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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allergies can also cause bad breath. Digestive problems are other known culprits. Some medications cause bad breath as a side effect until the medicines are discontinued.


•  Food with Strong Odors: Food such as garlic or onions have strong odors and can cause bad breath.


If your child has bad breath, teach her to brush her teeth twice a day and floss at least once a day to take proper care of her mouth. Your child should also brush her tongue. Teach your children to develop a habit of rinsing their mouths after every meal. This will help remove the unwanted food particles that facilitate plaque formation and the build-up of germs in the mouth.


Another good habit your children can adopt is staying hydrated. Drinking fluids, especially water and reduced-sugar beverages, produces more saliva and keeps the mouth wet. As a rule of thumb in most cases, increasing saliva and decreasing bacteria in the mouth can help reduce the problem of bad breath.

Children may not realize it, but parents know bad breath is a matter for concern.


The medical term for bad breath is halitosis. Although this condition may be temporary, it can be a source of embarrassment for your child. Bad breath can have many causes. Here are some of those causes and suggestions for overcoming bad breath problems in your children.


•  Oral Hygiene: It’s the most common cause of bad breath, generally because children may not brush or floss their teeth properly and frequently. As a result, food particles left in the child’s mouth will rot and start to smell. Plaque, which is a haven for bacteria, can also develop on the teeth, adding to the foul smell. Even your child’s tongue can become a place where bacteria is created.


•  Mouth Breathing: Some children breathe through their mouths either because they have a stuffy nose or just because they are used to breathing that way when they sleep. This sometimes leads to dry mouth. A dry mouth produces less saliva, and saliva helps wash away bacteria and cleanse the mouth.


•  Infection or Illnesses: Bad breath in children can be due to mouth sores or cavities. Conditions such as a sinus infection, tonsillitis or

WHEN CHILDREN HAVE BAD BREATH

HARLEENA SINGH

Harleena Singh is a professional freelance writer with a background in teaching and education. She has a keen interest in food and health related issues and can be approached through her website freelancewriter.co. Checkout her blog and network with her on Google+, Twitter, and Facebook.

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In addition, make sure to take your child to a dentist for regular checkups and cleaning at least twice a year. The dentist can examine your child’s teeth and check for gum diseases or other problems that can damage the teeth and cause bad breath.