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Delicious Orthodontic Friendly Recipes

Delicious Orthodontic Friendly Recipes
World-renowned chef John Besh is joining forces with the American Association of Orthodontists in October to remind kids and adults alike that that although certain foods are a 'no-no' during America's busiest candy and treat consuming month, there are delicious alternatives of delicious orthodontic friendly recipes. As a special service to those wearing braces or who are having other types of orthodontic treatments, and to help promote awareness of National Orthodontic Health Month in October, Chef Besh is offering tasty, easy-to-prepare, orthodontic-friendly recipes. The list of foods to avoid includes caramels, nuts, taffy, lollipops, taco chips, popcorn, corn on the cob, whole apples, and more. Why? Because consuming these kinds of hard, sticky, crunchy, and chewy foods endanger braces and other orthodontic devices that are designed to move teeth and align jaws.  A broken device could mean teeth stop moving, or a tooth is moved in the wrong direction. Either could require...
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Food Diversity is Key to Good Health

Food Diversity is Key to Good Health
Historically, macronutrients, vitamins, minerals, fish oil, and fiber have been the center of nutritional advice. Now, we have added a new topic to our ongoing conversation is about food diversity being the key to good health. To enhance our diets, and maximize the efforts of our journey toward good health, we must understand how to utilize phytochemicals (or phytonutrients) from plants. There is a tremendous growing body of research on the use of phytochemicals for therapeutic purposes. What we used to call vitamin P (flavonoids), vitamin U (glucosinolates and indoles), and vitamin Q (ubiquinone) were dethroned from vitamin status because specific deficiency symptoms could not be established; they were simply called phytochemicals and classified as secondary metabolites. As Gottfried S. Fraenkel explains in his article, “The raison d'Etre of secondary plant substances,” published in the journal Science , “Secondary metabolites are organic compounds that are not directly involved in normal growth,...
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Diet Affects Mix of Intestinal Bacteria and the Risk of Inflammatory Bone Disease

Diet Affects Mix of Intestinal Bacteria and the Risk of Inflammatory Bone Disease
Diet-induced changes in the gut's bacterial ecosystem can alter susceptibility to an autoinflammatory bone disease by modifying the immune response, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital scientists reported. The findings appeared in an advanced online publication of the scientific journal Nature.   The research provides insight into how the thousands of bacteria and other microorganisms that live in the intestines affect health. The microbes make up the intestinal microbiome, a diverse evolving ecosystem that aids digestion and helps to educate the immune cells that guard against infection. Growing evidence suggests that changes in the microbiome composition may contribute to development of diseases ranging from cancer to chronic inflammatory disorders such as multiple sclerosis. The mechanisms involved, however, were poorly understood. "These results are exciting because they help to explain how environmental factors like diet can influence susceptibility to autoinflammatory diseases," said the study's corresponding author Thirumala-Devi Kanneganti, PhD, a member of the St....
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Holiday Stress Binge Eating and Compulsive Eating Disorders

Holiday Stress Can Trigger Binge Eating and Other Compulsive Eating Disorders
For those in recovery from eating disorders, such as compulsive overeating, anorexia, bulimia, or binge eating, holiday stress can be a difficult time. During this joyous time of year, food often becomes the center of various celebrations, and at the end of the evening we are left asking ourselves "Why did I eat so much?"  Those dealing with eating disorders sometimes approach the holidays as an all-or-nothing proposition by either severely dieting or restricting themselves, or promising they'll try to lose the weight after the New Year. Overeaters Anonymous (OA) offers those struggling with unhealthy food behaviors support in their recovery during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays and throughout the year. OA provides a 12-step program that addresses member's emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being in a safe, anonymous environment. OA members can attend meetings anywhere in the country, around the world, online, or on the phone to help them stay on track,...
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Snacks to Maximize Your Energy

Snacks to Maximize Your Energy
As a massage therapist, you are on your feet and in motion all day long—so keep your body going by feeding it optimum fuel. The best fuel for your workday comes from a diet balanced in lean protein, complex carbohydrates and healthy fats.  During busy days, snacking keeps your energy up and your metabolism working at peak performance. Each snack should have at least 10 grams of protein, which will ward off blood sugar spikes and drowsiness you can experience from rapidly falling blood sugar. Here are some suggestions of snacks to maximize your energy for your workday. All contain between 10 and 20 grams of protein and are the best way to combat what I refer to as the metabolic dysfunction factor, a condition that makes weight easy to gain and difficult to lose. one 5-ounce plain or vanilla low-fat or nonfat Greek yogurt ¼ cup nuts. Nuts are high in...
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Meatless: Get Juicing

Meatless: Get Juicing
Whether you want an alternative to your morning coffee, a way to incorporate more fruits and veggies into your diet, or a full-body cleanse, juicing could be the solution you’ve been searching for. Even if you generally eat healthy and enjoy daily doses of fruits and veggies, juicing helps reduce your digestive system’s workload by skipping the breakdown process—when water and nutrients are extracted from food and fiber is discarded. Instead, the body can focus solely on absorbing the juice’s nutrients. Getting started is easy—just wash and prep your produce, throw it in the juicer, and let the machine work its magic. Most machines can handle the skin on fruits and veggies, but the flavor is often more pleasing sans skin or rind. Toss all prepped ingredients into your juicer, and if you choose to enhance the flavor with ginger, garlic, or other herbs, make sure to only add a small amount...
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