May 15, 2013
Summer is coming quickly, which means beach time, fun in the sun and swimsuits. There is still time to get a beach body; these slim down tips will help.
With a little adjustment to your diet, you can have a flat belly, glowing skin and a gorgeous beach body in less than two weeks, these ingredients will help.
Eat More Cucumbers
Summer time can leave your skin feeling flaky, dry and cracked. You can instantly hydrate your skin by drinking more water and adding cucumbers into your diet.
Stay hydrated during the summer for optimal health and vital energy. Cucumbers are 96% water and will keep you full without the calories. Slice them up and eat alone or with dip, juice them, or add to a smoothies. Cucumbers are great for beauty and removing the circles below your eyes. Place two slices on your eyeballs for instant relaxation.
Eat More Dark Leafy Greens
Eating dark leafy greens are great for your health, no matter what the season. But in the summer they can help you stay full longer. They are low in calories and rich in fiber. This helps you shine from the inside out.
Skip the iceberg lettuce, and go for the dark types, like spinach, kale, broccoli, chard, or arugula.
Eat More Pineapple
Pineapple is a tropical summer fruit. It’s loaded with fiber, which will keep you full longer. It can prevent you from eating other less healthy foods as well. It has a lot of vitamin C, which helps produce collagen which will keep your skin firm. It can support your immune system, and it is a great anti-inflammatory. The enzymes in pineapple will aid digestion and help reduce gas.
Add More Mint
Mind is a cooling herb that does more than just refresh your breath. It it on a hot summer day and you will Wisk your troubles away. Mint can reduce bloating and indigestion while soothing the digestive tract.
Mint is used in mouthwash and toothpaste because it helps freshen the breath.
Dr. Marostica a dentist in Tigard says that “Mint is an all around good ingredient to help you live a healthy lifstyle and maintain a clean smile.”
A leading dentist opens up about what he wishes his patients would do.
Many people tend to think that the mouth is separate from the rest of the body. They don’t consider it in their overall health, the mouth seems isolated from the rest of your body but the mouth affects everything and your body can affect your mouth, particularly when it comes to health issues like diabetes, obesity, gum disease and oral cancers.
We decided to interview Dr. Andrew Thompson, a Dentist in Banks, OR at TenderCare Dental to help provide insight into your health.
How often do you personally replace your toothbrush?
I practice good healthy habits, but I am human so I don’t always replace my brush as often as I should. I do brush my teeth gently and properly to ensure removal of bacteria build up.
I tell patients to replace their toothbrush every 3 months because the tips of the bristles become blunted with daily use. A new brush has bristles with rounded ends, which will always minimizes damage to the teeth and gum. If your toothbrush bristles are flaring out, you may be brushing too hard.
What’s the biggest misconception about dentists?
Some people fear us and think we are in business to hurt them. This is just isn’t the reality. In fact some people assume dentists only focus on teeth, but we can find many more serious issues in the mouth.
Some people think we find problems that don’t really exist just to make money. I think it is hard to tell someone they have a mouth full of cavities, but we are there to help: We don’t enjoy telling patients they have a problem.
What advice would you give people to improve their teeth today?
Brush and floss your teeth daily. It is the best way to prevent problems in your mouth.
May 14, 2013
Did you know that the majority of the cavities and oral health problems you have can be prevented by taking a few extra precautionary steps at home?
Visiting the dentist is not fun for everyone, in fact many people have dental fear and it ranges from anxiety to being paralyzed. Many of these fears trace back to people having an unpleasant experience as a child.
Whether the dentist probes and picks at you until your gums bleed or they use tools that hurt your mouth, chances are that way you take care of your teeth contribute to the pain.
People who take care of their teeth on a daily basis have less oral health care problems. These tips can help you clean up your routine so going to the dentist will be fun and enjoyable.
Store your toothbrush in a clean dry place
Many people put their toothbrush on top of the bathroom sink, this is the worst place you can store your toothbrush.
This is because your toilet is usually close by and there are over 3.2 million microbes per square inch in the toilet bowl. It’s one of the most germ-infected places in the entire house. Putting your toothbrush in this area is going to affect your brush.
