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9 Simple Cavity Prevention Tips
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Nov 25, 2020 | 16 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Tooth enamel is the hardest tissue in the human body. It is way harder than bones. For a long time, doctors could not understand how such a strong tissue can be destroyed. Only in the twentieth century, it became clear that teeth while resistant to mechanical influences are vulnerable to the destructive effects of acids. 

By understanding what factors affect the formation of destructive acids, you can take preventive measures to keep your teeth healthy for many years to come. Here's what you can do to reduce the risk of tooth decay.

1. Be careful about what you eat

There are products that can actively cling to your teeth, creating a breeding ground for bacteria. These are milk, honey, ice cream, dried fruits, cookies, cakes, hard caramels, mints, and sweet carbonated drinks. They are difficult to wash off with saliva only. It is advisable to completely abandon such foods. Or make sure to eat only when you are sure that afterward you can brush your teeth or at least thoroughly rinse your mouth with water.

2. Limit your snacking

The habit of constantly chewing something or sipping soda can feed the bacteria in your mouth. In this way, you create a permanent "acid bath" for your teeth.

This also applies to children: make sure that they won’t overeat candy during the day. Don’t let babies fall asleep in an embrace with a bottle of milk or fruit juice. Saliva cannot be produced during sleep and these drinks will remain on the gums and teeth for a long time.

3. Brush your teeth more thoroughly

 You need to brush your teeth for at least 2 minutes to effectively remove plaque. Make sure that you follow the proper brushing technique too.

4.  Choose a toothpaste with optimal fluoride content

Fluoride can strengthen tooth enamel and destroy the number of bacteria. The optimal fluoride content in toothpaste is 1,350 to 1,500 ppm. Look for this value on the composition label of your toothpaste.

5.  Visit your dentist regularly

Cavities develop gradually and can be almost invisible at the initial stage. The specialist will be able to detect it in time and, if necessary, prescribe procedures that can stop the destruction of tooth enamel. Consider visiting the best dentist that is available at least once or twice a year.

6. Avoid mouth dryness

Saliva can wash away food residue and bacteria. It also contains substances that neutralize the acids released by microbes. If there is not enough saliva, cavities can become almost inevitable.

Drink plenty of fluids to maintain saliva production. Emphasize it if you are pregnant, engaged in any physical labor, or take medications that affect salivation. 

7. Monitor the condition of your teeth fillings 

Teeth fillings can be destroyed over the years. Their uneven edges can cause the formation of plaque that is hard to clean with a toothbrush or saliva. Teeth fillings that have started to break down must be renewed at the dentist.

8. If you have heartburn - consult a doctor

Heartburn is a condition when part of the gastric juice gets into the esophagus. Hence the accompanying burning sensation. But the acid can also reach your mouth and “help” dangerous bacteria to destroy teeth. If you experience heartburn regularly,  contact your therapist to eliminate its causes.

9. Avoid eating disorders

Anorexia and bulimia cause great risk for accelerated erosion of tooth enamel.

The bottom line

Cavities translate quite obviously from Latin — "rotting" or "destruction". This is the name of a disease in which the hard white tissue of the tooth is destroyed and cavities, or in other words - holes, are formed. Follow these tips to prevent cavity formation and contact your dentist immediately if you have any symptoms of tooth decay.

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7 Worst Foods for People With Hypothyroidism
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Nov 24, 2020 | 17 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Hypothyroidism is a widespread problem. About 20 million Americans have thyroid problems and up to 60 percent of them don’t even realize it. This disease can make you feel constantly exhausted, weepy, tired, and irritable. Poorly controlled thyroid problems can increase your risk of other severe health conditions. Hypothyroidism can cause damage to your kidneys, nervous system, cause infertility, and cardiovascular diseases. 

You cannot eliminate all the risks associated with this condition but can decrease them. By following a nutritious and healthy diet you can lower your risk of severe complications. You need to be mindful of what you eat and eliminate from your diet foods that can worsen your condition.

Below are 7 worst foods for hypothyroidism you need to avoid. 

