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Get your daily supplements quickly and easily with Instavit

 

Vitamins

Do you take any daily vitamins and/or supplements? I do from time to time, but admittedly I often forget. I feel like I should be taking a multivitamin because I don’t eat as nutritiously as I should. I also feel like I need a little extra “boost” when it comes to my immune system. I work around little children who have a tendency to cough and sneeze without covering their face. I won’t even get started on the germs I must touch on a daily basis (I do wash my hands many times per day).

Aside from forgetting to take my vitamins or supplements, I often find some of them to be way too big or they leave a gross taste in my mouth.

I once wasted A LOT of money on a supplement because the pills were HUGE – too huge to swallow. I was not about to cut them up into smaller pieces, so I never used them. They are collecting dust on the shelf until I figure out what to do with them.

Are you familiar with the 5-Hour Energy Shot? It’s usually sold near check out at many stores. It’s an energy shot that is available in different flavors. I’ve written about the brand in the past when they were hosting their “Yummification” contest.

Co-founder Tom Morse has recently launched a new product – one that might be of interest to many people. This time it’s not a shot but rather a spray.

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Introducing Instavit – a new supplement solution you take as an oral spray. All you need to do is spray 4 sprays or less in your mouth (on or under your tongue) and you are done. I have heard that taking vitamins/supplements under your tongue (sublingual) is the fastest way to get them into your system. I have taken liquid supplements from my doctor that I had to drop under my tongue.

Unlike traditional supplement pills and energy drinks, Instavit allows individuals to customize and/or pace their caffeine and nutrient intake according to their individual needs. Plus, because of its sophisticated formulation, all of its products are free from unnecessary fillers and binders.

Instavit sprays are tasty, calorie free and portable. No more huge or gross tasting pills to swallow.

The sprays are currently available in the following formulas:

  • Instant Energy
  • Sweet Dreams
  • Immune Strength
  • Daily Health
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin B-12

Instavit sent me some samples to try out for myself.

I like that they are NOT pills and therefore do not require any thinks to drink in order to get it down. If you are always on the go, like me, you might not have a beverage handy to help you swallow a vitamin or supplement. With Instavit you just spray and go.

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The portability is also something that I find unique to this product. The spray bottles are small in size – a wee bit bitter than a traditional tube of lipstick. They can be easily tucked into a backpack, purse, pocket, glove compartment or kept in your desk at work. They are also great when traveling because they take up so little room. They can easily be kept in your cosmetic bag or inside the pockets in your luggage.

As far as taste, they taste fine to me. I especially appreciate that there is no bitter aftertaste.

If you follow the recommended dosage each spray bottle should last roughly one month (24 – 28 dosings).

As for the flavors, they have a fruity taste to them. They are not bad at all. They are a little sweet, which many people might enjoy.

I am not a doctor or scientist, so I cannot provide you with any “technical” stuff. All I can tell you is that I use them, I enjoy them, and I find them more convenient to take than traditional pills.

I have taken a sublingual B-12 supplement (I’m anemic) and I find the Instavit is better tasting and there is less of it I need to take. The drops make a “pool” of B-12 under my tongue, which tastes gross. The spray seems like it’s barely there. I spray four quick sprays and I’m done.

Instavit sprays are small in size. Here is one next to a lip balm and a regular pencil to give you an idea of it's size.

Instavit sprays are small in size. Here is one next to a lip balm and a regular pencil to give you an idea of it’s size.

I’ve taken the Instant Engery spray from Instavit. I honestly don’t notice much of a difference. However I am anemic (both iron and B-12) so that might have something to do with it.

I’ve been taking the Sweet Dreams spray before bed (this one only requires two sprays). I don’t necessarily fall asleep faster, but when I do fall asleep I feel like I sleep better (I don’t toss and turn or wake up several times per night like I usually do). I also find that I am less groggy in the morning. With this spray I don’t have a hard time getting out of bed in the morning or find it hard to wake up.

As for the other sprays, I don’t know how they work (it’s not something you can “see” results). All I know is I take them daily and I am more likely to remember to take them because they are quick and easy to do. Plus I keep them on my desk so when I see them I remember to take them.

I’m all for this new way of taking vitamins/supplements. It works for me!

For more information you can visit Instavit.com. The brand is also on social media. You can find those links on the bottom of their website.

