Some Important Dental Health Tips

Many people are unaware of the fact that dental health plays a central role in affecting the general health of the body. Poor oral health has been associated with various diseases such as heart and respiratory ailments. It is also considered to be a sign of certain ailments such as cancer and diabetes. Dental health begins with clean teeth. You should apply the right brushing and flossing techniques. In addition, you should avoid certain foods that cause the amassing of cavities that cause tooth decay. Here are a few dental health tips that will help make your teeth healthy.

Daily Dental Care

Apart from brushing your teeth twice daily, flossing is equally vital as it helps eliminate food particles that may be trapped in narrow places between the teeth. The easiest way to keep your teeth clean is by rinsing your mouth with water immediately after having your meal. Preferably, rinse with a mouthwash as it will not only get rid of any bad breath, but also stop the growth of bacteria.

Use the Right Toothbrush

Even your choice of toothbrush has an impact on your dental health. An individual ought to pick a toothbrush that isn’t too wide and with bristles that have rounded endings. The brush should be able to easily reach the back of the mouth and rinse the molars. Most people overlook this part of the mouth. Additionally, replace your brush after every three months. In case you have any gum disease, it’s better to replace your toothbrush each month.

Visit the Dentist

Most of us only pay attention to our dental hygiene when we experience tooth ache. Book an appointment with the dentist at regular intervals in order to have an overall dental checkup. Only dentists are able to point out whether or not you are developing serious problems like cavities etc. Always keep in mind that it’s vitally important for you and your family to visit the dentist if you need to prevent serious dental diseases at their early phase.

Avoid Harmful Habits

Some habits are particularly harmful for dental health. Avoid smoking, chewing tobacco, drinking sugary drinks etc. Keep in mind that it is always your obligation to limit or completely get rid all these from your diet if you need healthy teeth and brighter teeth.

Practice Proper Dietary Habits

By cutting down the amount of sugar in your diet, you can improve your oral health. Sugar sticks on the surfaces or between the teeth enabling bacteria to form and develop into plaque the starts the dental decay process. Limiting the quantity of sugar in your diet will improve your dental health. Certain foods such as cookies, cakes, and candy ought to be consumed with moderation. Additionally, avoid anything sticky like sugary breakfast bars, or even foods that can stick to the teeth.

By following these simple tips, you can easily improve your dental health. By employing proper dental habits, anyone can be able improve and maintain their dental health ensuring a healthy and shiny smile.

10 Reasons To Quit Sugar (Even If You’d Rather Not!)

Well, Halloween candy has been on display since August, and we know what that portends for the rest of the year.

But why wait to get your health in order? Here are 10 reasons to quit sugar now – even if you think you don’t want to do it.

1. Quitting sugar can help you prevent or even reverse insulin resistance.

Mainstream thinking on insulin resistance is that overweight is the cause. That’s true, it can be — but it’s a limited view. What we eat can greatly influence whether or not we develop insulin resistance – or type 2 diabetes, which frequently follows it.

2. It can help you reduce your cholesterol.

Cholesterol synthesis isn’t necessarily the result of a high-fat diet. The rate-limiter in cholesterol formation is an enzyme (HMG-coA reductase) that’s triggered by insulin. Sugar can stimulate big insulin, so it’s a major factor in serum cholesterol. People now say that cholesterol doesn’t really matter – but Metabolic Syndrome is a cluster of conditions. If you have one, you probably have more. Keeping cholesterol down by avoiding sugar helps in general – especially if you combine that with preventing or reversing insulin resistance, an underlying condition for several metabolic disorders.

3. It can prevent premature hunger signals.

When sugar promotes high insulin production, glucose can drop pretty low and pretty fast. The speed it drops is the main factor in triggering premature hunger signals – making you hungry for food you don’t need simply because you ate sugary junk.