1. Desserts

Sugary foods like desserts can be extremely bad for your thyroid health. You need to eliminate from your diet foods like ice cream, fudgy brownies, cookies, and bowls of jelly beans. While eliminating these foods from your diet improves thyroid health, it also reduces inflammation. Inflammation is associated with many severe health conditions like diabetes and cancer. Eliminating these foods from your diet can increase the effectiveness of hypothyroidism treatment

2. Calcium and iron supplements

If you take calcium and iron supplements, they can reduce the effectiveness of meds you take to treat your underactive thyroid. Most hypothyroidism medications have the active ingredient levothyroxine. Calcium and iron decrease the absorption of this compound significantly. There are strict rules on how to take hypothyroidism medications. If you want to ensure your health, avoid taking hypothyroidism medications and minerals supplements at the same time. 

3. Cruciferous vegetables

Cruciferous vegetables like spinach, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts are very good for health, except for situations when it comes to your thyroid health. These vegetables contain an ingredient called goitrogens. This compound can aggravate hypothyroidism symptoms. 

If you want to eat these vegetables, cook them. When cooked, goitrogens become less active than in fresh vegetables. Even if you have a precondition, eating raw cruciferous vegetables can negatively affect your thyroid. 

4. Foods high in gluten

Hashimoto's disease is an autoimmune condition in which your immune system attacks your thyroid. If you have this autoimmune condition gluten can trigger inflammation, worsening the symptoms of Hashimoto's disease. This often contributes to an underactive thyroid gland called hypothyroidism. To prevent further development of these conditions, you need to reduce the intake of gluten. 

5. Tuna and swordfish

Tuna and swordfish are large predator fish. They often contain more mercury than small fish because they live longer and have more time to accumulate dangerous chemicals. It is recommended to eat less than three servings of these fish a week. Farmed salmon also have big doses of mercury. Mercury can trigger and aggravate neurological, chromosomal, and thyroid issues. If you like to eat fish, choose small and wild sea fish to avoid health risks. 

6. Processed snacks

Processed snacks like cookies, chips, and protein bars often have a high content of fructose corn syrup. The way your body processes sugar and fructose corn syrup. This compound can cause hormonal imbalances, weight gain, and trigger the development of hypothyroidism. You need to replace processed snacks with their healthy options like yogurt, nuts, berries, and fresh fruits. 

7. Iodine

Too much iodine in your diet can damage your thyroid glands and aggravate the symptoms of hypothyroidism. With iodine, it is crucial to maintain balance because too little iodine in the body is as bad as its abundance. You may ask your doctor about an iodine test to determine iodine levels in your body. Based on this data, the doctor can give you recommendations to adjust your diet or prescribe iodine supplements.

Hypothyroidism is a condition that can seriously affect your health and decrease the quality of your life. If you want to ensure better wellbeing, avoid the foods mentioned above. This will help you prevent further development of hypothyroidism symptoms.

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7 Unobvious Signs That You Need to Visit a Dentist
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Nov 23, 2020 | 30 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

When we become older, most of us postpone the dentist unless there is a major issue or a tooth falls out. But even if you don’t have any symptoms it is recommended visiting the dental office at least once a year. This can help you decrease the risk of severe dental problems that can cause permanent damage to your dental health.

Here are 7 signs that you need to visit your dentist. 

1. Your saliva has changed

Changes in saliva appearance or consistency can indicate serious dental health problems. White saliva can be a symptom of oral candida infection. The thickening of saliva can be caused for a variety of reasons. While sometimes it happens without reason, conditions like motor neuron disease, salivary duct stones, and dehydration can cause saliva thickening. The taste of saliva is also important. The sour taste of saliva can be associated with acid reflux. 

2. You get migraines

Bruxism is a dental condition associated with teeth grinding. You probably don’t know that bruxism is a common cause of migraines. Constant teeth grinding places stress on the temporomandibular joints in the sides of your head. This can contribute to severe headaches and migraines. 

Your dentist can check whether you have signs of grinding. If you have this condition, the doctor may suggest a customized stabilization splint. This is a mouthpiece that can prevent teeth grinding during the night’s sleep and help you prevent headaches.

3. You have sores in the mouth

Bumps and sores inside or around the mouth can indicate serious diseases. If you notice something abnormal growing inside your mouth, you need to contact your dentist ASAP. Sometimes it can indicate minor problems like a clogged salivary gland, but causes aren’t always so harmless. Bumps and sores in the mouth can be a symptom of more concerning issues like oral cancer. 

