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Brushing teeth. Do you floss? Every day?. Dental floss is designed to get the plaque out from between your teeth and in those hard-to-reach places. Leave the plaque where it is and you can develop tartar or gum disease.  But even if you floss regularly, you...

Stress is sometimes considered to be the root of all ailments. When we are stressing out our bodies can't put as much energy into keeping us healthy. Effects of stress can cause cold sores, flu, and indigestion. Here are some ways stress can make you...

Chances are that if you were to ask people “what is positive stress?” you would get only a bewildered look as a response. After all, we have always been taught that stress is bad for our health and that we should avoid it whenever possible. Even...

Living longer is a goal for most people all around the world. Depending upon where you live, your life expectancy can be significantly increased or decreased. Several things can be attributed to this, including access to medical care and ongoing medical developments. What are some...

Purchasing organic foods costs at least 10% more than purchasing non-organic foods. The organic foods usually taste a lot better, are certified to have fewer pesticides, and are more likely to be locally sourced, but is the extra cost really worth it? In some...

Brushing teeth. Do you floss? Every day?. Dental floss is designed to get the plaque out from between your teeth and in those hard-to-reach places. Leave the plaque where it is and you can develop tartar or gum disease.  But even if you floss regularly, you might be going about it in a way that actually does your teeth harm. Are you making any of these flossing mistakes? 

Flossing Mistake 1: Floss before brushing.  

The best oral hygiene routine is to brush, then floss, then rinse. If you floss first, you may actually push additional bacteria into the spaces between your teeth. Then, when you rinse after flossing, you can help to rinse away any particles that may have been loosened in your mouth by flossing. 

 Flossing Mistake 2: Floss in the morning.  

Actually, flossing should be a part of your evening oral hygiene routine. This helps to ensure that you get an entire night’s rest for your mouth to fight off tooth-decay-causing bacteria. Flossing in the morning is not necessary. Once a day is enough. 

 

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Flossing Mistake 3: Floss until your gums bleed.  

Be gentle when you floss. If your gums are bleeding, you’re being too rough. To floss properly:   

  • Gently slide the floss at the top of the tooth. 
  • Move the floss down to the gum line and bring it under, then remove it. 
  • Shift to a clean section of floss to clean between the next tooth: the previous section of floss is full of bacteria, so you don’t want to reuse it. 
  • If you’re being gentle and your gums still bleed, it could be a sign of gum disease. See your dental hygienist handle this.  

  Flossing Mistake 4: Buy only waxed/unwaxed floss because it’s better.  

Floss types and brands are a personal preference. However, many people feel that waxed or ‘ribbon’ floss is easier to fit between their teeth and is gentler on their gums. These types of floss may be less likely to shred but are also more expensive.  

  Flossing Mistake 5: Use mouthwash to replace flossing.  

Mouthwash does not get the bacteria between your teeth, or just below the gum line. It may kill bacteria on dental surfaces missed by brushing and flossing; however, nothing outdoes the brushing/flossing/rinsing routine.  

Make this your motto. Brush. Then floss. Then rinse. It’s a lot cheaper and less painful than having your teeth slowly decay in your mouth.  

Also, it’s a good idea to get regular cleanings from a dental hygienist. Only a professional cleaning can remove tartar and plaque that can’t be reached at home. 

The Affordable Care Act is putting in all the efforts possible to make sure that people who otherwise would not be able to pay for health insurance get it at more affordable rates.  However, many of the popular plans involve high co-pays and deductibles, which means that many consider basic medical care to still be quite expensive.  

Here are the top three reasons why US patients are not getting the help they need when they get sick:  

 1. Costly Health Insurance Plans  

Many people put off their basic medical care and medical procedures because they feel that the associated costs are too high.  

When it comes to health insurance plans, many of them have high deductibles, which means that people still have to pay a significant amount out of their pockets.  

An example is that of Renee Mitchell, who put off her eye surgery for a long time because she was already in debt and didn’t want to add to her expenses further.  

