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  August Health News
  • Eat Right for Better Oral Health
  • Are Allergies the Reason Behind Itchy or Sore Eyes?
  • What You Should Know About Immunizations
  • Dr. Oz Video: Cardiovascular Workouts
  • Source4Women Webinar
  • Monthly Health Tip
  • Monthly Recipe
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Eat Right for Better Oral Health

Good nutrition and oral health go hand in hand. That's why many dentists are concerned about the amount of sugary snacks, sodas and juices their patients consume. Over time these unhealthy choices can take a serious toll on teeth and gums, as well as on overall health.

How does the food we eat affect our teeth and gums?

If your diet lacks proper nutrients it can reduce your resistance to infection. This may contribute to gum disease. With a well-balanced diet, on the other hand, your body will get the vitamins and minerals it needs to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Choose foods that give you plenty of the following nutrients:


Nutrient Found in Benefits
Milk, yogurt, beans and cheese

Helps prevent the decay that causes gum disease

Iron Red meat, liver and bran cereals A lack of iron can cause tongue swelling and mouth sores
Vitamin B3 Chicken and fish Without enough B3, you can develop bad breath and mouth sores
Vitamins B12 and B2 Meat and dairy products have B12. Pasta, bread and spinach have B2. A lack of B12 and B2 can cause mouth sores
Vitamin C Peppers, dark leafy greens, broccoli, cauliflower, oranges and strawberries Helps prevent gingivitis



Limit foods that harm your teeth and gums.
Many of the foods we eat have little nutritional value and can cause damage to our teeth and gums over time:

  • Carbohydrates: Chips, crackers and pasta leave particles that become a feeding ground for bacteria
  • Sticky foods: Chewy candy, raisins and syrup coat the teeth, making it hard for saliva to wash away the sugar
  • Sugary foods: Candy, cookies and cakes have lots of sugar, which produces acid
  • Soda and sweetened fruit juices: These beverages are filled with sugar, and soda also contains phosphorous acid and carbonation, which break down the tooth's enamel and cause decay

After you eat these foods, rinse your mouth with water to wash away the leftover food particles and sugar. In addition, limit snacks between meals.


In summary, for healthy teeth and gums, eat a well-balanced diet that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables

  • Avoid sugary and sticky foods, which can lead to tooth decay
  • Drink plenty of water and little or no soda and fruit juice


Source: UnitedHealthcare Bridge2Health

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Are Allergies the Reason Behind Your Itchy or Sore Eyes?


A trip to the local drugstore is often the first stop when allergy season is in full swing. Unfortunately, many over the-counter medications can make eye-related symptoms worse by reducing tear quantity and quality. Treating eye-related allergies does not take a one-size-fits-all approach. There are many factors that go into finding the right treatment — the most important being a consultation with your eye care professional. During your appointment it is important to accurately describe your symptoms so they can recommend or prescribe a medication that may provide safe and effective relief.


Allergy sufferers can help themselves by:

  • Limiting exposure to environmental allergens (keeping the windows closed during the worst seasons)
  • Rinsing the eyes after being outside to limit the severity of allergy symptoms — and enjoy your time outside.


Source: www.emedicinehealth.com

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What You Should Know About Immunizations

You may think of kids when you think of immunizations, but vaccines continue to be important throughout your lifespan. A booster shot is needed every 10 years against tetanus and diphtheria. Check your records for the last time you had this shot and make an appointment with your doctor to review your health history to determine what immunizations you may need.


Throughout your life, you face the repeated but momentary discomforts of having vaccinations. But you don't have to endure a number of potentially devastating — even life threatening — diseases that caused trouble in past generations. Vaccinations have worked so well that you may not be familiar with diphtheria, whooping cough and polio. You probably had shots to protect against these and other diseases that used to strike hundreds of thousands of people each year. Now, largely because of vaccines, these diseases are all but forgotten. The remaining risk is that they could come back if people stopped getting immunized. Most people who receive immunizations have no side effects or only mild reactions, such as a fever or sore arm. And studies have found that combined vaccines for various diseases are safe and don't increase the risk of side effects. In fact, getting vaccinated is much safer than putting yourself, your children or others at risk of the diseases vaccines prevent, according to the CDC.


Consider getting a flu shot. Influenza, or the flu, is a contagious respiratory illness caused by a virus. It may seem like just an inconvenience, but it can become severe or cause life-threatening complications. Talk with your doctor about getting a flu shot.

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Dr Oz video

Better Health with Dr. Oz: Cardiovascular Workouts
The best way to improve heart function is to sweat. Make sure to incorporate exercises that increase your heart rate. Click here to view the program.

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Source4Women Online Seminar
Simple Ways to Move During the Day

Blair Gowens, Wellness Consultant, and Tasha Joshua, Onsite Wellness Coordinator
August 13, 12:30 p.m. ET, 11:30 a.m. CT


To register for an upcoming Source4Women online seminar, visit www.source4women.com and click on "Online Seminars & Events." All seminars are recorded and archived for viewing after the live seminar date.

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August Health Tip: A fresh twist
Grilling veggies and fruits can enhance their flavor. A few ideas for the grill: peppers, corn on the cob, squash, onions, eggplant, plums, pineapple and bananas.

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August Healthy Recipe: Grilled Corn Confetti Slaw


A colorful picnic favorite with garden-fresh veggies.

6 ears of corn
1 red pepper
2 jalapeno peppers
Cooking spray
1 tsp olive oil
1 bunch green onions, chopped
1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
1 Tbsp fresh thyme, chopped basil or cilantro (choose the fresh herb based on how you are going to serve the slaw/salsa)
Kosher salt and pepper to taste


Prepare grill. Shuck, wash and dry corn and coat with cooking spray. Wash peppers, slice into quarters and coat with cooking spray. Place corn and peppers on the grill for about 10-15 minutes, turning frequently, until corn is lightly browned. Cut kernels off the corn cobs and chop peppers to size similar to corn kernels. Combine corn, peppers and remaining ingredients; season with salt and pepper to taste, toss well. Chill for 1-2 hours. Serve chilled or at room temperature. Serve grilled corn confetti slaw on top of grilled fish, in soft meat tacos, as a colorful side dish or a dip with baked pita chips.

Yield: 8 servings

Nutrition Facts:
Calories: 107 - Fat: 1 g

Saturated Fat: 0 g - Cholesterol: 0 mg
Carbohydrate: 24 g - Protein: 3 g
Sodium: 297 mg - Dietary Fiber: 3 g


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