4. You wake up tired

The dental specialist may not be the first doctor you think of calling when you are experiencing fatigue in the mourning. One of the possible causes of your tiredness and poor quality of sleep is sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a condition in which you suddenly stop breathing during the night’s sleep. The dentists are trained to diagnose this condition and treat it. Your doctor may suggest oral appliance therapy to cure obstructive sleep apnea and snoring.

5. You ears hurt

The most obvious cause of ear pain is an ear infection. But it can also indicate dental health problems. The teeth and gums infection can cause pain. Pain can refer to the nearby organs including your ears. The alignments of temporomandibular joints can also cause ringing and pain in the ears. In this case, to relieve ear pain you need to treat an underlying dental condition. 

6. You have a bad breath

Bad breath isn’t just a social inconvenience. This can be a symptom of greater dental and overall health problems. Bad breath can indicate infection, gum disease, and dry mouth. Apart from dental problems, diseases like pneumonia, bronchitis, chronic sinus infections, diabetes, chronic acid reflux, and liver disease are other causes of bad breath. For this reason, it is important to visit your dentist to address the risk of serious health problems. 

7. You have receding gums

Gums recession is a condition in which gum tissue surrounding the teeth wears away or pulls back. If you notice that your teeth become more visible, let your dental specialist know about it. Gums recession can be a symptom of insufficient dental care, aggressive tooth brushing, periodontal diseases, bone loss, and teeth grinding or clenching. To figure out what causes recession and address the problem, you need to see your dentist ASAP. The doctor can suggest procedures like periodontal disease treatment to stop gum recession.
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Top 6 Worst Food Types for Ulcerative Colitis
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Nov 20, 2020 | 42 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

For many people, ulcerative colitis (UC) is extremely painful and overwhelming. If you have this condition, you know how difficult ulcerative colitis management can be. UC requires a special diet since some foods worsen symptoms. Ignoring doctor’s recommendations and eating the wrong products can lead to complications like:

  • Severe dehydration 

  • Skin inflammation

  • Bone loss 

  • Eye disorders

  • Liver disease 

  • Joint inflammation  

Diet is an important aspect of ulcerative colitis. Most people with the condition (if it’s properly managed) can eat what they want unless it’s something that they are intolerant to. Let’s look at six types of foods that may worsen your symptoms and promote gut inflammation: 

1. Gluten 

Ulcerative colitis doesn’t mean you have celiac disease but it can make you more sensitive to this type of protein. Plus, patients with ulcerative colitis are more likely to develop celiac disease. 

Gluten sensitivity is not the same thing as gluten intolerance. With gluten sensitivity, you don’t have an immune response to gluten. The symptoms of sensitivity include bloating, belly pain, diarrhea, and fatigue, all of which are similar to the symptoms of ulcerative colitis. Try to eliminate gluten-rich foods from your diet and monitor the changes in your symptoms. 

2. Beer, wine, and other alcoholic drinks

Alcohol stimulates your intestines, which can worsen diarrhea. Many alcoholic drinks contain a lot of sugar that also promotes diarrhea. But experts believe that the additive called sulfite which is found in beer, wine, and many other alcoholic drinks might exacerbate UC symptoms, rather than the alcohol itself.

3. Beans and foods rich in fiber 

Many people eat fiber to improve their digestive health and reduce the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and Crohn’s disease. But some people with certain ulcerative colitis symptoms should avoid fiber-rich diets. 

If your UC is accompanied by frequent diarrhea, it’s time to reduce your fiber intake since it moves food through the intestine quickly—which only worsens the problem. The richest fiber sources include beans, cruciferous vegetables, nuts, and whole wheat flour.

Fiber-rich diets might affect some people with ulcerative colitis during a flare-up, but doctors recommend getting enough fiber during remission. This means you shouldn’t avoid fiber all the time. To adjust your diet properly, talk to a gi specialist or nutritionist. 

4. Sulfites and other additives 

Let’s talk about sulfites, which is often used to lengthen the shelf life of products like burgers, soft drinks made from concentrate, sausages, canned goods, meats, fish, and dried fruit. Scientists suggest that sulfites are extremely harmful to bacteria that promote gut health.

Another potentially bad additive for people with ulcerative colitis is carrageenan, which is derived from seaweed and works as a thickening agent in dairy foods, milk alternatives such as almond milk, processed meats, and soy-based products. Carrageenan provokes inflammation and ulcerations in animals that are similar to those in people with ulcerative colitis. But, there’s still no evidence that carrageenan triggers inflammation in people.