The best place to store your toothbrush is in a clean and dry area such as a medicine cabinet or cupboard. You and your smile will thank you for taking the extra step.
Drink more water
People who drink more water usually have fewer cavities than those who do not. Drinking water is an important step in having a healthy smile; water acts as a natural mouthwash and removes food particles and bacteria buildup.
Replace your toothbrush
Ehen the last time you replaced your toothbrush? Many people do not replace the toothbrush enough, therefore they just end up washing and mixing bacteria and plaque around in their mouth. Your toothbrush can hold onto germs that float around in the air for a healthy smile. For improved oral health replace your toothbrush every 2 to 3 months.
Dr. Andrew Thompson, a dentist in North Plains says that ”If you use an electronic toothbrush, make sure you replaced the head as often as possible this will help prevent cavities and improve your smile.”
May 13, 2013
Food can be your friend or your foe. Many people have food insecurities or use food as an escape when they feel stressed or overwhelmed. Food doesn’t have to be your enemy. In fact you can enjoy your food and feel great in your body.
Be Present When You Eat
When you are present when you eat you tend to eat only what your body needs instead of what you think you want.
The more present with food you are, the better you will feel. It means tasting it, smelling it, feeling its texture and allowing yourself to be 100% in the moment with your food. When you’re mindful, you feel more connected to your food. Most people who eat mindfully eat much slower. You can also chew your food more which will help aid in the digestive process.
Being thankful for your food is one sacred practice. It can actually help you lose weight. Just as someone who smells flowers and enjoys the moment and is thankful for the beautiful bouquet. You can apply the same technique to your food. Think of what you are going to eat and be thankful for the food as it enters your body.
Designate an Eating Spot
Only eat at a table. Many people take their food and then go in front of the TV or they eat at their desk. Instead practice being present with your food and eat it at a table. Families that eat food at a table instead of in front of the TV normally weigh less and are more connected. You can tap into your inner voice when you aren’t distracted by TV music or work.
Listen to Your Body
Food has a way of giving you energy; many times people turn to food when they are feeling as if they need a boost of energy. However many people tend to over eat and stop listening to their body. Practice mindfulness when eating by picking healthy food that is good for not only your body but also your teeth. When you feel good and your body you will smile more.
Food such as leafy green vegetables can help improve your oral health and your well-being.
Dr. Andrew Thompson, a Dentist in Forest Grove, OR says that eating food such as leafy green vegetables can help improve your oral health and your well-being.
May 7, 2013
Many people have digestive issues without even realizing it. Digestive complaints are common for many Doctors and health professionals. Dentists even see patient’s come in and complain about their digestion. What you eat has an impact on many aspects of your health, including your oral health and digestion.
To avoid feeling bloating, or having gas, constipation, diarrhea, or abdominal pain, try focusing on what you eat. There are easy things you can do to improve your digestion.
Eating too much sugar can cause bloating in the body and encourage the unhealthy bacteria to grow in your gut. Sugar eaten in excess will often lead to weight gain, mood swings and stress.
Stop eating gluten
Many people don’t realize that they have gluten allergies or intolerances. Many health practitioners guide patients to try giving up gluten and see if it will help them feel better.
Eliminating gluten form the diet could improve digestion in people with how have milder digestive problems like gas, bloating, and constipation. Eat more brown rice, quinoa, and corn tortillas as alternatives.
Stop eating when you are not hungry
The most popular digestive complaints from people are after they overeat. Chances are you have eaten when you aren’t hungry before, and stopping before you are full is the key to a healthy digestive system.
People who overeat often get heartburn and the feeling of being uncomfortably full is no fun for anyone. Overeating, can lead to abdominal bloating, as well as diarrhea and constipation — not to mention weight gain among other health problems.
Coffee can taste great but it can be harsh on your digestive tract and it may cause or diarrhea. If you love coffee and don’t want to give it up, drink coffee with food instead of on an empty stomach. Also drink more water, lemon water, or green teas.
Perhaps you are stressed out or over worked. People who are frustrated with life and feel stressed out usual have slower body movements and lethargic digestion.
The Doctors at TenderCare Dental, a Dentist in Gladstone, OR suggest drinking water to improve your oral health ands help relax the body.
