Monthly archives of “January 2016

Healthy Super Bowl Snacks
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Super Bowl snacks made…healthy?!

Yes! You can make healthy snacks for Super Bowl that are also healthy! And nobody will know the difference. Need ideas? Super Bowl is right around the corner.

Check out our Healthy Tailgate Recipes over on our My apple a day Pinterest Board. There you will find a collection of our favorites from around the web. I am eyeing the  Skinny Buffalo Chicken Potato Skins and the Slow Cooker Pizza Dip. We even have a link to Baked Fried Pickles and Greatist’s Tips for Healthier Boozing (if that’s your kind of thing).

An important tip about Super Bowl Sunday is to remember to eat breakfast. If you go to a food filled event like this starving, you are bound to overeat. You might also want to plan ahead. Bringing your own dish (like those linked above) will ensure at least one healthy item that you know is safe.

If you have a favorite healthy snack, we would love to hear about it. Please share with us on the My apple a day Facebook page.

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Things your dentist doesnt tell you

If you are an adult you don’t really want the tooth fairy to visit you. If you keep your mouth healthy today and you will be thanking yourself tomorrow. Poor oral health has been linked to chronic diseases including diabetes, stroke, and heart disease. Prevent teeth and mouth problems before they start. Below you will find information as well as tips and tricks on how to have a happy and healthy mouth.

  • Taking care of your oral health means brushing twice a day, flossing, and seeing a dentist regularly.
  • Good oral health can prevent bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease.
  • Chewing tobacco and cigarettes can cause serious mouth problems.
  • 500+ species of bacteria live in your mouth.
  • Those who have diabetes have an increased risk for gum disease.
  • Bacteria in the mouth can cause inflammation throughout the body.
  • Good oral health plays an important role in overall health.
  • Green tea has antiseptic properties that help keep gums healthier.
  • Without saliva you wouldn’t be able to taste anything.
  • Flossing is the most effective way to reduce plaque.
  • Good oral hygiene is essential during pregnancy.
  • You have taste buds on the insides of your cheeks, lips, under the tongue and roof of the mouth.
  • Tooth enamel is the hardest part of your entire body
  • You will spend 38.5 days brushing your teeth during your lifetime
  • Most common childhood disease is tooth decay.

The more you know about oral health the better you can take care of yourself.  Also if you have any health concerns regarding oral health it is best to get seen by a professional. January is a great time to start new beneficial habits, so let us know in the comments below how you plant to increase your oral health.

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How to stay flu free in 11 simple steps

Chances are you know somebody with a cold or a flu right now. Find out how you can protect yourself and others with these simple tips below.

Tips on how to stay healthy

  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing
  • Don’t share personal products (lip balm, eating utensils, etc.)
  • Try not to touch your face
  • Stay home if you’re sick
  • Get enough sleep
  • Reduce stress
  • Avoid people who are sick
  • Avoid large crowds of people
  • Use tissues and dispose of them properly
  • Wipe down commonly used items (door knobs, computer mouse, etc.)

Even if you are feeling a bit run down it is best to keep your distance from loved ones and take time to rest. The flu is contagious up to 1 day before symptoms occur and up to 7 days after becoming sick. If you have a cold you are contagious the first 3 days you have symptoms. Also if you know somebody who is sick make sure to take the necessary precautions such as those listed above so you stay healthy and happy.

 

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