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About Dental Implants

Your oral health has an impact on your overall health, so it is important to keep your teeth and gums healthy and working well. If you spend the recommended time on your dental health each day and visit your dentist regularly, you are less likely to have major dental problems down the road. However, age and genetics do play a role in your oral health, and even with proper care and attention, you might find yourself in need of dental implants in Simpsonville, SC. This article will outline tips for keeping your teeth healthy, and it will give you important information about dental implants.

Oral Health
Proper dental care should start as soon as those first baby teeth come in. Parents should be sure to brush and care for their children’s teeth, even baby teeth. As an adult, you need to think about how to properly brush and clean your teeth, as well as what you are consuming each day. You might also need to talk to your dentist about problems, like teeth grinding, that may negatively impact your oral health. Dentists recommend that you brush your teeth at least twice a day and after meals if possible. You should use fluoridated toothpaste in order to help strengthen your tooth enamel. Spend about 2 minutes brushing your teeth each time. This will give the fluoride time to take effect. Flossing should be

The Health Benefits Of Radish

Cruciferous vegetables have received increasing attention in recent years, partly because of the fight against cancer and numerous health benefits associated with these plants. They are usually eaten raw, cooked or preserved, although they may be cooked and used in fried or added to soup.
The radish, Raphanus sativus, belongs to the family Brassicaceae, may have white, red, purple or black, long cylindrical or round shape. The oil obtained from seeds of radish is also used. The other parts of the radish, which are eaten are leaves, flowers, pods and seeds.

The radish contain about 95 percent of water in proportion to its weight, making it an excellent source of hydration. This moisture can also reduce the appetite, making the person feel satiated, a benefit for those trying to lose weight.

They can also help relieve urinary tract infections and painful urination, providing essential fluids to help flush the urinary system, can help improve the bladder and kidney.

When preparing food with radishes, remember that the high percentage of water prevents its freezing appropriate. Freezing often causes damage through the formation of ice crystals, resulting in a colorless radish after thawing.
Low in fat and cholesterol, radish provides a generous amount of dietary fiber. A portion (1 / 2 cup or a whole) provides 1-2 g of dietary fiber, which is 5 to 8 percent of the recommended daily. The fiber helps to reduce hunger, regulates the intestine and can even improve cholesterol levels.
A plant with antibacterial and antifungal, the radish is a good source of vitamins A, B-6, C, K, riboflavin and folic acid. Due to its high vitamin content, is considered a dietary supplement useful for people with colds, flu, cancer, skin diseases, asthma and other respiratory diseases. They also help in strengthening capillary controls the levels of homocysteine and reduces the incidence of injuries.

The radish contains significant levels of calcium, iron, phosphorus, copper, magnesium and potassium. These minerals can do many things by the body, strengthens bones, protects the heart, regulates blood pressure, improves the digestive system and immune system, improves kidney function and acts as an energy tonic. The leaves of radish are an excellent source of vitamin C and calcium.

In a study to determine the glycemic index of various vegetables, it was concluded that the radish has a low GI. Preliminary studies have shown that the root of the radish is effective in lowering cholesterol levels. More studies are needed to confirm these results. In a study of extracts was proven its efficiency as an antioxidant. The radish contain a variety of chemicals based on sulfur, which increase the flow of bile, thus helping to maintain a gallbladder and liver healthy and improve digestion. Leaf extract is beneficial for the gastrointestinal activities and is known for its laxative properties. The radish belongs to the brassica vegetables, including cabbage, brussels sprouts, cauliflower and broccoli. Numerous studies suggest that the plants of the family of brassicas act as protection against cancers of the lung and digestive tract. Cruciferous vegetables are a source of glucosinolates, compounds that give flavor brassica. The preventive potential of the radish is partly due to their glucosinolate content, and a study in Italy showed the variety Daikon radish Japanese had anti-cancer activity in human colon.

The radish is very good for the liver, gallbladder and stomach, and acts as detoxifying, that is, it purifies the blood. It is useful in jaundice, as it helps regulate the production and flow of bile and bilirubin, acids, enzymes and removes excess bilirubin in the blood. It also controls the destruction of red blood cells during jaundice by increased supply of oxygen in fresh blood. The turnip greens are also very useful in the treatment of jaundice. It also contains enzymes such as myrosinase, diastase, amylase and esterase, which protects the liver and gall bladder infections and ulcers.

