Oral Health – The Gateway to Living Healthy

by Head Health Nutter on August 23, 2016

Just how important is it to take care of your mouth? Should we be spending more time brushing and flossing? Let’s find out in today’s guest article by Dr. Kathi Mansell.

Your mouth is considered to be the window to your overall health. One can learn so much about the overall health of of a person just by taking a peek into their mouth. Speaking as a dentist, we’re not here to judge! We are just as concerned as you about our health and have a few useful tidbits of information to those who are looking to brighten their future with a brighter smile.

So what is the connection between the mouth and your overall health? Well, the mouth is an interesting place because there is a tremendous amount of bacteria that live within it. A lot of these bacteria are helpful or don’t pose any immediate risk to your health, but some of them do. Without a solid oral hygiene routine, you could be fighting a losing battle against tooth loss and much worse.

dental-healthThe Gum Connection

The gums are but a thin interface between all these bacteria and the bloodstream. Through the gums, infection can be passed into the bloodstream and into systems where they can cause serious damage. Further, there are many studies that have shown that oral bacteria and inflammation that are frequently associated with serious periodontal disease can play an adverse role in some diseases. Diseases like HIV and diabetes, that are known to affect the immune system and lower the bodies resistance to infection can make oral issues like this significantly worse.

Steps You Can Take To Ensure Your Oral Health

Ensuring great oral health is very similar to ensuring great overall health – find healthy habits that work for you and stick to them. It can seem daunting at first, to tackle oral health issues – it all boils down to healthy routines. Not surprisingly, the most important ones are the most obvious ones – brushing and flossing.

You should be brushing at least twice a day, preferably after meals. Generally, this falls after breakfast and right before bed. By doing this you aren’t only dislodging and washing away food particles, you are ensuring that the bad bacteria that thrive on the sugars and acids in your mouth aren’t allowed to buildup. When these bad bacteria buildup for a long enough period of time they can harden into a substance known as tartar. Tartar is very hard to remove.

Flossing should be done at least once a day and does a great job at removing the bacterial buildup between teeth. Brushing and flossing are your most powerful tools in the fight against bacteria and decay in your mouth.

See your dentist for routine examinations and cleaning at least twice a year. This is huge. When you visit your dentist, they hit all the problem spots that you miss in your brushing and flossing routines and alert you to any problems they might see on the horizon.

Easy Additions to Your Oral Health Routine That Make a Big Difference

Eating healthy and limiting your intake of sugars and extremely acidic foods and drinks can make a huge difference in your oral health.

When you can’t brush or floss your teeth there is another option – rinsing. Rinsing your mouth out with water is a great way to dislodge food particles and nasty bacteria after a meal or a snack.

One thing that people often forget or don’t consider is the toothbrush itself. Make sure you get a toothbrush with soft bristles and brush gently with it. Most importantly, make sure to replace your toothbrush at least every three months. This is a tool that you use to clean bacteria and food from your teeth – it will suffer from bacterial buildup after a few months.

Oral health is a commitment that can pay off not only in the beauty of your smile, but in your continued overall health.

About the Author

Kathy M. Mansell, DMD is a cosmetic dentist in Scottsdale, AZ. Originally from Allentown, Pennsylvania, she obtained a BS degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Drexel University in Philadelphia. After working as a Registered Dietitian for 3 years, she entered dental school at Temple University, School Of Dentistry. Upon graduation in 1981, she completed a one year residency in Hospital Dentistry at the Genesee Hospital in Rochester, New York.

Do you have any oral healthcare tips that have worked for you? Share them with us in the comment section below.

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4 Easy Ways to Improve your Sleep!

by Head Health Nutter on August 21, 2016

If you’ve ever had a hard time sleeping (either falling asleep or staying asleep), you’ll know just how important proper sleep is to our well-being. Check out today’s article contributed by Casper for tips in how we can sleep better.

Let’s talk about sleep. We all do it. It’s essential to our well-being, but unfortunately too many of us lack quality sleep night after night. Poor and inconsistent sleep can drastically affect our health without us even realizing it. This is why Casper is committed to informing us on this crucial topic.

Casper_sleep_problem_card_ALT_busy_v01Even though the recommended amount of sleep is about 7 hours a night, due to constant sleep issues, many of us get far less. Lucky for us, there are some small adjustments we can make to our sleep habits that will bring about big change. The following sleep cards highlight some common problems and super simple solutions we can all try.

We’ve all been there; laying in bed, not able to turn down all of the thoughts and noise in our minds. Almost 50% of Americans take their work home with them. In doing so they’re constantly adding to the list of tasks, chores, and items to accomplish before finally turning in for the night.

