Avoid Fizzy Drinks
Soda is delicious but also equally dangerous for your teeth. In fact, the two ingredients, phosphoric acid and citric acid, that give soda its flavor also softens teeth enamel that makes teeth more vulnerable to cavities. Drink water with added flavors like citrus or mint instead of fizzy drinks to keep your teeth healthy.
Leave Out Sugar
Sugar is the main culprit to destroying the teeth as it multiplies the bacteria and acidity in the mouth. Every time you consume a sugary treat, your mouth produces acid for 20 minutes which then harms the teeth. To maintain teeth wellbeing, try to avoid sugar altogether or brush and floss after every sugary snack.
We all know that twice-a-day brushing is recommended but proper way of brushing is also essential. It is advised that the toothbrush be held at a 45-degree angle, pointed upwards in the direction of the gums and small, short, circular strokes be used. Each tooth should be brushed 10-15 times but not aggressively as it can erode the gum line.
Consume Teeth-Friendly Foods
Have calcium-rich stuff that strengthens your teeth such as low-fat milk, cheese, and yogurt. Gum-healthy foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables which are rich in Vitamin A and C are also a good addition to your diet. Tea is also recommended because it provides fluoride for the teeth. You can also get fluoride from certain toothpastes or mouth washes.
So follow the above advice and keep smiling!
Myth 1: Sugar intake causes diabetes
Fact 1: In Type 1 diabetes, your immune system destroys the insulin-creating cells in your pancreas. Type 1 diabetes is not caused by any factor in your diet or your lifestyle.
Although sugar doesn’t directly cause Type 2 diabetes, overweight people are more likely to get it. Weight gain is caused by taking in more calories than your body requires, and calories are mostly found in sugary foods and drinks.
Myth 2: Diabetics can’t eat fruit
Fact 2: Diabetics are not forbidden from eating fruits. People worry because fruits contain sugar, which causes a rise in your blood glucose. In reality, most fruits like apples, oranges, pears, peaches and plums have low to medium glycemic index, so they can be consumed safely.
Myth 3: Fats don’t matter
Fact 3: Too much saturated fats, like high-fat dairy products and deep-fried foodstuffs, can cause increase in your weight, spike your unhealthy cholesterol levels, and increase your possibility of heart ailments and stroke.
Myth 4: Diabetics can’t eat dessert
Fact 4: The key to having dessert as a diabetic is balance and serving control. Look out for the “all or nothing” mindset. You’re allowed to treat yourself to a small helping of your beloved dessert on special events. Just curb the intake of other carbs in your food to maintain a healthy diet.
So, enjoy eating in moderation and remain healthy!
World Diabetes Day (WDD) is the key international awareness movement of the diabetes population and is observed on 14th of November annually. The campaign is symbolized by a blue circle sign that internationally represents diabetes awareness and international diabetes community’s solidarity. WDD 2017 theme is ‘Women and Diabetes: our right to a healthy future’.
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Even though winter is not famous for being an ideal time for natural products, there are some amazing fruits and vegetables found in this season.
Green Leafy Vegetables
Green leafy vegetables like kale, spinach, chard, collards and dandelion greens flourish in the cold months. They contain loads of vitamins and are known for their anti-aging properties so they must be consumed in this season to keep away cold and flu, and stay healthy.
One way to brighten up your winter in a juicy way is to add citrus fruit to your diet. Citrus fruits like oranges, grapefruits, lemons and limes do best in winter; they are full of Vitamin C, and are great at balancing your cholesterol levels.
Although potatoes are sometimes categorized as white starch along with white rice and white bread, they contain many healthy nutrients like Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, fiber and folate. They are also good at fighting cancer and inflammation.
Pomegranates are found exclusively in winters and are a great-tasting fruit. They contain anti-oxidant and anti-cancer properties. They also prevent plaque accumulation in the arteries and improve blood flow to the heart.
Winter squash are incredibly healthy, hardy foods found plentifully in the winter. It includes many kinds such as spaghetti, butternut, delicata and acorn. They are also a good source of Vitamin A, B6, C, K, potassium and folate.
So keep eating and stay healthy!
You must have seen the beautiful yellow, orange and red flowers called Marigolds that have a pungent smell and soft texture. But you might not be aware of the numerous health benefits that this flower provides.
Some uses for marigolds are as described below:
- Curing Skin Problems
Balms made with marigold can soothe sunburns, warts, bites, acne and ulcerations, as well as heal wounds, dry skin and burns. It has been proved that the flower can boost the development of healthy fresh tissue, stimulate blood flow to the affected area, speed up collagen production, nourishes dry skin, and boost the healing of skin after operation or injury.
- Making Healthy Tea
Tea prepared with marigold flowers has shown to reduce symptoms produced by inflammatory bowel diseases/colitis. Moreover, marigold tea is useful for healing gastritis, acid reflux and ulcers, in addition to decreasing stomach or menstrual pain.
- Reinforcing Immune System
Marigold (calendula) drops or extract are on occasion used to treat coughs, painful throats, or fevers. It is believed to boost epithelial cell production, typically due to the presence of glycoproteins and nucleoproteins.
- Treating Infections
Ointments made with marigold have been in use for a long time to heal fungal infections of the various organs including eyes, skin and genitals.
So, enjoy the season of marigolds and reap its benefits!