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Bright white teeth and fresh breath does not necessarily mean you have a healthy mouth! General health is directly related to gum health. Gum disease has been linked to several medical conditions such as stroke, diabetes, heart attack and worsening lung disease. Healthy gums can reduce a person's biological age by up to 6.4 years. Why? Because studies show that the presence of periodontal diseases, most common in people with tooth loss, actually affects longevity. The best of these studies, done at Emory University in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control, indicates that people with gingivitis and periodontal disease have a mortality rate that is 23% to 46% higher than those who don't. Keeping your gums clean and healthy may help reduce the risk of many illnesses, including heart disease.
Gum disease or periodontal disease, a chronic inflammation and infection of the gums and surrounding tissue, is the major cause of about 70 percent of adult tooth loss, affecting three out of four persons at some point in their life. Red swollen and bleeding gums characterize gum disease in the initial stages and progresses to infections, chronic inflammation and bone loss in later stages. Eventually bacteria are allowed to flow freely through your gums and into your blood stream that activates and stresses the immune system.
Research shows that people with gum disease are 25% more likely to have a heart attack. Bacteria originating from the gums to the veins and arteries cause plaque build up and arterial inflammation that can provoke jeopardous clotting. A 12-year study conducted by Harvard University researchers and 41,000 healthy men free of cardiovascular disease showed that those with periodontal disease had more clot related strokes.
Periodontal disease severely affects the control of blood sugars. The spread of bacteria through out the body through the blood stream stresses and confuses the body when trying to adjust sugars to the invasion. Antibiotic treatment has help diabetics control blood sugars while treating the infections caused by gum disease.
Breathing in oral bacteria caused by gum disease can cause lung infections. Bacteria that grow in the oral cavities can be breathed into the lungs to cause respiratory disease such as pneumonia.
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Yvonne Takhtalian, C.N.H.P, H.I. spent the past 10 years developing and improving Vita-Myr Natural Products helping thousands like you heal gum disease and gingivitis. She just released a new line of 100% Natural Vita-Myr Soaps to compliment her Vita-Myr Mouthwash & Toothpaste. Find out more about effective natural relief of gum disease at http://www.vitamyr.com/ or email questions/comments to Yvonne at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org Copyright © 2004 Vita-Myr® International Inc All rights reserved. Natural Products For Healthy Living ®
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FYI -- You'll burn around 123 calories every time you drink a glass of ice water. That's what it takes for your body to warm the water to 98.6 degrees.
THYROID ALERT -- Hypothyroidism can remain undetected and misdiagnosed for many years because its symptoms mimic other health problems. Ask your doctor about the disease if you have several of these symptoms or conditions: slow heartbeat, elevated cholesterol, infertility, anemia, muscle weakness or stiffness.
OUCH! -- Back and neck pain can be caused by the way you sleep. You can stress neck ligaments if you sleep on your stomach or on a pile of fluffy pillows. Sleeping on your back or side with one supportive pillow or a neck roll puts less stress on your neck and spine.
EYE OPENING INFO -- Dirty contact-lens cases can cause a painful and potentially eye damaging complication called corneal ulcer. The microorganisms that cause the infection can be found in cases and on the lenses. Clean your case with saline daily and replace the case every six months.
HELP FOR MIGRAINE SUFFERERS -- Large daily doses of vitamin B2 may help prevent migraine headaches. After three months, patients taking 400 milligrams daily of vitamin B2 reported 37% fewer migraines than comparable patients not taking the vitamin.
NUTRITIONAL NEEDS FOR DIABETICS -- By the time diabetic sufferers are diagnosed, many already have damage from the complications of diabetes. What can you do if you have or are predisposed to diabetes? Dr. Podell of the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, recommends taking supplements. Painful nerve damage from diabetes is one of this illness's most feared complications. Although there are no effective medicinal treatments, recent research has shown that primrose oil can prevent and partly reverse the nerve-damage process.
Diabetics also prove to be deficient in vitamins and minerals, like vitamin E, zinc, magnesium and, occasionally, chromium. These deficiencies may reflect a reduced ability to absorb and utilize nutrients. Less common nutrients, like bioflavonoids, amino acids and coenzymes, are also useful. In 1995, an Italian study found that the amino acid taurine reversed the abnormal tendency of blood platelets to clot as they do in diabetes. Diabetics have a greater need than most people for these specific nutrients.
GET YOUR FLUIDS -- Drink six to eight glasses of fluids throughout the day, whether you are thirsty or not. About 15 to 30 minutes before exercising, drink 4 to 8 oz. of fluids. While exercising, drink 4 to 8 oz. of fluids at 15-minute intervals. After exercising, drink at least 8 to 16 oz. of fluids.
CAN'T REMEMBER A THING? -- Preliminary studies show that lecithin, a plant extract found in health food stores, may help improve the memory. The lecithin stimulates one of the brain's chemicals, choline. Researchers gave 41 healthy adults 2 tablespoons of lecithin a day for 5 weeks. After this time, their scores on memory tests rose by 20%.
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