Posts for tag: prevention
It seems our approach to health is more often reactive than proactive. We visit our primary doctor or dentist when something is wrong. We are called to action when our health has declined, and we expect quick fixes. This system and approach to health is flawed. It is far easier to maintain our health than it is to find it again once we’ve lost it.
A significant percentage of chronic diseases and aliments are to some degree preventable. For example, heart disease. Heart disease can be caused by tobacco use, high blood pressure, poor diet, high cholesterol, excessive weight, and inactivity. Making positive lifestyle choices can greatly reduce your chances of battling heart disease. The same goes for strokes and certain types of cancers. Gum disease is another preventable malady that in its advanced stages can contribute to other inflammatory diseases. Bi-annual cleanings, a proper daily hygiene routine, and a healthy diet can prevent periodontal disease.
The point is, your health is in your hands. Being proactive will spare you from having to be reactive down the road, which can be expensive, time consuming, painful, and even life altering. The little steps you take throughout the year to keep your health in check will play a major role in your future health and overall happiness.
Here are some way to be proactive about your health:
- Stay on top of your annual and biannual check-ups.
- Trust your body and your instincts. When something doesn’t look or feel right, don’t write it off.
- Make a list of questions and concerns prior to seeing your doctor. This will help you address everything that is important to you during your appointment.
- Know your family medical history.
- Keep your body moving. When the option presents itself, take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator; for shorter distances, bike instead of always driving; take your dog on an extra walk; or go outside and play with your kids or grandkids.
- Set realistic exercise goals doing something that you actually enjoy doing.
- Drink more water and give up those sugary beverages (or at the very least limited them).
- Incorporate Juice Plus+ into your life. Ask Honi or Blake about this health game changer.
- Stop smoking.
- Sleep more. When we sleep, our body performs critical functions. It is also when we sleep that our body heals and repair itself. Sleep it crucial for our cognitive functions, as well.
- Manage your stress levels. Stress is an incredibly damaging force. Managing your stress levels involves finding ways to avoid stress and release the stress that does come into your life. This is different for everyone but could be as simple as just taking a long walk, meditating for five minutes, or sitting outside with a cup of tea.
- Spend more time doing the things that you love to do with the people whom you love to do them with. A positive mindset and overall sense of happiness greatly contributes to your physical health.
Did you know that there is a direct link between having periodontal disease and other major health complications? Periodontal diseases are infections of the structures, such as the gums, around the teeth. These infections are caused by bacteria and can lead to swollen and bleeding gums, gingivitis, the destruction of the gums and jawbone, and eventually the loss of your teeth. All of that in and of it sounds terrible, but there is more. Having periodontal disease puts you at a high risk of developing many other horrible maladies, and oftentimes they are life long health problems.
Studies have been conducted and research is still underway, but periodontal disease has been linked to the following health issues: respiratory disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, heart disease, and kidney, blood, and pancreatic cancer. You would be concerned if you washed your hair every morning and your head bled. However, most people don’t express that same concern when they brush their teeth and their gums bleed. It is still up for debate as to why periodontal disease is so closely linked with these other health problems, but most research suggests it has to do with the bacterial component and complications due to inflammation.
So what causes periodontal disease, and how can you prevent it from happening to you?
According to www.colgateprofessional.com, “periodontal disease is caused by bacteria in dental plaque, the sticky substance that forms on your teeth a couple of hours after you have brushed. Interestingly, it is your body's response to the bacterial infection that causes most of the problems. In an effort to eliminate the bacteria, the cells of your immune system release substances that cause inflammation and destruction of the gums, periodontal ligament or alveolar bone. This leads to swollen, bleeding gums, signs of gingivitis (the earliest stage of periodontal disease), and loosening of the teeth, a sign of severe periodontitis (the advanced stage of disease).”
Don’t worry though periodontal disease is preventable! Ensuring that you consistently practice proper oral hygiene is the best way to prevent this from happening to you. Make sure your always brush your teeth between meals, floss at least once a day, add mouthwash to your oral routine, and be sure to get an annual CPE (comprehensive periodontal evaluation). Practicing other healthy habits like not smoking and eating a nutritionally balanced diet only further benefit your oral and overall health.
Talk to Dr. Blake or Dr. Steve at your next appointment if you have any concerns, questions, or want to know if you are at a greater risk. It is easier to prevent it than it is to treat advanced consequences.
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In June of last year, we introduced you to an incredible company called JuicePlus+ (http://www.parker-dentistry.com/blog/post/lets-get-juicy-about-juice-plus.html). “Juice Plus+ is whole food based nutrition, including juice powder concentrates from 30 different fruits, vegetables and grains. Juice Plus+ helps bridge the gap between what you should eat and what you do eat every day. Not a multivitamin, medicine, treatment or cure for any disease, Juice Plus+ is made from quality ingredients carefully monitored from farm to capsule to provide natural nutrients your body needs to be at its best.”
JuicePlus+ is more than just those powerhouse red, green, and purple capsules. They have three additional products that can help you start off the year strong and remain that way from here on out. Good health is something that shouldn’t be taken for granted. It is also something that if you don’t take care of, can quickly change for the worse. We might not realize how important our health truly is until it is gone. Rather than waiting for that unfortunate realization, it is better to take the necessary actions on a consistent basis and protect this invaluable physical state of being. JuicePlus+ can help you achieve just that!
Complete Nutrition Bars: Every one of us has had those moments where we are on the go or on the run, but have a grumbling stomach. When we are hungry, we tend to be lackluster for energy, are irritable, and are susceptible to making unhealthy food choices. These things do not have to happen to you anymore! JuicePlus+ Complete Nutrition Bars are packed with protein and fiber and are gluten-free, non-dairy, and vegetarian. They make an excellent snack for any hungry situation. The bars come in five delicious flavors: spiced apple and raisin, wholesome grains and cranberries, dark chocolate, fig and tart cherry, and honey.
