. Remember recovery. Preparing for the next workout begins when an athlete completes the current workout. Fluid hydration and mobility exercises begin the process as range of motion is increased while the muscles are warm and supple. Compression helps flush lactate and soreness, while protein helps rebuild muscles. Getting enough sleep and sufficient rest are also critical elements on the recovery process.

5. Establish a year-round plan. In addition to training with the team or coach, the athlete needs to make time during the year for a “training season”. Dedicating time prior to the start of a season to build on athletic strengths and concentrate on areas that require improvement will improve game-day or race-day performance. For the teen athlete playing multiple sports, the parents serve as the Athletic Director of the household, managing and balancing practice schedules, transportation, events, meals, academics, and budget, as their athlete’s coaches typically do not work with one another to ensure the athlete’s year-round regiment is conducive to their development. For the Parent/AD the key is to focus on their athlete’s overall development and make sure to establish a big-picture plan that includes the dedicated time to improve speed, power, and stability. For the endurance athlete, establishing objectives for off-season, pre-season, and in-season training will raise their endurance base, build power, improve efficiency, reduce the risk of injury, and increase speed for better race-day performances.

Athletes from pee-wee to pro have incorporated these five elements into their training in order to gain a step on their competition and be in a better position to ‘Just Do It’.

What You Can Do Right Now To Improve Your Mood

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Submitted by the Baylor College of Medicine….have opinions about their article, please share in the comments section below….

womanThe blues, a funk or a bad mood – whatever you want to call it – it’s is not an uncommon feeling, but according to an expert at Baylor College of Medicine, it’s how you react to it that matters.

“It’s normal to feel stressed at work if you have a lot of emails waiting or if there are a lot of competing demands on your time – those can all be setups for stress and anxiety,” said Dr. Sanjay Mathew, associate professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor. “Everyone has difficult situations so it’s how you react to it that is important. Do you react with alarm and fear or are you able to cope and manage it?”

Mathew offers some tips to help improve your mood or get you out of your funk.

LIGHT EXPOSURE

Make sure that you have sufficient light exposure. Working in an office without windows or a dark environment can impact your mood. According to Mathew, research shows exposure to light can be mood-elevating and can help you get your day off to a good start. Take advantage of situations where you can go outside for a walk or get fresh air – this can be an immediate way to elevate your mood.

EXERCISE

Exercise has a very potent effect on mood and anxiety. Exercising on a daily, consistent basis is optimal but according to Mathew, even short bursts of exercise throughout the day can be beneficial. Take the stairs instead of the elevator.

“If you’re feeling like you’re in a rut or feeling anxious and want to think things through, exercising in a systematic way is an important thing,” said Mathew.

TALK ABOUT IT

If stress is the source of your bad mood, Mathew suggests talking to others and not trying to do everything on your own.

“Reach out to others to get social support. The act of talking to others about something can be helpful and can relieve stress,” he said.

AVOID DAMAGING HABITS

Avoiding damaging things such as excessive alcohol consumption, sleep medications or even caffeine is important in improving your mood and stress level, Mathew said.

SOCIAL INTERACTION

There are many ways to think about social interaction. Support groups or groups of like-minded individuals doing a hobby together can improve a person’s mood. The act of interacting with others also can decrease the aloneness that people feel.

“Meet for lunch or some type of activity,” suggests Mathew.

WRITE IT DOWN

Some people find that journaling their thoughts can be enormously helpful, Mathew said. Keep a diary – getting it down on paper can be therapeutic.

LEARN SOMETHING NEW

womanstrengthworkoutLearning something new and finding ways to keep your mind mentally sharp are great ways to improve your mood. Taking a yoga or cooking class or even learning a second language are some ideas Mathew suggests.

“It’s a good rule of thumb for mental health – continuously trying to learn new things that intrigue you. There’s less of a chance that you’ll stagnate or become bored,” he said.

SEEK HELP

If you’ve tried these tips but still find yourself decreasing your socializing and cutting yourself off from others, it can be a red flag to seek out help.

“If you stop returning phone calls or emails or are finding reasons not to engage with others, it can be an early sign that you’re not doing well,” said Mathew.