What do you think about Instavit sprays? Does it sound like something you would prefer using over pills? Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

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Kimberly

*I received free product samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Something yummy for Valentine’s Day (and I don’t mean a box of chocolates)

 

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Do plan on giving your special someone a box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day? Or, are you anticipating receiving a box of chocolates from someone?

I love giving and receiving chocolates. There is only one problem – I’ll eat it all! I don’t really need all those extra calories, but it’s hard for me to resist when the chocolate is calling my name.

Food is a big part of the Valentine’s Day holiday, from breakfast in bed to a romantic dinner – plus a big box of chocolates. I guess a lot of people equate love with delicious food.

Recently a survey was done with 500 men and women between the ages of 25-54. The survey came up with the following results, which I find very interesting.

  • 38% of respondents said that a creative Valentine’s Day would begin with breakfast in bed.
  • 63% of respondents said that they would want to awake on Valentine’s Day to the taste of something delicious.
  • 81% of respondents said that they would prefer to treat themselves to something if they are celebrating Valentine’s Day alone

I find it interesting that a lot of people responded to breakfast in bed and wanting to wake up to something delicious. I’m pretty sure no one was referring to a box of chocolates first thing in the morning for breakfast (although that would be yummy).

I have a better idea – Love Crunch Dark Chocolate & Peanut Butter, a new flavor of granola from Nature’s Path. It’s made with whole grains, fiber and is low sodium. It does have chocolate, it’s delicious and it’s a sweet treat you can enjoy for Valentine’s Day (or any day).

Love Crunch Dark Chocolate & Peanut Butter is made with the following ingredients.

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In addition it has 2 grams of fiber, 13 grams of whole grains and 4 grams of protein per serving.

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Love Crunch Dark Chocolate & Red Berries

Love Crunch Dark Chocolate & Red Berries

If your beloved loves chocolate dipped strawberries for Valentine’s Day, why not try Love Crunch Dark Chocolate & Red Berries, made with freeze dried strawberries and raspberries. Dark chocolate and strawberries are a match made in heaven.

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It contains the same amount of fiber and whole grains as the peanut butter mix, but only 2 grams of protein instead of 4 grams.

You can enjoy these granola mixes “as it” straight out of the bag. They can also be used in delicious recipes – some of them ideal for breakfast in bed.

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Decadent Love Crunch Parfait

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Love Crunch® Berry Bars

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Love Crunch Family-Style Pancake

There are other recipes available utilizing Love Crunch granola mixes from Nature’s Path.

Granola mixes make great toppings on yogurt, oatmeal and cereal too.

There are other Love Crunch flavors also available.

If you are looking for other healthy breakfast ideas to enjoy on Valentine’s Day (or any day of the year), Nature’s Path has other great products available. One of my personal favorites is Flax Plus® Pumpkin Raisin Crunch cereal. I LOVE this cereal! I love pumpkin and I like to eat raisin cereals, so this is the best of both worlds. It’s very flavorful and it’s packed with goodness. One serving provides you with a whopping 7 grams of fiber, 19 grams of whole grains and 6 grams of protein.

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Not only is it great for breakfast, it’s also a great anytime snack including a topping on ice cream, yogurt and oatmeal.

Here are some more breakfast recipes you could make for your loved one. I wouldn’t mind having these breakfasts in bed.

Blueberry Chia Overnight Oats created by RD Desiree Nielsen. PHOTO CREDIT: Desiree Nielsen - DesireeRD.com

Blueberry Chia Overnight Oats created by RD Desiree Nielsen. PHOTO CREDIT: Desiree Nielsen – DesireeRD.com

Blueberry Chia Overnight Oats (created by Registered Dietitian Desiree Nielsen)

Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp of chia seeds
  • 1 cup of cashew milk (or your favorite milk alternative)
  • 1 tsp of honey or maple syrup (to your taste, omit if you like)
  • 1/3 cup of plain Greek yogurt (or vegan alternative)
  • 1/2 cup of fresh or thawed blueberries

Directions:

  1. The night before, mix the oats, cinnamon, chia seeds, milk, water and honey together in a medium bowl
  2. Pour into three separate bowls or jars and stick in the fridge overnight or for at least 5-6 hours
  3. Before serving, dollop with Greek yogurt and blueberries on top of each bowl to serve

