Living Healthy

4 Habits That Destroy Your Smile

1. Not flossing

toothbrashBrushing your teeth twice a day is important, but many patients don’t realize that flossing at least once a day is just as critical to achieving — and maintaining — a healthy smile. Flossing removes the cavity-causing bacteria left behind from food particles that get stuck between teeth.

2. Brushing too soon after eating

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What to avoid for your skin’s sake

protect-your-skinEating healthy and being sure to not overdo sun exposure will help protect your skin immensely, but they’re only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to a healthy, skin-boosting lifestyle. Just as it’s important to eat plenty of antioxidant-rich fruits and veggies, it’s important to avoid exposing your skin to lifestyle habits that can cause damage.

Among the top items to avoid for your skin’s sake are:

Smoking

Smoking damages collagen and elastin while decreasing blood flow to your skin. This makes it difficult for your skin cells to receive enough oxygen and nutrients to stay healthy. The physical act of smoking can also contribute to expression lines around your lips and eyes (from pursing your lips and squinting).

Drinking Alcohol

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Foods you should be eating

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Nothing says summer like fresh sweet corn. And did you know that two antioxidants — lutein and zeaxanthin– in corn may act like natural sunglasses, helping to form macular pigment that filters out some of the sun’s damaging rays? It’s true.

ICED COFFEE

An iced pick-me-up is a great way to start your summer mornings. Better yet: drinking a single cup of coffee daily may lower your risk of developing skin cancer. In one study of more than 93,000 women, published in the European Journal of Cancer Prevention, those who drank one cup of caffeinated coffee a day reduced their risk of developing nonmelanoma skin cancer by about 10 percent. (more…)

Diabetes warning signs

Common warnings signs of diabetes include:

Diabetes

– Increased thirst

– Increased hunger (especially after eating)

– Dry mouth

– Frequent urination or urine infections

– Unexplained weight loss (even though you are eating and feel hungry)

– Fatigue (weak, tired feeling)

– Blurred vision

– Headaches

– Diabetic coma (loss of consciousness)

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Five common misconceptions about digestive diseases

digestiveWhen you eat, your body breaks food down to a form it can use to build and nourish cells and provide energy. This process is called digestion. Your digestive system is a series of hollow organs joined in a long, twisting tube. It runs from your mouth to your anus and includes your esophagus, stomach, and small and large intestines. Your liver, gallbladder and pancreas are also involved. They produce juices to help digestion.

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Looking To Lose? Pick Up The Weight

WeightOne of the most important components of any exercise or weight-loss program is resistance training. Resistance/strength training involves performing specific exercises, using either machines or free weights, to help improve muscle strength and endurance. Most weight loss seekers tend to ignore strength training and devote the majority of their training to cardiovascular exercise.

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7 Keys To A Healthy Heart

Healthy-HeartA few good choices can help you feel better and stay healthier. Getting diagnosed with health problems such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol is a wake-up call that it’s time to make major lifestyle changes. e good news is, a few simple changes can help you avoid such a diagnosis in the first place.

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Five tips to take care of your eyes

takecareeyesAs the U.S. population ages, the number of Americans with major eye diseases is increasing, and vision loss is becoming a major public health problem, according to the National Eye Institute.

By the year 2020, the number of people who are blind or have low vision is projected to increase substantially, according to the Archives of Ophthalmology. Blindness or low vision affects 3.3 million Americans age 40 and over, or one in 28, according to study authors. This figure is projected to reach 5.5 million by the year 2020.

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