After a recent research placement the dental surgeons clinic, I was alarmed by the number of children fronting up for tooth extraction of "baby teeth". It got me thinking... how often do people really brush their teeth nowadays? Once..? morning and night?
I'm not so convinced. In our health clinic, at Healthkicks, dental condition is always considered when developing easy to follow meal plans and creating nutrition balance (that is to say, we don't add meals like steak for someone who has difficulty chewing and we don't add a huge amount of seeds to meals that will otherwise aggravate the bowel condition diverticulosis and we definitely do not applaud the use of sugary treats in the evenings).
Although we all know that high sugar diets can cause obesity, we sometimes forget to highlight the importance of the effects that high sugar diets have on teeth, for both young and old. Bacteria in plaque feed on sugar to produce acid. This acid dissolves the minerals within teeth causing decay and...
Label reading in Australia can be challenging at the best of times. What choices are good for you in relation to salt, sugar, fats, fibre & overall kilojoules and calorie content is often hard to discern. Let alone all the marketing terms that products come with these days:
Baked not friend
Free Range Vs Grain Fed or Farm Raised
No added artificial flavours and colourings
Low Fat | No fat | Light | Reduced Fat
High in Fibre
The constant stream of current "trends", topics on morning shows, talk shows and magazines portrays a complex and confusing message.
Are you confused yet???
The real question is, what are you actually eating? And what is good for you?
Incidental exercise is simply a term used to describe any exercise or activity that is part of your daily routine. This can including activities such as cleaning the house, mowing the lawn, walking around the supermarket, walking the kids to school or even the vacuuming.
Increasing the amount of incidental exercise in your daily routine is one of the easiest ways to make improvements to your health, well-being & fitness. The simplest approach is get your body moving as much as possible throughout the day. Every little bit counts and it all adds up to a healthier you.
Here are 5 tips on how to include more incidental exercise into your daily routine:
Groove and get enthusiastic when doing the housework. Put on your favourite music and boogie while you clean.
Deliberately park 10-minutes walk away from your workplace and enjoy the short walk to work.
Spend time each weekend in the garden, weeding, mowing the lawn and doing a general clean up.
Did you know that in Australia, men are twice as likely to have a heart attack or stroke than women? Unlikely to help this statistic, is the fact that 2 in every 3 men in Australia are now overweight or obese. Although men can be hard to get started on a healthkick once they do, they have great focus and can form new habits quickly. Call it a ‘primeval', but in my experience men enjoy following clear-cut guidelines and if they can incorporate some element of competition they will excel. Whether or not genetics are playing a role OR you need medication for blood pressure, you will still benefit from combined lifestyle changes.
Cut excess sodium in the diet: The primary source in most food is sodium chloride, the chemical name for ordinary cooking/table salt. Salt can significantly influence blood pressure and processed foods are high in salt (no surprise there), 75% of salt we eat is hidden in foods that we often think are healthy like bread and breakfast cereals. The recommended intake...