Monday, February 28, 2011

The Surprising Health Benefits of Veneers

Many people are opting for porcelain veneers to cover imperfections in their teeth because they are less expensive than dental implants, and require a much shorter treatment time than orthodontics, but did you know that aside from the obvious smile enhancing benefits there are some other good reasons to opt for veneers? They can be used to close gaps and adjust malformations in the teeth and improve the bite, therefore aiding in digestion. They can actually strengthen the teeth against chipping and abrasion. And, because of the high-gloss/glazed finish on the veneers, they are resistant to plaque, cutting down on gum disease and gingivitis! And we all know that healthy teeth and gums contribute to the overall health of our bodies!

Just thought I'd throw that out there for anyone who might be considering extensive cosmetic dental work. Explore the possibilities!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Should I brush my dog’s teeth?

Well we all know how important it is to brush our own teeth but did you know that dogs need their teeth brushed as well?
Dogs can also get tartar, gum disease, and tooth decay, just like we do. It is important to clean your dog's teeth at least once a week, or have the veterinarian do it to prevent tartar build-up and dental problems.
There are all kinds of different toothpaste for dogs on the market now. Once you get into a routine it won’t be as hard. Starting while they are young might make it easier. (:

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Come on, we all do it... We avoid the dentist like the plague!

What is it really that makes us put off our dental work till it's absolutely necessary to go? Fear of pain? Expense? A bad experience? We all dread it, and a good percentage of people put it off for 10 or 20 years, until gum disease and decay set in and by then it's often too late. What are your reasons for avoiding the dentist?

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Enjoy super-health...for pennies!

No need for pricey pills, fancy foods or expensive supplements to reach your health goals! The latest research shows that everything you need to look and feel your best can be had for pennies!

  • Turn of hunger... With Peppermint lip balm!

  • Cut more calories...With gum!

  • Thwart Cancer...With green tea!

  • Cut cholesterol...With concentrated OJ!

  • Reverse memory loss...With fish oil!

  • Dodge diabetes...With whole milk

  • Zap arthritis... With garlic!

  • More chocolate...Healthier DNA

Friday, February 18, 2011

Flax Seed: Tiny Seed, BIG Health Booster!

Often referenced to be one of the most powerful plant-type foods on earth, flax seed has been cultivated and used in medicine for centuries. Now days, flax seed or "flax" can be found on the ingredients label on many foods including various crackers and oatmeal. Although flax seed contains an abundance of healthy components, it's 3 key ingredients have given it its healthy reputation:

Fiber- Flax seed contains both soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber lowers cholesterol (thus reducing the risk of heart disease) and regulates blood sugar in people with diabetes. Insoluble fiber promotes regular bowel movement and prevents constipation. Insoluble fiber also removes toxic waste and regulates pH in the intestines helping to reduce the risk of colon cancer.

Omega-3- This is an essential fatty acid known as "good" fat. Omega-3 fatty acid is known to benefit and help regulate many conditions from high blood pressure to cancer. It has also been proven to benefit the cardiovascular and circulatory system.

Lignans- Lignan is an antioxident that reduces the risk of breast cancer in women as well as prostate cancer in men.

For more information about flax seed and it's health benefits, follow any above link or click on the site referenced below.

WebMD on flax seed

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Things you can do with dental floss…

Here are 5 interesting things you can use dental floss for;

Slice Cake and Cheese
Secure a Button Permanently
Extra-Strong String for Hanging Things
Remove a Stuck Ring
Lift Cookies Off a Baking Tray

To read more on it click here. Enjoy! (:

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Pets Can Make You Healthier!

There are so many ways that owning a pet can influence a persons health. If you own a dog or cat and are especially attached to it, you probably enjoy lower blood pressure, less anxiety and even a better immune system than people who don't! Many hospitals use visiting canines to boost the spirits of people who are ill or recovering from surgery. For the elderly, just walking a dog everyday can give them much needed exercise... and a sense of purpose. People with HIV/AIDS and cancer patients are less likely to suffer from depression if they are pet owners.
And for those who are single and shy.....a pet can be an excellent ice-breaker! Dogs are naturally outgoing animals. Take them for a walk and they'll get the conversation going for you by just being themselves!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Headaches: How to treat them..