It is very rich in indigestible carbohydrates, that facilitates digestion, retain water, helps control constipation (one of the main causes of hemorrhoids). Its juice also relieves the digestive and excretory system and it also relieves hemorrhoids.

It is diuretic, ie, increase the production of urine, the radish juice also cures the inflammation and burning sensation during urination. Also clean the kidneys and inhibits kidney and urinary system. Thus, it helps in curing urinary problems.
Vitamin C, phosphorus, zinc and some members of the vitamin B complex, which are present in radish, are good for the skin. Water helps to keep moisture from the skin, raw radish is a cleaning product very good and serves as a face pack very effective. Because of its disinfectant properties, radish also helps to heal skin diseases, such as dryness, rashes, cracks, etc.

Possesses anti itchy and can be used as an effective treatment for insect bites, stings from bees, wasps, hornets, etc.. The juice also reduces pain and swelling and soothes the affected area.
It decreases the body temperature and relieves inflammation due to fever. Radish juice is a good disinfectant, but also fight infections that cause fever, thus helping to heal it.

The radish is an anti congestive, or relieving the congestion of the respiratory system, including the nose, throat and lungs due to cold, infections, allergies and other causes. It is a good disinfectant and also rich in vitamins, which protect the respiratory system against infections that cause bronchitis and asthma.
Besides the benefits mentioned above, the radish is a good appetizer, refreshes the mouth and help in breathing, is laxative, regulates metabolism, improves blood circulation, is a good treatment for headache, acidity, constipation, nausea, obesity, sore throat, cough, stomach problems, gall stones, dyspepsia, etc..

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Tips for forestalling skin spots

Abstain from scouring your skin brutally with a wool, peeling glove, or loofah (a coarse-textured wipe). Tenderly wash it with your spotless hands or a delicate fabric. Continuously wash well, and after that dry your face with a spotless towel. (Toss the towel in the clothing wicker container, as messy towels spread microorganisms.)

2.Moisturize your skin . Numerous topical skin break out items contain fixings that dry the skin, so dependably utilize a lotion that minimizes dryness and skin peeling. A gel-based lotion normally functions admirably for sleek skin. On the off chance that you have dry skin, attempt a saturating cream or moisturizer. Blend skin may require two items (cream or moisturizer for the dry area; a gel for the slick part). Continuously hydrate your skin with water before you saturate it.

3. Attempt an over-the-counter skin break out item. Topical (those connected to the skin) skin inflammation items may contain fixings, for example, benzoyl peroxide, an antibacterial operators with a drying impact, or salicylic corrosive, a specialists that peels skin. Begin with a little sum at first. At that point build or diminishing the sum and how regularly you apply it, contingent upon the amount of peeling or drying you have. Utilize these balms with alert in the event that you have delicate skin. Benzoyl peroxide can bring about redness and scaling of the skin. It can likewise blanch your garments, towel and hair.

4. Use cosmetics sparingly. Amid an erupt, attempt to abstain from wearing establishment, powder, or blusher. On the off chance that you do wear cosmetics, wash it off by the day’s end. On the off chance that conceivable, select sans oil beauty care products without included colors and chemicals. Water-based makeup are accessible. Perused the fixings list on the item mark before purchasing.

5. Be cautious about what you put on your hair. Abstain from utilizing aromas, oils and cruel chemicals on your hair. These fixings can dribble on the face, hindering the skin pores and chafing the skin. Adhere to a tender cleanser and conditioner. Sleek hair can include to the oil your face, so wash hair frequently, particularly amid an episode of spots. In the event that your hair is long, keep it pulled off your face.

6. Keep your hands off your face. Abstain from touching your face or propping your cheek or button staring you in the face. Not just would you be able to spread microscopic organisms, you can likewise disturb the officially excited facial skin. Never pick or crush spots with your fingers, as it can bring about disease and scarring.

The Science Of Beauty In The Bath – Special Bath-time Treatments

Bath time can be the perfect time to address problems and issues the skin of your body is experiencing. Goosebumps, cellulite, dry/flaky skin, rough knees and elbows and even detoxification can be helped by adding a few ingredients to your bathing. Learn how to improve the appearance and texture of your skin – safely, effectively and, most importantly – simply.

