7 Awkward Moments Invisible Braces Can Help You Avoid

by Head Health Nutter on September 29, 2014

Ready for a funny article? Whether you’re looking into getting braces or just want a laugh to lighten up your day, read today’s guest post by British writer, Lauri Pete!

Even in the 21st century cultural stereotypes abound. From the French being seen as masters of the culinary arts to Brits being viewed as a nation of reserved tea drinkers. And when it comes to those from the good old US of A, pearly whites and quarterbacks are seen to be the order of the day once you head stateside.

OrthodontistUnfortunately for us Brits one stereotype that seems to have persisted in the eyes of our American counterparts is the notion that those on UK shores sport less than pristine smiles. Think Austin Powers on a bad day! However, the good news is that us Brits are changing the way we are perceived across the Atlantic, one smile at a time. This is because many more people in Britain nowadays are opting to get braces fitted on their teeth.

While everybody has known for decades that wearing braces for a period of time can help to straighten teeth and rectify overbites, many people have been reluctant to go down this route, mostly because they didn’t want to spend months or years displaying a mouthful of metal whenever they smiled.

Fortunately, the introduction – and easy availability – of so-called invisible braces has turned this way of thinking on its head entirely. Indeed, the fact that invisible braces are, well, pretty much invisible, means those who wear them don’t need to feel in any way self-conscious about their appearance when they smile. Moreover, the many advantages they afford makes many of the problems commonly associated with metal braces redundant.

All of this ensures that those who opt to have invisible braces fitted can avoid encountering moments which may otherwise prove to be a little awkward. Moments like:

1. Half-hearted smiles

There are times when a photo calls for those in it to flash big broad smiles. To be sure, events like meeting a friend or relative’s new born baby for the first time, or being the guest of honour at a surprise party, demands a super-sized grin. Needless to say, a half-hearted, self-conscious smile will not go down well in these situations as it will make photos look less than memorable and perhaps even offend those for whom the event is a big deal.

2. Whimpering at dinner

Metal braces are notorious for causing discomfort during meals. Indeed, it is often the case that chewing can make the wires on metal braces poke around the inside of the mouth, causing those wearing them to whimper from time to time. While whimpering at dinner is no big deal when eating at home, it is likely to create more than a bit of awkwardness when out on a romantic dinner date.

3. Frustrated flossing & brushing

Anyone who has ever worn metal braces will know just how much of a chore brushing and flossing can be. This is because the metal brackets and wires make it hard to get a toothbrush or piece of floss exactly where it needs to be without it getting caught. As well as being far less cumbersome, invisible braces can be easily removed, thus making brushing and flossing duties far less frustrating affairs.

4. Not laughing at jokes

It is common for people who are self-conscious about their teeth to deliberately refrain from laughing whenever they find something funny in the company of others. Suffice to say; not laughing at someone’s joke can cause eyebrows to be raised and feathers to become ruffled in certain circumstances. Imagine staying straight-faced when a prospective father-in-law tells an anecdote at that all-important first meeting? Or how about giving a less than enthusiastic snigger when a potential new boss cracks a funny during an interview? Awkward…

5. Refusing food

It’s one thing for someone to refuse food simply because they don’t care for it. However, refusing universally enjoyed foods – such as popcorn, crisps, bagels, hard-crusted bread, pizza crust, pretzels, nuts, apples, carrots, and corn on the cob – for no other reason than they are difficult (or impossible) to eat with metal braces is something else entirely.

6. Kissing

Locking lips with a special someone can be an anxious time for individuals with traditional braces as they often cannot help but wonder whether their partner will feel a degree of trepidation at the thought of getting intimate with a collection of metal brackets and wires. Obviously, the potential for awkwardness is magnified exponentially when both parties have metal braces fitted as the likelihood of ‘locking iron’ increases markedly..!

7. Being short of cash

The fact that invisible braces price tags have come down significantly in recent years means there are now options available to suit all budgets. Indeed, it is very much the case that practically anyone can opt for this form of dental care without having to worry about whether or not it will leave them short of cash come payday.

About the Author

Lauri Pete is a writer and editor for Cheshire Dental Centre. She has written many articles about dental health, health care tips and much more.

How did invisible braces help you or a friend of yours?

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Have you heard the artificial sweetener controversy? If you’re wondering about it, then read today’s guest article by Dixie Somers. 

