Friday, September 23, 2016

HOMEMADE PEPPERMINT MOUTHWASH

A local dentist recommends brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing once a day, and rinsing as needed. He also has this recipe for homemade mouthwash.

1 cup distilled water
1 tsp 3% hydrogen peroxide
1 tbsp raw honey*
5 drops peppermint essential oil

Combine essential oil with honey, mix thoroughly. Add to the water and hydrogen peroxide, shake.
Rinse mouth and spit. DO NOT SWALLOW.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

HIDDEN SUGAR IN YOGURT

Beware of yogurt with fruit. If you are a diabetic or you are dieting or watching your sugar intake for any reason, read the labels on your yogurt especially yogurt with fruit. You would be much better off to eat plain yogurt and add your own fresh fruit. Some yogurts with fruit can have up to 20 grams of sugar in one small carton!
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Saturday, September 17, 2016

HEALTHY DIET TIP

Everyone wants to be healthier and most claim they want to eat a healthy diet. Sadly,that is easier said than done. But it doesn't have to be that hard. For instance, one of the most important ways to a healthier diet is not what you eat but what you drink! Leave off the sugary drinks. That is not just sodas! That means sweet tea, lemonade, fruit juices, those sugar-laden coffee drinks, etc. Sugary drinks are one of the biggest diet mistakes we make according to Barbara Borik, RD, LDN, CDE, of the Diabetes & Nutrition Center at the Northwest Hospital of Randallstown, Maryland. She states that sugary drinks are empty calories! Do you really want to consume empty calories? You really can learn to enjoy drinks without sugar. When I was pregnant with my last child, over 40 years ago, the doctor recommended I cut back on sugar. I started drinking my tea unsweetened. It quickly became my favorite beverage and now I simply cannot stand sweetened tea. It is a matter of training oneself. So try unsweetened tea, coffee, etc. Add a slice of citrus fruit or a few berries to a glass or pitcher of water to add some flavor and learn to leave those sweetened beverages behind.