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Some Dental Health Tips for You

Apart from its cosmetic impact, dental health also holds much relevance for general health. The lack of oral health has been implicated in some diseases like heart and respiratory diseases. On the other hand, it is also considered to be a symptom of certain diseases like diabetes and cancer. The average person presumes that brushing your teeth thoroughly once or twice in a day is more than enough to keep your teeth white and shining. But if your teeth are to last your lifetime, you need to take much better care of them.

Daily Dental Care

Some very simple steps will help to keep your teeth and gums in good conditions. Other than brushing your teeth, flossing is equally important. This helps to get rid of food particles that may be lodged in narrow places between your teeth. The simplest way to keep your teeth clean is to rinse your mouth with water after having a meal or even a snack. Better still, rinse it with a mouthwash which will not only eliminate any bad breath but also prevent the growth of any bacteria.

The Right Toothbrush

Even the choice of your toothbrush can have a detrimental effect on your dental health. One should always pick a brush that is not too wide with bristles that have rounded ends. It should reach the back of your mouth easily and clean the molars. This is one part of the mouth that often gets neglected. Moreover, change your toothbrush every three months. If you have any gum disease, then it is better to change the toothbrush every month.

Dental Visits

Most of us get concerned about our dental health, only when we have a toothache or if we notice any yellowing of the teeth. However, a toothache or any other dental problem doesn’t develop overnight. Taking care of your teeth is an ongoing process and regular check-ups and cleaning at the dentist will prevent any long term problems. Dental procedures can prove very expensive, so preventive care would fall much cheaper in the long run.

Another reason why we avoid a visit to the dentist is that it could be a painful experience. Nevertheless, if the problem increases it is going to be more painful than the actual visit. Besides, these days dentists use local anesthesia and numbing gels to prevent any kind of discomfort to the patient.

Preventive Care

A procedure that is becoming quite popular these days is the use of a sealant over your back teeth. As this prevents the bacteria from coming into direct contact with your teeth, they remain healthy. But it is better to get this procedure done at a young age before any damage has been done to the teeth.

Harmful Habits

Some habits are especially harmful for dental health such as smoking, chewing tobacco, drinking soda or sugary drinks and so on. It is up to you to cut down or totally eliminate these from your diet if you want your teeth to be healthy.

Focus, Balance and Blend For Total Health, Wealth and Success

“It’s not enough to make time for your children. There are certain stages in their lives when you have to give them the time when they want it. You can’t run your family like a company. It doesn’t work.”

— Andrew Grove

When tough times hit, things can get messy pretty quickly and the stress of the tough times will knock you off your course.  There are two big problems that must be dealt with at this time:

  1. Your course in life can no longer be the course that comes from going with the flow of things (the flow of things is not good and will lead you down a bad path.
  2. The stress of the changes you face will amplify the possibilities of making bad or poor decisions that will negatively impact your health, wealth, and success.

You need a new and better strategy and approach for living fully and experiencing complete health, wealth, and success during tough times.  This quick three-step process for responding, not reacting, to tough times will make a world of difference.

Step 1:  Accept your tough times for what they are and focus on addressing the core pain of your situation as soon as possible.  This is especially critical when there are tough times on a macro basis.  When there are universal tough times, you can not simply use avoidance strategies to find new pleasure somewhere else.  This will dramatically decrease your odds of surviving and thriving the universal tough times.  Build up your courage and reserves so that you can FOCUS on developing and working a 30 to 90-day plan to address and overcome your real pain!

Step 2:  In getting aggressive and focused on the critical pain that must be addressed, you run the risk on ignoring the other components of a complete healthy, wealthy, and successful life (i.e. physical health and relationship wealth/success).  Therefore, at this point, you need to counter BALANCE your plans with goals for maintaining and improving your health and wellness.  Otherwise, you will find the stress of FOCUSing on your pain will lead you to significant challenges or disaster in your physical health (i.e. heart attack or some other serious illness) and relationships (i.e. nasty arguments, divorce, and estranged relationships with family and friends).  Thus, you should set counter BALANCING goals for your health and relationships as your FOCUS on removing the constraints around your pain.

“The real source of wealth and capital in this new era is not material things.. it is the human mind, the human spirit, the human imagination, and our faith in the future.”

