8 Ways Your Teeth Can Affect Your Overall Health


Let me take a close look at a person’s teeth, and I can probably predict their overall health. There is a direct connection between oral and tooth health and the health of the body all together.

In today’s post, I will share 8 ways your teeth can affect your overall health. So if you are tempted to skip brushing or flossing, you may want to rethink that. After all, it only takes a few minutes and can help you live a longer, healthier life.

#1: Periodontitis

Bad bacteria can build up around your teeth and gums. This can cause your gums to become infected and your body will send “an army” to defend your gums via your immune system. This “army” is taking “troops” from other defensive points. So it can cause other prone areas to also begin to get infected.

As your immune system attacks the bacteria, you can get inflammation which can weaken your gums. This can also weaken your teeth and the bones that hold them where they are.

#2: Insulin

For diabetics, Periodontitis can cause a merry-go-round of health issues. The disease makes it even more difficult for the body to process insulin, even the man made insulin that is injected.

That makes insulin tests and readings give false numbers and makes it harder to determine the proper amount of insulin a patient should have.

#3: Cardiovascular Disease

It is easy for the same bacteria that causes Periodontitis to enter the person’s bloodstream. This can cause buildup and plaque in the arteries making the heart work harder to pump blood to all areas of the body. This can lead to heart attacks and infection in the lining of the heart.

#4: Alzheimer’s Disease

It is believed that the same bacteria that could get into your bloodstream and cause cardiovascular disease could also make its way to your brain and lead to dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease.

#5: The Ability To Eat Healthy Foods

They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away; but how can you eat an apple if your teeth are gone or rotten?

There are many healthy foods that a person would not be able to eat if their teeth are bad.

#6: Complications With Pregnancy

Research shows that gum disease is a contributing factor to premature labor. Studies have shown that infections and inflammation, in general, interfere with fetal development. Hormonal changes in a woman’s body during pregnancy can also increase the risk of periodontal disease. If pregnant or considering pregnancy, it is a good idea to visit your dentist and get a full screening.

#7: Arthritis

Studies have found that treating periodontitis will reduce the pain and discomfort of rheumatoid arthritis. The similarity in inflammation between the 2 gives the impression of a direct correlation.

#8: Respiratory Problems

Many of the people who buildup huge amounts of bacteria in their mouth also inhale that bacteria into their lungs. Because of that, they are more apt to develop bronchitis, pneumonia, asthma and other respiratory problems.

Take Care Of Your Oral Health

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I really hope this post gives you an understanding how important your oral health… Your teeth are.

There are right and wrong ways to take care of your teeth…

  • Gently brush your teeth on all sides with a soft-bristle brush toothpaste. (there are many who do not favor fluoride… That is your choice)
  • Use small circular motions and short back-and-forth strokes.
  • Brush carefully and gently along your gum line.
  • Lightly brush your tongue to help keep your mouth clean.
  • Clean around your teeth with dental floss. Careful flossing removes plaque and leftover food that a toothbrush can’t reach.
  • Rinse after you floss.


Besides all these important health reasons, we want to see your beautiful smile. So do everyone a favor… Take care of your teeth!

Yogurt: Is It Really Healthy For You?


I have come across some people who are determined to lose weight and get healthy. They have been led to believe that a diet that consists of primarily yogurt is the best way to achieve the goals they desire.

First and foremost, I believe you should always consult your Doctor before ever going to such extremes. By making yogurt your primary food source, you are not getting a balanced diet and feeding your body all the nutrients it needs.

Am I saying yogurt is bad?


But too much of anything can be bad. And too little of many things can also be bad. Humans need a balance.

In today’s post, let’s look at some of the pros and cons of yogurt. Is it really healthy for you?