1. Goosebumps

Goosebumps usually occur on the thighs, the buttocks and/or the upper arms. You can stimulate the circulation by scrubbing regularly with a bath mitt or loofah in the bath. It is also beneficial to scrub with sea salt once in a while, or with sugar, or with a bag filled with oatmeal or bran. The `follow-up` should be a massage thoroughly given with hand cream or body lotion.

2. Bulge-reduction

One treatment that combines friction with a weight-reducing treatment is to use a friction glove. Even if weight loss is not your concern, the glove is an excellent way of eliminating goosebumps and achieving a healthy pink glow.

Alternately, you can use a soft-bristled (natural bristles!) brush to dry brush your skin. I use a cheap one from WalMart which is made by Goody, although there are fancy/expensive ones available. Dry brush your skin, starting at the extremities (feet and hands) and using long strokes always towards your heart. Do this before a bath or shower – it is great for exfoliation, detoxification, circulation and cellulite.

3. Discolored and horny knees and elbows

Regular attention is required to these areas to eradicate the problem, but a `blitz` treatment can be commenced right now.

a. First the elbows and knees should be massaged with cleansing cream and then tissued off. These should then be worked with a pumice stone and water whilst you are in the bath and then rubbed with sea salt or an oatmeal and bran, or with sugar mixed with a little vegetable oil. You should then rinse well.

b. Following the bath, a cut lemon should be rubbed over the elbows and knees and the juice allowed to dry.

c. The areas should then be massaged well using body lotion or hand cream.

You can do this treatment once a week or once a month, but in between times you should ensure to pumice and massage with hand cream or body lotion.

4. Very Dry Skin

Skin Conditioning and Rejuvenation

* 4 drops Lavender Essential Oil

* 2 drops Ylang-Ylang Essential Oil

* 1 drop Palmarosa Essential Oil

* 1 drop Geranium Essential Oil

Blend and add 3-5 drops to 1/4 cup baking soda or epsom salts. Add to warm bath with water running and soak 10-20 minutes.

Herbal Waters Bath Oil

This sensuous oil turns any bath into a pampering spa treatment full of moisturizing plant oils and skin-friendly herbal Essential Oils.

* 1 cup Almond oil

* 2 cups Avocado oil

* 2 Green Tea bags

* 10 drops Lavender Essential Oil

* 8 drops Chamomile Essential Oil

* 4 drops Ylang-Ylang Essential Oil

* 2 drops Rose Geranium Essential Oil

Warm Almond and Avocado oils in a small saucepan. Remove from heat, add tea bags and let steep until cool. Remove Herbs and combine tea-infused oil with remaining ingredients in a 12-ounce glass bottle with a lid or a stopper. Close tightly and shake well to mix the oils. Store mixture in a cool, dark place for 24 hours to allow the oils to blend.

To use, add 2 ounces to your bath water and soak 10-20 minutes.

Marigold and Fennel Milk Bath

Fennel acts as a stimulant, while marigold offers healing qualities. Milk is an excellent skin softener and conditioner.

* Muslin material

* 8 T. Milk powder

* 4 Oz. Dried Fennel seeds

* 2 Oz. Dried marigold flowers

* Ribbon

Cut out a 10 inch diameter circle of muslin. In a bowl, mix together the seeds, milk powder, and marigold flowers. Place a large handful of the mixture into the center of the muslin circle. Gather up the edges to form a pouch and tie tightly with ribbon. Toss into hot bath and allow to steep about 10 minutes before entering.

Honey and Oatmeal Milk Bath

* 1 cup powdered milk

* 1 cup finely ground oats

* 1/2 cup honey powder

* 2 tsp fragrant oil of choice

Place all ingredients into a glass or stainless steel bowl, mix well. Add approx 1/2 cup to warm bath, relax and enjoy.

5. Cellulite

Cellulite Blend

These mixtures stimulate circulation.

* Eucalyptus Citriodora 2 ml

* Lemon 2 ml

* Cedarwood 2ml

* Sage 2ml

* Cypress 2 ml

* Niaouli 2ml

* in 100 ml Hazelnut oil

or

* 2 d. Bay oil

* 2 d. Lemon oil

* 4 d. Lavender oil in 20 ml Sesame oil

Directions:

Combine ingredients and add 5-7 drops in a warm (not hot) bath. Soak for 10-15 minutes. Additionally, you can apply this blend to problem areas 2-3 times per day after bath or shower for 30 days.