5. FODMAPs

FODMAP (fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides, and polyols) are short-chain carbohydrates. They are hard for our bodies to digest and lead to gas and increase fluid to our colon. This in turn leads to diarrhea and gastrointestinal distress in some people. They’re present in an abundance of foods, including onions, legumes, ice cream, apples, honey, and artificial sweeteners.

Doctors often prescribe a low-FODMAP diet to treat irritable bowel syndrome, a condition that’s similar to ulcerative colitis. People with IBS do not always have inflammation in the digestive tract but ulcerative colitis and IBS have some common symptoms. That’s why your doctor might recommend trying a low-FODMAP diet if you have ulcerative colitis.

6. Milk, cheese, and other dairy products 

Even if you don’t have lactose intolerance, there’s another reason eating dairy products could make you feel sick. Lactose is a FODMAP, which might explain why it provokes unpleasant symptoms. But everyone reacts to FODMAPs differently, therefore it’s best to get tested for lactose intolerance and work through the process of elimination with your medical team.

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8 Foods That Are Bad for Your Sex Drive
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Nov 17, 2020 | 45 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Lack of sex drive or difficulty getting aroused can decrease the quality of your life and self-esteem. Almost all people face this issue sometimes, but some people are more prone to this. While someone experiences the difficulty of sex drive because of medical reasons, you can have it for other reasons. Certain foods can disrupt the levels of testosterone and estrogen in your body. Both these hormones play vitally important roles in the sex drive of men and women. The imbalance of these hormones can impair your libido. 

Keep reading to discover which foods can disrupt that delicate balance and contribute to a sputtering sex drive.

1. Shrimp

The average American is exposed to 13 different pesticides every day. Nine out of the ten most common pesticides can disrupt your endocrine system. They literally play with male and female hormones. The most estrogenic among them is 4-hexyl resorcinol. This pesticide is often applied to shrimp to prevent them from discoloration. Other seafood that can be filled with pesticides include tilapia, eel, and farmed salmon. 

2. Processed foods

Processed foods lose essential nutrients including those that affect your sex desire. When whole wheat is processed it loses about 70 percent of zinc content. This mineral is essential for male sexual desire and reproductive function. By eating mostly refined grains you increase your risk of insulin resistance and diabetes. This condition makes you susceptible to heart conditions and erectile dysfunction. 

3. Alcohol

A glass of wine can improve your mood and sexual desire, but drinking more than regular decreases the libido for both sexes. Alcohol can wreak havoc on a man's ability to achieve and maintain an erection. Alcohol intoxication can reduce sexual arousal, decrease pleasure, the intensity of orgasm, and make it difficult to attain orgasm. Severe drinking can damage the liver which is responsible for converting androgens into estrogens. This can also decrease sexual desire. 

4. Soda

Drinking diet soda is one of the worst things you can do for your sexual desire. Soda is filled with artificial sweeteners like aspartame. They directly affect your serotonin production. This hormone is essential for a feeling of pleasure and wellbeing. Low serotonin levels can decrease your libido and decrease pleasure in both men and women. 

5. Edamame

Edamame is another name for soybeans. The high levels of soya in the female body decrease the levels of sex hormones and disrupt the ovarian function. Ovarian dysfunction causes pelvic pain, infertility, osteoporosis, cardiovascular and neurologic diseases, and an increased risk of premature death. In healthy males, soya can decrease the sperm count by 40 percent. 

6. Popcorn

A good movie can be a precursor to sex, but microwave popcorn can ruin your plans. Microwavable popcorn contains a chemical called perfluorooctanoic acid. This ingredient can alter levels of sex hormones and decrease your sexual desire. Over time, the excess levels of this chemical in your diet can contribute to prostate problems. 

7. Cheese

Most types of cheese in America are made of cow’s milk that is filled with artificial hormones. The hormones in cheese can potentially mess with the natural production of your own hormones. This can disrupt the levels of both estrogen and testosterone, decreasing your sexual desire. 

8. Marijuana

This substance is legal in several states. Some people like to add it to the foods, especially baked goods. Marijuana can cause a bunch of problems. It can reduce sperm count, contribute to erectile dysfunction, and premature or delayed ejaculation. Additionally, this substance use can decrease your testosterone up to 24 hours. Lack of testosterone can decrease your sexual desire significantly. 

