Implementing a low-sodium diet is a challenge because sodium is everywhere. If you have recently suffered a heart attack and been told you have heart failure, it’s likely your doctor advised you to cut back on your sodium intake because heart failure causes the body to hold on to extra sodium, which in turn causes extra fluid to build up in your body and can strain your heart.
Here are four tips from the Heart Failure Society of America: Read more …
If you are one of the 60 to 70 million Americans that suffer from digestive problems, then you probably need more probiotics in your system. The term probiotics refers to dietary supplements or foods that contain beneficial or “good” bacteria normally found in your body. These “good” microorganisms aid in digestion and keep the bad bacteria at bay as well as support a healthy immune system. Over 1000 species of bacteria call your digestive system home.
The digestive system relies on good bacteria to help process food which ensures healthy nutritional absorption. Balancing the good bacteria in your intestines is one of the best steps you can take for optimal health. Read more …
Brush your teeth daily and gently and smile – - your immune system will thank you.
Good nutrition, physical activity and regular hand-washing are critical in maintaining a strong immune system. Oral hygiene also plays an important role.
There are more than 300 species of bacteria in the mouth, and bacteria levels can increase when teeth aren’t brushed. Recent research suggests that bacteria found in the throat and mouth can be drawn into the lower respiratory tract. The common cold is often caused by viruses in the respiratory tract. Proper oral care routines can help keep colds at bay. Here are some tips to get you started.
Brush for at least two minutes twice daily, focusing on the area above the gum line to stimulate blood flow, which keeps them healthy. Use a power toothbrush with gentle bristles like the Oral-B Vitality or Sonicare.
Choose a toothpaste that will protect your whole mouth; one that is ADA-approved to protect against plaque, tartar, cavities, gingivitis, sensitivity, bad breath and stains.