HEART DISEASE AND THE NEED TO LOSE WEIGHT

Like many Americans, do you believe heart disease affects mostly men? In fact, heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the United States. Heart disease kills more women than all forms of cancer combined.  Heart disease, according to The Healthy Heart Handbook for Women, written by members of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, is one of several cardiovascular diseases that affect the heart and the blood vessel system. Others include stroke, high blood pressure and rheumatic heart disease.

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10 COMMON WEIGHT-LOSS MYTHS

There are so many misconceptions about weight loss and diets that it can be hard to know what to believe. Here are some common weight-loss myths.   Snacking and eating fast food are bad ideas.    Actually, eating small, healthy snacks between meals could help you eat less so you don’t overeat or binge later. Dietitians recommend having five small meals a day, instead of just three. Snacking has a bad rap because of some of the snack choices we make, such as potato chips, cookies, candy and other fattening items.

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FITNESS TIPS FOR LOSING WEIGHT

Summer is finally here, and you want to get your weight down and be in the best shape ever. This summer, make it your mission to reach your weight-loss goals – the same ones you probably set for yourself at the beginning of the year. Fortunately, it’s never too late to start down the path to health and wellness. Follow the guidelines below so you can put yourself on a fast track. Turn these tips into lifelong habits to ensure lasting success.

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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.