There is a strong link between the foods you eat and sex. By avoiding the foods mentioned above you can improve your sexual desire and improve the quality of intercourse. If eliminating these foods before sex doesn’t help you, visit a specialist. In some cases, an underlying condition can be to blame for lack of sexual desire. 

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6 Healthy Habits That Help Prevent Oral Issues
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Nov 16, 2020 | 40 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

There are a lot of harmful habits like smoking, teeth grinding, or nail-biting that can affect your oral health. If you want to keep your teeth and gums healthy, it is better to get rid of them as soon as possible. 

However, there are some good habits that can help you maintain oral health. It is extremely important to develop or support them if you already get used to proper oral care. In this article, we have gathered six healthy habits that help prevent oral issues.

1. You brush your teeth regularly and thoroughly

Regular tooth brushing twice a day is extremely important for oral health. When you brush your teeth, bristles on the toothbrush remove food particles, dental plaque, and bacteria from your teeth. Additionally, toothpaste helps refresh your breath and also fight bacteria. 

You need to brush your teeth with a toothbrush that has soft bristles. If bristles are too stiff, you can injure your gums and scratch your tooth enamel. Moreover, you shouldn’t overdo with tooth brushing since you can simply remove tooth enamel. 

2. You floss daily

Flossing is an essential part of proper oral hygiene. You need to understand that some food particles and plaque can remain between your teeth. Dental floss can easily reach and remove them. That’s why you should use it at least once a day. If you feel that something got stuck between your teeth, you should also use floss instead of a wooden toothpick. 

3. You drink a lot of water

If you don’t consume a sufficient amount of water a day, it can cause dehydration. Dehydration is dangerous not only to your oral cavity, it can affect the whole body and lead to many unpleasant complications. This condition decreases salivation that is essential for oral health. 

A lack of water consumption can lead to mouth dryness, bacteria overgrowth, and tooth decay. Increasing water consumption doesn’t mean that you need to drink gallons of water per day. You simply need to drink a glass of water when you want or feel that your mouth becomes dry. 

4. You add milk into your coffee

Black coffee is a delicious way to open your eyes in the morning. But the reality is that coffee is an acidic drink that can stain your teeth and remove calcium from your body at the same time. When you add milk into your coffee, it decreases its acidity and replenishes calcium. Nevertheless, it is better to limit coffee consumption if you don’t want to whiten your teeth often.

5. You eat apples and other healthy crunchy foods

An apple a day keeps a dentist away. Even if it doesn’t keep a dentist away, crunchy vegetables and fruits are extremely beneficial to your oral health. The reality is that the solid structure of such fruits and vegetables helps remove dental plaque from your teeth and increase blood circulation in your gums. 

Additionally, fruits and vegetables are full of vitamins and other nutrients that are essential for your health. For example, vitamin C can prevent the development of gingivitis (early stage of gum disease) and teeth loosening. 

6. You visit the dentist regularly

Regular dental check-ups can help prevent many oral issues and treat them on time. The reality is that many conditions can develop without any obvious signs. But the dentist can recognize them during the exam and perform the necessary treatment. That’s why it is extremely important to schedule an appointment with the family dentist even if you don’t have any symptoms. 

The bottom line

Even though the aforementioned healthy habits may seem simple, they are essential for oral health. If you don’t maintain proper oral care, eat junk food, and avoid dental check-ups, you increase your risk of many health issues that can affect your well-being.

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7 Effective Tips on How To Keep Your Teeth and Gums Healthy
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Nov 11, 2020 | 46 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

There are a lot of factors (like diet, oral hygiene, etc.) that can impact your oral health. It is important to pay sufficient attention to the condition of the oral cavity if you want to keep it healthy. However, some people simply don’t know what to do to avoid oral issues. In this article, we have gathered seven effective tips on how to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

1. Brush your teeth twice a day

It is essential to brush your teeth twice a day, You should understand that your oral cavity contains a lot of bacteria. When these bacteria start to multiply actively, they produce a lot of acids that soften your tooth enamel and lead to tooth decay. Moreover, if you don’t maintain proper oral hygiene, you can get halitosis (bad breath). During toothbrushing, you remove dental plaque, food particles, and bacteria from your mouth. 

2. Avoid acidic foods and drinks

As mentioned above, acids soften and wear out your tooth enamel. However, not only bacteria can create an acidic environment in your oral cavity. For example, tomato sauce is an acidic food that can damage your oral health. It contains a lot of sugar that in combination with acids contributes to tooth decay. That’s why it is better to avoid or at least minimize the consumption of acidic foods and drinks.