Mathew says that recognizing it is the first step. If you are not feeling confident about yourself or if there is something that is holding you back, think about what has changed. If a group activity feels overwhelming, try to do something on a one-on-one basis with a friend.

If there are continued problems with motivation, lack of interest or joy, sadness or despondency for a couple of weeks, consider speaking with your doctor or contacting a therapist.

If you are religious, consider pastoral counseling at your place of worship.

5 Ways To Improve Your Dental Health

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malesmileIn order to keep your body fit and healthy, a certain amount of effort must be given to its maintenance, and the mouth is no exception. Your smile is one of the first things that people notice about you, so it makes sense to give it the care and attention that it requires. Taking proper care of your teeth and gums could have a significant positive impact on your life as a whole.

Let’s take a look at 5 effective habits that you can implement in order to improve the condition of your dental health.

1. Make sure you have the right tools on hand.

With all the brands of dental care tools that are available on the market today, how does one know which one to choose? The answer is pretty simple: go with the trusted brands that are known for their quality products. Make sure you invest in all the necessary tools that are needed for optimum dental health. Basic tools that you should have stored in your bathroom cabinet include a quality toothbrush that fits your requirements, toothpaste, dental floss and some mouthwash.

2. Have regular check-ups with your dentist.

Visiting your dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings will ensure that your teeth and gums are in a healthy condition. When choosing a dentist to visit, ensure that he/she is fully qualified and comes highly recommended by his/her previous or current patients. The level of hygiene that is practiced should also be a deciding factor in who you choose to visit as all dentists must abide by the legislations that are in place regarding clinical waste disposal etc.

3. Don’t just brush – floss!

As flossing is effective in the removal of food particles and the buildup of soft plaque from teeth it should be a definite part of your oral hygiene routine. If this debris is not effectively removed from the surface of your teeth, bacteria can feed off of it at night, which when left untreated, could lead to a very bad case of gum disease.

4. Use good form when brushing.

brushteethAccording to dental experts, the best way to clean your teeth is to brush back and forth lightly using short strokes. Start with the outer tooth surfaces first and continue with the inner tooth exteriors followed by the chewing surfaces. To clean the backs of your front teeth successfully, use the very tip of the brush exercising gentle strokes in an upward and downwards motion.

5. Cut out sugary foods.

Sugary foods can have a seriously damaging impact on your teeth. Cutting them out and replacing them with a balanced diet of fruits and vegetables will ensure that your teeth are not harmed by their impact. Additionally, it’s a good idea to consume foods and drinks like milk, cheese and yoghurt, as these are all calcium rich and nutritious. Calcium is essential for the building of strong bones and teeth and should be present in your diet in some way or other.

However obvious the above practices may seem, the cutting out of sugary foods, regular flossing and brushing and routine visits to your dentist will ensure that you have an attractive smile and healthy oral hygiene to go along with it.

– Submitted by Sandra

How To Improve Wellbeing

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By Larry M. Berkelhammer, PhD

healthywordsWellbeing refers to healthy, sustainable personality characteristics that are associated with health, happiness, and flourishing. However, health is not a prerequisite for wellbeing, nor is external circumstances. This article describes evidence-based practices that can be adopted in order to cultivate wellbeing. The practices recommended herein mimic the behavior of people who naturally seem to live with a high level of wellbeing. By living the way people with wellbeing live, it is possible for the rest of us to increase wellbeing.

Pleasant thoughts create pleasant emotional states and unpleasant thoughts create unpleasant emotional states. The reverse is also true, in that, when we experience unpleasant emotional states, the brain is more likely to generate unpleasant thoughts.

The reason this is important is because unpleasant thoughts and feelings have harmful physiological effects. Here is how the process works: Unpleasant thoughts create emotional distress, and emotional distress creates physiological stress. Chronic physiological stress contributes to disease.

When these unpleasant mind states are fleeting, we fully recover from them without any long-term adverse effects. However, chronic anger, frustration, feelings of helplessness or hopelessness, and most other chronically experienced unpleasant states of mind contribute to illness. In that way, unpleasant thoughts are also unhealthy thoughts.