Sugar. It is a buzzword that has plagued the media and health-nuts alike. Since we know an over-indulgence of sugar is bad, companies have wracked their brains and laboratories to create sweeteners that add sweetness to the food or beverage without spiking sugar levels. Thus, the popularity of artificial sweeteners have boomed since they are viewed as a way to get your sugar fix without actually consuming sugar. Yet, all is not as it appears. Often times, these chemical remedies can cause more problems than they fix.

Aspartame traffic warning signKeep reading to learn about the dangers that artificial sweeteners pose to those who are looking for a loophole for sugar intake.

Weight Gain
There is evidence to support increased weight gain related to artificial sweeteners. Although the fake sugar does produce an insulin effect, it does not increase the blood sugar either. This then triggers abnormally low blood sugar which leads to overeating during the next meal. This is a rather ironic effect since most people use artificial sweeteners to avoid gaining weight from real sugar, however, due to the overeating caused by low blood sugar following artificial sugar intake, you will slowly but surely gain weight.

Cancer
Both saccharin and aspartame are linked to the development of cancer, namely bladder cancer. This happens because the sugar substitute forms a precipitate in urine that then damage the cells lining the bladder. As they regrow to try and heal the wound, a tumor forms. If a lot of saccharin or aspartame is being consumed daily, it is harder for the damaged cells to regrow properly.

Methanol Poisoning
Because these fake sugars are produced through the combination of various chemicals, it makes sense that certain components are not good for the human body. Aspartame, for instance, is methyl ester which is turned into methanol, a well-known toxin used in paint remover. Even in small doses, it affects the nervous system which eventually leads to issues in the respiratory system, blood and eyes.

Taste Reception
Evidence is also coming forward that artificial sweeteners overstimulate the taste buds. Eventually they are altered to the point where fruits are less sweet and vegetables are absolutely disgusting. Additionally, according to the dental professionals in Red Deer at the Parkland Mall Dental Centre, the faux sweeteners will keep you continually eating foods and drinking highly acidic beverages that are terrible for the teeth.

Type 2 Diabetes
Oddly enough, the reason many people switch to diet sodas and fake sugar is to avoid diabetes, yet a study that reviewed diet soda intake and type 2 diabetes across various ethnicities showed a correlation of the rise of the disease with the consumption of diet soda. Like weight gain, this is another ironic effect of artificial sweeteners—consumers are eating/drinking these product to avoid sugar, yet other side effects are just as serious as they are will real sugar.

Whether you are looking to lose weight or avoid the evils of sugar, turning to a fake sugar might mean that you are continuing to eat and drink things that are equally as bad for your body as regular sugar. If you are looking to create a healthier diet or to lose weight, ditching sugar altogether (or nearly altogether) is your safest bet.

There are likely some other less-than-healthy foods and habits in your diet that will make a difference once you discontinue eating or drinking them. Eating fruit is a great way to get a natural sugar fix, and avoid the chemicals. Just make sure you have all the facts about real sugar and artificial sweeteners before you indulge your sweet tooth and possibly damage your body more than you realize.

About the Author

Dixie Somers is a freelance writer from Arizona. You can find her on Google+.

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How To Prevent & Manage Back, Neck & Shoulder Pain

by Head Health Nutter on September 22, 2014

If you’ve ever experienced back, neck and shoulder pain, you’ll want to read this article by guest blogger, Chelsea Sawyer. She explains for us the common causes of pain in these areas, ways to prevent that pain and some natural treatment options!

A change of activity or staying active is an important part of pain (in your back, neck or shoulder) management. Whether this pain is caused by injury, inflammation, tension, muscle strain, osteoporosis, trauma, arthritis or lifestyle factors, this can be prevented or usually treated with physical activities over oral medication. Some lifestyle factor causes are stress, bad work practices, sitting for a long period of time, being overweight, poor posture, lack of exercise and so on. Generally, treatments like physiotherapy, osteopathy or remedial massage can help alleviate the pain.

Back pain in young girls isolated on whiteMore Information About The Back

The back gives support for the pelvis, legs, rib-cage, arms and skull. It is a complex structure that also allows body movement.

Although not actually a serious disease for most, back pain is a very common problem. If not managed well, it will develop into further episodes. It can be classified into acute, chronic, or neuropathic pain. Understanding the type of pain can help you control it better. Exercise, manual therapy, massage and medication are the usual treatment. And more often, all you need to recover is a change of lifestyle activity.