3. Don’t forget about flossing

You should understand that tooth brushing can’t remove all dental plaque and food particles from your oral cavity. Some debris still can get stuck between your teeth and create a perfect environment for harmful bacteria that can cause tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral issues. Daily flossing helps remove plaque, bacteria, and food debris from your teeth. 

4. Limit coffee consumption

Even though coffee is a great remedy for sleepiness and can give you the energy to survive a long working day, it is important to consume it consciously. The reality is that coffee is acidic and can aggravate tooth decay. Additionally, coffee contains tannins that can stain your teeth and make them look unsightly. 

5. Don’t use wooden toothpicks

Many people use wooden toothpicks to remove food particles that are stuck between their teeth. But the main problem is that you can damage your teeth and gums with the help of this toothpick. Due to the fact that a toothpick is usually wider than a space between your teeth, its regular use can shift your teeth. Moreover, you can puncture your gums with the sharp tip of the toothpick. 

6. Eat more crunchy fruits and vegetables

Unfortunately, modern people eat a lot of soft and processed foods. As a result, their gums may become weaker because of impaired blood circulation. When you eat crunchy fruits and vegetables, you receive the necessary vitamins and remove bacteria from your mouth at the same time. Additionally, solid food increases blood circulation that can prevent gum recession.  

7. Visit the dentist regularly

Regular dental exams may seem unnecessary if you don’t have any symptoms. But the reality is that many oral issues can develop asymptomatically and you may even not know that you have, for example, cavities. Only a professional can recognize early signs of many oral issues and perform the thorough treatment. That’s why it is essential to visit a family dentist at least twice a year. 

The bottom line

If you want to keep your teeth healthy, only tooth brushing is not enough. You should understand that you need to maintain a healthy diet, break bad habits, visit the dentist, and take care of your oral cavity to keep it healthy.

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Top 9 Tips for Psoriatic Arthritis Sufferers
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Nov 09, 2020 | 40 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

There is no one right way to manage psoriatic arthritis. This condition is unpredictable and it varies from person to person. Psoriatic arthritis mostly occurs in people with psoriasis (an autoimmune disease in which your immune system attacks healthy skin cells). The most common symptoms of psoriatic arthritis include joint pain, stiffness, lower back pain, and swelling. 

Like any autoimmune condition, psoriatic arthritis has flare-ups and remission periods. To stay in remission, you need to know how to handle your disorder. Here are some good tips for those who suffer from psoriatic arthritis: 

1. Change your diet 

Diet is an essential part of psoriatic arthritis management. Since this condition stems from inflammation, people with this type of arthritis need to avoid foods that promote inflammation. These include:

  • fatty red meats

  • dairy

  • refined sugars 

  • processed foods

  • junk foods

  • sugary foods 

To lower inflammation eat more berries, fatty fish, broccoli, avocados, high-fiber whole grains, mushrooms, peppers, turmeric, grapes, dark chocolate, and extra virgin olive oil. 

2. Be prepared for bad days

It’s important to understand what self-care means for you. For many people, this means being prepared for bad days. Bad days will definitely happen. Therefore you need to have something in your house that can support you on a bad day. This could be bath bombs, a good book, or medication you use during a flare-up. Anything that brings you joy and happiness should be at hand. 

3. Exercise

Exercise is beneficial for both rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis. It helps fight joint pain and stiffness while improving your mobility and mood. But remember that high-impact exercises put additional stress to your joints. It’s wise to choose low-impact exercises like walking, pilates, yoga, swimming, or water aerobics.   

Physical activity is vital for your body. Choose activities that bring you joy and if you feel moderate to severe joint pain while exercising, stop immediately. This might indicate joint inflammation that can provoke joint damage.

4. Follow your treatment plan 

Following a treatment plan is necessary for people with psoriatic arthritis. Talk with an internist about your symptoms and problems. Don’t forget to take prescribed medication and follow doctor’s recommendations. 

5. Experiment with your outlets 

Finding creative outlets can be helpful for you. You can express your feelings, which you may hesitate to share with others for fear of being a burden. Keep in mind that having a chronic disease doesn’t make you a burden to your loved ones.

