Sunday, February 06, 2005

Green Tea, Fiber , Diverticulitis, Quit Smoking and Gingivitis Periodontal Disease.

Today's health tips are about green tea, fiber and diverticulitis, prostate and quit smoking, plus gingivitis /periodontal disease.

TEA PROMOTES HEALTH -A study published recently in Food and Chemical Toxicology, shows the consumption of tea derived from the Camellia sinensis plant helps inhibit carcinogenesis and mutagenesis, reduces serum cholesterol and aids in
prevention of atherosclerosis. Other studies have shown green tea in particular to be a rich source of polyphenols, flavonols and catchechins, with black tea containing lesser amounts.

FIBER AND DIVERTICULITIS -- Eating a high-fiber diet now may help you to avoid developing diverticulitis later on. Diverticulitis, which is an inflammation of a pocket on your large intestine, is characterized by abdominal pain on the left side, nausea and fever. As you get older, the risk increases. Adding fiber is recommended for prevention of this problem. When adding fiber to your diet, be sure to drink plenty of pure water to prevent constipation.

SMOKING ANOTHER REASON TO QUIT -- Smoking has not been shown to increase the risk of prostate can cer. However, if men with prostate can cer smoke, the smoking appears to cause their can cer to become more invasive and more aggressive.

GINGIVITIS INFO -- In a recent survey, a majority of adults have the early signs of periodontal disease, which if not reversed, is the major reason adults lose their teeth. Gingivitis is the first sign of gum disease. To help stop the progress of gum disease, follow these recommendations: Take the time to floss and brush twice a day. Brush your teeth at the gum line. Use an electric rotary toothbrush.

Use Listerine (or other mouthwash containing cetylpridinium chloride or domiphen bromide) mouthwash. Eat a raw vegetable a day to help clean and stimulate teeth and gums. Brush teeth with a mixture of baking soda and water. Brush your gums with aloe vera gel to reduce some of the plaque in the mouth. Use a proxa brush (available in drugstores) which looks like a mini-bottle brush and slides between the teeth or under crowns or bridges. And please, visit your dentist on a regular basis.

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