Ways of preventing back pain

  • Exercise. Regularly doing so can improve posture and increase muscle support of the spine. Although it can be an effective approach to reducing pain, it should be done under the supervision of a trusted health professional.
  • Manage your weight. Avoid putting extra strain on your back. Maintain a healthy body weight.
  • Correct Body posture. Don’t slump. Keep your back upright and use support if necessary. Practice the correct way of lifting and carrying safely.
  • Relaxation techniques. Learn to reduce stress levels and related muscle tension. An essential component of most back treatment programs includes some combination of consistent stretching, exercise and relaxation.
  • Restore the balance of your body or promote mobility through osteopathy.

More Information About The Neck and Shoulders

Because it is less stable than the other parts of the body, the neck is more susceptible to injury. The shoulder on the other hand is a ball and socket joint with a large range of movement. It relies heavily on the shoulder muscles for stability.

One common condition where the neck suddenly becomes stiff and painful is called wry neck. The cause can be due to sudden flicking of the head, carrying heavy unbalanced load, poor sleeping posture, viral infection, and exposure to cold breezes.

Some of the conditions that commonly cause shoulder pain are pinched nerves, ‘frozen’ shoulder, dislocation, strains due to overexertion or fractures of the collar bone or upper arm.

Treatment: Neck and shoulder conditions can respond well to treatment in a few days with heat, massage and mobilization, if applied early on.

Ways of preventing posture-related pain for the neck and shoulder

  • Always correct your posture when standing or sitting.
  • Lift your chest gently, nod your chin slightly and relax your shoulders.
  • Stretch and change position frequently while you are working.
  • Do regular exercise to improve muscle tone and posture.
  • Combat the muscle-tightening effects of stress by learning several relaxation techniques.

About the Author

Chelsea Sawyer is a certified health coach and a content creator. She writes about health and fitness, beauty, weight loss, anti-aging solutions and other topics that can help improve health. She draws inspiration from this site http://sydneyosteopathicmedicine.com.au for today’s article. Learn how to change your lifestyle to prevent pain in your back, neck and shoulder.

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Useful Tips For Developing Healthy Eating Habits

by Head Health Nutter on September 18, 2014

If you’ve been reading Live Lighter from the start, you’ll know we teach that a healthy lifestyle is all about replacing unhealthy habits with healthy habits. I’m very pleased to present today’s guest blogger, Nataliya Semenchuk, who gives us 4 fantastic tips in how to develop healthy eating habits.

One thing I know for certain about developing healthy habits, is that it can be tough. Changes are difficult, and difficult changes can be straight up intimidating. No matter what your goals are, in order to successfully reach them you need in the very least two things: dedication and consistency.

Man standing by his cycle at the seaWhy is it so hard to develop healthy habits, you might ask. Well, for one, you might need to give up some things that make you happy and comfortable, like your favorite foods – who’d like that, right? Then there are things you might need to start engaging in, like fitness, and for those of us who are not used to being physically active, this can be a really hellish experience. Let’s not forget the issue of time: with so much going on in our busy lives, it can prove difficult to make time for new commitments.

Forming a healthy eating habit (or habits, if you are really diligent) is no exception to the rule. It is a long-lasting process that is both physically, mentally and emotionally demanding. In many cases, building a new healthy habit requires breaking one or more not-so-healthy ones, subsequently adding more stress to your undertaking.

They say that your body is your temple, and so, it should be treated with an equal amount of respect. Recklessly, with very little thought put into it, trying to change your eating habits bears some real health risks, which may ultimately lead to various eating disorders and body image issues. In order to avoid these risks, it is important to practice kindness and patience towards yourself and your body.

Developing healthy eating habits is all about making positive lifelong changes, so trying to rush or shortcut through the process will more likely than not result in failure, with all the effort gone to waste.

Practice positive self-regard

Do you remember when you were little and would ask your mother for a toy or a play-date, what her “No” would do to you? That’s right, it would make you want it even more, make you want to rebel, throw yourself on the floor and start roaring-crying. No’s make people upset, clearly. And what about that time, when someone had something negative to say about you? You were hurt, as anyone would. Prohibiting yourself from having certain foods and constantly telling yourself that you are not slim, not good enough is sure to have the same effect. Feeling hurt and upset is a lousy foundation for making major changes in life – the two just don’t go well together. Remaining positive towards yourself, acknowledging the progress you have made and celebrating even the smallest achievements are going to help you stay positive and driven to reach your goal.

