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6 Terrible for your teeth foods a dentist wants you to stop eating

By: ERIN BUNCH, If eyes are the windows to your soul, teeth are a surprisingly accurate window to your overall health. And the health of your pearly whites is mostly correlated to their maintenance. It takes quite a bit of diligence to keep them looking and feeling sharp (so to speak). Brushing, flossing, tongue scraping, and regular professional cleanings aren’t enough to keep your teeth in excellent condition. What you do to maintain a healthy smile is just as important as what you don’t, according to dentists. Avoiding certain foods and drinks that can damage your teeth is crucial. (See also: smoking/vaping, but I don’t need to tell you that, right? Right?!) Consumption of the wrong things can cause…


Childhood nutrition and exercise key to healthy life

By: Nutrition and exercise habits made during childhood can be vital for a person’s long-term health. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reports that children now spend over 7.5 hours in front of a screen each day, showing the lack of youth exercise. The organization also reported the number of obese children has increased from 4 to 20 percent over the past 40 years, reflecting the lack of nutritional awareness among our youth. Developing a healthy lifestyle for a child through proper nutrition and exercise will create a healthier life for children and make a difference for children in future generations. A healthy eating plan can help individuals achieve and maintain a healthy body weight, consume…


Vitamin A helps maintain healthy teeth

By Madeleine Burry, Ever wonder how you can make your way around your home in the middle of the night without crashing into a wall? Thank good ol’ vitamin A. The fat-soluble nutrient helps maintain night vision, among a trillion other things. “Vitamin A does a lot in the body,” says Lisa Samuels, RD, founder of The Happie House. It aids immune function and helps maintain healthy vision, teeth, bones, skin, and nails, Samuels says. Vitamin A also supports cell growth and plays a critical role in the maintenance of various vital organs including the heart, lungs, and kidneys, according to the National Institutes of Health. Though vitamin A deficiency is rare in the United States, ensuring you include…


Five healthy food swaps

By: Making simple swaps in the foods that we eat can make all the difference to our diet and motivation. When we see one easy change work, it can spark a chain reaction in our confidence and reap huge health benefits. The key to success, according to national dietetic advisor for the HSE Margaret O’Neill, is to tackle change in bite-size chunks. “Pick one change at a time,” she says. “Start with one thing and try to stick with it – we know that behaviours can take a while to change: it can take two to three weeks to bed in. “Some people will be able to cut down from five biscuits a day to one; for others, it’s…