Posts for: February, 2018
Aside from the previously mentioned preventative actions that you can take to reduce your risk of developing cardiovascular disease (stop smoking, exercise more, improve your cholesterol levels, manage blood pressure and diabetes, maintain a healthy weight, reduce stress, eat a heart-healthy diet, and schedule biannual dental cleanings), there are actually a great number of unexpected ways in which you can significantly reduce your risk. Here are some of those ways.
- Indulge in dark chocolate. Chocolate contains flavonoids, which can help arteries stay more flexible and open. It is also believed that other properties in dark chocolate can help prevent clotting and the bad LDL cholesterol from oxidizing and turning into plague. Dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants, fiber, and magnesium, as well.
- Eat more legumes. Legumes like beans, lentils, and peas are great plant-based sources of protein that don’t contain a lot of unhealthy fat. Consuming legumes as a primary source of protein instead of animal protein lowers your risk of heart disease by up to 22% according to one study. They can also help control blood sugar.
- Enjoy a fish dish. Eating grilled, sautéed, baked, or roasted fish (sustainably sourced and NOT farm raised) once a week can help reduce your risk of a heart attack by 33%. Fish tacos on Tuesday anyone?
- Listen to classical music. A study from the University of Oxford found that listening to classical music can help lower blood pressure and slow down your heart beat. The study concluded that it didn’t matter what type of music the listener normally prefers, the affects were the same across the board for all different tastes.
- Drink a beer. A study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry discovered that those who drank one beer a day for a month lowered their cholesterol levels, increased their blood levels of heart-healthy antioxidants, and reduced their levels of a blood clot causing protein.
- Spice it up. Cardamom, thyme, cayenne, rosemary, coriander, basil, and cumin all have heart health benefits, as well as whole body benefits. Spicing up your meals is a delicious and easy way to protect and support your heart and other bodily systems.
- Incorporate ginger and turmeric into your life. Both ginger and turmeric have powerful anti-inflammatory properties. You can cook with these roots or make a hot tea with them. Inflammation is a major contributor to heart disease and other chronic aliments.
- Take a B-vitamin complex every morning. Taking a B-vitamin complex can help make your blood vessels open wider. It can also reduce your levels of homocysteine, which is a substance linked to a higher risk of cardiovascular disease.
- Go on a 20-minute bicycle ride every day. Sounds pretty simple, right? This heart healthy exercise can also boost your mood too. The more sedentary your life is, the higher your chances of developing cardiovascular problems is, as well as other health-related issues.
- Adopt a dog. The benefits of having a loyal furry friend are endless! Owning a dog is likely to make you more active and the unconditional love and companionship that you will receive has been scientifically linked to a reduction in the risk of having a heart attack and other cardiovascular issues.
- Go to bed earlier. Regularly sleeping less than seven hours a night can increase your chances of a heart attack, as well as contribute to higher levels of stress and blood pressure. The magic number seems to be eight hours.
Your mouth is a window into what’s going on in your body. According to the Academy of General Dentistry, 90% of systemic diseases show signs and symptoms inside of your mouth. A lot of diseases and conditions can also be tested for from your salvia, such as osteoporosis and certain types of cancer. Along with being a window into your overall health, the health of your teeth, gums, and oral cavity can greatly contribute to the health of the rest of your body.
Did you know that at any given moment there can be up to 500 different types of bacteria in your mouth? This is why it is so important that you brush and floss after each meal and come and visit us twice a year for a professional cleaning and exam. When the bacteria in your mouth gets out of control from lack of proper hygiene, plague builds up and the road to periodontal disease begins.
Numerous studies have taken place in recent years to examine the link between oral health and other deadly maladies such as cardiovascular disease. While the research is still on going, there appears to be a very strong link between periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease. Oral inflammation caused by the build-up of plague may contribute to clogged arteries and blood clots elsewhere. Inflammation in your mouth may also cause inflammation in other parts of your body. And remember, inflammation is the root of most chronic diseases.
While there are many different factors that play into why one develops heart disease, ranging from genetics to personal lifestyle choices, taking care of your oral health is an easy preventative measure. It is far easier to prevent periodontal disease and heart disease than it is to deal with advanced stages of it. Brushing and flossing your teeth after every meal, coming in for biannual cleanings and check-ups, and drinking more water and avoiding sugary drinks and foods can help reduce your chances of developing cardiovascular disease, which includes a heart attack or stroke.
Heart disease is a cold faced killer. It is the leading cause of death among both men and women in the United States. The good news is though, it is a killer that can be stopped. The catch however is that you are the only one who can stop this mass murderer. In honor of Heart Health Month, we are going to tell you exactly how you can take control of your heart health and protect yourself from such a grave fate.
Life is all about choices. Each and every one of us was blessed with free will, which means that we are free to make our very own choices in every matter of our personal lives. Sometimes we don’t always make the best choices though and sometimes those bad choices can have detrimental consequences. This is often the case with heart-healthy verses heart-harming choices.
