Archive for November, 2011

When Bad Breath Strikes

Having a bad breath can cause a lot of embarrassment to a person and a significant number of people suffer from this condition. Bad breath or halitosis is described as breath with unpleasant odor where 85 to 90 percent of all its causes originated from bacteria from the mouth itself. With the many things you have to deal with your busy life, would it be best to stop bad breath from interfering you?

Bad breath can be prevented by knowing its source. Check to make sure that you are practicing good oral hygiene. Frequent brushing and flossing can do a lot to prevent bad breath. Visit your dentist if you have a tooth decay as the bacteria in it have a rottening action on the tooth leading to its demineralization. Your dentist could also check for other possible causes that you would otherwise not know like infection of the mouth, systematic disorder like throat infections, chronic sinusitis, gastrointestinal disturbance, diabetes, and others. It is best to seek a professional help to help you locate the root cause of bad breath.

In order to prevent bad breath, there are many habits that you could keep to conquer bad breath completely. Practice proper dental care by brushing your teeth, gums, and tongue after every meal; floss at least twice a day and rinse with mouthwash. Eat a well-balanced diet especially carrots, apples, and celery. Increase fluid intake to avoid dry mouth and stop smoking. Smoking may interfere the normal functioning of the cells in the gum tissue and is also associated with oral cancer. With proper diagnosis of bad breath, the expectation for fresh breath is usually excellent, thus leading to a happier, more confident person.

The Japanese Diet

The Japanese people is well known to have the greatest longevity circles in the world and has the world’s largest number of centenarians- 50 out of 100,000 people (in Okinawa, Japan) are over 100 years old. Many attribute their long life expectancy to the Japanese diet. What’s more, Japanese women reportedly have the lowest percentage of obesity (only 2.9%) in the world.

The Japanese diet, particularly in Okinawa, is low in saturated fat and calories and high in sea foods, seaweed, fruits, and vegetables. This is due to the widely practiced cultural tradition of hara hachi bu (eat until you are only 80% full). Okinawa, Japan also reports 80% lower incidence of cancers like breast and prostate, compared to most developed countries including the US. There is also low incidence of heart disease, stroke, and the average body mass index or BMI (an estimate of an individual’s relative body fat calculated from his height and weight) is 18 to 22, with low body fat levels.  It is also reported that Okinawans have a reduced risk of inflammation and autoimmune disease, which are the main cause of aging.

Based on the Okinawan experience, the aging process can be controlled best by watching those calories and concentrating on wholesome foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Fruits and vegetables are the main focus of the Okinawan meal and the more brightly colored they are, the better. Fruits and vegetables are rich sources of of bioflavonoids and other antioxidants known to help neutralize free radicals. Moderate food serving sizes of quality over quantity is advised and eating slowly so as to savor the flavors of the food are recommended. The Japanese diet, alongside a healthy lifestyle will definitely help us increase our chances of living longer.

Medical Diagnostic Equipment

Each year, many people suffer from physical injuries severe enough to require a visit to the emergency room. The treatment needed for the injury depends on its severity and, in case of injuries resulting from sports, how active a patient wants to be in the future. The healthcare provider in charge can discuss the treatment options available for the patient.

Whether or not a patient needs surgery, using the appropriate medical diagnostic equipment is necessary to maximize the healing process of the injured part of the body. Sports, being the second leading cause of injury, can bring about injuries like stress fractures, kneecap pain and foot problems. This is specially true with high-risk sports like soccer, basketball, lacrosse and skiing.  The appropriate medical diagnostic tools help spot areas needing aggressive therapy and it could also spare troublesome treatments. Medical tools such as scales, measuring devices, stethoscopes, heart rate monitors, hand dynamometers, muscle testing equipment and many more have to be obtained through a reputable and trustworthy medical equipment provider to make sure that the products are of high quality standard, effective and innovative at the same time.

Rehabilitation exercises are also important afterwards whether or not a patient undergoes a surgery. This procedure will help regain flexibility, reduce pain, and prevent arising problems in the future. The healthcare provider can show the best exercises or physical activity that a patient needs, and how long and how often they should be performed.