— Steve Forbes

Step 3:  Finally, you must discard the thinking associated with creating a BALANCED life on a daily basis.  This flawed thinking will not lead to success and it will likely create more stress and tension for you and others in your life.  Balance can be achieved on a weekly, monthly, quarterly, and yearly basis when you look to deliberately BLEND daily activities in the pursuit of 30 to 90 day FOCUSED goals.  However, in order to create and make the most of these opportunities, you must look beyond just your daily plan and use weekly, monthly, quarterly, and yearly meetings and planning sessions to make it happen.

Focusing, balancing, and blending will help you thrive at all times and you should adopt this three step process as a life strategy and approach from this day forward..  However, this three step process is both urgent and critical to your complete health, wealth, and success during these toughest of times.  Use all three steps and watch how quickly you overcome your biggest challenges and you build lasting health, wealth, and success in the process.

Preventing Hypertension

Hypertension, also know as High Blood Pressure(BP) has become one of the most pressing health issues especially in developed countries. Although there are several forms of treatment available, hypertension cannot be totally cured. As the old saying goes “Prevention is better than cure”, therefore, Jin’s Health tips would like to share with you ways on preventing high blood pressure.

Let me first give you a brief description on what is hypertension. Hypertension is the increase in BP of the arteries. This increase in BP opens up the Pandora’s box of many other health problems such as atherosclerosis, heart attack, stroke, dementia, ischemic attack, kidney failure and even loss of vision.

Classification Systolic pressure Diastolic pressure:
mmHg kPa mmHg kPa
Normal: 90-119 12-15.9 60-79 8.0-10.5

Prehypertension: 120-139 16.0-18.5 80-89 10.7-11.9
Stage 1 140-159 18.7-21.2 90-99 12.0-13.2
Stage 2 ≥160 ≥21.3 ≥100 ≥13.3
Isolated systolic:
hypertension: ≥140 ≥18.7 <90 <12.0

Source: American Heart Association (2003).[5]
This is a guide as to which category does your BP falls under.

Symptoms:
If you exhibit the following symptoms, please consult your doctor to check if you have hypertension:

– Chest pain
– Breathing problems
– Dizziness
– Irregular heartbeat
– Blood in urine
– Problems with vision
– Vomiting

How to Prevent Hypertension:

– Regular exercise
– Reduce dietary sugar
– Reduce dietary salt
– Refrain from smoking
– Reduce stress
– Abstain from alcohol

Prostate Natural Health Tips

Natural Prostate Health Tips:

You may think that it’s kind of weird for a female naturopath to be discussing prostate issues, but I had a partner die of colon cancer and the cancer spread to his prostate. I miss him.

He had no clue that there were actually alternative treatments that he could do for his cancer. He knew something was wrong, but when he went to his doctor, they couldn’t find anything. He happened to be a veterinarian who worked in a teaching hospital, so he went to the horse barn, pulled out the ultrasound machine and did an ultrasound on the place on his body that hurt. He saw what he thought was a lump, so he took a videotape of the procedure, took it to his doctor who looked at the tape and said, “Gosh! I think you are right!” So, he was scheduled for surgery, but when they opened him up, the cancer had advanced too far. They closed him up without doing anything and sent him home to die. Which he did.

I made up my mind that if I could help anyone develop lifestyle changes that helped them overcome or prevent cancer of any kind that I would do just that–and there are some basic things that every person can do to prevent and overcome cancer. It just so happens that there are some specific things men can do for their prostate health so I’m sharing them.

Prostate Disease Statistics:

  • Prostate disorders usually begin after age 35
  • By age 50, over 25% of all men have an enlarged prostate
  • By age 70, that increased to over 50% and by age 80 it’s 80%

Signs of prostate dysfunction include many bladder outlet obstruction symptoms such as:

  • Getting up to pee more than normal for the amount of fluids you ingest
  • Can’t empty your bladder all the way or sensations of incomplete emptying
  • Increased frequency of urination
  • Smaller stream of urine–takes a long time to empty bladder
  • Foam in the urine- sign of protein in the urine (a sign of kidney disease)
  • Hesitancy with intermittency and decreased flow of urine
  • Terminal dribbling or urinary incontinence
  • Pain during intercourse, burning sensations when urinating, tugging sensation around the base of the penis, low back pain, blood in the urine or an orange staining in the underwear may have a different cause than Benign Prostate Hyperplasia (BPH)

Products that can keep the prostate healthy and decrease the PSA scores:

Saw Palmetto is the herb of choice for Benign Prostate Hyperplasia (BPH) because it tones the prostate, affects the hormones in a positive way and is also a urinary remedy. Tonic value: Strengthens and builds body tissues and encourages muscle mass. Anabolic. Hormonal: Estrogenic actions good for impotence, reduced or absent sex drive, testicular atrophy, premature ejaculation (in women it has been used for breast enlargement) Urinary remedy: Saw Palmetto is nicknamed the “plant catheter” because it strengthens the neck of the bladder and helps reduce enlarged prostate glands. It is used as a diuretic to improve urine flow (raw parsley is excellent for this as well) and it acts as a urinary antiseptic in cystitis. Take up to 3 capsules daily.