Remember that food is your friend

Don’t be afraid of food. It’s not there to sabotage your efforts, it’s there to nurture and energize you. Good food, that is. Proteins, carbs and, yes! fats should all be part of a balanced diet, as your body needs them on a daily basis. What your body doesn’t particularly need though, is an extra-large coke and double-glazed donut for breakfast, or a chocolate chip cookie in the middle of the night. That said, unless health-related, no foods should be off-limits, all is good in moderation. As long as you commit to following a healthy lifestyle, having a little reward now and then is actually a good thing – it keeps you going.

Simplify your life

Great Isaac Newton once said: “Truth is ever to be found in the simplicity, and not in the multiplicity and confusion of things”. Isn’t that so true? Simple things are easy to understand, simple rules are easy to follow, and simple tasks are easy to complete. Don’t overcomplicate your job by trying to do everything at once and expect to get immediate results. You must be certain about what your aim and priorities are. Pace yourself and concentrate on accomplishing one thing at the time. Sorting out the clatter in your mind will bring more clarity to your purpose and help you stay focused and motivated.

Rely on a support group

Fighting your battles alone, while possible, can be incredibly taxing. Having some support on your journey can prove helpful in two ways. On one hand, there will be someone other than yourself to hold you accountable for sticking to your commitments. On the other hand, there will be someone by your side, who can pick you up when you get discouraged, stumble or fall. In both cases, your odds for success will increase substantially. Your support group will always act as a safety net that will keep you going and won’t let you stop until the goal is reached. So, go ahead and reach out to your friends and family members, ask for their succor and don’t shy from relying on them, as many great things will follow form that.

About the Author

Nataliya Semenchuk is a rising senior at Suffolk University studying Marketing and Global Business, and she currently works for a Legal Department Management firm in Boston.

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An Intro to 8 Unique Diets

by Head Health Nutter on September 15, 2014

Although we promote healthy eating rather than “dieting” on Live Lighter, everyone is an individual and we all must discover what works for us. Maybe we can find which foods agree with us most by using diets as experiments (as long as you make sure you get all your nutrients and consult a doctor first, of course)! Check out these 8 diets that guest blogger, Jennifer Smith, found. 

Dieting is something that probably all of us have tried. Whether we’ve failed or succeeded, many of us are never any wiser at the end of it. Different diets work for different people and it will always be difficult to sustain them – especially if results are slow. Here I have gathered together some of the best diet plans and hopefully found one for everybody:

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The Paleo Diet

The Paleo Diet is the idea of eating foods that can be hunted and fished for. It’s a diet based on the nature of our ancestors that hunted for their own food. Although there is not an official page or document to follow for the Paleo diet, it is mainly just seen as a high meat intake diet and a low carb intake.

(Editor’s Note: According to Robb Wolf in the Paleo Solution, this diet is based on pre-agricultural times and the theory that our digestive systems have not evolved enough to properly breakdown grown-by-man foods, such as wheat, leading to digestive issues like gluten intolerance.) 

This diet is said to be a long-term healthy eating program that can help you lose fat and so can be easier to stick to because there is time to get used to it.

The Atkins Diet

The Atkins diet is over 40 years old but has been released and updated plenty of times over that period. It’s basically a diet based on cutting out high carb foods. Eating foods high in carbohydrates results in a buildup of fat, when on the Atkins diet, your metabolism will transform from one that builds the fat up in the body, to one that burns it.

On this diet you are expected to eat more protein than usual such as fish, beef and pork. To help with this, there are protein bars and other Atkins products available to buy. This diet is not recommended for anyone that suffers kidney problems.

The Mediterranean Diet

Encouraging you to eat more natural foods is the philosophy of the Mediterranean diet and is unsurprisingly inspired by the lifestyles of those who live in the Mediterranean. The foods that benefit this diet are seeds, nuts, cereals, natural fruits and cheeses. It also advises a low intake of wine and promises to be good for a healthy heart.

People have reviewed this diet to be quite expensive in terms of buying all the natural foods, so if you are looking to lose weight on a budget, this might not be the best choice for you.

The Slimming World Diet

This has been particularly popular among women in recent years, so much so that there is now a vast choice of Slimming World food available in supermarkets nationwide. They focus around simple, healthier meals which are low in calories. Slimming World also have a website which has lots of different recipes for meals that are healthy yet delicious.

Joining Slimming World means attending regular meetings to discuss your progress of weight loss and get any further advice you may need. Like any other diet, healthy eating won’t work alone – you need a good workout plan too. Due to the meetings that take place and the point counting, this diet is great for someone that has a lot of time on their hands.