Types Of Yogurt

In that yogurt supermarket aisle, we find so many types:

  • Unstrained Yogurt – A more liquid type of yogurt and not thick, It is high in Calcium and is a great way to help your digestive process.
  • Greek Yogurt – I would say it is the most popular, and rightfully so. Greek yogurt is low in carbs, high in protein and usually low in sugar. Just be sure to check the ingredient list as there are no FDA regulations on the ingredients or process of making Greek yogurt.
  • Goat Milk Yogurt – For people who are lactose intolerant or outright allergic to cow’s milk, this is the best choice.
  • Sheep’s Milk Yogurt – This is the yogurt to use in recipes calling for yogurt. This yogurt is high in B Vitamins, Calcium and Riboflavin.
  • Icelandic Yogurt – Similar to Greek Yogurt, but thicker and richer, Icelandic Yogurt is strained 4 times and has more protein than any other type of yogurt.
  • Australian Yoghurt – This is an unstrained yogurt made with whole milk and sweetened with honey. It is thicker than traditional unstrained, but not as thick as Greek. It is also high in protein.
  • Soy Yogurt – Made using Soy Milk, this is low in cholesterol and has no animal protein. Soy Yogurt has been linked to better blood sugar levels.
  • Almond Yogurt – This is a go-to for those who want to avoid lactose. It is high in fiber and calcium and low in sodium and fat. But Almond Yogurt usually has the lowest protein count.
  • Coconut Yogurt – I have met people who love this yogurt and those who detest it. The best thing is give it a try and see what your taste buds have to say. Many of the brands have added sugars to help the taste.

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Lastly, there are now yogurts you can drink. Many children love them and they can help their digestive health.

Some Yogurt Pros And Cons

Overall, I highly recommend yogurt as part of your eating plan. I will not go along with making it your only meal, but it is great as a snack or part of a regular meal.

One of the cons I found with many yogurts is added sugars. Always check ingredient lists to see the sugars in the yogurt you are purchasing.

Whole Milk Yogurt Pro – Studies were performed and published in the Scandinavian Journal of Primary Health Care. 1,000 men were tested and those who consumed high fat diets had less chances of reaching obesity levels over a 12 year period.

As I have always said, diets high in fat and low in carbs are the best weight management diets.

Getting Your Protein – The Greek and Icelandic Yogurts are ultra-high in protein

Adding Fruits – Many of the store bought yogurt brands have added fruits which usually means added sugars.

Check ingredients!

Probiotics – Some yogurts contain active, living bacteria known as probiotics, which can help keep the intestines healthy.

Get Brands That Have Lactobacillus Acidophilus

It is the most common probiotic and helps break down the foods you eat for easy digestion. It also starves bad bacteria that can cause sickness and disease.

While I am not affiliated with any of these, some of the top brands that contain this probiotic are:

  • Stoneyfield Farm
  • Dannon
  • Fage Greek Yogurt
  • and Chobani

I do recommend these, so when shopping, put these brands on your list.

Remember, yogurt is a healthy item to add to your diet. But do not make it your only item.

If you are needing help with a proper diet, I am here to help. Feel free to contact me here and we can develop a healthy, weight control diet for you.

Thank you for visiting and leave your comments and questions below.

NT Factor – A Review

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How is it a 70 year old woman seems to have more energy than me?

How can a 66 year old man run a marathon with 22 year old males lagging behind?

It happens and when I ask how, I am told the main ingredient is perseverance and NT Factor. Now, I understand what perseverance is, but what exactly is NT Factor? This is where research comes in.

Today, I am going to give you a review of NT Factor.

What Is NT Factor?

NT Factor is a supplement that is a blend of phospholipids and glycolipids that work in synchronicity to repair cell membranes. They primarily go about repairing the membranes of the mitochondria which is the device in our cells that provides energy. By repairing the membrane of the mitochondria, it allows our cells to “digest” more nutrients.

So many nutrients never get an opportunity to even reach our cells… NT Factor’s system ensures that what our cells need, our cells get.

But Can’t We Get Phospholipids From Other Products?

Yes, there are a variety of products on the market that offer phospholipids in powder formulations, but what many people do not understand is the process of extracting phospholipids can create an instability.

Phospholipids are already unstable and if the proper extraction process is not used, they will oxidize and be of no help to the mitochondria.

To keep them stable, after extraction, they are wrapped in probiotics and prebiotics and various other nutrients and minerals are added to ensure they are primed to be absorbed once they enter your lower intestine.

The pro and prebiotics ensure your system has a healthy flora and prepared to receive the nutrients.

The phospholipids penetrate both inner and outer mitochondria walls to repair.

Cell Duplication

Cell division occurs naturally every 5 to 6 days. It works like a cloning machine and if a mitochondrial cell is damaged, it will replicate that damage. So essentially, you are losing energy if a damaged cell “clones.”

NT Factor is designed to repair that damage so when cloning begins, you receive cells that are damage free.