Despite being on the silver level Obamacare plan, she would still have to pay a significant amount of money, thereby leading to more debt. 

 2. Unaffordable Out of Pocket Costs 

 Despite insurance plans, the out-of-pocket costs that may incur as a result of basic medical care are extremely high, and many people can’t afford to pay those.  

For this reason, many of the families, who despite being fully covered, go without basic medical care because they are unable to afford it.  

People in such situations also have the tendency to skip follow-ups with their doctors and will not fill prescriptions. This only adds further to long-term costs and complications. 

3. High Cost of Medications 

 The medications cost a lot and many people think that it’s best not to take them at all as opposed to paying high amounts of money for them.  

There are certain states, however, such as Texas, Arizona, Florida, and Pennsylvania that have removed deductibles on some of the insurance plans while other states charge minute co-pay.  

Yet, even these seem a lot for many of the people.  

These are legitimate concerns that people are facing, and if nothing will be done about it soon, then the future problems in basic medical care will be even greater. 

1. Outline YourNew Year Resolution Plan

Arranging how you will accomplish your new year goals and what steps you are going to take will help in the long run. Not having any idea of where to begin your goal will just make you want to put it off more. If you are looking to lose weight, plan out some healthy meals you would be interested in and create a schedule for a good time to work out. Create manageable portions to help you reach your goal.

2. Stick to One New Year Resolution Goal

Having ten different new year resolutions will create problems so nothing will be accomplished. Choosing one new year resolution goal that you know you will stick to and are motivated to achieve will end in success. Trying to do everything at once would most likely result in failure.
 

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3. A List of Pros and Cons

Making a new year resolution list that shows all the good that can come out of the accomplishment of your new year resolution goal can create self-motivation. Thinking on the better side will add more to the Pros side, giving you all the motivation, you need. Keep the new year resolution list nearby in case you’re thinking of eating that extra slice of pizza.

4. Startwith The Small Picture

Taking small steps towards a bigger goal will make your new year resolution seem easier. Be realistic. Losing 20 pounds in the first week of the New Year is not that great of a start. Starting off with eating right and exercising will get you to lose those 20 pounds in no time. The difference will come with more motivation as the year goes on.

5. Get Support

 Not being afraid to let people know what you are trying to achieve will be all the more helpful. The more people you tell, the more support you have if you fall behind. Getting tips and finding help in others is nothing to be scared of.
 

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6. Begin at A Good Time

 Starting right when the New Year begins may work; but the gloomy winter weather might get you down. Choosing the right time of year can be hard but you should start when you feel you are motivated enough. Of course, don’t start in September when the year is almost gone. Start off in the spring when the weather is nice and the change in season will correspond with the change you wish to see in yourself. 

7. Track Your Change

Seeing is believing. And seeing your progress as the year goes on will push you further towards your goal. As you go on to see how well you have done in keeping your new year’s resolution, more motivation will come to achieve that goal or even create an even bigger goal for yourself. Create check points during the year to help show how well you are doing. 

8. Treat Yourself

Show yourself that through hard work comes happiness. Rewarding yourself every now and then does not hurt. It will give you something to look forward to. Keep the rewards small because in the end, those little rewards will be nothing compared to the huge difference you see in yourself.  

9. Stick to It

Stay with your new year resolution goal any way that you can. If you are trying to lose weight, find ways to avoid fatty foods  or if you are looking to stop smoking, find a distraction from it. On average, it will take someone 21 days to create a habit out of something and 6 months for that habit to turn into a lifestyle. Sticking to your goal will become who you are, making it that much easier.  

10. You Are in Charge

 Don’t let anyone or anything get you down. You make your progress at your own pace, not anyone else’s. Don’t put yourself down when you get off track a little. Do what you can each day to make yourself happy. Show a strong sense of control of your goal otherwise you might just lose sight of what you wanted in the first place. 

