Healthier Eating: Six Ingredient Swaps

Making the healthy choice can be difficult sometimes but there are a few easy swaps than can help make food healthier whilst still being very tasty. 1. Black beans for flour This may sound crazy but you can swap out flour with drained, rinsed and pureed black beans when baking. Try it out in brownies! 2. Zoodles for pasta noodles These are thin strips or ribbons of zucchini that have bee sautéed for a few minutes until soft and used instead of pasta. 3. Lettuce leaves for tortilla wraps Lettuce leave can lighten any wrap or taco-like meal and provide a satisfying crunch that a wrap doesn’t have. 4. Nuts for croutons It is nice to have an additional texture in salad that can be achieved by using nuts instead of croutons. 5. Unsweetened applesauce for sugar You can substitute a 1:1 swap of sugar to applesauce however, for every cup of applesauce, reduce the amount of liquid in the recipe by a ¼ cup. 6. Plain yogurt with fresh fruit for flavoured yogurt Pre-flavoured yogurts typically come with quite a bit of added sugar so opt for a plain or Greek yogurt and add in your own fresh fruit.

Flossing Every Day – is it Important?

Flossing is one of those things we all know we should do, but all too often, we just don’t get around to it – it seems an unnecessary barrier between you and your bed at night time! But just how important is it to floss? It is actually very good for your overall oral health if you floss between your teeth, preferably twice a day. It will help you to keep your mouth feeling fresh, if nothing else, because it gives you a very deep clean. The action of flossing removes any buildup of plaque from between your teeth and around your gums, preventing it becoming a problem. These are areas that you cannot reach with your toothbrush, so it’s the only way to make sure they stay clean. Using an interdental brush will be of the most benefit, as this will give you maximum cleaning – use the biggest size you can.

Taking Supplements to Stay Healthy

Supplements can help you stay in good health, even if you are generally a very healthy person already. They will ensure you have the right balance of everything you body needs, and if you have too much of something, your body will simply flush it out, so there is no harm in taking vitamins and supplements. If you are deficient in anything, you will notice your health improving when you start to take supplements. This can be a good idea if you are trying to lose weight, or if you notice that you have brittle nails or hair that is lacking in shine. It can be a good idea to take supplements if you are trying to become pregnant, for both the man and the woman. This just ensures that you are in good general health and that your body is in the optimum condition to conceive and to cope with pregnancy.

Don’t Miss your Dental Appointment

Dental appointments are important even if you don’t think anything is wrong with your teeth. You should always have regular checkups with a professional, so they can make sure everything is as it should be and nothing is going on that you don’t know about. It might be that you’ve had no sensitivity, but you do need a filling, or your wisdom teeth are starting to move and will begin to cause you problems. Generally, you should go to the dentist for a checkup every 6 months to one year. The dentist will examine your teeth and mouth and take x-rays to check that your oral health is good. If you feel like something is wrong and something changes with your teeth, then it is advisable to go to the dentist sooner to have this checked. Don’t put off going to the dentist, as this could lead to bigger problems in the future.

What Minerals do you Need for Good Oral Health?

Looking after your teeth is an important part of your everyday life. Healthy teeth look and feel better and good oral hygiene is good for overall health. There are some things you should be eating in order to have healthy teeth – here are some of them: Calcium. This is needed for healthy, strong teeth. You may begin to get cavities and decay if you do not have enough in your diet. Children need more calcium as they grow. Iron. You may notice sores in your mouth – this can be a sign of iron deficiency. Vitamin D. This is important because it helps you absorb calcium. Signs of a deficiency can include a burning sensation in the mouth, a dry mouth or an unusual metallic taste. B3. Bad breath can be a sign that you’re not consuming enough B3 vitamin. Vitamin C. Whilst this is usually associated with the immune system, a lack of it in your diet can also cause your teeth to loosen and your gums to bleed.