April 30, 2013
If you’ve tried to break a bad habit, such as an addiction or pattern that no longer serves you but have not felt successful, it’s okay. Instead of looking at the situation as a problem try looking at it a new way.
I spent years trying to break different bad habits. Whether it was quitting smoking, which I finally did cold turkey, walking away from toxic relationships, no more bad romance for this chick, or eliminating sugar, I learned that until I was really ready, nothing would or could ever change.
If you are struggling to break a habit, there is a reason it is still in your life. As Pema Cordon says “Nothing ever goes away until it teaches us what we need to learn.”
Acceptance is the key. Trust that you are right where you need to be in your life.
Change has to happen from you and no one else can do it for you, until you are really ready change won’t stick. Weather you want to stop over eating, workout more or stop fighting with your main squeeze, these tips will help.
Focus on the Solution not the Problem.
Many people stay stuck because they actually focus on what they don’t want or what is not working in their life. This method does not help you break out of the pattern. We get what we focus on in life. If you are focusing on what you don’t want, you will get more of what you don’t want. Instead focus on the solution and healing of the problem.
Put your Health First.
Chances are you are focusing on the problem more than the solution. One easy way to get out of the trap is to focus on your health and wellbeing. Visit he doctor and dentist regularly, don’t fall behind on check ups. When you do it causes a back up of guilt and often more health issues which investable can cause more stress. The doctors at TenderCare dental, a dentist in SE Portland say, “ Take time now to practice good healthy habits.”
April 29, 2013
Chances are we don’t all go around singing Bruno Mar’s song, “Beautiful Just the Way You Are,” but having a happy soundtrack with such uplifting lyrics could help many women out.
An Independent Dove research study that was recently performed shows astonishing results.
• 4% of women around the world would describe themselves as beautiful
• 72% of young women feel “tremendous” pressure to be beautiful
• 54% of them agree that when it comes to how they look, they are their own worst beauty critics
These numbers are alarming of course for anyone to read, but the fact is many women do not like how they look. The real impact is on an emotionally level.
We know that the conversations we sometimes have inside our head can be nasty. This internal emotional abuse will often lead to self-sabotage, addictions, depression or even eating disorders which all lead to self-hate and isolation.
But learning to shift the conversation to a happier state is one of the first steps to building stronger self-esteem. What we say and do has a big impact on those around us. Being a role model for younger women can help them recognize that there is no one body shape or size that fits all.
Many celebrities, like Sarah Jessica Parker, Oprah, Beyoncé and the First Lady are joining forces to help raise awareness for young women and improving their self-esteem.
Society puts a lot of pressure on feeling and looking perfect, but no one is perfect and recognizing that will help us feel more connected to each other.
Doctor Feldmanis, a cosmetic Dentist in Eugene OR, says “Having a beautiful smile is about feeling good about yourself and loving who you are…self-confidence starts from within.”
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Many doctors do their best to help patients out but sometimes patients aren’t willing to listen. However, there are other times when a patient is diagnosed with something from a doctor, but the patient does not agree.
If your doctor is quick to prescribe you antibiotics or tries to fix the symptoms, dig deeper and recognize there is usually more you can do.
The best health advice is to Look within. Always ask yourself how you can heal and help yourself feel better.
Prevention is about being proactive and putting your health first. That means taking responsibility for your life, every piece of it.
If you want to strengthen your immune system, try one of these easy steps
1. Eat More Organic Food
Eat more organic, fresh vegetables and fruit. Instead of turning to processed foods, pick food that will help you feel better after you eat it. Wash your fruit and vegetables and enjoy them.
2. Avoid High Acid foods
Food that has a high sugar or acid content can hurt your health. Avoid sugar! Also consider stop eating wheat, grains and drinking alcohol or coffee. All of these food choices are highly acidic and can eat into the enamel of your teeth.
3. Know Your Superfoods
Superfoods are food that is powerful because of its high energy contend. Choose super foods instead of coffee or candy. These are powerful foods that are rich in nutrients and vitamins.
4. Eat More Coconut Oil
One of the best sources of energy for your health is coconut oil. Start to cook with it and use it for everyday uses.