Raw Hulled Pumpkin seeds (Food of choice for BPH) Dose: 4 teaspoons/day raw and hulled. Sources: Huckleberries, Local Co-ops, Winco (about $1.75/pound) and Health Food Stores

Foods are the strongest medicines we use but, “If a little is good a lot ain’t necessarily better.”Eating a BUNCH of them can give you diarrhea. All you need is a couple tablespoons/day maximum.

How to use pumpkin seeds:

  • Put them in a bowl next to the stove and eat a small handful once a day
  • Put them in sandwiches if you like crunch
  • Put them in omelets and salads
  • Put them in stir fry or on top of steamed vegetables
  • Add them to cookie recipes

Raw Fruits: 1 to 2 cups/day

Raw Vegetables: 1 to 2 cups/day. If you can’t chew them, juice them!

Power Foods For Prostate Health Include:

  • Wheat Germ oil— (high in zinc and opens up the seminal vesicles- great for infertility) Dose: 1/3 tea/day or 3 capsules/day.
  • Oatmeal (Aveno sativa)— Great zinc source and fiber even for blood type O. Dose: about cup cooked oatmeal per day or 3 cups/week.
  • Parsley— awesome source of minerals and highly recommended for most health problems. Dose: 2 tablespoons/day chopped.
  • Zucchini— I think there’s a reason why God made an excess of zucchini. Dose: 5 cups cooked or raw per week.
  • Yellow dock tea— Dose: 1 cup/day max. Do not use if you have sensitive teeth or gouty arthritis.
  • Watermelon is a great diuretic and good for the kidneys as well as the prostate. Dose: 3 cups/day in season.
  • Unsweetened Cranberry Concentrate: For urinary tract infections you will want to add unsweetened cranberry concentrate to your diet for a couple of weeks. That is NOT cranberry juice off the shelf with all the sugar in it. You can get this product at the Co-op or at Huckleberries. It comes in an 8oz. bottle and costs about $8. Dose: Take 2 Tablespoons/day. Chase it with water and it will taste sweeter. Cranberry causes a tightening of the bladder sphincter muscles and causes the inside of the bladder to be slicker so bacteria cannot stick to it. Good brands are Knudson’s or Tree of Life.

Techniques to Help the Prostate:

  • Inguinal massage technique–Move that lymph for about 3 minutes/day. Lying down on the bed, face up, massage from where your legs attach to your body up towards the heart. Pay special attention to the lower abdomen just above the base of the penis. Be gentle. It should not hurt, but you should feel pressure.
  • Total Body Massage–Once a week is best, but every other week is the very least you should shoot for.
  • Reflexology points–Achilles tendon and heel area. Massage each leg about 5 minutes/day.
  • Exercise: Dead Lifts to increase circulation in the pelvis area. Start light. Breathe in as you lift the weights. Breathe out as you set them down. Bend at the knees. Squeeze your buttocks, throw your shoulders back and stick your chest out. Do about 2 sets of 10/day and work up from there. Don’t overdo it. Repetitions are much better for your body than the amount of weight you lift.

The Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) test. What is it? How often? How is it scored?

The PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) is a protein produced only by the prostate gland. The current recommendation is to get a PSA test done once a year beginning at age 50. Other doctors recommend less frequent testing. I am a proponent of getting that base level test done so that if there is a problem in the future, there is something to compare to. Some men have a predisposition to prostate cancer or have had cancer. For this group of people the PSA test is recommended more frequently.

PSA Tests Can Be Elevated For Several Reasons Including:

  • Cancer
  • Benign Prostate Enlargement (BPE)
  • Inflammation
  • Infection
  • Age or Race (Blacks have higher PSA. Indians have the lowest amount of PSA)

PSA Scoring:

  • 0-4 nanograms/milliliter is normal
  • 4-10 ng/ml is slightly elevated
  • 10-20 ng/ml is moderately elevated
  • >20 is considered elevated

There are two types of PSA–Free and Attached.

The Free fraction is elevated with Benign Prostate Enlargement and the Attached fraction elevates with tumor involvement. Since there are both false positive and false negative tests, scientists are still studying various aspects of the Prostate Specific Antigen.

