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Written By: Jim Long on July 22, 2009 One Comment
Posted on May 15, 2009 by yourhealthyoptions | Edit

Type 2 Diabetes Tip

Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition that affects the way the body metabolizes sugar.  Left uncontrolled it can be life threatening.

Johns Hopkins School of Medicine offers some tips to prevent or manage  this adult onset condition.

*  Lose weight – Keep your body mass index (BMI) below 25

*  Eat a diet rich in fruit and vegetables.  Whole grains and legumes are low  in saturated fat.

*  Be physically active – Exercise 30 minutes per day.

*  Do not smoke

Bad Breath?  Clear the Air

Bad breath ranks high in the hierarchy of social stigmas.  As americans, we spend more than $4 billion a year on  mints, gum, mouth washes and sprays.  Halitosis has many causes.  Here are some and possible remedies.

*  Oral Hygiene – Ineffective brushing and flossing leaves particles that attract bacteria and can cause bad breath.  Brush at least twice a day and floss at least daily.  Be sure to brush your tongue.

*  Dentures – Bacteria can get trapped and produce odor.  Thoroughly clean daily or as  directed by your dentist.

*  Periodontal Disease – Gum disease can cause persistent bad breath and bad taste in your mouth.  Have your teeth professionally cleaned at least every six months.

*  Dry Mouth – Adequate saliva is needed to cleanse the mouth and remove food particles that can cause odor.  Some medications dry the mouth as well as breathing through the mouth continually.  Drink plenty of water and use sugarless gum to increase saliva flow.

*  Alcohol – In a cocktail or a mouthwash, alcohol creates an environment that bacteria love.  Alcohol pulls the moisture out of the cells.  Choose a mouthwash that is free of alcohol.

*  Certain Food (Garlic/Onions) – As food is digested and absorbed into the body , some molecules are released into the  lungs.  As we exhale, our breath may carry offending  molecules into the faces of others.  This will resolve itself over time.  You can minimize your consumption of the offending items.  it helps to brush, floss and chew sugarless gum.

*  Smoking – Tobacco smoke is the main culprit for smokers breath.  Good oral  hygiene helps.  To completely eliminate the problem, don’t smoke.

*  Sinus Problems – Colds, respiratory infections and allergies can promote the flow of postnasal drip onto the back of the tongue. Taking an antihistamine may help but will dry the mouth.  Drink lots of fluids and scrape your tongue.


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One Response to “Stay Healthy Notes”

  1. Vivalkakira says on: 7 August 2009 at 10:53 am

    Thanks for the review! I want to say – thank you for this!

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