Top 5 New Oral Health Care Products

Your oral health is directly linked to your body’s overall health, having gum diseases can cause your body to get sick and other diseases and in some cases death. Maintaining a good gum and teeth health is important for anyone to stay healthy and prevents you from being sick.

Dentiva

One new product that has revolutionized the market in oral health care products is called Dentiva and is a gum. The great thing about Dentiva is that for an hour it keeps releasing essential oils that you need to fight bacteria build up, whereas ordinary mouthwashes, other gums and mints dissolve too fast to have any effect on killing bacteria. Consuming Dentiva results in healthier gums and teeth, it is designed to be an alternative to mouthwash and should be taken in between your two brushings. Dentiva retails for $6

 

Biotene PBF Mouthwash with Calcium

Biotene PBF Mouthwash is the first mouthwash to dissolve plague biofilm. If Plague is not dissolved it can lead to bacteria build up, tooth decay and other gum diseases. Biotene PBF mouthwash is alcohol free and it contains a proven saliva enzyme that strengthens your own antibacterial system found in saliva. Biotene PBF Mouthwash with calcium retails for $13

Rota-Dent Electrical Toothbrush

The Rota-Dent Electrical Toothbrush is the only toothbrush designed to reach underneath the gum line and in between the teeth with its patented microfilament brush tips. The Rota-Dent is proven to save teeth and brushes with 90,000 filament sweeps per second; it is clinically proven to be as effective as brushing and flossing. It comes with a manufacturers warranty and retails for $120

Tooth Tunes Junior

Tooth Tunes Junior is a toothbrush designed for kids that encourages them to brush their teeth. The toothbrush actually talks, and plays music in their mouth while they are brushing their teeth, they will hear encouraging fraises such as “keep going” or “good job”. The toothbrush comes with a soft brush head that is not replaceable and it includes 3 AAA batteries. Tooth Tunes Junior retails for $10

Squigle Enamel Saver Toothpaste

Squigle Enamel Saver Toothpaste is the perfect toothpaste for the consumer who suffers from canker sores and other gum diseases such as bleeding gums, mouth ulcers, Plaque, tartar and bad breath. The Squigle toothpaste does not contain SLS, which is what dentist and specialist have linked directly to canker sores. Squigle Enamel Saver Toothpaste retails for $8

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‘Healthy Pizza’ on Its Way

If you, like many people around the world, love pizza but try not to eat to much because is not healthy, there is good news today.

At the University of Maryland, a study has been conducted by the university’s food chemists on one our favourite foods, pizza. The pizza being used is made from whole-grain wheat pizza dough, a much healthier option. The main focus of the study is to try and increase the presence of antioxidants already found in the whole-grain pizza dough. The researchers attempted to achieve this by allowing the dough more time to rise and baking the pizza in a hotter temperature for longer periods of time.

Antioxidants play an important role in our health. There have been a number of findings recently released that support the need to consume antioxidants, as they help to fight against cancers and other diseases. Antioxidants help protect our bodies from free radicals which can damage our cells and trigger cancer.

When Jeffrey Moore, a researcher on the pizza project spoke to Reuters he said, ” The reason that we chose pizza is just because it is a very popular product, not only in the U.S. but worldwide.” “So we thought if we could find ways to improve (its antioxidant) properties, doing this for such a product could have a larger impact on public health.”

However, Moore did point out, that even if they produce a healthier pizza, consumers would need to be weary of cancelling out the good effects with over doing the toppings, such as, loading the pizza with extra cheese, sausage and pepperoni. Moore said, ” It you’re adding back all these other things that have potential negative health consequences, then you’re negating anything that you’re adding in terms of (health) value.”

The British Dietetic Association is also concerned that this new form of pizza will not be fully understood and people will see it as an excuse to include more unhealthy toppings and neglect trying to consume the daily-recommended portions of fruit and vegetables. Jaciqui Lowdon, of the British Dietetic Association said, “I would rather people ate their five portions of fruit and vegetables each day, than ate more pizza.” “This isn’t teaching people about healthy eating.”

The new study findings regarding a healthy pizza were presented at the recent meeting of the American Chemical Society in Chicago.

During the research variables such a baking time, baking temperature and rising time were adjusted in order to discover the best combination for increasing antioxidants in the dough. The best combination was discovered to be longer baking time along with a higher temperature after letting the dough ferment for a long period of time. The research found that by baking the pizza for longer the level of antioxidants rose by 60 percent and that a hotter temperature resulted in an 82 percent rise in antioxidant levels.