If this sounds like you, the best thing to do is work toward winding your mind down each night. This means putting away the cell phone, tablet, and even e-reader! In a technologically wired world, this might seem like a daunting task, but putting your electronics down and calming your mind is crucial to better sleep. Escaping the day-to-day worries and the endless to-do lists can help you go to sleep peacefully without distraction of what tomorrow brings.

Casper_sleep_problem_card_ALT_temp_v01 (1)Discomfort can come in all types, however temperature is probably one of the most common reasons we can’t fall asleep. The temperature being too hot or cold, high humidity, or poor air quality are all factors that will keep you tossing and turning.

The optimal sleep environment is 65 degrees, and some studies have even found that different forms of insomnia are linked to your body temperature not being regulated properly. While everyone is different, sleeping at a cooler temperature will best sync-up your body’s natural temperature and sleep cycle.

Eating healthy can be a challenge, especially if you are just starting out. Before you run to the fridge at 2 am to find some leftovers, consider a healthy snack before you head off to bed. Things like a handful of almonds, honey in herbal tea, or some cherries and dark chocolate to satisfy that sweet tooth will help your body naturally prepare for a good night’s sleep.

Casper_sleep_problem_card_ALT_discomfort_v01So before you go for the handful of chips or a bowl of cereal, try reaching for some foods that will help keep your healthy eating on track while quieting a restless stomach.

If you find that you’re still tossing and turning, fighting for a comfortable position to sleep in, you may want to consider a new mattress and pillows. The average life of a pillow is about 2 years. If yours aren’t springing back when you fold them, it’s time for a replacement.

With your mattress, if you feel like the support you need is gone, that’s an indicator that it’s time for an upgrade. Investing in your sleep, like having a comfortable mattress, should be a priority and will pay off in extra hours you get to snooze!

About the Author

Casper is a sleep startup that launched in 2014 in NYC with the goal of creating one perfect mattress for everyone. Engineered by former IDEO designers to achieve the ideal point of form meeting function. Casper mattress has shown its dedication to insuring all of their customers get the best night’s sleep (or day’s nap) by creating a sleep surface that unites proprietary CertiPUR certified memory and latex foams that sleeps cool, provides healthy bounce, and promotes ideal anatomic support. Casper is aiming to become one of the biggest voices in the correlation between sleep and your health.

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Common Misconceptions About Healthy Foods

by Head Health Nutter on August 19, 2016

Are you aware that you may be consuming what you thought was a healthy food when in fact, it isn`t? And perhaps even vice versa? Check out today`s article by guest blogger, Henry Kingston, who may just have busted a few little known healthy food myths!

Many foods that have been falsely believed to be harmful can actually be beneficial for us. You just can’t start believing in certain facts if you do not have substantial proof to back it. Also one thing that should be taken into consideration is the fact that one man’s meat can be another man’s poison. This is because what might suit you might not suit someone else and vice versa.

Your body type determines what you should eat and what you should not. Health related fallacies about certain foods and related diseases have been contradicted by studies and science researches.

Here are some myths about your favorite foods debunked:

healthy-food-mythsMyth # 1: Eggs are harmful.

Due to the high cholesterol content in eggs people usually avoid them. Also some people might be allergic to it. In fact, eggs are rich sources of nutrients like unsaturated fats, vitamin B and D, folate and minerals like zinc and iron and brain boosting chemical choline which retracts the effects of cholesterol.

Processed foods have a higher chance of increasing blood cholesterol level. As it is only 25 percent of our body cholesterol comes from food whereas the rest is produced by the liver which is why it is recommended that children should eat eggs regularly. Let not false assumptions deprive your child of the essential nutrients.

Myth # 2: Raw fruits and vegetables provide more nutrition than cooked ones.

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Should Women Lift Weights?

by Head Health Nutter on August 17, 2016

I love lifting weights! Way more than cardio (which probably means that I need more cardio!)… but many women believe, for one reason or another, that weight-lifting is not appropriate for them. Please keep reading today`s article by guest blogger, Samantha Olivier, to dispel this myth!

One of the greatest myths in fitness is that weightlifting is something that was made for exclusively men. There is also a widespread belief that women should just run a few times a week, do yoga and Pilates while all else will come naturally. Most of these claims are, however, as far from reality as it gets.

In fact, all those movie stars, who claim to have gotten in shape by using these methods, probably did either CrossFit or weightlifting. So what is the truth then, should women lift weights or not? Let’s find out!

Secret to Success Toning and Weight Lifting for Women 1You Won’t Look Like a Bodybuilder

First of all, the very idea that one could come to look like a bodybuilder by accident is outright insulting. Just think about it. There are people out there dedicating their every waking hour to bodybuilding.