The following questions will help you determine if you are at a heightened risk of a major life changing or potentially life ending cardiac event. These are the factors that affect your heart health and as you can see many of them involve choices.
- Do you engage in at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day?
- Do you smoke?
- Are you regularly stressed out?
- Are you overweight?
- Do you eat a lot of high saturated fat foods, such as processed meat, marbled cuts of beef, packaged cookies and desserts?
- Do you eat a rainbow-colored assortment of fruits and vegetables every day?
- Do you have high blood pressure? If yes, is it managed?
- Do you have high cholesterol? If yes, is it managed?
- Do you have a family history of heart disease?
While there are certain factors that are out of your control, such as family history, there is quite a lot that is completely under your control. Let’s further examine one of the simplest heart health factors, physical activity.
Thirty minutes a day of physical activity doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to go to a gym or even do it all at once. It can be as simple as taking a 30-minute bike ride around your neighborhood, two 15-minute walks with your dog, or three different 10-minute activities, such as a 10-minute morning yoga practice, a 10-minute post-lunch walk, and a 10-minute outside play session with your kids after work. The more you move the better you will feel physically and emotionally. And the endorphins that are released during physical activity also act as a natural stress buster, so you’re tackling two heart healthy factors at once. Make this easy change today.
Interesting fact: According to a Harvard Study, watching two hours of television a day increases your chances of developing heart disease by 15%.
Incorporating more movement into your daily life will result in a healthier, happier, and less stressful life, which in turn will greatly reduce your risk of developing heart disease.
Next week, we will further examine the importance of diet and what heart healthy foods you should be eating every day.
Find out if this clear orthodontic system is the best approach for a straighter smile.
Are you an adult who is fed up with gaps between their teeth, crowding or other smile misalignments? If so, then you’ve come to the right place. Our Hollywood, FL, family dentists Dr. Stephen Parker and Dr. Blake Parker are here to tell you more about a unique and discreet teeth-straightening treatment known as Invisalign.
What is Invisalign?
Unlike traditional braces, which are a series of metal brackets and wires that are bonded to the front of your teeth, Invisalign takes a different approach. Invisalign uses clear, flexible aligners that look similar to whitening trays but are able to shift teeth into the proper position because each aligner is custom-fitted just for you and your smile needs.
Using impressions of your mouth we will map out your treatment plan to help us determine not just the exact measurements of each aligner but also what teeth will shift during the course of your treatment and just how much specific teeth will need to move with each aligner. The aligners fit snugly to ensure that they apply the proper amount of pressure and controlled force needed.
Who is right for this orthodontic treatment?
When you come into our office to find out if you are the ideal candidate for Invisalign, the first thing we will do is examine your teeth to determine whether the issues you want to fix can be effectively corrected with Invisalign. Everything from minor to more serious misalignments can be ideal for Invisalign; however, Invisalign won’t be the best option for more complicated tooth movements or for cases in which we need to realign the jaws.
What should I expect when I get Invisalign?
Invisalign is a great option for older teens and adults who are dedicated to straightening their teeth. Since aligners are removable it may be tempting to remove them, but it’s important to wear them as much as possible (about 22 hours out of the day) to get the results you want. A good rule of thumb is to only remove them before brushing, flossing, eating or drinking (you can leave your aligners in if you are drinking water).
The average length of treatment for an adult is about one year, but this can vary depending on the type and severity of the dental issues you are treated.
Do you want to find out if Invisalign is the right option for you? If so, then it’s time you called Parker Dentistry in Hollywood, FL, to schedule a consultation with us.
Did you know that cardiovascular disease accounts for around 810,000 deaths in the United States every year? That’s around 2,200 Americans every day and 1 every 40 seconds. Over 90 million Americans are currently living with some form of cardiovascular disease. Heart disease, which includes coronary heart disease, stroke, and hypertension, is the number one cause of death in the U.S. Almost 800,000 Americans had a heart attack last year and over 100,000 of them died. Shocking, right?
While there is a genetic component that can accompany heart disease, we possess a substantial amount of control over the health of our hearts and overall bodies. Since February is Heart Health Month, we would like to share with you a wealth of valuable heart health information, heart healthy lifestyle tips, and how visiting us and being proactive about your oral health is also important for you heart.
There are seven factors that greatly contribute to your cardiovascular health according to the American Heart Association. The seven factors, “Life’s Simple 7,” are not smoking, physical activity, healthy diet, body weight, and control over blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol.
Here’s a shocking fact for each one:
- Five million people worldwide die every year from smoking.
- One in every three adults do not engage in any leisurely physical activity.
- The average American consumes upwards of 170 pounds of refined sugar a year.
- It is estimated that 40% of Americans are obese.
- Around one in every three Americans have high cholesterol.
- Nearly half of Americans who have high blood pressure do not have it under control.
So, let’s dedicate February to taking control of our own heart health, sharing what we’ve learned about heart health with others, and improving the shocking heart health-related statistics! Little lifestyle changes and knowing the key signs and symptoms of cardiovascular disease can make a life of a difference.
*Statistics from the American Heart Association