The same results would not be possible if standard refined flour is used. This is because the majority of antioxidants are found in whole wheat’s bran and endosperm components. These components are removed from the wheat when it is refined.

According the Reuters the study was not funded by the pizza industry but was funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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http://www.reuters.com/article/healthNews/idUSN2638074920070327?pageNumber=3
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/6495591.stm
http://www.channel4.com/news/articles/society/health/healthy+pizza+recipe+discovered/333807

How I Will Treat My Health During American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month, which will address a major aspect of one’s health. I will tell you some of the health-related things I will plan to do and/or continue to do during this time of American Heart Month. American Heart Month is another of those “cause of the month things” that can at least help me be more cognizant of my health actions. So it’s good that not only are people’s romantic hearts focused in February, but so are their physical hearts.

What I Plan On Doing For My Health During American Heart Month

One of the things I will be doing is getting my regular cholesterol check, God-willing. Because my cholesterol has been nothing to brag about, especially after spending virtually all of my adult life free-basing foods high in saturated fat until the summer of 2007 — that is, until I was advised by my medical provider that I needed to address this issue. I used to go years without getting checks of my cholesterol, but since mid-2007, I’ve been getting it checked regularly to monitor my health better.

For the last year and a half, I’ve been cutting down on saturated fats, but over the last three months especially, I’ve been really striving to eat as little foods that contain saturated fat as possible. As much as I love chocolate, hamburgers, pizza, red meats, etc., which are all high in saturated fats, even when I partake of these, I usually eat extremely small portions. Even the American Heart Association has a link that talks about fats here.

More About My Health And American Heart Month

And of course during American Heart Month in February, I plan on doing my two three-mile runs per day no matter the weather. Exercise is really good for the heart, as again discussed at the American Heart Association’s website here.

I’m not much into volunteering officially for these causes, but at least I strive to follow what is preached by this particular cause to keep my health as good as possible!

Go to the website of the American Heart Association to learn more about how to improve your heart health.

Jett Travolta and the Culture of Judgment

On January 2nd in the Bahamas two people suffered every parent’s worst nightmare, the sudden and unanticipated loss of a child. John Travolta and Kelly Preston’s celebrity status shot the sad news instantly around the world, initially with cautious reports about a seizure, a possible fall, and the diagnosis of Kawasaki’s disease. Amidst the rubbernecking that will invariably accompany a public tragedy, there should be a certain amount of disgust at some untoward public commentary about the private health status of a minor.

The history of speculation about Jett Travolta dates back years. A cursory internet search will reveal scathing assumptions and hurtful comments written previously about Jett and his family. Did Jett in fact have autism? Are the hand movements seen during intrusive paparazzi videos evidence of “stimming”, the repetitive, self-comfort gestures of those at the more severe end of the autistic spectrum? Did Jett instead suffer from Kawasaki’s Disease, an uncommon yet typically treatable early childhood illness, as a result of exposure to toxic carpet cleaning chemicals? Did the globetrotting Travoltas stuff a mainstream medical diagnosis of autism, and the hope that can come with early intervention and consistent treatment, in favor of an offbeat Scientology approach? Inquiring minds want to know.

The teen’s untimely death is sure to summon even more foul remarks from well-intentioned autism advocates, those who are particularly offended by the Church of Scientology, and the merely smug (who are convinced that they have magical parenting skills). Mothers and fathers of children with a serious or controversial illness understand what it is like to juggle the stress of a long battle with the sting of unfair appraisals. Losing a child is suffering enough for any mortal. Adding even one pointed finger is particularly cruel.

The truth is that no one but the Travoltas has the full story about what went on in their lives, and the extent to which they provided appropriate medical management for the child’s health. It is reasonable to assume that with access to world-class doctors and treatment, Jett Travolta’s loving family gave him every chance for the best life possible. What we can know for sure that the number of people eager to judge others (and especially their parenting) is limitless.

Superfood

Are you the busy person who just has no time to stop and fix a meal? Are you a health-oriented person who cares about what goes into their body? Or are you perhaps an older person, or a person with health problems, who has little to no appetite?

There is a product you should try. Odwalla Superfood is a micronutrient fruit juice drink and much more. This drink is a mixture of apple juice and purees of peach, strawberry and mango. Banana is also blended in for its nutrients and flavor. Then, as if that wasn’t enough, Superfood contains there are the green foods. Wheat grass, which is super for your colon and bowel health. Barley grass and wheat sprouts add their healthy nutrients to the drink.

Superfood contains 1,000 mg of spirulina per eight ounce serving. With this you get good amounts of micro-nutrients such as beta carotene, vitamin C, iodine and manganese as well as potassium.

