You can Walk Off Your Plantar Fasciitis

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Conventional wisdom says rest it. If your heel hurts first thing in the morning when you get out of bed or after sitting down for a while, you may have plantar fasciitis. This is a condition related to arthritis which affects the thick bundle of tissue between your heels and your toes. If you have it you may feel a stabbing pain, but if you walk for a bit, it will ease up and calm down.

Should you walk with plantar fasciitis?
Yes, you can walk with this problem, however, you need to know what to do in order to minimize the pain and make sure you do not over do it. For example, you should:

Walk less when pain flares up
Walk slower
Use ice packs or cold bottles to reduce the inflammation
Wrap your feet with tape

These are just some of the suggestions for ensuring you can keep walking effectively with plantar fasciitis. It does not have to be an ailment which prevents you from walking – even long distances and when hiking. However, precautions and treatments are required. To find out more about plantar fasciitis and what to do with it, check out my guide which answers the question – is walking good for plantar fasciitis?

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Life Starts At 40

There’s some truth in “Life starts at 40”.

A relatively healthy person frequents clinics or hospitals during his 30’s.  Pains and sickness seem to appear out of nowhere during this time. If these symptoms are left unattended could complicate into something serious, as often told by doctors to patients.  Our body is like a car.  After the warranted years, bolts loosen up and parts wore off.  As we near our 40’s, people start thinking of lifestyle change such as quit smoking, limit alcohol in-take, engaging oneself in a regular exercise, and eating healthy.  Reasons vary.

For us, we want to live long enough to see our kids grow and attain stability in life, and if our bodies permit maybe meet our grandchildren.

Among the lifestyle changes mentioned above, the latter two are the most challenging for us.  But since we need to start afresh on our 40’s we have to take on the needed changes.

  • Exercise your way to a healthy you.  We are home buddies and a bit of couch potatoes, sadly.  Up until this time we haven’t settle on a regular exercise routine.  Aside from this, we also found our super structured schedule 24/7 a great hindrance. We hope to get our acts together on this ASAP.
  • You are what you eat, so eat healthy.  We LOVE to eat. The health issues we are facing at the moment is food related. So this is definitely the first thing in the MUST Change List.

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Be Guided Know What’s On Your Grocery Labels

There are lots of labels on every product in a grocery store—fat, sugar, calories, low-sugar, low-carb, glycemic index. How do you decipher some of them in order to know what you’re getting?

Every label tells you something about how animals were raised or how crops were grown. It can also tell you a little bit about the regulation related to that label—whether it’s government or self-regulation, for example. There are also processes that the label can key you in on—for example, if antibiotics or growth hormones were used. Other labels may also tell you about the human element involved in your food—whether workers and farmers receive fair wages or fair prices.

For example, grain fed on a label only suggests that animals are fed a diet of grain—but it isn’t a guarantee. Grass fed, on the other hand, indicates that animals have natural grass or forage—but they may not be raised in pastures.

This graphic breaks down all of those labels for you, proving a helpful guide as you do shopping for your family, your health, and the earth.

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BEST TIPS TO CONTROL DUST MITES

Dust mites love to breed in moist areas like your bed. You could be sleeping in with possibly thousands or even millions of dust mites lurking in your bed. Experts say that there are approximately up to 2,000 microscopic cousins to spider in just an ounce of mattress dust.

Crazy!

And that could lead to a lot of health problems such as skin allergy and asthma. Dust mites can be pretty hard to eliminate, but if you take small effective steps constantly, this can help reduce their numbers in time.

Here are some easy tips to help you.

1) Deprive Mites of Moisture

Dust mites die when there is insufficient moisture in the air. So always keep humidity levels low. You can use a dehumidifier to maintain your room’s humidity level to something in between 30 to 50 percent. Another great way is to use waterproof mattress pad to cover vinyl mattress, and a vinyl covered pillow with zipper to seal and protect your pillows.

2) Keep your room cool

Dust mites do not just live with moisture but also thrive in warm weather. To fight back and reduce dust mites, one way is to keep your room temperature low. Open your windows to get some fresh air and cool down your room.

3) Wash bedding weekly, in hot water

Wash your mattress pads, blanket and duvets for at least once a month, pillow cases and sheets at least weekly in hot water above 130 degrees. A temperature of 130 degrees and F are what kills dust mites.