One of the most effective methods to increase wellbeing is to learn to think in healthier ways. I do not recommend trying to replace unpleasant (unhealthy) thoughts with pleasant ones (thought replacement). There are actually several methods for working with unhealthy thoughts. The most common one is referred to as cognitive restructuring, which involves coming up with evidence to dispute unhealthy thoughts. This is more effective than thought replacement but less effective than mindfulness.

Mindfulness practice is now becoming the most evidence-based method for working with unhealthy thoughts. Mindfulness practice sidesteps the problems that are sometimes encountered in trying to use thought substitution or even thought disputation. In mindfulness practice, instead of denying, resisting, trying to replace or dispute our inner experience, we make peace with all our thoughts and feelings.

Examples of unhealthy thoughts include holding grudges, resentment, animosity, bitterness, hatred, and ill will. These states of mind create emotional distress, which causes physiological stress. For that reason, and the fact that those mind states create interpersonal hostility, it is important to find a way to disentangle from such negative thinking. By learning to view our thoughts as just insubstantial brain secretions, we can avoid the emotional distress before it eventuates to physiological stress, or to hostile or other unhealthy behavior.

We act on our thoughts when we lack the awareness that our thoughts are nothing but insubstantial mental constructs. Mindfulness training provides a path out of cognitive fusion or entanglement. Senior mindfulness teacher Jack Kornfield has said: The mind secretes thoughts the way the salivary glands secrete saliva.

brainthinkingAnother way to increase wellbeing involves the imagination. It’s easy to imagine how strong, recurrent feelings of guilt, shame, and self-denigration cause emotional distress and physiological stress. For this reason, it is important to learn how to use that same imagination to practice self-forgiveness, self-compassion, and self-acceptance.

Another contributor to wellbeing is the level of connection and belonging we share with others. Closely related to this is a sense that we are contributing to the welfare of not just our family, but to strangers as well. Throughout the day, ask: Does my behavior contribute in any way to the suffering of others or myself? This question serves as a mind-training practice to help us to live in full contact with the present moment, to be fully awake to our impact on those around us, and to live in a healthy, open-hearted state of mind.

Lastly, throughout the day, ask yourself if your behavior is aligned with your personal life values.

– A Mind-Body Medicine researcher living with chronic debilitating medical conditions, Larry Berkelhammer, PhD, now teaches about evidence-based practices to improve life for people living with chronic medical conditions. In Your Own Hands: New Hope for People with Chronic Medical Conditions—Mindfulness-Based Practices for Mastery and Wellbeing is his recently published book about evidence-based practices to improve quality of life for people living with debilitating chronic medical conditions. His non-commercial blog and extensive website provides numerous text articles and videos: larryberkelhammer.com.

How To Improve Your Control Over Troubled Teens

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By Katrin Deres

teensAdolescence is considered to be a time of both discovery and disorientation. An average child goes through a lot of physiological and psychological changes as he journeys through teenage years. Oftentimes adolescents go through serious problems owing to certain internal or external pressures, which may take the form of poverty, parental issues, failed relationships, bullying, child abuse, pornography addiction, teenage pregnancies or drugs. Parents are mostly unable to appreciate the mental anguish their child might be going through. This is mostly because after entering teenage, children hardly share any of their personal issues with their parents, fearing possible consequences or their parents’ inability to understand their situation.

All kids, teenagers especially, deserve a certain level of privacy, and parents need to appreciate this when dealing with their children’s problems. Many a time children seek independence, while parents demand obedience, which can lead to serious consequences including verbal abuse and even violence. This is a difficult and emotionally traumatizing situation for both of them, especially the parents since they find themselves responsible for their shortcomings in raising their children.

Finding the cause

Instead of fretting over it and not doing something about it, try to find out the reason for this abnormal behavior of your child. Take him/her out for a walk or to a restaurant and try to bring up the subject. Be frank with your kids. Is he/she tense about academics, being bullied at school, having a fight with his/her best friend, mourning over a lost crush, keeping bad companies, etc? Do not be alarmed by your child’s response if it is in the affirmative or if he/she simply refuses to accept that something is amiss. As parents you need to be extra patient and forbearing.