Stress is sometimes considered to be the root of all ailments. When we are stressing out our bodies can’t put as much energy into keeping us healthy. Effects of stress can cause cold sores, flu, and indigestion. Here are some ways stress can make you sick, and how to become healthy by reducing your stress levels.
Headaches and Migraines – When you are stressing out, your brain will go through hormonal, neurochemical events that stimulate your nerves and cause your blood vessels to swell. This creates pressure in the brain and causes headaches. To reduce the number of headaches and migraines you experience, try relaxation and stress-management techniques. Doing this has been proven to reduce the number of headaches you have up to 50%.
Colds – Stress weakens the immune system, therefore making it easier for you to get sick. A recent study at Carnegie Mellon University surveyed volunteers about what was happening in their lives, and then exposed them to a cold virus. Those coping with high-stress levels were twice as likely to become sick than those with lower levels of stress, or no feelings of stress at all.
Stomach Aches – Anxiety and stress can cause your body to produce more digestive acid, which leads to heartburn. Stress can also slow the digestion of food in the stomach, causing gas and bloating, and can affect the muscles in your colon resulting in cramps and diarrhea. The next time you start to become stressed or anxious about a big presentation at work or while you are rushing to meet deadlines, take a 5-minute break to relax and collect yourself.
Breakouts – Ever notice that your skin breaks out before an important event that you’ve been worked up about – such as your sister’s wedding or your Christmas dinner party? Stress affects the levels of the hormone androgen in the body which triggers your glands to speed up oil production in the skin. this causes clogging which leads to breakouts. When you’re stressed out your nerve endings can also act up leading to skin problems such as eczema, psoriasis, and even cold sores. To prevent breakouts, drink lots of water and spend at least an hour a day doing something stress-free and relaxing.
Insomnia – Stress is the biggest cause of sleep deprivation. When you are lying in bed and your mind is still thinking about all of the problems you have to deal with in the morning, it’s hard to get a good night’s sleep. A lack of sleep leads to other problems including a weakened immune system and other stress problems and it becomes a vicious circle. If you are having difficulty winding down before bed, try taking a soothing bubble bath to calm down.
Back Pain – Research shows that chronic back pain is usually caused by stress. Stress triggers the nervous system to reduce blood flow to the muscles making them have more spasms. When people hunch over and tense their shoulder and neck due to stress and anxiety it makes things worse and can lead to back problems.
Infertility – Stress will impact every part of the body – especially the reproductive system. A woman is less likely to become pregnant if she is having a hard time dealing with stress. Learning how to cope with stress can reduce your distress and boost your chances of conceiving.
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Knitting may be seen in a whole new light thanks to research that suggests it may help improve physical and mental health. Studies say relaxing calming hobbies such as knitting or crochet can help people control health concerns such as memory loss and anxiety. woman demonstrates how to reduce anxiety naturally through knittingEven those suffering from eating disorders may benefit from completing such hobbies. Here are 4 reasons why you should consider visiting your nearest crafts store to invest in some yarn:

 

1. Knitting by yourself or in a group setting can encourage feelings of happiness and tranquility. Researchers from the British Journal of Occupational Therapy detect relations between happiness, calmness, and knitting depending on how often a person engages in the activity. Group settings encourage communication and social interaction with others that may improve over time. There are books that discuss therapeutically knit processes people can learn. You can read about how the process helps reduce stress, while others say it gives them spiritual and emotional strength as a fulfilling activity.

 

2. Knitting and meditation have a few things in common. Medical researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital Benson-Henry Institute for Mind-Body Medicine learned that blood pressure gets reduced when people practice activities similar to meditation. When a person practices repeated actions through movements, phrases or words such as yoga or tai chi, knitting fits in the same category and offers the same benefits. This is because they all encourage the body to produce a calming reaction.

 

3. Knitting can ease anxiety fears. A study analyzed the psychological states of participants who engaged in knitting. Almost 75 percent who participated said they experienced less fear and were able to clear their minds due to being preoccupied. The same effect was reported in participants who experience anxiety and eating disorders.