*You may add additional milk/water in the morning to loosen up oats into your desired consistency

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Sweet Pumpkin Overnight Oats (created by Registered Dietitian Ashley Koff)

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl, place the pumpkin and stir in the cayenne, cacao, and cinnamon;
  2. Continue to stir in the hemp and chia seeds until well-combined
  3. Stir in the oats, non-dairy milk, and vanilla (if using)
  4. Separate the mixture into two mason jars
  5. Cover with lids and refrigerate overnight, or a minimum of 3 hours
  6. Wake up in the morning and enjoy

*Note: if too thick, add a Tablespoon of non-dairy milk and stir; if too mushy you can add an additional tablespoon of chia seeds, stir in, wait 30 minutes before eating.

*Need a stimulant boost: add a shot of espresso (instead of drinking your coffee)

For more information about Nature’s Path products visit US.NaturesPath.com (notice the US. before the brand’s name). You can also find the brand on social media. All of the links are found on the top of their website.

Nature’s Path products are sold at many health food stores and grocery stores (look in the natural/organic section of the store). You can also check out the store locator found on the brand’s website.

What is your favorite food/meal to eat or prepare for Valentine’s Day?

Have you ever tried any Nature’s Path products? Do you have a favorite?

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Kimberly

*I received free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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A Girl’s Guide to Vitamins at any age

 

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The plethora of vitamins on the market reads like the alphabet- literally from A- Zinc. Do we, as women need to guzzle 50 a day to be healthy? How do we make heads or tails from what the media tell us?  And at what age do we need certain vitamins? Here’s your guide to vitamins at every age according to Dr. Christopher Calapai D.O. an NYC anti-aging physician who has been called, “The Stem Cell Guru.” Dr. Calapai has been testing vitamin levels throughout his career. Each of his patients receives a blood test to find out what they are deficient in.

In a perfect world, all of our nutrient needs would come from the best source: Food. However if your diet isn’t text book perfect then take your “nutritional insurance” a.k.a. a multivitamin, suggests Dr. Calapai.  “Research shows taking a well-balanced multivitamin throughout your lifespan helps fill in nutritional gaps in your diet.”

In your 20s and 30s

  • Calcium:These are the decades to bone up, as in, maintain your bone mass. Dr. Calapai recommends adults aged 19-50 years take 1,000 milligrams of calcium, daily. If you don’t receive enough calcium from your diet, you may need to take a supplement containing elemental calcium. Elemental calcium refers to the actual amount of calcium in a supplement that’s available for your body to absorb—the rest are compounds making up the supplement. But when supplementing your calcium, read the labels carefully, cautions Dr. Calapai . “For example, if you buy tablets such as calcium carbonate, each tablet contains 1,250 milligrams of calcium,” he says. “Unfortunately, only 500 milligrams is elemental calcium.”
  • Vitamin D:The reason we’re severely lacking vitamin D nowadays, much more so than even our parents were, is because we’re missing out on the number-one source of vitamin D: The sun. “Vitamin D is a pro-hormone made in the skin upon exposure to sunlight, and production of it is rapid and robust,” Calapai says. “Within 10 to 20 minutes without wearing sunscreen, people make between 10,000 and 20,000 IU. But because of widespread sunscreen use, total sun avoidance, and our increasingly indoor lifestyles, our vitamin D levels have fallen drastically.” Dr. Calapai says, “Take at least 2,000 IU per day year-round. And although you technically don’t need to supplement on the days that you know you’ll be outside when the sun is high, it’s just easier to take it every day than to try to remember when and not to.”
  • Folic Acid:For women in their childbearing years, folic acid is recommended if you’re planning on conceiving anytime soon. “You should take it before you get pregnant to ensure your levels are high because low rates of folic acid can cause a number of birth defects,” says Dr. Calapai.  “The recommended dosing of folic acid is 400 micrograms per day if you are age 14 or older.”
  • Iron:Iron is another key consideration for menstruating women. “Iron deficiency commonly occurs in pregnant women, causing anemia, which can result in fatigue and weakness,” says Dr. Calapai . “Iron enables red blood cells to carry oxygen and deliver it to body cells.” If you’re pregnant and not getting your daily 27 mg. of iron from sources such as iron-fortified cereals and eggs, then look for it in a supplement containing 16 to 20 mg, or speak to your physician about iron supplementation specifically.