You need to be there for your kids when they are going through troubling times, and do your best to help them find a way out. Teenage is a time when kids start to feel like grown-ups and in some instances might go out of the way to prove that they are. By reprimanding them for not taking care of their own affairs, you will only be provoking them into such immature behavior.
How to deal with it

girlapple• Try to counsel your children yourself, by taking the help of a relative whom your kids trust, or by referring to a specialist. You may also try to approach your child’s friends and ask them about whatever issue he/she is going through.

• Let your children know you love them and their happiness is more important to you than anything else. Make them realize you are only trying to help them out.

• Try to look for some healthy pastimes for your child, like going to a library, joining a sports club or gym, doing some social work etc.

• Praise them for their achievements, be it academic success or helping with household chores. Let them feel appreciated and not give them the chance to complain about their deeds going uncredited.

• To keep an eye on your child in order to ensure he/she is not taking part in suspicious activities, keeping bad companies or associating with potentially dangerous people, install some spyware like mSpy on his/her cell phone and keep track of his call logs, text messages, internet usage, and where he/she likes to hang out. If you sense anything noteworthy that is out of the ordinary, try to talk to your child by approaching the subject indirectly, without revealing the presence of your spy software (that could lead to more trouble). Having your child voice his own concerns to you is the best way to deal with it, instead of having a direct confrontation.

– Katrin has two years experience in blogging. Writes mainly about mobile spy software such as mSpy and cell phone security features. She has been contributor to many magazines and blogs.

How To Improve Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality

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By Tom Lozano,
Executive Director of Air Scrubber Plus

homelivingroomIndoor Air Quality, also known as IAQ, refers to the quality of the air within your home. IAQ is an important, and often overlooked, area of home improvement. But the effects of improved IAQ are immediate for you and your family.

Health issues can be exacerbated by poor IAQ , especially for small children and seniors, since poor indoor air quality can damage developing or weakened immune systems. Those suffering from asthma and allergies are most at-risk, since breathing low-quality air will make those respiratory conditions even worse. According to the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, asthma cases could be reduced by up to 60 percent if dust mites and cat allergens were kept under control. Other areas of concern for today’s homeowners include: combustion sources, like oil, gas, wood and tobacco; building materials, like asbestos insulation and new carpet and paint; cleaning products; plug-in/portable humidifiers; outdoor sources, such as pesticides and outdoor air pollution; and poor ventilation.

Getting a handle on the sources of contaminants affecting your home’s IAQ is the first step.

Here are some tips to improve your home’s indoor air quality and the health of your family:

· If you smoke, don’t do it inside. The harmful chemicals in cigarettes can linger in the air, affecting your entire family.

· Make sure that you properly clean your home. Ridding your bathrooms and basements of harmful mold and mildew is essential. Use all-natural cleaning products whenever possible to cut down on further contaminating your home.

familytv· Repair all standing water issues and keep your home’s humidity under 50 percent. Any higher and you risk creating an environment where harmful bacteria, mold and mildew can thrive.

· Properly vent all fuel-burning appliances, like gas stoves, water heaters and fireplaces.

· Don’t store chemicals, paints or solvents within the home. Keep them in a garage or shed if at all possible.

· Air-freshening devices may make your air smell nice, but they do so with a mix of chemicals that can be toxic to your family and pets.

· A more permanent and effective solution for many families is to install an air cleaner in your home’s existing heating and cooling system. These types of systems are installed by a certified HVAC technician.

No matter how big or small, making steps towards improving your home’s indoor air quality will help you and your family breathe easier, particularly if anyone in your family suffers from a respiratory disorder or compromised immune system.

Ways To Improve Your Digestion

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By Christine Maddox

healthillustratedI have long suffered with digestion issues. From my stomach being upset to acid reflux to having colon problems and even urinary tract infections I have had problems after problems. However recently I have changed my lifestyle and added a few supplements that have really helped me out. Here are some of the ways I improved my digestion:

1. Checking out allergies – The first thing that really helped me to turn a corner was checking out if I was allergic to any of the foods I was eating. I know that gluten intolerance can cause many digestive issues. Thankfully I am not gluten intolerant, but I am lactose intolerant. Once I switched to soy products I greatly reduced my stomach upset and bloating.