 4) Flip and Vacuum regularly

Your mattress should also be flipped regularly, recommended every time your season changes. You also have to clean your mattress regularly by vacuuming. Regular vacuuming will keep your mattress clean and sanitized. Remove all the bedding and sprinkle a mixture of baking soda and essential oil. This removes odor, dust and bacteria on your mattress. Vacuum your mattresses every time you flip them. If you have some extra budget, invest in a vacuum with HEPA (high efficiency particular air) filter which is designed specifically to suck up allergens.

5) Buy washable toys

Even if how cute they are, stuffed toys can accumulate dust quickly and is not recommended to sit on your bed. But if you insist, opt for toys made of plastic or those washable toys that you can wash regularly together with your beddings.

6) Use allergen blocking covers

Protect yourself from allergens by encasing your mattress and pillows with allergen blocking covers.  These covers prevent dust mites from making your bed their real estate.

7) Use Protection

Stains can be pretty hard to remove so definitely, avoid messy mishaps to your mattress. But it is quite inevitable to not mess your mattress no matter how keen you are to avoid staining it. So a great way to protect your mattress is by using mattress pads. Mattress pads shield your mattress from food spill over, blood, urine, sweat and other possible stains.

8) Clean stains

In the event that you forgot to put on a mattress pad and you spill over some coffee, make sure to clean them right away. You can use an upholstery shampoo or dry suds to remove them. Dry suds are an alternative way of cleaning stains. This is made by mixing a quarter of detergent liquid and a few teaspoons of water.

Bed bugs and dust mites are some of the leading causes of asthma and other allergies. And these allergens are mostly found in our beds. It’s the time to fight back. Use these great tips to reduce stubborn allergy causing substances in your bed. And you should be able to relax and sleep at ease knowing that you have a clean and healthy bed to sleep with!

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Veggy Nuggets

Eating vegetable is definitely the healthiest way to live.  Vegetables are natural, but has to be organic not genetically altered.  They contain less fat and calories, and are full of vitamins and minerals for the proper functioning of the body.

Yet these facts mean little to little children.  It is up to adults to find ways and means to let these little ones ingest these without them knowing it.

My kids, especially my very picky son, are totally into this.

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Here’s my version

VEGGIES NUGGETS

1 1/2 to 2 cups minced mixed vegetables (cabbage, broccoli, carrots, sweet corn, etc)

1 cup all purpose flour

2 medium bulb minced onions

2 large cloves minced garlic

1 tsp. salt

1 tbsp. fish sauce

1 tbsp. oyster sauce

2 large eggs

left-over fried chicken or fish (optional)

 

Here’s how

In a bowl mix all ingredients well.  Deep fried in vegetable oil.

You may notice that my nuggets are not shaped well.  I’m a busy mom and got no time rolling them into balls.  So I just scoop a spoonful of the nugget mix and drop it into the hot oil.

How did it go?

Did your family like it?

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Egg is one of the most nutritious food on the planet.  It contains nutrients that work wonders for the brain and has antioxidants. There is really no true measure of how much is too much when it comes to eating eggs.  According to authoritynutrition.com, a perfectly healthy person can safely consume 3 whole eggs per day.  This is great news for us.  We love eggs. I as a mom, particularly love them because they are easy to prepare.

I also thought of taking advantage of the fact that my kids love eggs by putting in vegetables.

So here it is…

FRIED EGG with VEGGIES

What do we need?

2 large eggs

1 tbsp. fish sauce

vegetable oil

carrots and broccoli (minced, proportion depends on you)

Here’s how

  1.  Beat eggs and add in minced vegetables.
  2. Fried in vegetable oil over medium heat. You may adjust heat accordingly so not to burn the vegetables.
  3. Drain excess oil and serve.

How do you like it?

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Modern times have definitely lessened the inconveniences of yesterday. Housekeeping, for instance, used to be an herculean task. However nowadays, technological advancements have made it easier.  Parents can now multi-task; doing the laundry, cooking, baking, and cleaning the house all simultaneously. Having a baby is another serious matter, but parents have modern conveniences to thank for – safety baby car seats and carriers, baby trolleys,   baby gears, disposable diapers, and much more must-haves to ease the responsibility and difficulty inherent to having a baby.