6. Detoxification and Deodorization

Deodorizing Herbal Bath

All of the Herbs in this recipe contain ingredients that will deodorize your body. It is a wonderful herbal mixture to enjoy after a hot day of working in the garden.

* 1/4 cup fresh or 2 tablespoons dried Thyme

* 1/4 cup fresh or 2 tablespoons dried Lavender buds

* 1/4 cup fresh or 2 tablespoons dried Rosemary

* 1 muslin bath bag

* 1 quart boiling water

Add the fresh or dried Herbs to the bag and close snugly. Add the bag to the water and simmer, covered, for 15 minutes. Remove the infusion from the heat and cool to lukewarm. Add the infusion and bag to your bathwater, using the bag of herbs as a washcloth.

Skin-Softening and Detox Bath

Adapted from 365 Simple Pleasures, collected by Susannah Seton (Conari Press, 2001).

The bath has the added benefit of helping to remove Toxins, and being very calming and relaxing, too.

Ingredients

* 1 cup buttermilk

* 3 tablespoons Epsom salts

* 1/2 tablespoon Olive Oil or Canola oil

* 3 drops Lavender Essential Oil

Combine ingredients and pour into the stream of warm water as your tub fills. Immerse yourself and soak for 15 minutes or so.

Nadi Shodhana Pranayama For Ultimate Health Benefits

Nadi Shodhana can be defined in the form that Nadi is a tubular organ for the passage of Prana, or energy carrying seminal, cosmic, vital and other energies, as well as sensation, intelligence, and consciousness in the subtle, casual and physical bodies. The primary aim of Nadi Shodhana Pranayama is to get the purification of the nerves and it also referred to as alternate nose breathing. The word Shodhana means purification, cleansing whereas the word Pranayama means the act of mental and spiritual excellence.

The practice of Nadi Shodhana Pranayama should be performed in a relaxed cross legged position, spine straight, and shoulders down. Close your eyes and center your head between the shoulders and chin. Use the thumb and fourth finger of your right hand and place the two middle fingers softly on your forehead. Keep them closed into the palm in order to avoid strain in the neck, and shoulders.

Next thing is to close the nostril by placing your right thumb, as you breathe into the left. Generally, start off the breathing process to the count of five and decrease the count after feeling dizziness. During the process, at the top of the inhalation process, immediately close the left nostril with your right ring finger, removing your thumb from the right nostril at the same time, and start performing a slow, rhythmic, easy exhalation through this nostril to the count of five. Start inhaling through the right nostril to the count of five and close the nostril by placing your thumb. Repeat this process through the left nostril to the count of five.

There are various advantages of Nadi Shodhana Pranayama. It has been found to be extremely helpful in maintaining harmony, balance and rhythm in the complete body. Other advantages include peace of mind, strengthened respiratory system and nervous system and purification of blood by supplying adequate oxygen to the blood.
Divine Wellness is a leading online health portal provides adequate information on Nadi Shodhana Pranayama.

Common Health Insurance Terms Made Easy

Finding health insurance seems like it gets more and more complicated every year. There are many unfamiliar terms that make it hard for the average person to understand what’s covered and what’s not under the plans they’re considering. Much of the time, plans differ by the level of the deductible and the amount of copay or coinsurance that customers have to pay. Here is an explanation of those terms for a better understanding of exactly what you’re buying.

– Deductible. This is the amount you owe for services your plan covers before the insurance company will pay a claim. For example, if your deductible is $1,000, you will have to pay that amount before your coverage kicks in. However, it doesn’t apply to all services, which means that some things, like preventative care or doctor’s visits, may be covered before you’ve reached that $1,000 mark.

– Copayment (COP) vs. coinsurance (COI). COP and COI are two ways that health insurance companies can share the cost of the services with the patient. While they both have the same purpose, they’re a little bit different. COP is a fixed amount that you pay whenever you get a specific service. For example, a visit to your primary care doctor will cost you $20 every time you go. You may also pay $10 for each generic prescription that you have filled. COI, on the other hand, is a percentage of the cost of the service rather than a fixed number. For example, with COI, you will be charged 20% of the cost of the visit if you see your primary care doctor, and the cost of the visit will vary depending on the nature of the treatment during that visit. Likewise, for a generic drug, you would pay a fixed percentage that would vary by the drug’s cost and its tier. Most companies negotiate discounted rates with physicians and pharmacies, which means that you’re usually responsible for a percentage of that discounted rate.

