A Look At How Food Affects Your Dental Health

2 Coke cans and 2 glasses of soda with iceWhen it comes to your dental health, oral hygiene is important but is not the only factor that you need to consider. Your mouth is the first line of contact when it comes to the food you ingest and as for as result, has a profound effect on the health of your teeth, gums, tongue, and mouth. These foods have the potential to either improve your dental health or cause a myriad of health issues. So, we will now take a closer look at how different foods affect your teeth.

First of all, a diet that is high in sugar and simple carbohydrates will increase your probability of developing cavities. This includes food like sweets, candies, cakes, ice cream, pasta, bread, etc. These foods tend to break down quickly in the mouth, and the sugar that is left behind on your teeth can cause a faster rate of tooth decay.

On the other hand, there are foods like coffee, wine, and tea that will cause staining of your teeth and make them permanently discolored. This can be quite embarrassing, and these liquids can cause your enamel to wear away as well. Soda and in particular Coca Cola will wear away your enamel if you drink it regularly, so you may want to decrease your soda intake drastically.

You may think that only junk foods, snacks, and drinks will have an adverse impact on your teeth. However, this is not true. Foods like tomatoes and citrus fruits can cause your enamel to wear away. This is because these foods are highly acidic and as a result, you shouldn’t eat them by themselves but with other foods.

Child at the dentist's office getting a teeth cleaningThe best type of foods to eat for good dental health include lots of fruits and vegetables. However, fruits that tend to stick to your teeth such as raisins and dried fruits should be avoided or eaten in small amounts. The reason being is that once they adhere to your teeth, they can cause more plaque acid to form as well as tooth decay.

In closing, when it comes to improving your overall dental health, you need to pay attention to the foods that you eat. You should eat lots of fresh fruit and vegetables and avoid the foods listed above. However, no matter what you eat, you should always brush your teeth and floss regularly to ensure proper dental hygiene.

Five Natural Treatments for Stress Incontinence

When it comes to stress incontinence treatments, there are plenty of medications and even surgeries, those options, however, can at times be accompanied by side effects and extended periods of recovery. There are however other options to take into consideration, for lifestyle changes, exercise, diet and even herbal supplements.

The Mayo Clinic Defines Stress Incontinence as:

Urinary incontinence is the unintentional loss of urine. Stress incontinence happens when physical movement or activity — such as coughing, sneezing, running or heavy lifting — puts pressure (stress) on your bladder. Stress incontinence is not related to psychological stress. read more…

Here are five stress incontinence treatments to take into consideration:

1. Stay Fit

If you are overweight, losing weight is a significant step in bettering your stress incontinence. When there is excess belly fat, pressure is placed not only on the pelvic muscles but also on the bladder. If you are overweight, by dropping a few pounds you can start regaining control of your bladder.

2. Quit Smoking

Smoking is an unhealthy habit and quitting smoking seems to be an antidote for stress incontinence. Nicotine is an irritant for the bladder; a brief study which was conducted in Greece at the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki showed that there are higher levels of stress incontinence among heavy smokers than non-smokers. Coughing is also something which smokers are more prone to; coughing is also considered a risk factor in the development of pelvic prolapse and stress urinary incontinence.

3. Stay Hydrated

This may seem counterintuitive if you are always worried about having to use the bathroom; however when it comes to managing incontinence, drinking plenty of water and other fluids is crucial. Not being hydrated leads to constipation, this irritates the bladder and can lead to incontinence. It is recommended to drink between six to eight cups every day, do your best to drink this throughout the day to avoid having to rush to the bathroom at night.

4. Acupuncture

If you deal with stress incontinence, acupuncture is a route you may want to consider. This imbalance does not only stem from the kidneys and bladder but also from other essential parts of the body, for example, the heart and the lungs. What causes stress incontinence is a combination of two or more imbalances in the system. This is not a quick fix. However, experts have reported that every person they have treated for stress incontinence with acupuncture has significantly benefited from it and the treatments have been a success.

5. Avoid Caffeine

Caffeine is a diuretic which stimulates muscle contractions and contributes to bladder irritation; both of this can lead to stress incontinence. The control of the bladder takes place in the frontal lobe of the brain; caffeine excites the brain as well as the bladder on top of the fact that it is diuretic. This can spell disaster for those dealing with stress incontinence, so it is best to restrict if not completely avoid its intake.

These five simple yet natural forms of treatment for stress incontinence are highly effective. It is, however, important that each case is evaluated and that you discuss your decision to try a natural approach with your primary care physician. That being said, by taking a more natural route, you can avoid any unhealthy side effects from medications or an unpleasant and often long recovery from surgery.

Are All Food Fats Bad For You?

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We all know that being ‘fat’ is an unhealthy thing but are fats bad for you as macro-nutrients? People are quick to confuse the macro-nutrient, fat, with the state of being fat. Fat is an underappreciated nutrient. Everyone tries to avoid it and the food industry is taking their fat pretty seriously! No wonder every food product we see is ‘light’ or ‘fat-free’. The food industry, every now and then, goes ahead and blacklists a macro-nutrient. These days its the carbohydrates but 2 decades ago, we had fat as the culprit. But if we don’t consume fats and carbohydrates, then what should we eat! This brings us to the answer of the original question; are all fats bad for you? The truth is that all fats aren’t made equal, some, I admit, are evil but others belong to the light side!

Fats in general are very beneficial for our body. Firstly, they are an excellent source of energy. Proteins and Carbohydrates give out 4 calories of energy per gram but fats contain 9 calories per gram. This calorie dense macro-nutrient comes in handy when you’re involved in any endurance activity such as long runs, cycling or any form of physical activity demanding extended period of exertion. Another quality of fat is that it acts as a solvent. Vitamins and minerals need a solvent to dissolve in order to get absorbed into the body. Many minerals and vitamins prefer water but there are other vitamins and minerals that are actually fat soluble. Enough fat in your diet ensures that these vitamins and minerals are properly absorbed from your GI tract. If you cut out fats completely from your diet, chances are that these vitamins and minerals will be secreted out of your body as waste because their solvent was missing. Examples of vitamins and minerals that are fat soluble include Vitamin A, D, E and K.

Are all Fats bad for you Are all Fats bad for you?

Primarily, fats are classified into 4 categories; saturated fats, mono-saturated fats, poly-saturated fats and trans fats. If we bring a little organic chemistry into our discussion, things will be easier to explain. All of these fats differ in chemical structure, more specifically the double bond between carbon atoms. Saturated fats have no double bonds; mono-saturated fats have one d double bond where as poly-saturated fats have multiple double bonds. The story for Trans Fat is a little different and it is for this reason this is the ‘evil fat’. Trans fats are made up of hydrogenated unsaturated fats. This means that through hydrogenation of vegetable oils, the structure of unsaturated fats is changed to the structure of Trans fat. This structure of Trans fat makes it very hard to be broken down and it is for this reason Trans fats should be avoided in your diet. Typical items that contain trans fat include Pastries, packages crisps (Most types, Margarine, Package biscuits.

The other 3 types of fats have various advantages if taken in moderation.

Polyunsaturated fats are good for the heart and healthy cholesterol, sources include nuts, seeds and oily fish like Salmon and Mackerel. Although Saturated fats raise cholesterol, but they are important for producing various hormones in the boy. Examples include animal fat. Mono-saturated fats found in olive oil and canola oil are beneficial for fighting cholesterol build up.

‘Too much love will kill you’, in the same way too much of everything is bad for the body. Consume fats in moderation and consider healthy sources like fish, seeds and nuts. Remember, all fats are not bad for you.