We have all these beautiful, very well appreciated conveniences on one hand, but unfortunately, as a consequence we have got on the other end of the spectrum important and pressing issues to deal with.

We have to face fairly and squarely the effects, by-products, and aftermaths of all the present comforts if we are to continue life in comfort.  Let’s take diapering for instance. It is very alarming to know that millions of tons of disposable diapers are discarded in landfills every year. If this rate continues year after year, will the convenience we have now worth the discomfort our kids might experience in the future?

Perhaps taking this into consideration as we decide on what diaper to use, would make a great difference.


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Surprising Facts About Pediatrics You Probably Didn’t Know

 

 

Strictly speaking, a pediatrician is a doctor who specialises in the care of infants and young children. This means that if ever your child seems to encounter a particularly nasty illness or complaint, then the doctor you take them to will most likely be a pediatrician. Likewise, it will most likely be a pediatrician who advises you on the sorts of medicine, treatment and parenting techniques you should use to raise a healthy, well-adjusted child. However, despite being so central to the general well-being of children, there nevertheless exists many myths, rumours and half-truths about pediatrics and what the practice entails.

Perhaps this is unsurprising to some – we do live in an age where access to the internet means unfettered access to all kinds of information and misinformation about anything and everything.

While you’re free to take what we tell you with a pinch of salt, and such an attitude towards what you read online is to be commended, here are a few surprising facts about pediatrics you probably didn’t even realize until now.

Pediatrics Has a Cut off Age

After over a decade and a half of visiting the same pediatrician whenever your child has a complaint, it may come as something of a shock when, one day, the doctor suddenly refers you to someone completely new. This is because pediatric doctors have a point where they can no longer see a patient anymore. While this may be expected from the fact that the doctor specializes in treating children, the point at which a patient is no longer considered a child is not always so obvious.

In general, a pediatric clinic will stop seeing a patient at around 16 years of age, after which they’re considered suitable to seek out their own medical advice independently. Instead, they will refer the patient to another doctor.

Pediatrics Tend to be Proactive

While a pediatrician will, of course, treat a child once they’ve fallen ill or become injured, they try to maintain a more proactive and preventive approach. This will mean things such as keeping up to date with vaccinations, making sure the child has a balanced diet and providing advice about how to prevent accidents and injuries.

If the pediatrician does give you advice about the health and safety of your child, we recommend that you take it into serious consideration. While you shouldn’t necessarily mindless follow everything they say, they are speaking as experienced professionals with an interest in your child’s health and happiness. If they recommend a course of action, it’s a good idea to take it.

You Can Select a Pediatrician

If you’re expecting a child or you’re planning to adopt, you can choose which pediatrician you will go to before the child’s arrival. If anything, being choosy about your child’s doctor is a good practice, as you can be more assured that the doctor is one you want treating your child.

Before deciding on a pediatric clinic, take your time to examine all your available options. Most clinics will usually allow you a free consultation meeting with the doctor in question, so take this opportunity to ask questions and gauge how they may perform as a family doctor.

Pediatrics is not For Minor Cases

If your child suffers a grazed knee or a cold, then you don’t take them to the pediatric clinic, even if the child is very young. That’s more the purview of a GP. They’re more suitable for the general day-to-day illness and accidents that a child may encounter, and you’ll only ever encounter a pediatric if the problem is chronic or particularly serious. As such, if your child is running a fever or a particularly nasty cough, call your GP first. If the injury or illness is more severe, that would be when you’d want to head to a pediatric urgent care center like Night Lite.

 

Christian Mills is a freelance writer and family man who contributes articles and insights into issues affecting families and life in the home.

 

 

 

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We grew up knowing that …

eating too much sweets can cause tooth decay, and

food parcels left in between the teeth can cause tooth decay.

plaque “eat up” the teeth by the acid they produce consequently resulting to tooth cavity.

brushing and dental flossing keeps the plaque at bay.

While these are true, these are just bit and parcel of the whole truth.

Healthy teeth and gums can only be attained from eating healthy balanced diet. Brushing and dental flossing could and would never be able to keep tooth cavity from occurring if the body lacks the nutrients it needs.  A tooth is a living thing.  It is much like the body.  A person with strong immune system, which can be attained by eating the needed nutrients, exercise, and enough sleep, is not affected by common viruses that cause colds and cough that easily; or if affected the immune system can easily fight these that going to the doctor is unnecessary.