The Cambridge Diet

The Cambridge Diet consists of using meal replacements such as milkshakes and soups that prevent you from needing to eat and is known to aid rapid weight loss when taken with normal low calorie meals, three times a day.

Throughout the duration of the diet, you can speak to advisers and get support from representatives that can guide you through any troubles you might have.

The 5:2 Fasting Diet

The main point of the fasting diet is to eat whatever you like for 5 days in the week and spend 2 days fasting. In the 2 days of ‘fasting’ you are expected to stay within 500-600 calories a day.

This is favoured by many because of the fact that you can basically eat anything you like in those 5 days of eating. It could make it easier to stick to this diet when there is no need to cut out on your favourite fatty foods.

The French Diet

The French Diet is simple, reduce your portion sizes and eat higher quality food. Another important note is that it also advises eating less often too.

It seems almost too simple to be called a diet but the main focus is ensuring that you are replacing excessively large ‘filling’ meals with ones that are higher quality.

The Honey Diet

A spoonful of honey makes the sugar craving go down, they say. The honey diet promotes having a big spoonful of honey before bed, as this prevents you from getting urges to over indulge in sugary foods the next day.

The hardest part of dieting is cutting back on sugar and all our favourite treats – and this diet aims to help that. Putting honey in your tea and coffee as a replacement to sugar is a great idea too, as honey is just as sweet as white sugar but not as bad for us. Make sure to balance the honey with a decrease in fatty foods and exercise.

This diet is perfect for people with a sweet tooth that find it difficult to control their craving.

Diets are never plain sailing, particularly depending on what kind of diet you opt for; find one that works for you and stick to it and you’ll soon be fitting into your old jeans in no time.

About the Author

This blog was written by Jennifer Smith on behalf of TABlites, the E-cigarette specialists.

What diets have worked for you? Have you tried any of these diets? Leave a comment!

 

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Hush Your Husband’s Snoring for Healthier Sleep

by Head Health Nutter on September 11, 2014

If you’ve read Sweet Dreams for a Healthier You, you’ll know that a healthy sleep is vital to your overall health and well-being. If you’re being kept up at night due to the snoring slumber of your husband, you’ll enjoy today’s guest post by our regular contributor, Kaity Nakagoshi!

Do you wake up in the middle of the night in a state of panic because you thought a train was about to run over you, only to realize that it is your husband snoring? Or do you toss and turn all night with the pillow pressed up against your ear hoping to drown out that awful and incessant snoring sound?

You’re not alone. Snoring is actually a very common sleep disorder, especially among men. Instead of keeping these feelings of frustration bottled up and losing precious sleep time of your own, try getting to the root of the problem.husband-snoring

What’s the Story with Snoring?

Snoring tends to occur when the airways at the back of the nose and mouth are obstructed. When this happens, the soft palate, the tongue, and the upper throat come in to contact with each other, resulting in vibrations every time your hubby breathes in or out. Some of the factors that can lead to this obstruction of the airways include:

  • Obesity
  • Sleep apnea
  • Heredity factors
  • Airway structure
  • Medications
  • Alcohol
  • Smoking

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When Sweating Goes from Normal to Excessive

by Head Health Nutter on September 8, 2014

Are you sweating more than usual? Or have loved ones mentioned something about your sweating? Maybe you have something abnormal going on… Check out today’s guest post by Stu Lieberman to see if you have excessive sweating, the causes for it and what you can do about it.

During the summer months, we all perspire. But if you’re sweating more than normal, it can be downright embarrassing.Man sweating very badly under armpit and pointing there

At least 3% of the global population suffers from excessive sweating, also called hyperhidrosis. That equates to over 210 million people worldwide. If you’ve tried antiperspirants and are still experiencing a flood of sweat, here are some tips to help:

1. Check your medications. Certain meds have been known increase perspiration. These include:

  • Zinc supplements like Cold-Eeze®, Galzin™, Orazinc®, and Zincate®
  • Desipramine (Norpramin®)
  • Nortriptyline (Pamelor®)
  • Prednisone
  • Oxycodone, methadone and other opioids

If you’re taking one of these drugs, talk to your doctor or pharmacist about available alternatives.

2. Check labels. Many people confuse antiperspirant with deodorant. Antiperspirants are designed to stop wetness. The aluminum salt in antiperspirant enters the sweat gland tubules and forms a plug that stops the flow of sweat. The plugs can stay in place at least 24 hours and then are washed away over time. Deodorants, on the other hand, reduce smell by reducing bacteria on the skin. Be sure the product you’ve been using is an antiperspirant, not deodorant.