4. It can reduce “secondary fat consumption.”

Okay, I made up that name. But eating extra fat is something that happens all the time when we eat sugar – think of ice cream, chocolate, rich cakes, cookies. For one thing, fat makes sugar taste sweeter. Also, when you get a craving for sugar, you might reach for something with lots of fat in it, too.

5. It can make healthful foods taste better to you.

Eating sugar triggers endorphins (beta-endorphin). That changes food preferences so that healthy foods seem less appealing. When you quit sugar, eating good foods – like vegetables – will probably be more appetizing.

6. It reduces cravings.

Eating sugar can cause cravings. Yes, for more sugary foods, definitely. But also for other kinds of junk food that may have sneaky sugars in them.

7. It can reduce calorie intake.

If you’re not responding addictively to sugar – and eating more sugar and other foods because of that – it will be easier to watch your calories.

8. It can improve your health.

Sugar can impact health directly by increasing inflammation in the body through several mechanisms. Reducing inflammation can improve your health and decrease pain.

9. It can improve your mood and your energy.

People who are carbohydrate sensitive secrete more insulin than normal when they eat sugar. That can set up a “peak-and-valley” pattern in their glucose levels. When you’re at a peak, your energy and mood may feel optimal, but when you’re in a valley, things don’t feel good at all.

10. It can improve the overall nutritional value of your diet.

If you’re not killing your appetite with sugary junk, you’ll have room for healthful foods. If you’re not steered in a junky direction by endorphins, you’ll eat more healthful foods. If you’re not eating the usual sugary treats, you may increase the fiber in your diet. If you’re eating wholesome foods, your B-vitamin intake may go up and change your brain chemistry completely. That’s an even more significant mood-booster than glucose.

So it’s up to you and always will be. Will you quit now or wait? Will you quit at all? All I’m saying is quitting sugar can help in these ways – and in several other ways that are not on this list of 10.

Wishing you great health, great moods, great energy, great success in quitting sugar.

Sugar Gliders, The Perfect Pocket Pet

If you have been thinking about getting a great small pet that is friendly, fun and entertaining then you should consider a sugar glider! Here is some great information about these cute little critters.

Sugar Gliders are marsupials which means that the babies are born extremely immature and then grow in a pouch on the mothers abdomen until they are mature enough to survive outside her body on their own.

The adult sugar gliders size is usually around 5-6 inches long with a weight of 4-6 ounces.

Between the wrist and the ankle, sugar gliders have a fur covered membrane called a patapium. To see an example of a sugar glider in flight visit . By spreading out their hands and feet the sugar gliders patapium acts like a parachute allowing the sugar glider to float through the air.

Sugar gliders have large apposable toes on their hind feet which allows them to grip branches. This assists the sugar glider while gliding from limb to limb and while climbing. Sugar gliders second and third toes form a grooming comb which they can use to groom their fur.

Sugar gliders are extremely social and enjoy companionship. Because of this fact sugar gliders usually bond well with their owners. If you do not have a lot of time to spend with your sugar glider it is a good idea to keep more than one.

If you plan on keeping more than one sugar glider it is advisable to raise them together from a young age as it can be difficult introducing unaquainted adults.

Be sure to purchase an appropriate cage for your sugar glider. It is best to get the largest cage that you can afford to give your sugar gliders plenty of room.

Before purchasing a sugar glider as a pet, be sure to research their nutritional needs. Sugar gliders have some special dietary calcium requirements that are important to follow to keep your sugar glider in optimum health.

Sugar gliders are nocturnal animals, so if you plan on owning a sugar glider be prepared to have a pet that is most active during the night. Sugar gliders make a chainsaw like sound, so you may want to place their cage in an area where their talking does not disturb you while you sleep.

In spite of the fact that sugar gliders are nocturnal, they are usually happy to spend time with their owners during the day by sleeping in a pocket or pouch. Many sugar glider owners find this trait particularly charming and take their little sugar glider pocket pets with them everywhere they go.

