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Braces, Keeping them in Tip Top Shape

Written by Lisa Jillanza

Dental Braces The teeth are the second facial feature that is most remembered after meeting someone. And mostly, people perceive straight teeth as better and equated it into all positive qualities for a person. People with straight teeth are perceived to be happier, friendly, healthy, popular, trustworthy and confident compared to those who have crooked ones according to studies.

According to statistics, in the US, there are 4 million people who have dental braces. Most of these are children and teens but about 25% are adults. And just last 2013, the rise in dentists performing orthodontic treatments, dental braces specifically, has risen by 34%.

Aims of dental braces usually are to correct teeth alignment, perform minor jaw form changes and improve smile. But what may be a rather a simple procedure may become a tasking thing after. It requires different care; it requires a specific maintenance for it to be clean and won't induce the formation of plaques and cavities.

Maintenance Tips

Cleaning braces is tasking. When you failed somehow to remove some food particles tucked in brackets and wires, it becomes a magnet of plaque and teeth staining. Plus the fact that food bits sticking in your teeth is a major turn off and is unsightly. So instead of landing that job and acing those interviews, you may risk getting denied.

A simple brushing you used to do prior to your braced teeth won't do. So what do you do now? Take these simple tips below:

Brush teeth regularly. Though simple brushing won't do, but regular brushing can make a difference. Pay attention to brackets and fixtures, go around it. You can use regular and manual toothbrush they can do fine given you put time into it but an electric brush can be an easier option. Use the right toothpaste; choose one with fluoride to protect your enamel.

Floss. You may be discourage since flossing with dental braces isn't an easy job but do it anyway. Try and try and you'll get used to the trick later. Or if you have one, you can use a floss threader to get between your braced teeth. Remember that due to braces, it is easier for food particles to stay there and result to decay, discoloration and even tooth scarring.

Use a Interdental Brush. Interdental brush or wire brush is that small brush that can get through the wire, get close to brackets, go between braces and can even pass through your teeth spaces. But remember; don't push it too hard in between your teeth spaces since it might cause some discomfort and even pain.

Use Mouthwash. But do it less frequently. Use it after brushing to make sure it finishes off what was left to be removed. Although it can help clean off spaces in braces that brush can't reach, it may strip your mucous shield in your mouth which may have bacteria penetrate tissues later; it's called a rebound effect. It can help, but use it sparingly.

Wear Guards During Activities. When you're exercising, playing sports or in an activity that requires contact and injuries can't be helped, use mouth guard. It can cause lesser damage when you bump your mouth and it can protect it as well from germs and bacteria.

Visit your Dentist regularly. Once you have your wires cut and the rubber band son brackets changed and removed, always request for a brush. Brushing minus the wires and the bands can help in reaching those hard to reach places.

Avoid Hard, chewy foods. OF course you shouldn't limit yourself just because you have braces, but if you can certainly avoid chewing on hard foods that can break your wires or disengage your bracket, then do it.

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Osteoporosis Stopping it in its Track Naturally

Written by Lisa Jillanza

A bone disease which usually develops over many years without any major symptoms in the early stages is called osteoporosis. Loss of height, developing a curved upper back, back pain, or broken bones are one of the first signs of osteoporosis. The bones become progressively porous, brittle and fragile in time. These fracture easily under simple stresses and would not break normal, healthy bone.

The fracture risk increases and is greatest in Caucasian women with increasing age.  The relaxation of the abdominal muscles and a protruding abdomen is the reason for postural changes. Fatigue is also felt by many people with osteoporosis.

Causes of Osteoporosis

There are a of causes of osteoporosis like gender, race, genetics, aging, low body weight, nutrition, lifestyle choices like smoking, caffeine, consumption of carbonated soft drinks and alcohol, and physical activity some of the key factors in the development of osteoporosis. Women have greater risk to develop osteoporosis than men, and it's more common during the postmenopausal periods because of the decreasing level of estrogen. Family history of osteoporosis, lack of weight-bearing exercise, slender body frame and Asian or European heritage are some of the risk factors of osteoporosis. Also those women who smoke or drink are at greater risk also. One precipitating factor of osteoporosis is hyperthyroidism.