2. Cutting down on fat and salt – Secondly I also made a diet change by cutting down on the fat and salt I consumed. This was due to other health reasons, but it helped my digestion as well. Once I cut down on fat and salt heavy prepackaged foods, soups and lunch meats I discovered my bowel movements became more regular and my blood pressure dropped. In fact I had to stop taking my blood pressure medication! However in order to decrease my fat and slat I switched to whole foods like fresh fruits and vegetables. These fresh ingredients aggravated my digestive issues to the point that I did not know which was worse, the fat or the pain. However I have since discovered how to solve this problem.

3. Taking a probiotic – I started taking a probiotic supplement once a day along with a digestive enzyme supplement with problem foods. When I eat fresh vegetables or spicy foods I make sure I take the digestive enzyme supplement beforehand. The combination has allowed me to be pain free after eating for the first time in years!

water4. Drinking more water – In order to help my digestion I have also started drinking more water. By replacing sugary sodas and caffeine laden drinks with water I have seen that my stomach can hold more food without refluxing, my bowel movements are more regular, and my urinary tract infections have been greatly reduced. I also take a cranberry supplement to help keep my urinary tract clean.

5. Exercising – Last but not least I have increased my activity level. Though other health issues prevent me from running on a treadmill or going for a jog I have found ways to be more active. Bike riding is a great way to get out and be moving when the weather is nice. By moving more I keep my digestion running smooth and do not have as many issues.

Although all of these things may not work for you, some of them may help at least a little. Improving your digestion helps your overall health and certainly helps you to feel stronger and more able to face the stresses of life.

– This post is contributed by Christine Maddox. Currently she is pursuing her Master’s degree from University of Texas as well as blogging for www.4nannies.com. She loves to write anything related to parenting, kids, nanny care etc. She can be reached via email at: christine.4nannies @ gmail.com.

Tips To Improve Your Smile

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By Dr. Pat Crawford

smileOur body has a number of ways or expressions to communicate and smile is one such expression. When we smile, we flex our facial muscles to convey the message. In most of the cultures smiling is perceived as a positive emotion. Well, we do tend to smile at people because it is believed to increase attractiveness and likability. Some even believe it makes us look younger and attractive. It is worth mentioning that smiles do affect interpersonal cooperation as it is one of the trust building factors. Smiles have the power of setting messed up things in place.

Do people really need to improve the way they smile? Well, study has shown that many people are unhappy with their smile – some may have problems with their teeth (symmetry or color or space) while there are people who are shy of smiling. Many indivduals have missed their goals (personal or professional) owing to bad smile or shy of smiling, which affects their self-confidence.

Listed below are some of the tips to help improve your smile:

1. Maintain oral hygiene
Bad breath or something stuck in your teeth can make you hesitant to smile. Make sure you brush your teeth and tongue regularly. Brushing removes germs and a toothpaste rich in calcium and fluoride helps keep gums and teeth healthy meaning you can smile longer!

2. Flossing
Always keep floss with you as it is very handy in removing food particles hence the germs that feed on them. Floss can reach between your teeth where even a toothbrush is hard to reach. Dentist worldwide recommend that you should make it a regular habit to floss your teeth.

3. Choose healthy diet
Choosing a healthy diet for your teeth and gums is very important. Foods rich in calcium like kale and citrus fruits help in keeping your teeth and gums fit. However, avoiding certain foods like sugary foods is as good as eating a healthy diet. Foods rich in calcium and vitamin C boost health of your gums and teeth while foods too much of sugar content aid in the growth of bacteria thereby resulting in complications. Apart from this, it is also improtant that don’t smoke as smoking leads to bad breath, stained teeth and increases the chances of getting oral cancer.

4. Visiting a dentist
Dentists are the specialists in any case and they can track any deformity or any sign of infection, which may lead to any disease later on. Visiting a dentist every six months is preferred and in case someone is prone to any disease visiting thrice a year is recommended. Dentists can also guide you for your diet with respect to your teeth and gums.

5. Cosmetic procedures
Cosmetic dentistry has advanced remarkably, which has given people many options (effective and proven options) to fix their cosmetic dental problems. Today, people undergo this treatment to correct their crooked teeth , improve their stained teeth, some go for straightening oddly shaped teeth or even close gaps between the teeth.