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In your 40s

  • Calcium:Beginning at age 19 and continuing until age 50, women should consume 1,000 milligrams of calcium daily, according to the Institute of Medicine. This is also the recommended dietary allowance, or RDA, for women above age 19 who are pregnant or breast-feeding. Once you turn 51, the RDA increases to 1,200 milligrams. As long as your daily diet provides enough calcium to meet your RDA, you probably don’t need a supplement unless it’s under the advice of your health care provider. *Note: Never take more of a calcium supplement than is recommended. It could lead to kidney problems or renal failure.
  • Vitamin D:Recommendations for vitamin D intake in your 20s and 30s (as explained above) still apply in your 40s. If you are unsure how much vitamin D you actually need, ask your doctor about taking a vitamin D test.  
  • Folic Acid:Pregnant? Up your daily intake of folic acid to 600 mcg. To meet this need, women should continue taking a multivitamin containing 400 mcg of folic acid throughout their pregnancy.
  • Iron:As in your 20s and 30s, be sure to get 27 mg. of iron daily if you are pregnant, whether through your diet or a combination of diet and supplements. Non-pregnant women should aim for 18 mg a day of iron.

In your 50s

  • Multivitamin:It’s time to switch to multivitamins designed for adults 50 years and older, says Dr. Calapai. “These multivitamins have significantly less iron than multivitamins for younger women, he says. “For example Centrum Forte for women up to the age of 49 years has 10 mg of iron per tablet and Centrum Select 50+ designed for those over 50 has only 4 mg of iron per tablet, but has additional vitamin B12 to reflect changing nutrient needs.”
  • Calcium:For women over 50 years, Dr. Calapai recommends bumping your calcium intake to 1,500 mg. daily.
  • Vitamin B12:“Your vitamin B12 needs increases after 50 because the gastrointestinal tract does not absorb vitamin B12 as well as a younger digestive tract,” says Dr. Calapai.  He advises those older than 50 get 2.4 micrograms of vitamin B12 daily, mainly by consuming foods fortified with vitamin B12 or a supplement containing vitamin B12.

In your 60s

While the overall needs are similar to those in your 50s, check your multivitamin again to be sure it’s meeting all your nutrient needs because newer health issues such as eye health and heart disease might be manifesting. “Some multivitamins contain key antioxidants such as lutein which may protect against age-related macular degeneration, and lycopene, which may help prevent heart disease,” says Dr. Calapai.

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About the author:

Dr. Christopher Calapai, D.O. is an Osteopathic Physician board certified in family medicine, anti-aging medicine and chelation therapy. Proclaimed as the “The Stem Cell Guru” by the New York Daily News, Dr. Calapai is a leader in the field of stem cell therapy in the U.S.

Dr. Calapai received his medical degree from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and he consults in Manhattan with practices on Long Island, in East Meadow and Plainview. He has appeared on News12 and in the pages of 25A Magazine and Social Life Magazine.

He is the author of E-books Heavy Metals and Chronic Disease, Reverse Diabetes Forever! Seven Steps to Healthy Blood Sugar, Top Ten Supplements You Can’t Live Without, and Glorious Glutathione. Learn more about Dr. Calapai on his website, www.drcal.net.

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Getting dirty is good for you and your kids! The Health Benefits of Your Outdoor Living Space

 

 

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Much of the country is experiencing winter weather, anxiously awaiting the start of spring.

Where I live in New York we have been fortunate. This winter has only produced one snow storm (and it was a big one with 17″ of snow). It’s been a very mild winter. In fact, it’s been very spring-like.

We can’t wait to spend more time outdoors enjoying green grass, colorful plants and sunshine (with sunscreen of course).

Did you know…

1. Children’s stress levels fall within minutes of seeing green spaces. Knowing and experiencing nature makes us generally happier, healthier people.

2. Getting dirty is good for you! Mycobacterium vaccae in soil mirrors the effect on neurons that Prozac provides. People who spend time gardening and have direct contact with soil feel more relaxed and happier. This spring give your kids a pair of gardening gloves and have them work with you in your green spaces.

3. Living near living landscapes improves mental health. Research found that people moving to greener areas experiences an immediate improvement in mental health.

4. Children gain attention and working memory benefits when they are exposed to greenery. Exposure to natural settings may be widely effective in reducing attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms in children.