In our stressful world of deadlines and high-speed everything, it's no wonder we find ourselves taking an occasional painkiller. Here are some ways to treat a headache...

  • With a firm, circular motion, massage the web of skin between the base of your thumb and your forefinger. Continue massaging for several minutes.Acupressure experts call this fleshy area trigger point LIG4 and maintain that it is linked to areas of the brain where headaches originate.

  • Soaking your feet in hot water will help your head to feel better. By drawing blood to your feet, the hot-water footbath will ease pressure on the blood vessels in your head.

  • Have a cup of strong coffee. Caffeine reduces blood-vessel swelling, and thus can help to relieve a headache.

  • Wring out two wet peppermint tea bags and place them on your closed eyelids or forehead for five minutes.

For more remides follow this link

Friday, February 11, 2011

Heart Attack - 7 Signs Women Should Never Ignore

Insomnia... Indigestion... Nausea... Body Aches...

Most women would write these types of symptoms off as everyday "womanly" issues. And rightly so... But what many women don't know is that these very symptoms could be signs of a more severe problem: Heart Attack.

Generally, when people think "heart attack", they think of gasping for air and clutching your chest, pain in the left arm, etc... While these, of course, are generally definite signs of a heart attack, statistics show that 95% of women who have had a heart attack didn't recognize the symptoms at the time. Why? Because women's signs are completely different than men's, and are often mistaken for other, more common, issues that one wouldn't normally seek medical attention for. Sadly, because of this, women are more likely to die from sudden cardiac death than men.

Here are the signs you should NEVER ignore:

Indigestion: Cramps, nausea, diarrhea or any other unusual digestive activity can be signs of a heart attack. Become familiar with your system and take note if any unexplained changes should occur.

Fatigue and/or Insomnia: Many female heart attack patients reported having chronic fatigue in the few months prior to their attacks, however, during the last month prior to the attack, many of these women also experienced insomnia or inability to fall, or even stay, asleep.

Shortness of Breath: About 40% of women reported having shortness of breath during day to day activities such as walking up stairs, activities that wouldn't normally exert them.

Anxiety/Stress: Stress is a huge risk for a heart attack. Pretty much everyone knows that. But for women, it was the emotional experience they reported. Many said they experienced severe, uncontrollable anxiety before their attacks, like knowing somethings wrong but not knowing what it is.

Feels like Flu: Flu-like symptoms could very well be a heart attack in disguise. Clammy skin, sweating, body aches, and weakness are signs you should go to the doctor and make sure it's the flu.

Jaw/shoulder Aches: While men often feel pain and numbness in the chest, shoulder and arm, women commonly don't experience anything like that. Female survivors have reported noticeable pain in areas such as the jaw, ear, neck, and shoulder much like a pulled muscle or an ache.

Protect yourself. Pay attention to your body, it will always tell you what's wrong, you just have to know how to listen.

Cheers to health and happiness!

This information was gathered and summarized from an article found here.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Toothpaste is good for more then just brushing with…

Did you know toothpaste can be used for other things besides just brushing your teeth? Here are 5 things it is good for;
Prevent Fogged Goggles
Clean Your Piano Keys
Deodorize Baby Bottles
Remove Scuffs from Shoes
Clear Up Pimples
To read on them click here and just keep hitting the next button until you have gone through them all. If you have toothpaste you don’t use now you know of a few things it can be good for other then throwing it away or just sitting in the medicine cabinet. (:

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Cold Sores VS Canker Sores

My youngest recently was crying that his mouth hurt when he ate. One night after brushing his teeth I looked in his mouth and he had a sore on the inside of his lower lip/gum area. I wasn't sure if it was a 'cold' sore or a 'canker' sore as I did not know the difference. I decided to go on line and find out. I found this article here explaining what they are. It seems as though he had got a canker sore.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Easy ways to Stay younger longer!