Six Fitness and Health Tips

Fitness and health is a major concern of many people nowadays. Proper fitness and health is not that easy to achieve, especially for overweight individuals. In television, radio, and print ads, there are lots of health and slimming products and programs that promise an almost instant loss of excess fats. The truth is, there is no magic pill that can make any person lose a big amount of excess weight overnight. If you are tempted to try any of these weight loss products and programs, you should consult your doctor first before you actually try them.

If you really want to lose weight and be healthy, you can follow my fitness and health tips. My tips do not involve taking slimming products. Following my health and fitness tips can give you long lasting results.

Fitness and Health Tips

Walk – If you are not fond of walking, you better start liking it now. Walk a few yards every day. After several days, try to take longer walks.

Drink water – A lot of people choose carbonated drinks over water when they are thirsty. That is definitely wrong. Carbonated drinks contain too much sugar and they actually make a person even thirstier. Water, on the other hand, really quenches thirst. It is also a very good detoxifier. It flushes toxins brought by pollution and unhealthy eating habits.

Lessen your coffee intake – Two to three cups of coffee a day is okay. Anything more than that is not. Coffee is diuretic and taking too much coffee could result to dehydration. To help lessen your coffee intake, especially in the morning, take a few sips of water before drinking coffee. Doing that does not only make you take fewer cups of coffee. It also helps replenish the water lost when you perspire and respire while sleeping.

Eat healthy meals – Breakfast is said to be the most important meal of the day, so be sure not to skip breakfast. Stay away from sausages, bacons, eggs, and white bread. Instead, take cereals, wholegrain bread, and fresh fruits. For lunch and dinner, you can have fish or chicken fillet, tuna sandwich, fresh vegetables salad, yogurt, non-fat milk or soy milk, and any other healthy kinds of food. Just remember to eat very light meal for dinner.

Balance your carbohydrates and protein intake – Some people take pure carbohydrates diet while some take pure protein diet. A balanced intake of both carbohydrates and protein is better if you want to achieve proper fitness and health. Both protein and carbohydrates are important for a human being to function well. Always remember to eat small portions only.

Lessen your alcohol intake – If you can totally stop taking alcoholic drinks, do it. If you cannot do that, just be sure to lessen your alcohol intake. Alcoholic drinks replace the much needed water in our system.

Super Health Tip

In other Super Health Tips I present a wealth of information. In this one I am focusing simply on what to do with that information.

I suggest that you begin to take your heath care very seriously for several reasons. First, because more and more people are having serious health challenges, and you may as well. Second, because a health care crisis is quickly developing, and the availability and cost of health care will soon be out of reach, and could even be rationed.

Third, because a comprehensive study has been released that reveals that degenerative diseases including heart disease, cancers, and diabetes are caused by what we eat, and that by changing what we eat we can reverse and prevent these diseases. It is shaking the foundations of the medical industry.

The study is called The China Study, and you can read it yourself for it is available as a book with that title. It is the most comprehensive nutrition study ever conducted.

This study introduces a totally new element into our health management – we now have the power to control our own health, reverse any of these diseases we have or may develop, and to prevent them by managing what we eat.

I hope you are skeptical about what I am reporting to you, because I was when I first heard it. You should be skeptical. You will need to do your own due diligence, which doesn’t mean running to your doctor and asking him his thoughts. The first question I would ask him if you decide to do that is if he has read the China Study. If he hasn’t or can’t describe its conclusions, you may want to find a doctor who is committed to being up to date and who uses the most effective and least invasive treatment.

The point is health care is beginning a massive revolution, and we all need to become knowledgeable about health and nutrition, by investing our own time and effort so we can manage our own heath care intelligently. Many doctors are dragging their feet, and are still prescribing dangerous, bankrupting and needless by-pass surgery and deadly chemotherapy.

This will take some discipline on your part, to invest the time, apply what you learn, and discipline yourself to do what you need to do to become healthy. And it will take discipline to eat right to reverse heart disease and cancers that could be progressing in your body that haven’t shown obvious symptoms yet. Degenerative diseases grow slowly, and you can prevent them and reverse them by learning what foods cause them and changing your diet accordingly.

I urge you to become a closet health nut. Just don’t broadcast it to everyone. If someone asks you why you are looking so good, or how you’ve lost that excess weight, you may want to drop a few hints, and suggest a DVD or book for them to consider. And you may want to have one handy to share with them. Low key, like a fox. Know what I mean?