Mixed Fruit Bar: The JuicePlus+ Mixed Fruit Bar is also a great, tasty, and portable snack option to help keep us fueled throughout the day. Each bar is loaded with cranberries, raisins, goji berries, mangoes, strawberries, dates, peanuts, and flaxseed. This fruity delight is a treat that is high in fiber and omega-3. It is a perfect and healthy in between meals option.
Complete Drink Mix: The JuicePlus+ Complete Drink Mix is a versatile on-the-go breakfast, pre-exercise energy drink, post exercise recovery drink, or mid-day snack. It comes in Dutch chocolate or French vanilla. It can be prepared alone or mixed into any type of smoothie. The possibilities are endless!
Tower Garden: Have you ever dreamed about having your own garden where you could pick fresh, organic, non-GMO fruits, vegetables, and herbs? Do you lack space, time, motivation, or the knowhow to plant and maintain a thriving garden? Well, then the Tower Garden from JuicePlus+ is a great option! “Farm to table” eating has never been so easy. The Tower Garden is a vertical aeroponic gardening system. You can grow almost any type of vegetable, herb, or flower and many types of fruit right on your porch, patio, balcony, roof deck, or terrace. It is like having your very own farmer’s market. According to studies by JuicePlus+, the Tower Garden produces 30% more produce compared to soil in half of the time. It is simple to set up, use, and maintain. Anyone can have a green thumb with the Tower Garden. The Tower Garden is sure to inspire you to eat more live food. It is also highly rewarding picking and eating the bounty that you personally grew.
Dr. Blake and Honi are can share a wealth of information regarding JuicePlus+ and all of their products. There is no time like the present to take charge of your health. When you are healthy, your body will perform at its best. When your body is working the way it is supposed to be working, you will be able to work toward accomplishing all of those goals you’ve set for yourself. Your health is something that you should put on a pedestal. JuicePlus+ is a company that can help you achieve and maintain optimal health.
If this is something you are interested in, talk to Dr. Blake or Honi about what JuicePlus+ can do you for you and how to get started. You can also check out their website www.parker.juiceplus.com.
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Whether you are a sun worshipper or a shade seeker, it is vital that you protect your skin from the elements. Our skin is under a constant attack from the damaging ultraviolet radiation emitted from the sun, free radicals from man made air pollutants, and natural forces. Whipping winds, drying cold weather, pore-clogging sweat and even stress, lack of sleep, bad habits, and poor nutrition can all bombard your skin. When we fail to take care of the biggest organ in our body, it shows in the form of appearing weathered, aged, tired, and lackluster. It is in our own hands to put our best face forward.
Parker Facial Rejuvenation and Wellness can provide you with the expertise regarding preventative and corrective care. The latest, well researched, and personally tested products to help you bring out your inner radiance and outer glow are available. There are multiple components that are necessary to promote healthy skin, aside from just topical skin care; this includes diet, hydration, sleep, and stress management. This week, Parker Wellness is focusing on protective and restorative measures that can be applied directly to your face, in order to fight damage and signs of aging due to sun exposure.
First and foremost, you should be wearing sunscreen every single day! Just because you are not sunbathing and drinking a piña colada on the beach, doesn’t mean that the sun’s harmful rays aren’t affecting your skin. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to coat your body in white, greasy sunscreen before you dive into your day. Now, there are incredible new options for the application of sunscreen. What’s even better is that now there is a wealth of science to back up the production of new types of sunscreen products that are not chemical-ridden and more harmful to your skin than beneficial. Honi and Ivonne are experts in this field, and only promote what they themselves use everyday. Two brands, in particular, are Colorscience and MD Solar Sciences.
Colorscience created a revolutionary product line of sun care, primers, foundations, pressed powder, cheek color, refreshing mists, illuminators, and lip shines that all contain sufficient levels of SPF. Their formulations offer clean, breathable minerals and mica compounded with antioxidants, peptides, and vitamins. These are completely safe for even the most sensitive skin. Why not make your routine easy? Why not freshen up and glow from the inside out knowing that you are doing a great service for your skin. The products you put on your face should also protect your face and not coat it with an array of talc, fillers, dyes, fragrance, and other harsh chemicals. It is as easy as the swipe of a soft brush across your skin to look radiate and be protected.
MD Solar Sciences is another great product line that Parker Facial Rejuvenation and Wellness carries in the office. Their mineral based sunscreens are top of the line and make your face look flawless upon application. They actually stay on during high intensity water and land activities, like surfing, fishing, biking, trail blazing, and playing with your dog on a hot summer day. It feels like your bare skin but guarantees that you are protected throughout your day, so you can feel confident in the sunshine and doing what you love to do. Just ask Ivonne to give you a demonstration of all that we have to offer you and your skin. We can create a totally customized regiment for your specific skin type and needs.
Parker Facial Rejuvenation and Wellness is dedicated to helping you achieve the skin you want to match the smile you wear. Health is about being preventative, and Parker Dentistry Facial Rejuvenation and Wellness understands that prevention comes from all fronts. This includes, but is not limited to oral health, skin care, and nutrition. We are devoted to helping you achieve your optimal health through our specialties of dentistry, oral hygiene, and facial revitalization and care. Talk to Honi or Ivonne about what our Facial Rejuvenation and Wellness center can do for you!
Thank you for sharing a smile with us this week! Stay tuned this month for more on skincare, as it is related to anti-aging, corrective measures, nutrition, and healthy practices to help you obtain long lasting luster.