Archive for September, 2013

Reduce Salt and Increase Fresh Herbs

Friday, September 6th, 2013

1186668_71552385Many of us try to incorporate more vegetables and less processed foods into our diets, but it isn’t always easy. Whether you are running errands throughout the day, working or trying to make food for the entire family, it can be hard to make everything from scratch. On August 29, we hope you took a step toward a healthier life and celebrated More Herbs, Less Salt Day – if not, there’s always next year! Herbs not only add flavor and zest to otherwise bland dishes, they contain antioxidants and vitamins for a healthy body and mouth. Ever feel like your breath is less than fresh? Try to incorporate these bad breath-fighting herbs into your meals:

Sage
Known as an ancient herb with healing powers, sage is effective against halitosis because it helps to get rid of the bad breath-causing bacteria that accumulate in the mouth. Luckily, sage is super yummy as well, so you can add it to pastas, lean meats, salads or soups. Other spices with similar taste and power as sage include rosemary and thyme.

Basil
Fresh basil leaves have an incredibly pungent, delicious smell, so you can imagine the effect that a few of these leaves will have on your halitosis. Basil, like other leafy greens like parsley, contains chlorophyll that is a natural deodorizer for your bad breath. Have you ever wondered why some restaurants will garnish your plate with a parsley sprig? No, it’s not just for looks. This is to freshen your breath after a meal. Basil and parsley are also great spices for virtually any meal. Try a fresh caprese salad with your meal and chicken seasoned with parsley.

Peppermint
This one should be pretty obvious. Peppermint is a common choice for getting rid of bad breath because it leaves you with a minty fresh taste in your mouth without added sugar that you would find in peppermint gums and candies. How do you add peppermint into your daily diet? Sip on peppermint-infused tea, or even add a few drops of peppermint extract to your tea. If you’re in a pinch and need to freshen your breath quickly, you can simply chew on a few peppermint sprigs and you’ll knock that smelly breath out of the water.

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Coffee: The Good and the Bad

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

1242486_53460870A recent study published online in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings, found that those who drink an excessive amount of coffee could have an increased mortality rate. While coffee has been hailed for its health benefits, this new study shows that an extreme amount of coffee could have adverse effects. Coffee has been known to cause bad breath, so maybe it’s best that you stick to three cups or less anyway!

Researchers said that while they do not believe that coffee is the direct cause of increased mortality rate, it may have some association with it. Women between the ages of 20 and 54 who drank more than 28 cups of coffee each week, or more than four cups each day, were more likely to die from any cause more than those who drank moderate amounts of coffee. Men had a 1.5 times increased risk of death compared with their moderate coffee drinker counterparts.

“People who drink more coffee may be prone to higher mortality; however, this may not be cause-and-effect, as there may be something else about the person who drinks 10 cups per day such as an addicting personality or is easily stressed out,” co-author of the study Carl J. Lavie, medical director of cardiac rehabilitation and prevention at Ochsner Medical Center, told MedPage Today.

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