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8 Ways Your Teeth Can Affect Your Overall Health

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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.

Conclusion

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

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

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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.

Conclusion

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!

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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.

Conclusion

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.

Sleep … Myths And Facts

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Over the years, many myths have come into existence about sleep. Some of them are actually believable, so I want to debunk them in today’s post. And, there are facts about sleep too that people tend not to believe. I also want to help educate people about those.

The very first thing I have to point out is, humans must sleep. For those of you who think you can manage life, business and all other things in between on little sleep, you are fooling yourself.

I implore you to read and learn. Share this post with others because sleep is a part of living a long and wonderful life.

Sleep Myth: Snoring Is Not Dangerous

Snoring has been going on for years upon years. Many people have just accepted it as the norm. But studies have discovered that a large percentage of snorers suffer from sleep apnea. What is actually happening is, that person is just not able to properly breathe while sleeping. They actually will pause breathing while sleeping and when you pause your breathing, you are reducing oxygen to your blood supply.

This all can put a heavy strain on your heart.

If you snore, I recommend you do take a test to see if you have sleep apnea. There are many centers around the country to do so; just ask your Doctor.

Sleep Fact: Lack Of Sleep Can Lead To Diabetes

While it is true that over-indulging in sugar is a leading cause of diabetes, having too little of sleep is another huge cause of this dreadful disease.

Why?

Research indicates that insufficient sleep impairs the body’s ability to use insulin, which can lead to the onset of diabetes.

Sleep Myth: The More Sleep, The Better

Studies have found that the optimum sleep amount is 7 ½ hours. But some people have this thought pattern that even more can be better.

Not true!

That can be nearly as bad as getting too little sleep. Usually, if a person goes past the 9 hour mark on sleep, there must be a problem with the quality of sleep. Maybe light, noise, mattress and pillow need to be examined.

Sleep Fact: You Can Go Longer Without Food Than You Can Deprive Yourself Of Sleep

The longest recorded time a person went without sleeping is 11 days. Some people have actually died doing the same. People have went without food 30 days or more.

Personally, I wouldn’t recommend doing either. But sleep deprivation will kill you quicker than food deprivation.

Sleep Myth: If You Die In A Dream, You Will “Probably” Wake Up

I believe every child is told this myth at some point in their lives. And while nightmares are terrible; especially the ones where we die, it doesn’t mean we will not wake up.

Usually nightmares like those come as a natural way to prepare you for a stressful situation you are facing.

Sleep Fact: Our Brain Never Sleeps

I know… Oh yes, I know.

Some people seem to have brains that are on eternal sleep. Just take a drive through New York City on Friday at 4 PM…

But in all reality, even when we are asleep, our brains continue to work. It must make sure all body functions are still working.

If our brain goes to sleep, we are dead.

Sleep Myth: People That Take Naps Are Lazy

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Depending where you are in the world, napping can have some rather rash judgment calls. But studies have found that a 25 – 30 minute nap often helps people focus better in the second half of the day.

Some countries take a quite favorable look on napping though…

  • The Spanish Siesta helps workers work longer shifts
  • The Chinese workers often lay there heads down for about an hour after lunch
  • In Italy, it is known as Riposo and businesses lock their doors so employees can nap

Conclusion

Did you learn anything new?

Just know that like exercise and eating properly, sleep is extremely important.

Get that good sleep you need. If you wake up easily in the middle of the night, try getting up for 10-20 minutes and do something relaxing; no, not the smartphone or television because the light from these promote the waking mechanisms in your body.

Do you have any questions or comments?

Feel free to post them below.

Now with all this talk about sleep, I think I need a nap.

Have a great day!

Practice Ikigai And Live A Long Life

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When we take a close look at Japan, we realize people generally live longer. And when we travel South to the island of Okinawa, the longevity figures rise even higher.

So what is it that they are doing different to live longer?

The question was put to this pop band… You will see why when you watch this video…

All of these band members are over 80 years old. And I truly believe they have the answer to longer life cycles. It is…

Ikigai

Ikigai stands for Sense Of Life.

This tells me that much of our ability to live longer is our mindset. It is believing that we can no matter our age or condition, and then “going for it!”

The women in KBG84 are not concerned as to what others think. They dance and sing and have Ikigai.

No matter how old, they do… they move… they have a sense of life.

And You Can Too!

Fitness and activity has been proven to fight off dementia. A study in the medical journal Neurology suggested that high stamina, compared with medium, can decrease dementia risk by 88%.

You know, Okinawa has many Centenarians that are healthy and fit.

Dr. Makoto Suzuki established a research group. The Okinawa Centenarian Study Group collects data on both the genes and lifestyles of aged Okinawans.

Some attribute the longevity to advances in medicine but I disagree. I attribute it to the mind and the Sense Of Life… Ikigai.

We Need To Learn From Our Elders

Less stress, more dancing, singing and physical activity.

And we cannot expect our elderly population to just retire and sit in an easy chair and wait to die. They need to be a part of society. And they can be, so let’s allow them to be.

I applaud companies who are hiring retired people so they can keep moving. And I ask that local areas look for ways they can allow elderly people to give their talents.

Volunteering at hospitals… Helping at child care centers… Participating in school activities.

These are all ways that the aged can help both the community and their own longevity.

So don’t discourage… ENCOURAGE them!

Let the live Ikigai.

And I also suggest we all try some of the food Okinawans eat regularly… There must be something to that too!

How The Okinawans Eat

Okinawans consume about 30 percent less sugar and 15 percent fewer grains than folks in the rest of Japan.

Their diets are heavy in yellow, orange and green vegetables. Meat is eaten in small quantities as is dairy products.

And most important of all… Along with Ikigai, the Okinawa natives practice Hara Hachi Bu. This is a practice we all should use. It is not eating until you are full. You eat until you are about 75% full. So they consume less calories and more nutrients than the majority of other humans.

Learn more about the Okinawan diet here.

Conclusion

You don’t have to move to Japan to live longer, but it will help if you learn how the Okinawans do it.

Ikigai and Hara Hachi Bu.

Practice them and live longer.

Do you have any questions or comments? Please leave them below. And now, as they would say in Okinawa…

お越し頂きありがとうございます

Okoshi itadaki arigatōgozaimasu

Thank you for visiting!