 

4. Knitting can decrease memory loss. A study conducted by Mayo Clinic suggests brain exercises may reduce the risk of memory loss. Relaxing activities such as quilting, knitting, and reading can be more beneficial when conducted as a social activity. Individuals around 50 and older can reduce memory loss risk that develops during the 70s and 80s by a third. The Mayo Clinic study suggests individuals in their 70s and 80s can still benefit from such actions even if they haven’t engaged in them in the past.

If you haven’t thought of knitting yet, here’s a recap of why it can be good for your overall health and well-being. The biggest boost you get from knitting is through the rhythmic motion you’re engaged in—which has been proven to change the brain chemistry, decreasing bad stress hormones and increases the feel-good hormones such as serotonin and dopamine. Knitting can be really fun and even US politician Madeleine Albright and celebrities such as Goldie Hawn and Russell Crow have taken knitting as a hobby. Creative crafts such as knitting engage both your mind and body and produces positive feelings about yourself and your future.

You go to work every day. You know the ins and outs of the office and you feel comfortable in your work space. What you may not have known is that some of the places in your office, some of the objects that you touch each day, have the potential to make you sick!

Here are the top 5 most germy places in your office:

1. The Front Door

You have to get into the building to start your day, but so does everyone else. Protect yourself by using a sanitary wipe to open the door, or instant hand sanitizer after opening it. This can go a long way in keeping you healthy instead of ill.

2. The Elevator Button

Going up? So is everyone else. Everyone has to touch the elevator buttons. My advice? Just like ope+ning the front door, you may want to consider carrying sanitary wipes or hand sanitizer with you.

3. The Coffee Pot

That first cup of Joe right in the morning is amazing. But, of course you could be reaching for a pot of James, Lisa, Bob, and that new guy that nobody really knows. That’s because for as many yawns and bleary eyes you see during the day, there is a germy spot on the coffee pot handle.

4. The Sink

The place you go to wash your hands is oftentimes the dirtiest place in the office. Why? Consider that over 23% of people do not wash their hands after using the restroom. If that same person decides to use the sink to rinse out their coffee mug, all those germs are on the sink and everything else. The sink is in constant use, and with water pools providing moisture, it’s a perfect breeding ground for germs that can make you very ill. Use sanitizer as much as possible.

5. The Copy Machine

All appliances in an office that are used frequently should be approached with caution. However, the copy machine is one of the most germ-infested appliances in the office. Every sneeze is initiated by a person that hit the start button on that copier today. Don’t end up with a carbon copy cold; make sure to use sanitizer and wipe down the buttons lightly with sanitizing wipes if you can.

Avoiding these areas is a good idea,but obviously you cannot avoid all of these places. It is important to keep yourself healthy, so that means sanitizing your work space every now and then.

We all know that being ill is costly. You go to visit the doctor, you take a day off work, you pay for prescription medications. What you may not have known is that your costs of being ill could rise.

The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) is bidding to control the .pharmacy domain. Everyday we visit websites that end in .com or .org, and by the end of this year new domains, like .pharmacy will be used. If the NABP is successful with their bid, they will restrict your access to international prescription drugs, including online Canadian pharmacies.

Chances are that if you were to ask people “what is positive stress?” you would get only a bewildered look as a response. After all, we have always been taught that stress is bad for our health and that we should avoid it whenever possible.
Even so, there is indeed such a thing as positive stress and it can have quite a beneficial impact on our lives.

The Definition of Positive Stress
We all know what stress feels like. It is a certain sensation of nervousness and tension, sometimes stomach butterflies. It is a reaction from our bodies as the result of certain physical, mental or psychological demands which are placed on it.

That is, more or less, the definition of the first person that identified stress, Hans Seley. However, he also categorized it in good stress and harmful stress.

The positive stress, also called eustress, is a reaction we have whenever we are faced with a demand which we can handle. It is a spark that can push your body to its limits in order to achieve a certain goal.