– Prescription drugs. The difference between COP and COI can be confusing when it comes to pharmaceuticals because of the different drug tiers. Each health insurance plan will come with a drug formulary to help you understand what you’ll be paying for in that area specifically.

While these health insurance terms can be confusing, it’s important to know what you’re buying before you buy it, and this product is no different. There have been many changes recently in the way we think about coverage, which means that many people have encountered terms and conditions that they may not necessarily understand. Each person is different, and their personal well-being and their required level of treatment and maintenance will be different as well, which is why it’s important that you choose the plan that best fits your needs. An understanding of the above terms is an important first step in this decision.

When it comes to health insurance, Galesburg, IL residents can learn more at http://www.wayinsuranceservices.com/.

Weight Loss Natural – Most Effective Lose Weight By Means of Body Cleansing

Cleanse Yourself and do Body Detox for better Health

There’s fastfood and processed food and practically a deluge of preservatives in the food we take in these days. Our awareness on healthy lifestyle, particularly healthy eating started at the height of the uproar over the use of genetically-modified organisms of fastfood chains like McDonalds.

People are starting to be more aware of their food intake, starting a new hype over the need for detoxification. Detoxification is the process of removing toxic substances from the body. Primarily, referred to as treatments for alcohol and drug dependence. Body detox can also refer to the use of diets, herbs and other methods to remove toxins from the body for general health.

So, are you thinking of cleansing your body? Here are a few tips for healthy and wise and effective detoxification.

Go for a non-toxic lifestyle. This means going for natural food, drinking lots of fluids, especially water, exercising regularly and avoiding toxic food like junk food, canned good, and other processed food. At the same time, you can try out a Detox Diet that will cleanse your body and give relief to body aches, allergies, digestive problems and other related concerns.

If you’re on a detox program, take as much fresh fruits and vegetables as possible, nuts, beans, rice and grains. On the other hand, take note not to indulge in sugar, caffeine, yeast, alcohol, chocolates and other food rich in additives and preservatives.

Plan your detox program. You can do a weekend fast. It is good to start on a Friday, with the weekend giving you the transition in and out of your detox program. Likewise, make sure that your detox plan is something that you can follow. Detoxifying does not mean starving yourself.

Appreciate nature. Exercise outdoors. The fresh air can do wonders for your lungs and circulation. If you live near the beach, it’s always good to take a walk or sprint early morning by the seashore. Have a balanced schedule of activity that will give you time for work and fun at the same time. Try yoga or pilates. Skip rope or walk in your neighborhood. Do anything to keep that body of yours up and running and always on the go.

Go for the spa. Take a shower and do skin brushing to help you detoxify. Rubbing your skin improves circulation and helps you shed off those dead skin layer.

Make sure that you have a regular bowel movement. Eat food rich in fiber. There’s also tea and other herbs which can help aid bowel movement. When you’re detoxifying, bowel movement is important as it lessens the possibility of toxins being absorbed into the body.

Be positive. A healthy mind means a healthy body. Rid yourself of all negative thoughts. They’re added toxins to the body. Smile and have the will and the commitment to your detox plan.

Body detox may be as simple as ridding yourself of your negative thoughts by taking a walk in the park and letting the fresh air wash over your thoughts. Or it can be as complicated as following a strict detox diet to eliminate toxins in our digestive system. Whatever it is, the important thing is, you find a way to cleanse yourself. It’s never too late to start cleansing yourself, especially your body. With our hurried lifestyle in this up and busy and polluted world, we’re all entitled to some personal pleasures as simple as taking care of our health, for more info you can visit Neuro-Vector.com

The How To Make You Dieat Become Better

Normally, people who might want to better their eating routine do as such trying to get thinner or enhance their general health. It’s great to need to change your eating regimen to improve things yet it calls for genuine responsibility on your part. It is all around better to change things little by little as making such a large number of adjustments right away can be overpowering. Just include better nourishments and eliminate garbage sustenance. Here are severala few ways that you can enhance your eating routine.

Why Vegetarians Are Less Healthy

Roughly, about 6% of the world’s population is vegetarian, a trend that is growing. Yet study after study shows that vegetarians are less healthy than their non-vegetarians peers. Why is this so? Surely a diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables should make you healthier, not less healthy, so what’s going on?