This is a one-stop world, and many full-nutrient drinks are becoming popular. Ensure was once more a medical product than anything else. Now the company points its advertising toward the busy person on the go.

Superfood is a great snack. An eight ounce glass has just one hundred and thirty calories, and none of it from sugar, fat, salt or fillers. At first sight Superfood looks very green, green and thick. But from the first taste it is a sweet, fruity, satisfying drink that keeps your hunger under control as well as giving you full servings of fruit and greens.

Wheat grass has until now been a very health-nut food. Many juice stores sell shots of it for $3.00 or more. Wheat grass is excellent for health. When our bowels become full it can uncomfortable and give you nausea and a bloated feeling. While not a pretty subject, your bowels are vital organs. Feces that sits in the intestines can grow rancid and unhealthy.

With Superfood you don’t taste the greens – it isn’t like grazing the south forty. The sweetness of the juice overrides the grassy flavors.

Odwalla puts out Superfood in eight ounce bottles. It also has sixty-four ounce jugs that are code dated for your protection. It is a food that is highly perishable and should be kept in the refrigerator and never left on the counter.

In this hectic world of stress we all need to take care of ourselves better. You could have a bottle of Superfood for a snack, a lunch or a pick-me-up. If you are trying to cut back on soda pop, this is sweet and would substitute nicely, plus giving you a whopping percentage of your daily food needs.

Get More Fiber Without Sacrificing Taste

Fiber is one of those necessary evils that we must add to our diets in order to stay regular and promote good digestive health. Most of us should have about 25 grams of fiber a day in order to encourage proper digestive functionality. But the thought of stirring in bland flax seeds into oatmeal or eating broccoli with every meal isn’t always that appealing. However, there are some simple ways to get more roughage without sacrificing the taste and texture of your favorite foods:

1. Grab a banana in the morning (2.4 grams of fiber). You can eat it alone or cut it up in oatmeal or a fiber-enriched cereal for increased benefits.

2. Order the sweet potato french fries instead of the white potato fries (3.4 grams of fiber). Many restaurants offer these delicious options and they give you an instant fiber boost.

3. Eat more chili (kidney beans have 7.9 grams of fiber per 1/2 cup). Make a chili dog and put it on a whole wheat bun (1.4 grams) and you’ll get nearly half your needed fiber intake for the day!

4. Get popcorn at the movies instead of candy — this natural snack has one gram of fiber per cup.

5. Ask for the brown rice instead of the white rice when you order takeout food (3.5 grams of fiber per cup).

Fiber Differences: Insoluble and Soluble

There are two types of fiber–insoluble and soluble. Insoluble fiber helps you increase the bulk of your stool, which is ideal for those suffering from constipation or irregular bowel movements. Theses include foods like dark green leafy veggies, fruit skins, whole-wheat breads and corn bran. These make up about 75 percent of our daily intake as a rule.

Soluble fiber can be food-based (such as flax seed, carrots and nuts) or sold as a powder (e.g. Metamucil or Citracel) that transforms into a gel substance once ingested. This type of fiber works in your digetstive tract to ease bowel movements and keep you regular. Soluble fibers account for about 25 percent of our daily intake in general.

The benefits of fiber include regularity and smooth digestion, lowered risks of digestive problems (including colorectal cancer), reduced cholesterol and glucose levels, regulated blood sugar levels and even weight loss. If you have trouble processing fiber (excessive gas or bloating), try a dietary supplement such as Beano for relief. Also, be sure to drink at least eight glasses of water per day to help keep things moving. Citrus fruits like oranges and apples are also excellent sources of fiber and act as catalysts during the digestion process.

References

1. National Cancer Institute. “Trials Show No Effect of Low-Fat, High-Fiber, and High-Fruit and -Vegetable Diets on the Growth of New Colorectal Polyps in People with a History of Precancerous Polyps.” http://www.cancer.gov/newscenter/polyp-prev-diet. Accessed January 3, 2009.

2. Seek Wellness. “Low Cost Fiber Recipes for a Healty Diet.” http://www.seekwellness.com/nutrition/low_cost_high_fiber.htm. Accessed January 3, 2009.

The Schoolyard Workout – How Kids’ Games Can Inspire a Fun Exercise Session

A schoolyard workout can bring out the kid in you, while giving you the heart-healthy exercise that’s an important part of adult life. If you’ve ever watched a bunch of kids playing in the schoolyard, you’ll see that they are constantly in motion. That means they’re constantly burning calories, strengthening muscle, and building endurance. You can get all these benefits, and have some serious fun, by using your favorite childhood games as inspiration for a playful schoolyard workout. Read on to learn how you can use kid-friendly moves like the hokey pokey as the basis for a fun workout session.