They are spending hours and days in the gym and living on the most rigorous diets in order to get bulky. On the other hand, there are people out there trying to persuade you that, by lifting weights a few times a week, you could get the same result. It is simply ridiculous. Furthermore, it takes a lot more work for women to gain muscles than for men, which makes this whole scenario even more improbable.

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Energy Guide: To Keep You Going

by Head Health Nutter on August 15, 2016

Anybody can be bounding with energy. There is no magic formula required just some plain information that needs to be applied to achieve the desired effects. Today guest blogger, Natalia, shares with us her energy guide to keep us going!

Many people follow the rules quite naturally and they are the ones who always have plenty of pep whether it is the hottest day of summer or the middle of winter. Most people are relatively fit and well. Of course, if you are unwell, your energy flags. But if you are fit but get sick, you will find that you are quickly back on your feet at full strength in no time.

Here are some of the key areas to watch to maintain good health and plenty of energy.Woman making a big jump on a beautiful green meadow

SLEEP: This is essential. Most people need about eight hours’ sleep every night. This is the time when the human system replenishes itself after the day’s activities. Deprive yourself of a full night’s sleep on a regular basis and you will quickly lose energy. But a good night’s sleep will get you off to a strong start each day.

FRESH AIR: Your body needs plenty of oxygen, too. If you spend your days with windows and doors closed, surrounded by other people exhaling carbon dioxide you will quickly become lethargic and dreamy. So throw open the windows and doors. Let oxygen circulate. The more you inhale the richer and more effective your blood becomes, and the livelier you will become.

TEMPERATURE: This is another aspect of the atmosphere. A cool environment is always more mentally and physically bracing than a warm or hot one. Air conditioned offices and homes and cars help maintain energy during a hot day. Heat and closeness breed sleep, as a warm fire or radiator during winter demonstrate.

EMOTIONS: The quickest way to feel washed out and tired is to have a conflict with someone, even if it is yourself. Conflict, such as worry or an argument with a spouse, boss, girl/boy friend, simply drains your resources of energy. If you want to stay alert, avoid situations which are likely to result in a fight. [click to continue…]

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How Video Games Can be Good for your Health

by Head Health Nutter on August 13, 2016

We’ve all either known a “gamer” or been one themselves, even if it was only a phase. With hours of sitting in front of a screen, video games have been criticized for contributing to unhealthy lifestyles. Today guest blogger, Richard Heimerdinger, will share with us his slant on how video games can actually contribute to our health.

When you first think of video games you probably think of sitting on the couch or at the computer for hours on end. Maybe 15 years ago this would definitely be the case but thanks to new technology and the increase in mobile phones, a whole new era of video games has emerged.

Technology and video games have come a long way since the old days, no longer are players confined to their living rooms. If you still think video games are for lazy people then you might be in for a shock! Here’s why:

HTC-vivePokémon Go: Where Exercise Pays Off

Since the smartphone boom back in 2010 there have been many mobile apps and games released specifically to play on mobile phones. Some of these games and apps have become highly popular and have changed the way we think about video games altogether.

Take Pokémon Go for example, the new augmented reality video game that is taking the world by storm! The game is available on all popular mobile devices such as Androids and iPhones and is currently available in over 35 countries worldwide.

The game encourages players to be active and to travel around their local area to catch all the Pokémon. Players must also travel certain distances in order to hatch their eggs and receive more Pokémon. These eggs come in 2, 5 and 10KM variations with rarer Pokémon coming from the 10KM eggs. If you want to catch all the Pokémon and get the best ones, then you have to put a lot of effort in!

Since it’s release there have been plenty of reports from all over the world on the impact the game has had on people and their health. Many players have reported a huge increase in their daily exercise with one overweight user saying the game gives him the motivation to exercise. [click to continue…]

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Symptoms of a Concussion & What to do in an Emergency

by Head Health Nutter on August 11, 2016

Our noggins are pretty important, wouldn’t you say? I believe the following information will be useful to everyone and worth the read! Here’s regular contributer, Brooke Chaplan, with a few highlights regarding concussions and how to respond in an emergency.

Concussions are serious injuries and should be approached with a high level of caution. They are caused by an impact to the head and can range in severity depending on the size and the location of the blow. Sometimes, concussions can cause loss of consciousness and potentially lead to permanent brain damage.

There can be a variety of causes of traumatic brain injuries, ranging from falling on ice to sports. Most severe car accidents will result in concussions or some kind of head trauma, and because concussions can have lasting effects, it is advisable to talk to a lawyer if the injury needs constant care afterward.