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5. Walking or running in nature, rather than a concrete-oriented, urban environment, resulted in decreased anxiety, rumination and negative affect, and produced cognitive benefits and increased working memory performance. Grass can be 31 degrees cooler than asphalt and 20 degrees cooler than bare soil thanks to the process called evapotranspiration.

6. Living landscapes help kids and pets be healthier. Playing outdoors increases fitness levels and builds healthy, active bodies.

7. Your lawn produces lots of oxygen– 50 square feet of lawn generates enough oxygen each day for a family of four – and reduces the code red effect since grass removes pollutants from the air we breathe.

In fact, research shows that children reap numerous health, social and personal benefits from spending time outside playing and that the green space and landscaping contributes to health, happiness and intellect.

All these points (and there are many more) reinforce the health benefits of our outdoor living spaces.  They provide a place for children and pets to play and directly contribute to our mental and physical well-being.

For more tips on maintaining a living landscape, even in drought conditions, please visit www.opei.org/stewardship.

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Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I shared this for the benefit of site readers.

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So Sip on This – Unsweetened Tea is a Tasty, Healthy Beverage Choice!

 

Tea

Are you a tea or coffee drinker?

I am a coffee drinker, but I also enjoy a great cup of tea.

I grew up drinking tea. My mom and grandparents came from Wales, U.K., and drinking tea is a common, every day thing for them. I didn’t get into coffee until I started at college.

I still enjoy tea. I prefer it plain with a splash of lemon juice. Growing up I always added milk and sugar. As I grew older I preferred my tea to be less sweet.

Did you know that tea could be good for you? According to Tea Council of the USA, it can be. Check out the information (below).

We know the dilemma – water doesn’t always quench your flavor crave. No worries…there’s a tastier, healthier beverage alternative for those seeking a sensible sugar-free drink option that aligns with the new U.S. Dietary Guidelines. The goal of the Dietary Guidelines is for individuals throughout all stages of the lifespan to have eating patterns that promote overall health and help prevent chronic disease. Tea, with its numerous health benefits, soothing qualities and diverse flavors and forms, is the perfect beverage choice, meeting the key recommendations of the 2015-2020 Dietary Guideline

  • Follow a healthy eating pattern across the lifespan.
  • Focus on variety, nutrient density, and amount.
  • Limit calories from added sugars and saturated fats and reduce sodium intake.
  • Shift to healthier food and beverage choices.
  • Support healthy eating patterns for all.

And, there are more varieties of tea than one might think—so there’s sure to be an option for every taste palate. Peter Goggi, President of the Tea Council of the USA says, “There are many intriguing forms and flavors of this healthy beverage to satisfy each taste preference, whether it be black, green, oolong or white.” In addition, Goggi notes, “Not only does tea taste great, but there is a large and growing body of research supporting it as a healthy, good-for-you beverage that meets the new recommendations of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.”

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Tea is steeped in health benefits

Tea contains no sodium, fat, carbonation, or sugar and is virtually calorie-free. Thousands of published studies in leading medical journals support the potential health benefits of drinking tea. The major bioactive compounds in tea, called flavonoids, have been linked with the beverage’s healthful properties. In fact, the December 2013 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (AJCN) published 12 studies about tea’s role in cardiovascular health, cancer prevention, metabolism and brain function.

Tea and Heart Health: A study published by Claudio Ferri, MD, University L’Aquila, Italy found that black tea reduced blood pressure, and among hypertensive subjects, it helped counteract the negative effects of a high-fat meal on blood pressure and arterial blood flow. The study also indicated that consuming one cup of tea per day may reduce incidence of stroke and heart attacks by 8 to 10 percent.

Tea and Bone Health: Research suggests that polyphenols in green tea may help improve bone quality and strength. One study found that drinking tea was associated with a 30 percent reduced risk in hip fractures among men and women 50 years of age or older.

Tea and Mood, Mental Alertness & Problem Solving: A study found that drinking tea improved attention and allowed individuals to be more focused on the task at hand. In this placebo-controlled study, subjects who drank tea produced more accurate results during an attention task and also felt more alert than subjects who drank a placebo. These effects were found for two to three cups of tea consumed within 90 minutes. It is thought that caffeine and the amino acid theanine, both present in tea, contribute to many of tea’s psychological benefits.