Teeth are bones. They are said to be the strongest bone in the body, and just like the rest of the bones they require the needed calcium.  But eating food-rich in calcium is not enough.

 

 

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1. Calcium is needed for strong and healthy teeth and bones.  But for calcium to be absorbed, it needs the help of Vitamin D and the rest of the fat-soluble vitamins A, E, and K.

2.  The substance phytic acid prevents the absorption of vitamins A, D, E, K.

 

Therefore, for the family to have healthy teeth

*Food intake must include a lot of food rich in vitamins A, D, E, K

* Lessen food intake rich in phytic acid.

 

This diet would definitely bring tooth-cavity free family.  .  .  . no drilling, no frightful trips to the dentist.

Try this out … and you’ll see the difference.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Great Suggestions About Dental Care That Anybody Can Use

You are likely like the majority of folks who fear visiting the dentist. You might be wondering should you have not been doing all the right things to watch over your-mouth? If that’s the case, then you’ll need to read this post on dental hygiene. Continue reading for useful hints that’ll leave you with a cleaner mouth and white smile.

Tooth brush should last at least for two minutes. This provides you adequate time to enter all of the crevices in your teeth. Spend the time required to brush morning as well as nighttime.  See your dentist regularly. Lots of times dentists can see issues before you actually have some kind of pain. Assuming that they could discover the difficulties before you have pain, they could generally repair them fairly easily. This could save lots of cash and pain.

Changing the toothpaste that you use will help your teeth become less sensitive to various temperatures. Always ask your dentist before altering any facet of your dental treatment program. Your dentist can eliminate other painful and sensitive teeth causes.  Believe it or not, spit is really your teethes companion! Normal saliva contains minerals, enamel-strengthening anti-bacterial qualities and also the capacity to neutralize acid. Should you be a girl over age 50, menopause might be causing dry mouth, which, then results in bad breath. Specially-formulated dry mouth products will help remove embarrassing smells resulting from deficiency of spit.

Dentures in Eagan MN

Dr. Jon D. Skare and Dr. Kangas offer partial and complete dentures in Eagan that restore your dental health. For nearly 3 decades, our resident dentists have been diagnosing and treating local patients, providing them with exceptional services every visit. Stop in and see why we are the first choice of discerning dental patients in Eagan for dentures, including removable, partial, and permanent varieties.

Full Dentures in Eagan

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As the years pass, it can be more challenging to retain the integrity of our natural tooth structure. One or more missing teeth can cause a series of major dental issues, including crowding and jaw misalignment. Throughout a prolonged period, neighboring teeth will begin to move toward the missing spaces and could eventually hinder your ability to properly chew and speak if unremedied. Missing teeth should be replaced to avoid serious dental consequences.

There are several factors that can cause patients to lose their teeth, including:

Braces

In case your dentist suggests orthodontics, you ought to seriously contemplate it. Having your teeth straightened is frequently more than a cosmetic problem; wrong alignment of the teeth or jaw-bone can result in severe oral health problems afterwards. Even though kids most commonly wear braces, adults may reap the benefits of orthodontic treatment too.  Even though you’re an adult, it is never too late to have braces. It is necessary to truly have a grin which appears great and keeps you happy, therefore it is worthwhile to invest time and money into having the straightest teeth possible. This could open doors both socially and professionally, so consider it yourself.

For those who have braces or partials, you should think about having an oral irrigation to keep your teeth clean. An oral irrigation must be utilized in addition to routine flossing and brush. The oral irrigation efficiently flushes food particles from between your teeth and brackets with pressurized water.  Wisdom teeth are crucial within the mechanism of chewing food. Many folks have their wisdom teeth pulled soon once they appear. Orthodontist generally remove the wisdom teeth before installing braces or other corrective devices. In case your wisdom teeth are causing pain, they must be pulled before they get infected.

Complete our online contact form to learn about dentures from Wood Park Dental. We also proudly service clients in Eagan, Burnsville,

Apple Valley, Rosemount, Inver Grove Heights, Mendota Heights, Bloomington, Lakeville, South St. Paul, and Savage, Minnesota.

 

 

 

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