Whenever you feel positive stress, you are encouraged to act. Whether this means growing, fighting, changing or adapting is up to you, but you will not remain complacent. In other words, positive stress makes us do things we would not normally do. It gives us that extra impulse to take risks such as asking your boss for a promotion or inviting that girl you like on a date.

It can be argued that life would not only be much more boring, but also less filled with accomplishments if we did not experience positive stress.

From a medical standpoint, a lack of stress can actually be potentially damaging because it causes boredom and lack of motivation. This can lead to unfulfilled desires and wasted potential. In turn, these issues can put people at risk of depression and problems with low self esteem. That is why positive stress is good for us. It stimulates our bodies and helps us take that extra step further.

Improve Life Expectancy by CountryLiving longer is a goal for most people all around the world. Depending upon where you live, your life expectancy can be significantly increased or decreased. Several things can be attributed to this, including access to medical care and ongoing medical developments. What are some of the countries that have the highest life expectancy?

Monaco

Monaco residents have an average life expectancy of 89.68 years. There are many things that can be attributed to this, including the fact that they eat the Mediterranean diet, which has long been known for reducing risk of many health problems. In addition, the clean environment can have an effect on stress and disease.

Macau

In Macau, the average life expectancy is 84.43 years. This is largely due to its fruitful economy, which has aided the healthcare system in this country. They invest money predominantly in their healthcare system, which helps all of the residents to get the testing and care that they need.

Japan

The Japanese have a much lower obesity rate at 3.1 percent, compared to almost 34 percent in the U.S. Their average life expectancy is higher than the U.S. at 83.91 years. Their diet that includes lots of fish and fresh vegetables can be largely the reason for longer life as well.

Singapore

Diet and clean environment are largely the reason for Singapore’s high life expectancy at 83.75 years. Even though the people life a very fast-paced life, their diet that includes lots of fish and vegetables keeps them very healthy.

San Marino

The people of San Marino have a higher life expectancy than the United States. A life expectancy of 83.07 years is largely due to the type of work that is done in this city-state. Manual labor is not common, as most people work in the banking and tourism business.

United States

At 78.49 years, the people of the United States have a shorter life expectancy than some people in the world. The high rate of obesity is probably largely the reason for this. Even though our health system is among the best in the world, the ramifications of obesity have a huge effect on how long we live.

women shoppingMany people love to shop — the hunt for a bargain, the boost of energy they feel when they’ve made a good purchase, and the boost of self-esteem when they see how great a product makes them feel. It’s a reward to shop at times.
People who indulge in “retail therapy” too often, to boost their emotional levels (from feeling sad, anxious, angry, or otherwise upset) can soon find that they’re out of control and making less-than-ideal choices.

Spotting Unhealthy Habits

When things get out of hand, shopping can become an “addiction” of sorts. In order to determine if this has happened to a person, a short, simple questionnaire can help:

  1. Does the urge to shop come when the person is experiencing negative emotions?
  2. Does the person find it difficult to resist indulging in “retail therapy?”
  3. Does the behavior interfere with the person’s quality of life (e.g., feelings of shopper’s remorse, getting into financial debt from shopping, arguments with the partner at home overspending, etc.)?

A person who can answer “yes” to any of these questions may have a shopping behavior problem.

Shopping Addiction Solutions that May Help

Discovering these unhealthy behaviors is a step toward self-improvement. Once the pattern of shopping “addiction” has been discovered, there are five steps a person can take to stopping it.