Tea and Ovarian Cancer: A study published in the November 2014 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition tracked habitual flavonoid intakes among study participants. Researchers found that the women who consumed foods high in flavonols and flavonones – found in tea, red wine, apples, grapes and citrus fruit and juices – had a lower risk of developing endothelial ovarian cancer. The authors reported that the women who drank two cups of black tea per day saw a 31 percent reduction in cancer risk.

Tea and Body Weight: In one review, researchers concluded that subjects consuming green tea and caffeine lost an average of 2.9 pounds within 12 weeks while adhering to their regular diet. The results of another meta-analysis suggest the increase in caloric expenditure is equal to about 100 calories over a 24-hour period. The weight loss benefits of tea vary based on many factors, but studies have found benefits with the equivalent of as little as 2.5 cups of green tea.

So brew up a cup!

It’s easy to brew a cup of tea, either from loose leaf tea or tea bags. To brew a cup of hot tea, bring cold, filtered water to a full boil in a teapot. Use one tea bag or one teaspoonful of loose tea per cup of water. Pour the boiling water over the tea and steep for three to five minutes.

Visit the Tea Council of the USA or follow @TeaCouncil on Twitter to learn more about the many health benefits and varieties of tea.

Are you tea drinker? What is your favorite way to enjoy tea? Were you aware of tea’s health benefits?

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Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I shared this for the enjoyment of my site readers. The opinions/information share is that of the author’s and don’t reflect my own. This information was published with permission. 

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7 Tips for Parents to Help Kids Improve Oral Health Habits

 

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Good habits are formed at an early age. But when it comes to the oral health of children, some parents don’t take it seriously.

Dr. Susan Maples DDS, a top eight innovator in U.S. dentistry and author of Blabber Mouth: 77 Secrets Only Your Mouth Can Tell You To Live a Healthier, Happier, Sexier Life, says, “There is a direct connection between oral health and systemic health.  Children must take care of their teeth and gums not just for the oral health benefits, but to keep the rest of their bodies healthy as well.”

Dr. Maples’ tips:  

Layoff the fruit juice: Parents often think fruit juice is a healthy choice for a drink. Juice is loaded with sugar which feeds cavity bags. When consumed regularly, it can predispose children to type 2 diabetes.  Water is the best option for beverages. Drink less fruit juice and eat more fruit.

Only use soft bristle toothbrushes: When it comes to how hard the bristles of the toothbrush should be, the only choice is not hard at all.  Make sure you always choose soft bristles to avoid traumatizing your gums. Scrubbing with a medium or hard bristle brush can make the gums recede from the teeth and it’s irreversible except through surgery.

Parents need to supervise brushing and flossing: Letting children take care of their own teeth without being shown the proper techniques can be disastrous. Just as you would help your children tie their shoes, help them brush and floss. Kids need supervision to safely and effectively remove plaque until they prove they know what they’re doing.  Make sure they’re getting those hard to reach spots in the back of the mouth.

Don’t avoid or neglect preventive dental visits: Cavities between teeth can only be detected with x-rays.  Your children need to see the dentist twice a year.  Make appointments at times you’ll remember like on their birthday, at the beginning of the new year or at the start of the school year.

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Cavities in children need to be treated: Some parents think that cavities in baby teeth can be ignored because these teeth will fall out eventually.  You can’t ignore cavities even in baby teeth. They must be treated or they can create dangerous infections and abscesses.

Some bleeding is expected: Blood isn’t always the sign of something bad.  If your child’s gums bleed when they brush or floss, don’t stop their routine. Bleeding is a natural response when you clean inflamed gums and isn’t from brushing or flossing too hard. Keep at it to reduce the bacteria and avoid periodontal disease.  The bleeding will subside as the bacteria load is cleaned up.  If bleeding persists, see your dentist.

Fluoride is a must: Fluoride promotes healthy and strong teeth for a lifetime. Both fluoride in the water supply (or a prescription supplement) and topical fluoride in the dental office and in toothpaste are critically important to help avoid cavities.  Make sure and use an age appropriate toothpaste because until a child can spit, he shouldn’t chance swallowing fluoride.

Do you have any tips that you would like to share? Feel free to leave them in the comment section of this post.

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Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the benefit of my site readers. Any opinions expressed are that of the author’s and don’t necessarily reflect my own.

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