6. Try meditation 

Meditation can teach you to feel like you can help yourself feel better on the inside, which can improve your physical health. Many people noticed their stress levels go down when they learned how to stay present instead of letting the pain take over. You can try a training program for pain management and do it at least once a month.

7. Connect with people who have psoriatic arthritis 

You may need people in your life who you can talk to about your condition and know they feel the same. These people tend to understand you better than people who don’t have your condition. This is a good chance to voice all your emotions. 

8. Surround yourself with supportive people 

Having people who know that you can cancel plans and they won’t judge you or get angry at you for it is extremely important. Remember that there are some people who won't understand it and those who will say hurtful things because they just don't get it. There are also people who just think you’re faking, and those are the people you have to distance yourself from.

Try joining online support groups and following people with psoriatic arthritis on social media. Social media will help you understand that you’re not alone.

9. Laugh more 

You’ve probably heard that laughter is the best medicine. You might think there is no time for laughter when you’re in pain but it can make a difference in how you’re coping. Friends and laughter are incredibly important. Call your friend to just talk and not about your condition or the pain you are in, but just something like a cute guy/girl or a weird dream or something that recently happened on a TV show. This should help. 

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6 Most Effective Ways To Restore Your Hair
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Oct 31, 2020 | 64 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Damaged hair is a common issue that can spoil even the most attractive image. Your hair can be exposed to different harmful impacts of blow dryers, dyes, hair straighteners, or even improper shampoo. All these factors can negatively affect your hair and make it look dimly.

Fortunately, there are a lot of ways that can help you improve your hair volume and quality. Some of them can be used at home while others may require professional help. If you want to have strong and beautiful hair, keep reading these six most effective ways to restore your hair.

1. Massage

Massage tends to be one of the simplest and easiest ways to improve your hair growth. When you massage your scalp, you increase the blood circulation in the skin. As a result, it supplies hair follicles more intensively, and your hair starts to grow faster. 

2. Home remedies

There is a huge variety of home remedies that can help make your hair smooth and shiny. For example, you can apply coconut oil to your hair to nourish it and restore proteins. But it can improve your hair quality only if it is not severely damaged. 

Lemon juice can also improve your hair growth and look. Apply lemon juice to your scalp and hair and leave it for 15 minutes. After that, you need to wash your hair thoroughly with shampoo. 

3. Heat protection products

If you use a blow dryer or hair straightener regularly, your hair may look lifeless and dull. High temperatures you apply to dry or straighten your hair are extremely harmful to your locks. There is a wide variety of heat protection products on the market that create an invisible heat resistant firm on your hair.

4. Healthy diet

Your diet has a significant impact on your hair condition. If you don’t consume enough vitamins and minerals, your hair may look thin and dry. Additionally, a lack of omega fatty acids may even lead to decreased hair density.

If you want to have beautiful hair, make sure your diet is rich in fish oil, proteins, vitamins, and minerals. You can also use supplements to enhance the beneficial effect on your hair.  

5. Professional care

Many beauty salons provide numerous procedures aimed at improving your hair condition. Even though the result of such procedures can be astonishing, it doesn’t last forever. But regular trimming of the split ends and the use of hair care products is essential for healthy-looking hair. 

6. Hair transplant surgery 

Unfortunately, some people have extremely damaged hair that can’t be improved with the help of non-medical care. But surgical treatment can help restore your hair volume and make it look amazing. 

During hair transplant surgery your plastic surgeon moves hair from the back or side of the head to the front or top of the head. This allows you to create sufficient hair density. The main advantage of this option is that the results are permanent. 

The bottom line

Even though there are a lot of ways to restore your hair, it is essential to choose the option that will address your problem. For instance, if you suffer from significant hair loss, a regular hair mask is not going to help you manage the problem. Be sure to follow a healthy diet and take sufficient hair care if you want it to look thick and beautiful.

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Road Trip in the Southwestern United States: Best Places to Visit
by monica.quinn.ny
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If you are planning a dream car trip to the American Southwest, you probably know where you would like to go. Lots of nature reserves, national monuments, historical parks, and other attractions are scattered along your entire route. 

To help you create the perfect road trip around the States, we're going to take you around California, Nevada, Utah, and Arizona. Before starting your trip you need to choose the right car for your trip. The leasing company is almost as important as the vehicle itself. Pay attention to the company you choose. 