Sugar: The Real Story Behind This Modern Poison – Part 1

Today I came home and threw out the rest of the brownie I made over the weekend, the remaining packet of biscuits friends bought over last night and emptied out the bottle of lemonade still in the fridge. Earlier I went for a walk and I was thinking, why am I constantly so tired? I sleep well, I’m busy but not too busy, I have no major diseases, I’m not sick or fighting any virus, so why am I constantly tired and the thought of having an afternoon sleep is always so appealing? The answer is sugar. Sugar has slowly crept into my diet more and more as I relaxed into the holiday vibe and it is a toxin. Saying it’s a ‘toxin’ makes it almost sound innocent. Sugar is a hugely under-rated, over-used, addictive, everyday common poison in our lives and it’s slowly killing us. It is a major ingredient in all processed foods and is slowly and silently increasing in our diets and deteriorating our health.

Sugar and chemical food additives are the number 1 reason for daily fatigue in my clinic. They are so rampant in our food chain that people don’t even realise they are eating them. Sugar (in various forms) drain and leach the body of vital nutrients. Vitamins and minerals are used through the demand sugar places of the digestive system, nervous system, liver and all organs of elimination. Our bodies are designed to deal with this as a one-off occurrence, but on an everyday basis, excess sugar turns the body into an over-acid environment and more and more minerals that the body has stored for later use are being leeched out in an attempt to balance the acid problem.

Initially sugar (glucose) in the blood is sent to the liver and turned into glycogen (energy) for the liver. Once the liver’s glycogen supplies are full, it returns the sugar to the blood in the form of circulating blood fats. These fatty acids are very dangerous and are fast becoming recognised in the Western world as the number 1 contributor to heart disease/cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, insulin resistance and so on. At first the fatty acids start to accumulate in inactive areas such as the belly breasts, buttocks, hips and thighs, but once these are full, the fatty acids then move to vital organs – heart, kidneys, and so on. These organs begin to slow down and the attack on our health continues. The whole body is affected, blood cells change, our nervous system changes (meaning our mental capabilities decrease and our ability to deal with stress, pressure at work or at home is compromised), circulatory and lymphatic systems are compromised, digestive system is severely compromised and bacteria’s and yeasts harmful to the body start to grow in abundance. And then, our immunity becomes limited. The body can no longer fend off viruses like it used to, our system as a whole become under attack.

The physical symptoms of too much sugar are numerous. Sugar makes you sleepy. This is the initial symptom that many people (including myself) have fallen victim to, but recognising it is something that many people fail to do. Too-much sugar in the diet can be responsible for obesity and weight management problems, diabetes and insulin resistance, heart disease and other cardiovascular problems, multiple nutritional deficiencies (all B vitamins, chromium, magnesium, zinc, and more), hypoglycaemia and blood sugar disturbances as well as alcoholism and abnormal carbohydrate metabolism, chronic digestive problems, yeast overgrowth throughout the body (may present as vaginal or oral thrush, athletes foot and digestive problems like bloating, gas, constipation and/or diarrhea), immune dysfunction and problems such as recurrent infections, menstrual problems and/or PMS, thyroid and adrenal problems, multiple nervous system problems including hyperactivity, difficulty concentrating, slower mental function, mood swings, anxiety, depression and more.

The list of problems associated with excess sugar intake is phenomenal. To give you an indication of just how much Western society has increased in dependence and addiction to sugar since the rise and rise of fast foods, snack foods, quick packaged foods and artificial foods began in the 70’s, statistics from the US Department of Agriculture tell us that the average US adult consumes 20 teaspoons of added sugar daily and the total intake of sugar and sweeteners is now a staggering 150 pounds (68.2kg) per person per year!!!

For more information on reproductive nutrition, pre-conception healthcare and fertility for both partners, please contact medical herbalist, fertility and nutrition specialist, Kimberly Taylor at her Natural Fertility Clinic in Wellington on 04 499 1439.