Here are some ways to look younger:)

  1. Add 10 healthy years to your life, by sipping wine. Wine wards of diabetes.

  2. Fend off cell damage by sitting! Protect your cells with tea.

  3. Sleep better with the sent of jasmine. Walking deepens sleep, too.

  4. Stop brain drain with berries. Shield your memory with celery.

  5. Dodge disease by eating pumpkin pie. Pop magnesium.

  6. Fire up energy with chocolate

  7. Erase aches with ginger

  8. Sharpen your smarts with video games

Monday, February 7, 2011

Dental Procedures and Antibiotics-Good News!

I am one of those people who is required to pre-medicate with antibiotics prior to dental procedures, and I recently disovered that it may no longer be necessary! I was told this by my dentist, so I went online to research it and found an article on the topic that confirmed what he had told me. There is a listing of conditions that were previously thought to increase the risk of infective endocarditis in certain people. Click here for the link to the list. And remember, always check with your family physician to make sure that it is right for you!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Super Bowl XLV- Last Minute Party Ideas

Unprepared for this year's Super Bowl?? Did your house become the last minute party place? Or are you just not sure you'll have enough food?? No worries!! Here are some last minute snack ideas that involve a quick trip to the grocery store and just a few minutes of your time (and they're great if you have kids at your party as well!!).

-Pigs in a blanket- Just grab a package of Lil' Smokies and some Pillsbury ready made pizza dough (comes in a tube). Unroll it, cut in to small strips, and roll 'em up and bake for about 10 mins. This makes a lot and are sure to be a hit!

-Creamy Bacon Croissant Bites- This simple recipe is mouth watering! Grab a tube of Pillsbury small croissants, a block of cream cheese, and a jar of real bacon bits. Mix the cream cheese and bacon together. Unroll croissants individually. Place a spoon sized dallop of the bacon mixture on the center of the croissant dough and roll it, pinching at the ends. Bake according to directions on the croissant rolls.

-Fiesta Nacho Dip- Pick up a block of Velveeta, 2 cans of refried beans, and a large can of Ro*Tel's mexican style diced tomotoes. This is simple! Throw all this together in your crock pot and let it melt and simply stir! Serve with tortilla chips or small tortillas!

Super Bowl Sunday is usually a gathering of friends, family and food. If you plan to serve alcohol at your party this year, please be a responsible host and make sure there is a designated driver present!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Toothache in the middle of the night??

Several months ago I was up late suffering from a bad toothache. Nothing was open and I know there is not much an emergency room can do but give you pain medicine. So I went looking on line and found this article in a newsletter.
The next day I called up and also joined their plan, as I did not have any dental. I was very pleased with the service I received and would recommend this plan to those who need help with their dental costs.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Winter allergies and how to deal with them

Seasonal allergies affect approximately 20 million people in the United States. For most people, the fall and winter seasons offer relief from the condition, but that is not to say winter allergies don’t exist

Perennial allergies can be felt year-round, but are often stronger in the fall/winter seasons. Why? Because they are triggered by what’s indoors, which is where people tend to stay when the weather is cooler.

If you want to check out the common causes of allergies, click the link below...

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Valentine's Day Fun Facts!

Here are some enjoyable fun facts about Valentine's Day! Share these fun facts with your family, co-worker's and friends!

Fun Facts:)

  • About 1 billion Valentine's Day cards are exchanged in the US each year.

  • Women purchase 85% of Valentine's.

  • 3% of pet owners will give Valentine gifts to their pet.

  • Valentine's Day and Mother's Day are the biggest holiday for sending flowers.

  • 50 million roses are given for Valentine's day each year.

  • Amongst the earliest Valentine's Day gifts were candies. The most common were chocolates in heart shaped box!

Valentine's Day superstitions:)

  • If an apple is cut in half, the number of seeds found inside will indicate the number of children you will have.

  • To be awoken by a kiss on Valentine's Day is considered LUCKY!

  • On Valentine's Day, the first guy's name you read in the paper or hear on TV or radio will be the name of the man you will marry!