  • Step one: List the negative effects of shopping to feel better, and keep it in a visible location.
  • Step two: Make an inventory of the negative moods that set off a shopping spree. Seek help for these issues if they are not able to be resolved through self-help. Then, choose alternative courses of action for when those negative moods strike. Enjoy a walk, play a game, read a book, or call a friend instead of shopping.
  • Step three: Repeat step two, but replace environmental factors that trigger shopping sprees instead of emotions (e.g., being yelled at, fighting, or a disappointing change of plans). Plan out what to do in those situations instead of shopping.
  • Step four: Set reminders of long-term financial goals, and decide if shopping is more important than those goals. Make a clear statement on how shopping is costing delays in future plans, and how much it costs per month to engage in the behavior.
  • Step five: Finally, don’t procrastinate in stopping bad shopping behavior. Make a specific plan, follow the plan, and don’t wait.

when to buy organic Purchasing organic foods costs at least 10% more than purchasing non-organic foods. The organic foods usually taste a lot better, are certified to have fewer pesticides, and are more likely to be locally sourced, but is the extra cost really worth it? In some cases, yes.

There are some fruits and vegetables which retain a high volume of pesticides and other malevolent chemicals even after they have been washed. These pesticides have been linked to in-vitro damage to fetuses and estrogenic effects in humans. While the increased level of pesticides within the body is seen to be somewhat benign, the overall opinion is that having more chemicals is not beneficial. The solution is to turn to organic foods.

What is does the term organic mean?

Produce grown organically is grown without synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, pesticides and radiation. The seeds have not been genetically modified to induce growth. Organic meats are subject to four standards, including the lack of pesticides and adequate grazing space. Those farmers who put organic food on your table are concerned with developing more sustainable methods of growing food, and fitting their farms more naturally within the local environment.

Why does organic cost more?

  • Organic farming is more management and labor intensive.
  • Organic farms are usually smaller, and do not receive benefits from the economy of scale.
  • Organic farmers receive no federal subsidies, because of their size.
  • Organic food is reflective of the true price of growing.

Advantages of Organic Foods:

Tastes Better – While matters of taste are purely subjective, chefs are realizing the advantages of using locally sourced organic food within their cooking. These foods are more diverse and more in tune with local environmental needs. With the lack of pesticides, these chefs are also providing healthier meals to their patrons.

Locally Sourced – Because organic foods have not been treated with pesticides and growth-inducing chemicals, they also tend to be more fragile for transport. As a result, much of the organic food which is shipped to grocery stores is transported from a closer location, often within 100 miles. This food is often shipped soon after it is picked, rather than spending days inside of a shipping container.

More Nutrients – The Nutrition Research Center performed a comprehensive meta-study on whether organic foods have more nutrients than their non-organic counterparts. It was shown that the organic foods were 75% more nutrient dense than non-organic foods.

What organic foods should you purchase?

Fruits and vegetables with with thin skin:
Pesticides are absorbed through the skin of fruits and vegetables, potentially affecting the chemical makeup of that food. Foods to watch are strawberries, peaches, and blueberries, as these are eaten without peeling.

Leafy greens:
Leafy greens like collard greens and kale are especially difficult to clean, and pesticides may remain after even the most thorough of washings.

Milk:
There are four criteria used for certifying milk as organic: the cows must be free of bovine growth hormone, the cows must not be exposed to pesticides, they must not have antibiotics in their system, and must also be given adequate grazing time. Negative effects can be seen when bovine growth hormone is ingested in humans.

According to the Environmental Working Group, the highest amount of pesticides can be found in these foods, and organic options should be explored.

  • Apples
  • Celery
  • Strawberries
  • Peaches
  • Spinach
  • Nectarines – Imported
  • Grapes – Imported
  • Sweet Bell Peppers
  • Potatoes
  • Blueberries – Domestic
  • Lettuce
  • Kale / Collard Greens

In that same study, the fruits and vegetables with the least amount of pesticides are:

  • Onions
  • Sweet Corn
  • Pineapples
  • Avocado
  • Asparagus
  • Sweet Peas
  • Mangoes
  • Eggplant
  • Cantaloupe
  • Sweet Peas
  • Grapefruit
  • Mushrooms

While there are many reasons to purchase organic foods that are not related to your health, it is not necessary to purchase organic in every case. Milk, leafy greens, and thin skinned fruits and vegetables should be purchased organic, but those fruits and vegetables which are peeled before use are generally safe as the chemical-laden peels are removed..

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