GOING GLUTEN-FREE

Gluten is a particular kind of protein that is not found in eggs or meat but is in barley, rye, wheat and triticale (a cross between wheat and rye). Going gluten-free means avoiding these grains. A gluten-free diet is essential for those who have celiac disease, a condition that causes inflammation in the small intestines, or gluten allergies.  Symptoms of celiac disease include anemia, constipation or diarrhea, bloating, gas, headaches, skin rashes, joint pain and fatigue.

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A DIET FOR HEALTH & WEIGHT LOSS

Have you noticed? Look around and you’ll see a majority of Americans who are either overweight or obese. Look in supermarkets and you’ll see a plethora of food products, many of them processed or high-fat and/or sweet laden.  Consuming such a diet often leads to poor health and weight gain. It is not surprising that the leading cause of death in the United States is heart disease. A number of diseases, including pre-diabetes, diabetes, stroke and depression, are linked to how we eat .....

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ANTIBIOTICS IN OUR FOOD

Just what is in the food we eat? Considering the food chain, did you know adding antibiotics to food dates back to the 1940s? Antibiotic use has led to a dramatic reduction in illness and death from infectious diseases, yet there is a downside to this practice. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and others encourage health care professionals and patients to use antibiotics more wisely and seek education and understanding about both the risks and benefits of using them.

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In order to have a healthy, bright smile, it is important to have regular dental exams and practice good dental hygiene. These are necessary for preventing gum disease and reducing the risk of tooth loss or dental problems. Proper dental hygiene not only is good for your teeth, but also has numerous other health benefits. Regular dental care isn’t expensive, but having a dental difficulty can become very expensive. That is why it is imperative to perform one of the main preventative actions: Brushing your teeth.


Some of the benefits of brushing your teeth include:


•  Reduced cost of dental care. Prevention is much less expensive than a cure. Brushing your teeth helps prevent cavities and other dental complications.

•  Prevention of gum disease. Regular brushing stimulates the gums, which keeps them healthy and thus prevents gum disease.

•  Reduced risk of heart disease and stroke. The American Journal of Medicine has connected dental health to risks of heart attack and stroke. Gum disease is one indicator of heart disease. Also, bad bacteria in the mouth can get into the bloodstream, which also increases your chances of having a heart attack or stroke.


Dentists recommend brushing your teeth for two minutes twice a day,

THE BENEFITS OF BRUSHING YOUR TEETH

TANIQUA WARD, M.S.

TaNiqua Ward is a staff writer for Health & Wellness magazine.

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once in the morning and once in the evening. Select a toothpaste that contains fluoride, which helps prevent cavities. Other ingredients in toothpaste, such as abrasives and detergents, are used to remove stains and bacteria. Flossing helps get rid of plaque, particles and food between your teeth. Both of these habits are essential for dental health.


Select a toothbrush with soft bristles to avoid doing any damage to the teeth and gums. Hold the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle against the gum line and begin brushing from the gum line to the chew surface. Brush your teeth softly with short strokes. Use the same method on the inside of your teeth as well.


Dentists usually recommend using unwaxed floss because it is thinner and easy to slide between the teeth. Carefully insert the floss between the teeth by using a back and forth motion to get it near the gums. Make a letter “C” shape around the edge of the tooth and glide it up and down. Do this same process on all your teeth and be sure to floss the back sides of your teeth as well.