Let's take a look at the attractions that are close to large parks:

California

California is full of national parks like Yosemite, Death Valley, Joshua Tree, and Sequoia. If you are already in this state, you will most likely look at at least one of them. Where to go?

Bodie State Historic Park

Bodie is an old mining town founded in 1877. It became a "ghost town" in the forties of the twentieth century when the inhabitants left it. The place received the official status of a protected area in 1962. Boarded up benches and thoroughly rusted cars. There is a good place to stay one day.

Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve

This place is 45 minutes by car from Bodie. The water in the Mono lake there is twice as salty as in the ocean, and you will definitely feel a fantastic surge of energy. Take a ride between the "tuff towers", peaks and hills of calcium carbonate, which are lapped at the confluence of freshwater sources and lake water with a high alkali content. 

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

Pfeiffer Big Sur Park stretches along the scenic Pacific Coast Highway. It’s a great place to hike through incredibly beautiful redwood groves. Pfeiffer Beach is also near the park, a small but stunningly beautiful sandy cove with crystal clear waters and surrounded by sharp jagged rocks. In the park, you can pitch a tent and go hiking in the surrounding area, or you can simply stroll along the beach and plunge into the ocean waters.

Nevada

Las Vegas is a city in which you can see several fascinating places:

National Atomic Testing Museum

Check out the Nevada National Security Test Site for upcoming tours and head to the Atomic Test Museum. This place is extremely interesting. A small number of free tours are available each month at the Nevada National Security Site itself but are known to fill up almost instantly and are not booked through the museum. But the National Atomic Testing Museum is open seven days a week and ready to fill that noggin with all the Atomic Nevada history you can imagine.

Valley of Fire State Park

The Valley of Fire Park is a cluster of bright red Aztec sandstone outcrops nesting between gray-limestone cliffs. You can drive through the park by car or you can go out and walk on foot.

Nearby is St. Thomas, a former Mormon settlement formed in 1865 and then flooded when Mead Reservoir was created. The artificial lake itself has not gone anywhere, but years of droughts and natural shallowing, coupled with an increase in water consumption, led to the fact that after 70 years of being under water, the ruins of the town reappear on the surface. Now they are easy to reach.

Cathedral Gorge State Park

Cathedral Gorge is a valley formed as a result of geological processes that developed after the period of volcanic eruptions. Centuries of erosion have transformed the pointed rock formations into cathedrals. This amazing landscape is cut by narrow gorges.

Utah

Utah is a trekking paradise. The state has sheltered the entire "The Mighty 5" (Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Zion). Basically, Utah is the perfect outdoor playground. You can spend an eternity here, but if you don’t have a lot of time, then go to Bryce and Zion. 

Natural Bridges National Monument

Natural Bridges became Utah's first National Monument, and eighth in the U.S. Natural Bridges is the first International Dark Sky Park: the sky is the darkest and clearest there - and all the stars are in full view.

Kodachrome Basin State Park

Scientists still don’t know how the Kodachrome Basin has occurred. This is an eminently beautiful place. The park is dotted with paths that wind around high spike-shaped stone erosional pillars and monolithic red rocks. Here you can also arrange horseback riding.

Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park

Highway 89 smoothly curves around Coral Pink Sand Dunes, an impressive cluster of pink sand dunes formed by the erosion of a geological formation called the Navajo Sandstone (located at the edges of the park). You can walk up and down the dunes.

Arizona

The Grand Canyon, Saguaro National Park, Petrified Forest National Park, Canyon des Shay National Reserve, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area are all located in Arizona. The state is rich in all sorts of attractions that any car traveler must visit. 

Meteor Crater Natural Landmark

The Meteor Crater is the best-preserved meteorite impact site in the world. Entering the interior of the crater itself is not permitted, but you can wander along the edges of the earthen bowl and gaze at the big hole. The asteroid was small in astronomical terms just 150 feet (45.7 m) across.

Route 66 and the Hackberry General Store

Route 66 or the Mother Road -- holds a special place in American consciousness and evokes images of simpler times, mom and pop businesses, and the icons of a mobile nation on the road. 

Hackberry General Store, located in the former mining town of Hackberry, Arizona, is bypassed by many Route 66 travelers, oftentimes because they simply blink and miss it. Unannounced by signage and isolated in the middle of the desert, this hidden gem may be driven by countless times, but those who have decided to pull in know it to be a must-stop for all Route 66 travelers.

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