How to Prevent Osteoporosis

As we grow older, our skeletal system degenerates that makes our bones weak and prone to fracture. But, if you start living a healthy lifestyle early in your life, you may be able to delay the development of this disease. There are some ways to prevent your chances in developing osteoporosis:

  • Engage in weight-bearing exercise like walking, jogging, climbing stairs, dancing, or weight lifting. These exercises help keep bones strong and decrease the risk of developing osteoporosis.
  • A healthy diet that includes plenty of calcium and vitamin D is necessary. These are needed for building healthy, strong bones. Fortified milk will boost your vitamin D and by spending 10 to 15 minutes in the sun each day.
  • Don't smoke.
  • Stop or limit your alcohol intake to 1 drink per day or less.
  • Cut down caffeine because it increases calcium loss from your body. It also puts you at risk for osteoporosis.
  • Talk with your doctor about the medications that can help prevent osteoporosis.

Home Remedies and Natural Cures for Osteoporosis Treatment

Potassium

In a recent study, it found out that women who were given regular potassium supplements were better to absorb calcium. This is important for maintaining strong bones. Bananas are a natural source of potassium, so they are highly recommended to reduce the risk of osteoporosis. Milk, yogurt, chicken, fish, turkey, celery, spinach carrots, and tomatoes are other foods rich in potassium.

Broccoli

Broccoli is an excellent source of calcium, which is important for maintaining strong and healthy bones. It is also high in vitamin c. it is also high in fiber that helps prevent constipation, hemorrhoids, high cholesterol, heart disease, obesity and colon cancer.

Fish oil

Some studies have found out that the omega 3 fatty acids and vitamin D content in fish oil may help increase bone mineral density. Take 1000mg of fish oil once daily with a meal, this is a simple osteoporosis remedy.

 

Sunscreen 101

Written by Lisa Jillanza

suntan lotion We all know that we should be wearing sunscreen now that the sunny days of summer are here, but do you know what you are doing wrong with that sunscreen? Here are the biggest mistakes we are making when it comes to sunscreen.

  • You wait until you are outside to apply your sunscreen. : According to experts, you should apply your sunscreen at least 30 minutes prior to going out in the sun.  That way it has time to absorb into your skin, plus you won't get those harmful UV rays during those crucial minutes when you are first in the sun.
  • You apply your sunscreen around your clothes and/or swim gear. : If you are applying your sunscreen around your clothes or swimsuit then you may be missing parts of your body because you are worried about getting the lotion on your clothes or swimsuit.  It's best to apply your sunscreen when you are naked and you can better make sure that you aren't missing any important spots.
  • You forget about your lips. : Your lips are vulnerable to harmful UV rays just like the rest of your body.  You shouldn't use the same sunscreen that you use on your body though; be sure to purchase a lip balm that contains SPF and is thicker so it stays on longer.
  • You miss other important areas. : According to experts, the most common areas missed are: the toes and feet including the bottom of the feet, underarms, back of the neck and under the hairline, ears and especially the tops of your ears, eyelids and inner upper arms.  Sunscreen should be everywhere as the sun doesn't discriminate.
  • You sweat or rinse it all off. : Be sure to read your sunscreen label and make sure you are choosing the correct sunscreen for the activity you will be participating in : like swimming or working out outdoors.  Make sure you choose a water-resistant lotion for swimming or activities where you may be sweating a lot.
  • You are using a face sunscreen on your body or vice versa. : Different types of sunscreens are made for different reasons on purpose.  Sunscreen created for your face is created with special chemicals and formulas so it does not cause irritation to your face : and the same goes for body sunscreen.  Body sunscreen tends to contain alcohol which can dry out the skin on your face.
  • You only use sunscreen when it is nice outside. : Many people only slather on the sunscreen when the sun's rays are in full bloom. But that can be one of the biggest mistakes that people make when it comes to sunscreen and when to apply it.  Experts say that you can indeed still get UV rays even on the grayest of days, actually 80% of UV rays still come through on cloudy days.
  • You think you are safe indoors or in a car. : Driving can be a major source of incidental sun exposure. Windows and windshields block out UVB rays, but UVA rays can still seep in and those rays are on the spectrum that can cause the most skin aging and skin cancer.