Who And How Was NT Factor Developed?

First, it took 25+ years of development and testing to come up with the NT Factor formulation that is making people feel brand new.

The developers are Nutritional Therapeutics, Inc… Hence, the NT. Based in Hauppage, New York, Nutritional Therapeutics has a mission of increasing the health of the world by providing high quality and balanced nutritional formulas to support a variety of health conditions and the overall wellness of our consumers.


Clinical trials were performed and found that NT Factor helped reduce the side effects of chemotherapy patients. You can read more about those trials here.

Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. The information provided on this site is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional or any information contained on or in any product label or packaging. You should not use the information on this site for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem or for prescription of any medication or other treatment. You should consult with a healthcare professional before starting any diet, exercise or supplementation program, before taking any medication, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem. And, you should not stop taking any pharmaceutical product without first consulting your prescribing physician.

I am not affiliated with Nutritional Therapeutics, Inc or NT Factor. I am providing this information because I know it has helped many people ( My Mother for 1)

Where You Can Get NT Factor

There have been various products developed that have NT Factor infused.

Check out this link.

As I have said before and I will say again, a healthy mitochondria is a healthy and energized body!

Hey Mom, slow down… Wait for me!”

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6 Tips On Instilling Good Health And Wellness Practices In Your Children


It is something I detest seeing… A small child who noticeably weighs 4 times more than they should come running out of a fast food restaurant carrying a “Joy Meal” (I dare not use the trademarked name) in one hand, and a 64 ounce soft drink in the other.

A part of me wants to run up to the parents or guardians and shake them into the knowledge of what they are doing to their child.

But, I know that isn’t the answer.

But, what we all can do is put as much information in front of the human population and hopefully, these people will see it.

Today, I want to give you 6 tips on instilling good health and wellness practices in your children.

Good Health And Wellness Practices In Your Children #1: Make Sure That The Entire Family Eats One Meal Together Per Day

This isn’t always easy, but it is possible.

We live in an era when people are running ragged and are seldom home. But if you make it a family rule that everyone eats breakfast or dinner together at the family table, you will see a better sense of the healthiness of a home cooked meal compared to the stuff served at restaurants.

Good Health And Wellness Practices In Your Children #2: Be A Role Model

We hear it over and over… Like Father, like Son or like Mother, like Daughter.

It is true, children copy us. So if you exercise regularly; if you eat properly; if you care about your health, the odds are good that your children will follow in your footsteps.

Good Health And Wellness Practices In Your Children #3: Encourage Outdoor Activities And Sports

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While there is a lot that can be learned via iPads and computers, many children are playing games that have no educational value. And this game playing goes on for hours upon hours.

As parents, we need to set some strict rules on the amount of computer time and instead, encourage our children to go outside and play.

And many parents have also found that when they encourage their child to join one school or non-school sport’s activity, the child gets “hooked” and participates in more.

Yes, some of these sports programs can cost money, but keep in mind it is an investment into your child’s health and well being.

Good Health And Wellness Practices In Your Children #4: Washing Hands

Our hands pick up nasty germs from so many places. Anything we touch or handle may carry germs.

  • Door handles
  • Money
  • The trash bags
  • Etc…

Mom’s and Dad’s, get into a habit of asking your children at random times “Did you wash your hands?”

By doing so, you will create a habit of always washing their hands even when they are grown and gone.

Good Health And Wellness Practices In Your Children #5: Walk Instead Of Using Gasoline

Maybe you need to get something from the store, or maybe your child has an invite to a friend’s birthday party… The tendency is to jump in the car, but why not walk if the place is within a mile or so?

As humans, we depend too much on cars and trucks to take us even short distances.

While you are walking with your child, explain to him or her how walking can help relieve pollution and also help us live healthy lives.

Good Health And Wellness Practices In Your Children #6: Physically Exhausting Chores

There are always chores that need to be done around any home. And every child should have their part in doing those chores.

While they may wimper and whine, do not give in. Have them do some of the physically exhausting things like pulling weeds, mowing grass, taking out the trash, etc. These chores can not only help them maintain a strong and healthy body, it also helps them learn to be responsible adults.

And yes, I do suggest rewarding them for their hard work.


Remember that children are the future of humanity. It is our responsibility to ensure they are prepared to face the world. By instilling good health and wellness practices in your children, they will be able to handle the many situations that they may come up against.