Symptoms of a Concussion and What to do in an EmergencySymptoms of a Concussion

Depending on the type of concussion that has occurred, symptoms can appear immediately, or may be delayed by several hours or even days. The most common symptoms are headaches, memory loss, and confusion. These symptoms can last for a few hours or several weeks.

Some other symptoms of a concussion include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Slurred speech
  • Fatigue
  • Ringing in ears
  • Dizziness

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3 Homemade Foot Scrubs for Soft & Silky Heels

by Head Health Nutter on August 9, 2016

These feet were made for walking but did you know that the skin on our feet is a very delicate part on our body? Today guest blogger, Farheen Salman, shares with us several homemade, natural foot scrubs for us to use on a regularly basis for soft, silky heels.

Since the entire weight of our body is handled by our feet, the skin of our feet require regular upkeep and failure to do so result in cracked heels and many other foot problems. The cracks on our heels do not cause many problems at first, but when they tend to penetrate deep into the skin, that’s when we can develop issues.

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It can be very painful and may cause bleeding in some cases. To avoid this, we need adequate moisture, hydration, a healthy diet and regular exfoliation. The most probable reasons for cracked heels are:

  • Exposure to the environment and standing for long hours
  • Exposing your feet to water excessively, especially when bathing
  • Your weight also affects your heels in a number of ways. Being overweight can overburden your feet
  • Various skin related problems such as psoriasis and eczema can cause cracked heels
  • Wearing shoes and footwear which are not your size can also lead to cracks

Symptoms of Dry and Cracked Heels

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3 Therapeutic Reasons you Need a Spa in your Home

by Head Health Nutter on August 7, 2016

I was born in early July which makes me a water sign. I love the water and find it very soothing to be near any form it comes in – ocean, lake, river, waterfall, pool, and especially a spa! Here today is guest blogger, Lizzie Weakley with the scoop on home spas!

Over the last couple of decades spas have garnered a reputation of being not only a luxurious item, but one that can actually have enormous health benefits as well. Spa therapy has quickly become for many people one of the most important types of treatment for problems of the body, mind and soul.

spa hydrotherapy woman waterfall jet turquoise swimming pool waterComprised of holistic and beauty therapies as well as fitness and nutrition, spa therapy constitutes a comprehensive and complete set of expert techniques designed to relax, heal and enhance vitality in a harmonic way. You can cite a number of reasons why you would need a spa in your home, but there are three therapeutic reasons in particular that make it a must.

 

Hydrotherapy

As the name suggests this is an alternative medicine that involves the use of water for treatment of several health problems. Although thanks to technological advancements hydrotherapy had a recent revival, it has been recorded in ancient Egyptian, Persian, Greek and Roman civilizations. It’s particularly well suited for pain relief due to the physical properties of water, like temperature and pressure, which can provide with a type of massage that stimulates blood circulation and enhances the body’s natural self-healing processes.

There are different spa hydrotherapy treatments such as Vichy shower, Swiss shower, hydrotherapy bath, steam treatments and sauna treatments among others. While there are places you can go to in order to get these treatments, a spa in your own home is an investment that can make them a true part of your daily routine, which of course means bigger benefits to your health.

Luckily there are home spas of great quality out there, and expert contractors who can help you choose the right model for your needs. [click to continue…]

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Healthy Organic Skin Care Regime & Products

by Head Health Nutter on August 5, 2016

Most people are now aware that this world is full of harmful chemicals. Today we hear from guest blogger, Alexandra, about some safe cosmetics recommended for those who care to reduce their exposure to dangerous toxins.

Numerous consumers have made the decision to enhance green living by choosing organic alternatives for food and household items. Consequently, organic skin care products and make-up items are rising in acceptance as well. However, government regulations allow almost any ingredient to be used in the production of items used daily on our skin, hair, and nails, as well as the water we drink.

In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration establishes the guidelines and criteria concerning the manufacture of food and drugs. The dilemma is that not as much attention is given to skin care and make-up products.

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Some harmful ingredients used frequently in producing the most common non-organic skin care and make-up products include alcohol, isopropyl (SD-40), ammonium laureth sulfate, cyclomethicone, DEA, dioxane, imidazolidinyl urea and diazolidinyl urea, mercury, methyl paraben, propyl paraben, butyl paraben, ethyl paraben nitrosamines, polyethylene glycol, propylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulphate, stearalkonium chloride, and triethanolamine.

Many of these compounds are easily absorbed through a person’s skin; however, the body does not have the means to rid itself of them. Therefore, these toxins can remain inside a person’s body, eventually spreading through the body and causing damage to internal organs. [click to continue…]

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