Monday, July 28, 2014
Halitosis or Bad breath is often due to the consequences of poor dental health habits. It may also serve as a sign of other serious health problems. Several unhealthy habits including the types of food intake plays pivotal role in the shape of bad breath. The problem is that it is very easy to get bad breath, but quite difficult to get rid of it.
Bad Breath and Food Intake
As all the foods we take to get smashed in our mouth and followed by digestion and absorption into the blood stream. After absorption the foods are carried to the lungs and given off inside the mouth as breath. When we eat foods having strong smells (like garlic or onions), it is very difficult to cover up the smell even after brushing, flossing and using mouthwash. The smell will only go after the food ultimately run through the body.
Bad Habits Causing Bad Breath
Brushing and flossing is extremely significant in curbing bad breath. Any neglect in this respect may cause serious bad breath problem as bacteria will thrive heavily on teeth, gums and even on the tongue. Along with brushing and flossing, use of antibacterial mouthwash solutions can also help. Having dentures often cause additional trouble and special care for cleanliness must be considered.
Bad habits like smoking and chewing of tobacco-based products will apparently increase the occurrence of bad breath in conjunction with stained teeth. They also may reduce the capacity to taste food and irritate the gums.
Bad Breath Associated Health Problems
Bad breath is frequently linked to severe problems of gum. If bad breath or bad taste of oral cavity persist for long it may be warning for serious gum problems. These are often related to plaque formation on teeth and the bacteria thriving on them are responsible for producing toxins that further damage and irritate the gums along with the jaw bones. Dental appliances if not fitted properly also may cause bad breath and dental problems. Other causes include dental caries and yeast infections in the oral cavity.
Xerostomia or dryness of mouth may initiate bad breath. Formation of adequate saliva is extremely important for cleaning and moistening the oral cavity by neutralizing the acid produced by the harmful bacteria present in the plaque. It also washes away the dead cells deposited on the gums, cheeks and tongue. Removal of these cells is essential as otherwise they may get decomposed and thus can produce severe bad breath. Saliva is necessary to moisten and cleanse the mouth by neutralizing acids produced by plaque and washing away dead cells that accumulate on the tongue, gums, and nerves. Untimely removal of these cells may cause decomposition followed by bad breath. Various medications have dry mouth as a side issue. Sometimes dry mouth may be caused by salivary gland problems. Apart from dry mouth a number of other diseases, including infections of the respiratory tract, nasal drip, chronic acid reflux, liver illness, diabetes and kidney problems may cause bad breath.
Some easy steps to ward off bad breath
- Regular brushing, flossing and cleaning of your tongue
- Drinking of adequate water and avoid too much mints
- Low-carb and high protein diet may influence bad breath, then chose your diet accordingly
- Always wash the mouth well after eating and drinking
- Use of natural mouth fresheners including mint, parsley, basil, cilantro etc. can help
- Choose a diet full of fresh fruits everyday and try to keep away from cigarettes
- A visit to dentist at regular intervals may solve a great deal of future troubles
Bad breath is a disease which struck all of us at some stage of life. It is not a very serious problem if given due care and can be controlled with a little regular awareness.
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Walnuts, often observed as the healthiest food of the world, are full of healthy and high density nutrients with proteins and essential fatty acids. It has the unique ability to nurture the human fraternity both in men and women. It belongs to the Juglandaceae family and undoubtedly the most nutritious edible seeds of the genus Juglans. It is a single seeded stony fruit with closed seed shell and fleshy green husk.
Walnuts have numerous benefits due to the presence of many health promoting substances. Walnuts are the richest source of energy as it contains essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fatty acids needed for the optimal health. Its consumption helps during pregnancy, improves sperm counts for men, controls diabetes, aids in weight management and also good for hair & skin. Recent research also suggests the importance of walnut in arresting brain aging and improves its behavior.
Disadvantages of Walnuts
However, walnuts have many disadvantages as well, and one should keep away from the walnuts if the following conditions are perceived.
Consumption of walnut may result in diarrhea and bloating. Weight gain is also a concern as walnut contains high amount of fat. So removal of other sources of fat from the diet is essential to maintain the right balance.
Common walnuts may cause allergic reactions (hypersensitivity) in sensitive people, known as walnut allergy. This could often be quite severe, causing abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, swelling of throat and lips, chest congestion and difficulty in breathing. Even fatal anaphylaxis are reported for walnut allergy. Application of walnut to skin, may also result in a rash. If applied daily it might cause tongue or lip cancer due to the presence of a chemical called juglone. Juglone is also reported to be toxic to animals. Dust from the walnut wood has a toxic effect on the health.
As walnuts have high oxalates (contributes to kidney stone formation), over consumption of the walnuts may lead to the kidney stone. Oxalates also bind to calcium preventing its absorption and availability in the human body. Phytic acids which is present in high amount binds to certain minerals e.g. iron, zinc, calcium, magnesium, manganese and chromium making them unavailable to human body as well.
To get maximum health benefits and avoid unnecessary calorie intake, the walnut should be eaten in the limit, i.e. around 40 grams (four or five walnuts) every day.
During which disease should walnuts be avoided?
Walnut is not always advisable for people with kidney problems. Especially people having high potassium and phosphorus levels should limit or avoid them. Moreover, as already discussed, people with a history of kidney stones should shun or limit the intake of walnuts.
Since the fat content in walnut is quite high is not advisable for obese patients and people with high BMI.
Possible drug interactionsNo specific well documented drug interaction known. Walnut interferes with the absorption of iron, calcium and other minerals due to the presence of oxalates and phytic acid.