I hope this helps you.

Now help out others by sharing this with all your friends and family.

And post your comments and questions below.

Thank you.

4 Tips On Keeping Your Endocrine Glands Healthy And Happy

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Our bodies are complex. We could consider them finely tooled machines and as such, they need proper care.

One part of our system consists of endocrine glands. These glands work like a messaging system using chemicals. These chemicals are known as hormones that are released from the glands into the human circulatory system to travel to other organs.

The primary glands in the endocrine system are:

  • adrenal glands,
  • pineal gland,
  • thyroid gland,
  • parathyroid glands,
  • pancreas,
  • ovaries,
  • and testes

as well as the hypothalamus and pituitary gland which are neuroendocrine organs that also release hormones.

What you do need to know is each and every one of these endocrine glands play very important roles in your health and welfare. If they are not properly maintained, these glands may stop, slow down or send improper hormones (messages) to other organs causing them to not function correctly.

One expert explained to me that if a person was to put their complete home on an automatic system to control heating, cooling, lights, water, etc…, the messages sent would come from special receptacles inside a main computer bank. We could equate those receptacles to the glands and the messages they send to each unit would be equated to the hormones.

If one receptacle started malfunctioning, you could find it causing chaos with all the other receptacles…

  • The message meant to turn the air conditioning on may start the sprinkler system;
  • a message to fill the washing machine with water turns off the security system;
  • or you come home to your house feeling like an oven at 116 degrees because the system thinks it is too cold.

Just think what all can happen to your body if 1 of these glands is not working properly? And while we think Doctors should be able to “figure it out,” consider the fact that once they know for sure it is a bad gland, they still must narrow down which gland it is.

Not an easy task!


Enough of the science lesson…

My goal today is to simply give you 4 tips to keep your endocrine glands healthy, happy and working the way they are intended to.

Endocrine Glands Tip #1: Proper Nutrition

This is by far the top tip in this post.

Each gland needs certain vitamins, minerals and/or nutrients to work properly. But in these days and times, we have found nutrients being erased from many foods. This can come from improper farming, food processing and just plain greediness of food manufacturers.

Each gland has a need for a main nutrient or more…

adrenal – Vitamin C, B Vitamins, Magnesium, Zinc and Iron

pineal – Vitamin D

thyroid – Vitamin D, Selenium, Iodine, Iron and Vitamin A

parathyroid – Same as thyroid

pancreas – All

ovaries – All

and testes – All

While my blog explains a lot about nutrition, I want to say that each person is different. I offer a one-on-one service to develop a nutrition plan that fits you and your lifestyle.

Feel free to contact me here.

Endocrine Glands Tip #2: Little To None

There are 3 things you need to cut down to little or none for healthy and happy endocrine glands:

  1. Sugar
  2. Alcohol
  3. Caffeine

All of these if taken in abundance will drive your hormone balance out of whack.

Endocrine Glands Tip #3: Get Your Omega Fatty Acids

Omega 3s, 6s and 9s are important in that they actually aid in the transportation of hormones produced by these glands. The hormones essentially “hitch a ride” on the Omega bus.

You get these Omega Fatty Acids from fish and other sea foods. If you are not getting enough fish in your diet, I recommend taking a supplement to obtain those Omegas.

This Krill Oil is a great supplement to get your Omega Fatty Acids.

Endocrine Glands Tip #4: Say No To Stress

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Not only does stress harm your endocrine glands, it plays havoc on other organs in your body.

Now I know that as long as we live, there is stress. But what you do with that stress; how you handle that stress is the biggest factor in how it will effect your health and well being.

There are many ways to handle stress, but only some ways that are good for your health.

  • Exercise – which is also needed for healthy endocrine glands.
  • Quality sleep – 7 – 8 hours is optimal.
  • Meditation
  • Have a person to talk with.


Follow these tips please!

Your endocrine glands have so much control over the rest of your body. If your hormones are out of balance, you can gain weight, develop sickness and disease and live a life that is no fun.

I am here for you… Contact me if you need more help with this subject.

I am not a Doctor and by all means, you should see one if you feel you are having issues with any of your endocrine glands. But I do know that if you follow these tips, you are giving those glands a much better opportunity of being healthy and happy.

Thanks and post any comments or questions below.