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How Traveling is Good for Health

by Head Health Nutter on September 4, 2014

Do you need an extra reason to travel and experience new things and people? Well you’ll love today’s guest post by Hannah, who discusses some of the health benefits to travelling.  

Taking time off from work and going on a vacation is not just a learning process for gaining newer perspectives; it is therapeutic on many different levels, according to research. Doctors attribute our lower immunity levels to our stressful lives. The frequent headaches that we suffer from, our irregular bowel movements, all of which are caused by increased stress levels.woman hiking

  • At a psychological level, traveling removes us from our stressful environment and into a new one where we are forced to renew our stress-combating skills. We return with a newer vigor and confidence to bear the difficulties of life in our old environment.
  • Studies show that people who travel have a lower risk of developing chronic heart diseases.
  • People who travel record lowered blood pressure, as well as lower levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, that leads to premature aging.

Health Benefits of Traveling

When you travel and visit places, you get a break from the daily humdrum of office life. It has been recorded that employees who regularly travel work more efficiently than their counterparts who refrain from traveling.

  • Traveling relaxes our body and mind, and our energy levels are regenerated to take on work once again when we return to work.
  • Studies show that traveling on a regular basis significantly lowers the chances of falling into a state of depression. Change of scenery and new experiences ensure a general mood of happiness and satisfaction.
  • It has been observed that traveling helps people fight insomnia. They are able to get quality sleep that many people are unable to, due to our stressful lifestyles.

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5 Simple Things To Do To Stay Healthy

by Head Health Nutter on September 1, 2014

Seriously, without your health, what do you have? You can have all the money you can ask for, but without your health, you can’t enjoy it. Same with healthy, loving relationships – they require a give-and-take process which is impossible to fulfill if you’re unwell. Really and truly, anything worthwhile in life requires your health! So here are a few simple ways to stay healthy everyday, provided by guest blogger,  Maria Trenda, a registered dietitian.   

Maintaining your body in a healthy state is one of the aspects of life that *should* be a priority for all people. This does not have to be one of those things that require you to have a lot of time and money available. You can actually develop some healthy habits that can be easily incorporated into your daily activities without any unnecessary hustle. Some of the simple things that you can do every day, having a lasting effect on your health are:

cooking-healthy-whole-food-meals1) Eat well

Having regular meals is essential as this will give your body the energy and the nutrients that it needs to remain healthy and to function properly. The amount and type of foods that you eat is very important. You need to eat enough food to give you the energy to carry on with the activities of the day and the normal functions that your body must perform like breathing and pumping of the blood, among many others.

The foods that you eat should contain all the food types like carbohydrate, protein and vitamins in the appropriate quantities with minimal sugar and fat to ensure that none of this is converted into body fat. You also need to make sure that you eat regularly and if you want to snack, make sure that the snacks are healthy. Breakfast is an important meal and therefore you need to make sure that you do not skip it. The last meal of the day should be taken at least two hours before you go to sleep to ensure that digestion has already began as you retire to bed.

2) Wash your hands

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How a Healthy Diet Can Do More than Slim You Down

by Head Health Nutter on August 30, 2014

Want a few more reasons to choose healthy foods over processed junk that appears to be food? Keep reading today’s guest post by Anita for several very good reasons to maintain healthy choices in food EVERY DAY (a.k.a. the REAL meaning of “diet”). 

Whether you have a high metabolism or you’ve spent the better part of your summer working off some extra weight, being thin doesn’t mean you get to eat whatever you want. Your diet affects more than the numbers on your scale; it also affects your energy and stress levels, your risk of disease, your eyesight, and your physical appearance.

How A Healthy Diet Can Do More Than Slim You DownEnergy

Do you skip breakfast and struggle through work in the mornings, wishing you could go back to bed? Does eating lunch make you feel like you need a long afternoon nap? If you are eating a healthy diet, you are more likely to feel energized and alert instead of sluggish and distracted.

To increase your energy levels, avoid snacking on food full of fast-burning sugar. Unfortunately, most junk food falls into this category. Find healthier items to snack on such as carrot sticks, nuts, or fruit. If you want your meals to give you energy and keep you full, protein-rich snacks, fiber, and complex carbs will be your best friend. Of course, energy has to do with the amount of sleep you get as well, so combine healthy eating habits with a healthy sleeping routine.

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