6. Teeth whitening
Though, over the counter teeth whitening products do not harm your teeth as long as products used are genuine and your teeth are health otherwise but it is better to take advice of your dentist before going for any whitening procedures. This is an easy practice to improve the look of your teeth and hence give you a more attractive and confident smile without spending a lot of money.

These are some of the practical tips that can help you to improve your smile. For the number of benefits a smile has, the above mentioned smile improving tips are worth a shot.

– Pat Crawford is an experienced dentist who gives advice on mouth care, dental implants, and fitness. To get free consultation, visit his web site.

Improve Your Fitness Page’s Reach By Understanding Facebook’s EdgeRank

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By Steve Mehr, CEO of WebShark360

facebookWhen it comes to marketing your fitness company, a Facebook page remains one of the most popular tools to attract new customers and to engage with them. Your fitness company’s Facebook page can become a dynamic platform from which you disseminate content aimed at helping others become well. But as Facebook continues to change, many fitness businesses worry that their posts aren’t getting the reach that they once enjoyed. What happens when you begin to lose visibility?

It can be difficult for fitness companies to stand out from the crowd. Consumers’ news feeds are already full of pictures, videos, and statuses from their friends. What hope does your fitness company have of standing out in that noise? The first step is to understand how your fitness page’s content is disseminated. Facebook uses an algorithm named EdgeRank to determine whether or not your content is valuable to its users and using a variety of factors, it determines who to show your content with. Once your fitness business understands how to use EdgeRank to its benefit, you can increase your visibility and ensure your business is able to help Facebookers achieve the wellness you advocate.

What is EdgeRank?

EdgeRank sounds funny, like something you’d be using to describe an ice skating move. Actually, it’s Facebook’s algorithm which determines where your fitness page fits in. Using EdgeRank, Facebook determines whether to share your content with your audience or not and who among your audience might be the most open to receiving those updates. To better understand EdgeRank, you must be familiar with its key components:

• Affinity – affinity refers to whether or not fans have previously engaged with your fitness page. The more a fan engages with your fitness page and your content, the more it stands to reason that they are likely interested in your fitness company and its products. Facebook determines this interest is good and therefore, shows the user more of your Facebook content. One of the hardest things for a fitness page to encourage is affinity. Pages that enjoy high amounts of affinity among their fans are truly reaching their intended audience on a consistent basis.

• Weight – Facebook is not concerned with the pounds you’re carrying around. But they are concerned with the kinds of items fans have previously engaged with in the past. Using this determining factor, Facebook assumes that if a user frequently shares pictures, clicks like on visual content, and adds a lot of visuals to their page, that they must be a picture person. Using this determination, Facebook will endeavor to share more visual content with that user. So when you make a post on your fitness page, your visuals will be shown to these users more often than say your blogs might be.

• Time decay – time decay is a sort of best by date on your fitness page’s content. It’s no surprise that as much content gets uploaded to the internet on a daily basis, old posts don’t often find a home among fans. New posts are more interesting than old posts and are therefore shown more frequently to your fitness page’s fans than an older post would be.

• Negative feedback – Some people like your fitness page, but then based on your content, or your posting frequency, or any number of factors, they decide they’ve had enough of seeing your content. Facebook keeps track of this negative feedback- how often users click hide, report a page for spam, or unlike a page to determine whether or not the page’s content should be shared as frequently. If your page is experiencing high rates of negative feedback, then your visibility could suffer.

Understanding EdgeRank to Improve Your Facebook Page

malepushupWith these ideas in mind, your fitness business is better able to make decisions regarding your content to increase your reach and visibility instead of decreasing it. If you’d like to see your EdgeRank score in action, you can download an application such as EdgeRank Checker to see insights into your Facebook posts. The EdgeRank Checker dashboard will give your fitness business valuable analytics into your posting success per time of day, per content type, and how this engagement grows or diminishes. With this valuable information, your fitness business is able to make the necessary adjustments, which could include:

• Content adjustments or upgrades
• Changes to your posting schedule
• Changes to your style of fan engagement
• Adjustment of campaigns and offers

EdgeRank can be confusing at first, but once you have this information in your hands, your fitness business can make the adjustments to boost your Facebook page’s visibility and grow your reach.

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