Taking the Pain Out of Arthritis

Written by Lisa Jillanza

Hand on a shoulder Arthritis should never be taken lightly. Many of us might simply brush away this as a disease that afflicts us in our later years. It is something inevitable and people must live with it. But arthritis like any other disease is preventable. It could be prevented by eating healthy or exercising regularly. And there are natural ways of managing the symptoms of arthritis.

Omega 3 and Arthritis

Omega 3 is a potent anti-inflammatory that is effective in managing the symptoms of arthritis. One of the body's first immunologic responses is inflammation which blocks the supply of nutrients in affected joints. The inflammation also increases the pressure in the area causing pain. Omega 3 restores the flow of blood and nutrients in the joints. It also relieves the pressure reducing pain.

Here are six of nature's remedies that can replace or enhance the capabilities conventional medications for a pain-free physicality.

  1. Fish or Calamari Oil: Packed with the amazing wonders of Omega-3, fish and calamari oil which are its natural sources are best included in your diet. Omega-3 fatty acids is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. As reported by ScienceDaily from a study conducted by a biochemist in University of Michigan, Omega-3 can significantly reduce the production and potency of various prostaglandins that triggers inflammation.
  2. Aquamin: This red seaweed is another wonder with its inflammation-fighting abilities, thus there are plenty of joint supplements based on it that appears in the market today. It is rich in Calcium, magnesium among other 74 trace minerals that includes selenium, zinc, and iron.
  3. Vitamin D: People with deficiency to Vitamin D are most likely victims of chronic pain. If you are more likely to suffer from inflammation especially caused by joint pain, getting yourself an ample amount of the sunshine-vitamin from a daily morning walk can make miracles. Vitamin D also function in the metabolism of calcium for superior bone health.
  4. Chili Peppers: Love spicy food? Then you are also spicing up your health! Capsaicin from chili peppers is a natural remedy for pain and is rich with Vitamin E that is beneficial for the skin. Topical capsaicin is used to alleviate pain caused by muscle sprains, strains and rheumatoid arthritis. It is good for back pain, fibromyalgia, and headaches, but you have to be wary if you have skin irritation. Do not forget to wash your hands after application and do not touch your eyes and other sensitive areas of the skin after applying capsaicin.
  5. Pineapples: This delish tropical fruit is rich in enzyme called bromelain. Bromelain is helpful in osteoarthritis by reducing inflammation and pain.
  6. Vitamin B2: Deficiency in riboflavin can cause mouth ulcers, sore throat, and iron deficiency anemia. It is richly found in liver, dried herbs, peppers, spices, soybeans, and fish. In a study, riboflavin has found with promise in reducing the frequency of migraines.

Things to consider when using Omega 3 for managing Arthritis

Although treatment with Omega 3 is quite effective, long term benefits could take six months.

Take Omega 3 supplements with meals to improve absorption and avoid stomach problems.

Those experiencing nausea or indigestion should try freezing Omega 3 supplements or search of enteric coated capsules.

Omega 6 and Omega 9 are entirely different from Omega 3. These nutrients are well represented in a Western diet and taking supplements is not recommended. Instead, these nutrients promote inflammation.

Reduce intake of red meat and fried foods as these contain arachidonic acid that promotes pain. Caffeine containing drinks and foods rich in Trans-fatty acids should also be decreased.

Other things to include in your diet are magnesium, zinc and Vitamin B6.

Combine Omega 3 treatments with other anti-inflammatory drugs to help boost its effectiveness.

The most effective arthritis treatments could only go as far when partnered with a healthy lifestyle. To enjoy long term relief from arthritis, people should consider long lasting lifestyle changes. The aim of any arthritis treatment is not only to manage the symptoms of the disease but preventing this from occurring.

People suffering from arthritis are encouraged to eat a healthy diet and refrain from foods rich in Trans-fatty acids or fried foods. Stress reduction and a regular sleep schedule prevent further aggravation of the condition.

If you're planning to take Omega 3 supplements be sure to check in with your doctor. Although dietary supplements are readily available without a prescription, consulting with your doctor ensures that your path towards arthritis treatment remains safe and effective.