The Hokey Pokey
Warm Up And Cool Down By Shaking It All Around

Doing the hokey pokey isn’t going to give you the buff body of an Olympian, but it makes an ideal warm up for your schoolyard workout. The hokey pokey gently raises your heart rate, and the movements of the dance will get blood flowing to all your extremities. Plus, the hokey pokey will get you in the right mindset. Think back to your own days of afternoon recess: chances are, you weren’t thinking about health or weight loss, you were just having a good time. Starting your schoolyard workout with the hokey pokey will make it easier to throw off the cares and worries of your day so that you can focus on playing and having fun. You can also try the hokey pokey as a cool down routine: finishing your workout with a quick “shake it all about” will lift your mood as you celebrate a job well done.

Tip: Warming up with a few bouts of the hokey pokey before you get into more strenuous activities helps protect your muscles against injury or strain.

Hopscotch
A Lighthearted Session Of Serious Cardio

Hopscotch is one of the most lighthearted games that you can incorporate into your schoolyard workout. Grab your chalk and head for a sidewalk where you can draw yourself a hopscotch board. Stick with the classic layout, or get creative and make up your own wild shapes to jump around. Try interspersing a round of hopscotch with a minute or two of jogging; after a couple of cycles you’ll find yourself huffing, puffing, and grinning. For maximum cardiovascular benefit, play and run in your target heart range for twenty minutes or more before cooling down.

Tip: It’s always important to stretch before and after a workout, but it’s an especially great idea if your workout will focus primarily on one muscle region- in this case, your lower body. Once you’re warmed up, try a few lunges to keep your leg muscles happy. Do a few more while your heart rate is slowing after your schoolyard work out.

Hula Hoop
Twisting Your Way To A Shapely, Trimmed Waist

One of the most inexpensive and iconic toys of childhood is the hula hoop. Who would have thought that this simple toy could be a great workout tool? When you incorporate a hula hoop into your schoolyard workout, you’re doing your torso a big favor. The wiggling you’ll do to keep the hoop in motion works several muscle groups, including your obliques. Obliques are the muscles on the sides of your torso, which are responsible for twisting and turning. They’re also responsible for defining your waist, so hula hooping will bring you that much closer to a shapely midsection.

Tip: Remember to change the direction of your rotations every few minutes so that you work both sides of your body evenly.

Vision and Eyesight Health Tips

Are you getting frustrated at having to get stronger and stronger prescription glasses every time you visit your optometrist? Recent surveys have indicated that the loss of eyesight is the biggest fear among Americans; it ranks even higher than cancer or diabetes. Everyone would like to have perfect vision without the use of glasses. Is this something that can be a reality? The use of glasses is a systematic treatment, and actually prevention is the key to maintaining eyesight is much easier than trying to treat it using glasses.

Looking at repairing eyesight without glasses, you need to understand how bad eyesight gets developed in the first place. About 25% of all Americans require glasses. And if you start to look into the academic circles of people the chances of requiring glass wearing is even higher. This is due to the fact that using a computer and reading increases the chance of acquiring nearsightedness. These things such as using the computer and reading are very unnatural for your eyes and cause your eyes to be strained and stressed… The fact you are trying to remain focused at close range for a long period of time causes undue strain on your eyes.

How can you avoid the damage to eyesight when using a computer or reading? First off proper lighting is the most important thing you can do. Read from a distance, don’t read up close. Take off your glasses step back and read from a distance. Here are some helpful tips.

Step one. Lighting, it is very important have the right amount of light. It is much easier for your eyes to focus on text and images in areas that are well lit and is better for your eyes to work with. Be sure to get plenty of light in the background, what that means is some type of light from behind your head.

Step two. Keep a proper distance from what you’re trying to read. Give it least arms length away from anything that you are reading. The closer you get to more stress a cause your eyes to try and read. This will lead to nearsightedness. Step back as far as possible and that is convenient for you to continue to do the work you’re trying to do without stretching another part of your body.

Step three. Be sure to take enough breaks. Staring at the white bright light of the computer screen is an obvious strain on your eyes. Take breaks every few minutes to allow your eyes a chance to get away from the glare. You can do this easily by focusing on something in the distance in changing your line of perception to something in the distance every so often.