5. Get Vitamin D
Vitamin D is an important part of a healthy body and mind. It comes from the sun, so it is necessary to go outside and soak up some rays. You can always take vitamin D pills if you live in a grey environment such as the Pacific Northwest.
the majority of people are sleep deprived and they do not even know it. If you have a headache or feel tired maybe it is because you don’t get enough sleep. Adults should get an average of 7-9 hours a night. Make sure you are taking care of yourself by sleeping enough.
7. Drink water
Water is the best tool for detoxing, relaxing and relieving stress.
Smiling is one of the easiest ways to feel better. When you smile you feel happy and your outlook on life seems more pleasant. Many people don’t smile because they are afraid of their smile because it is crocked or ugly.
Doctor Feldmanis a dentist in Eugene OR, says that people who feel good about their smile, are happier.
There are some foods that actually help you feel better and can give you more vibrant health. Consider adding any of these into your diet for a healthy body and smile.
Nondairy milk or regular milk, no matter what you choose, is a good source of calcium. Some people prefer drinking a nondairy alternative to regular milk. We like almond milk, coconut milk, or even rice milk. No matter what kind you drink, milk has a lot of calcium, which will help you have strong teeth.
Milk is a great ingredient to add to your regular routine. It can help you fight off many types of infections and help you have strong bones. Adding milk into your diet will help you have strong teeth and a beautiful smile.
Lemons are a great food to keep close by to spice up your cooking. Instead of using salad dressing, squeeze some fresh lemon juice over your food or eat pasta with fresh lemon juice. Lemons are healthy and will help improve your smile. When you eat lemons your mouth produces even more salvia, which in turn can help wash away food particles and bacteria build up in your mouth.
Bananas have alot of micronutrients in them, they can help boost your energy. They have naturally a lot of potassium calcium and easy to digest fiber in them. Adding bananas into your diet can help you improve your digestion and your oral health.
Cinnamon can help improve your overall body because it helps stabilize blood sugar, which can increase your metabolism. To help burn more fat, If you want to lose a little weight add more cinnamon into your diet, it will help because it often spikes the blood sugar back to normal.
Cinnamon is also an ingredient found in most oral healthcare products because it can help freshen the breath and make people enjoy brushing their teeth regularly. This is why Cinnamon flavored gum is so popular, as well as toothpaste flavors and mouthwash. If you like cinnamon then add it to more foods that you cook. The health benefits are plenty.
Dr. Arend, a Dentist in Portland OR, at East Portland Dentistry says, “If you like cinnamon then add it to more foods that you eat. It can help freshen your breath.”
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Spring time is officially here, many people are removing winter cloths from their closets and ramping up their exercise programs. As spring time hits we focus on health for many reasons. We come out of hibernation, so to speak, and we want to look and feel good for the summer. Spring is a great time to revamp your diet and focus on health. Here are tips to help.
Clean Out Your Closet
Spring-cleaning is great for your body, but your closet can use a makeover as well. Starting in the closet is a great way to make over your body and mind. When we remove out clutter it helps stimulate more balance in our life.
Drink More Water
Many people don’t realize they are dehyrtraed. The key indicator to know if you are not getting enough water is headaches, dry skin or sleepy eyes. People who often think they are hungry are really thirsty and they over eat but still feel tired. Instead drink a glass of water before each meal, this will help regulate the metabolism and rev up your digestive system.
Don’t Skip Meals
People who are dieting try to skip meals in an effort to save calories, but research shows people who eat smaller meals throughout the day vs skipping a meal weigh less and have more energy throughout the day.
Drink Your Vegetables
Kale, cucumber, celery, pears, apple beets, lemon and ginger are all great ingredients but put them in a juicer or blender and you have a perfect fruit vegetable smoothie. Drinking your greens is a great way to improve your health. It can help stimulate your body. This is a great way to cleanse and nourishes your blood and body.
Vegetables are good for your body and teeth.
People who are healthy often smile more. The doctors at Klamath Falls Dental Specialists, for braces in Klamath Falls, Oregon say people who smile often and have straight clean teeth have more confidence and self esteem.”