Step four. Don’t use your farsighted glasses when reading up close. Reading with your distance classes is counterproductive and actually is detrimental to your eyesight. If you can do without your distance glasses then you should do without it always. All you will be doing is increasing your chances of needing a newer prescription sooner because it will cause your eyesight to get worse as you accommodate for the short distance on top of your distance classes. And last but not least ignore the fact that carrots make your eyes better it is just a myth,

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http://bruno.penandscale.com/2008_01_01_archive.html

How Important is Healthy Diet

As a child, nothing in the world was as repulsive and loathsome to me as the thought of having to eat vegetables. But insistent as my parents were, I did not have much choice other than just swallow my portion of the veggies, being painfully aware of the fact that I wouldn’t be allowed to leave the table without doing so. Although my parents did try to make it easier for me, all their efforts at making vegetables attractive to me ended up in vain. But now that I am older, vegetables constitute a major portion of my diet simply because now I am able to appreciate them and as a result, I have even grown to love them. I am even more thankful to my parents for the insistence with which they instilled in me the importance of a healthy diet.

Importance of a healthy diet. Avoiding fruits and vegetables is a common problem not only amongst children but adults as well. However, a taste for fruits and vegetables can be cultivated during the early years gradually and persistently so that on growing up, children actually crave for them and prefer eating them above all other types of food. Children should be taught to try new types of food and enjoy the different and contrasting flavours offered by the various food types. After all, a balanced and nutritional diet is of paramount importance for children in order to acquire holistic healing and a feeling of overall wellness.

How to encourage kids to eat vegetables

Young age is the best age. It is a proven fact that children who are taught to accept fruits and vegetables at a young age, say between two and four, are more likely to enjoy them. New and healthy foods should be introduced at an early age and in an attractive manner, for example, fruits and vegetables of different colours and shapes, rather than wait till the children are older, say from four to eight years, as children are more receptive and learn more willingly at a younger age.

Set an example. Children are good observers, especially when it comes to their parents. So it is the responsibility of elders in the house to set a good example by eating fruits, vegetables and trying out new and different foodstuffs. Children tend to emulate their parents in every possible way including their eating habits, hence their reaction towards healthy food is largely influenced by their parents behaviour towards such types of food.

Persistence. It is a natural human tendency to resist anything new and this applies to ones food habits as well. Therefore, in order to get children to accept new vegetables or fruits, persistent servings on part of the parent play an important role for the child to be persuaded to try the new food and eventually accept it.

Use your authority. Ultimately it depends upon the parents to decide on the degree of firmness they are willing to exert in order to improve their child’s eating habits. The trick lies in encouraging your children to experiment with new and different foodstuffs and not allowing them to settle down with a fixed diet.

Be Creative. Parents should try and be as creative as possible especially when introducing their children to new vegetables as presentation and taste play a very important part in enhancing its appeal. What better way to discourage a child from eating vegetables than to prepare it bland and serve it ordinarily. Instead, a dish prepared appetisingly full of flavour and interesting ingredients will not only be received with curiosity but stands more chances of being accepted as well.

Benefits of Detoxifying for Fitness and Health

Detoxing your body cleans and rids it of the toxins you have ingested. When your body has toxins in it, it is affected in many different ways. Sometimes your body becomes dependent on these toxins so when you are cleaning your system out you might feel more sluggish than usual, an increasing amount of aces and pains that you otherwise might not have noticed. These pains are usually bothersome but well worth it in the long run when you are trying to make your body healthy.

In every body we have certain organs that are for cell waste management purposes. These particular organs play an active and important role in the detoxification process and help the body to become fit and healthy once again.

1) The liver is a recycling organ. Meaning it recycles the unwanted chemicals within the body and sorts out the toxins and “sets them aside” for the organ to process and eliminate through circulation.

2) Lymph glands also play a vital role in completely eliminating the toxins within the body. Tubing takes out the extra waste of the cells and finally sending them to the organs for a complete elimination. Among these organs are the appendix, thymus, tonsils and spleen.

3) Kidneys are used as water management in the body. They get rid of acid waste and hold onto the good blood alkaline. To assist your kidneys you can drink a lot of water, although it is best if you drink juices with higher alkaline levels and purified water. It is safe to drink about ½ a fluid ounce of alkaline per day to notice results in your bodies weight.

4) In order for the blood air to become purified the lungs a essential. The lungs let the oxygen go straight to the bloodstream, and they are responsible for removing gases within the air that can be harmful to the human body. These harmful toxins are found in all of your cells throughout the body.

5) Having a colon that is essentially free from waste is very important when discussing the benefits of a persons health. A persons colon is the solid waste remover organ. Medical professionals have reported on several occasions that many people have about 80 pounds of mucus and a rubbery substance within their colon. It is not easy to cleanse your colon, nor is it comfortable to do. But it is important to do.