In the light of extraordinary new research it is becoming apparent that most vegetarians are in fact less healthy than their non-vegetarian peers. By “peers” I mean people of a similar socio-economic and cultural background. Any valid comparison between vegetarians and non-vegetarians must compare apples with apples. For example, any study that compared an affluent health-conscious vegetarian from California with an impoverished meat eater from the slums of Calcutta is not likely to be meaningful.

Recent studies are clearly showing that compared to their non-vegetarians peers, vegetarians are more at risk of diseases such as infertility, cancer, heart disease, eating disorders, mental disease, and obesity.

Several studies have compared health-conscious vegetarians with health-conscious non-vegetarians from the same demographic (the same socio-economic, health-conscious cohort). In other words, scientists have compared vegetarians and non-vegetarians from similar backgrounds so as to validate the results and they have come up with some surprising conclusions.

For example, in a study of 76,000 people conducted over many years data from five studies were pooled into a very large collaborative analysis of mortality in vegetarians and non-vegetarians (Appleby PN, Key TJ, Thorogood M, Burr ML, Mann J. Mortality in British vegetarians. Public Health Nutr. 2002 Feb;5(1):29-36).

The Appleby Study compared vegetarians and non-vegetarians, adjusted for age, sex and smoking. The results for all-cause mortality showed no significant difference between vegetarians and their non-vegetarian peers. Many studies have shown that vegetarians live longer than the population at large, but the Appleby Study showed that this is not the case when you compare people within the same demographic. The study concluded that ‘Overall mortality was the same between vegetarians and non-vegetarians. But vegetarians had 2.2 times the death rate from mental and neurological diseases as non-vegetarians.’

Several studies have compared vegetarians and non-vegetarians within the same demographic and the research is clearly showing that vegetarians are at greater risk of heart disease, cancer, infertility and other diseases. As most studies have compared vegetarians with the population at large, this is not widely known; such studies provide a false picture because the population at large is not particularly health-conscious.

This begs the question: does this mean that eating animal products is good for health? The research on the whole says NO. So if vegetarians are less healthy than their non-vegetarian peers, what is the reason? Why is it that vegetarians are less healthy than their non-vegetarians peers in the same demographic? This is the vegetarian paradox.

Patriotic Health

The best thing you can do for your country today is to improve your health. Declining general health and and aging population our stressing our health care system beyond what it can handle. Find an accountability partner and move towards health, for your country’s sake.

Copyright (c) 2007 The Brain Code LLC

The plight of the baby boomers begins. Americans are getting older and this means greater demands on the health care system. A new study by the U.S. Center for Disease Control showed that doctor and hospital visits are up 20% in the last five years, a trend likely to continue.

The study revealed that Americans paid 2.5 billion visits to health care providers in 2005. That’s about 10 visits per person if you assume everyone in the country is making visits – which you know ain’t true. That means somebody’s going to the doctor a lot. And what are they walking away with? Antidepressants mostly – 118 million records of them, followed by heart meds and painkillers.

There’s always a side-effect

Couple this data with another new study that suggests antidepressants are associated with loss of bone density in older adults and we are asking for problems. Evidence is emerging that the most common class of antidepressants may contribute to fragile bones in the elderly.

This class of drugs works by altering how your brain uses serotonin, a major mood-regulating hormone. But serotonin is used in many other parts of the body as well, including the digestive system, the cardiovascular system and bone metabolism – therefore, side effects. One of these side effects now appears to be decreasing bone density and increasing risk for osteoporosis or bone fracture.

It’s never too late to start

However, amidst all of this doom and gloom there is light – if we decide to use it. Another study found that middle aged adults who adopt a healthy lifestyle can ‘catch up’ to already healthy folks in an average of four years. Researchers found that adults who started eating five servings of fruits and veggies, getting 2.5 hours per week of exercise, maintaining their weight in a healthyish range and refrained from smoking, decreased their chance of heart disease and death to that of healthy people.

The downside is that most people decide not to take advantage of their ability to recover and choose to remain on the slippery slope. Out of the 16,000 Americans followed in the study, only 8.5% were already doing what’s needed to maintain their health and another 8.4% picked up the habits with six years of the study’s beginning. Those that did reaped the rewards of reduced heart attacks and morbidity. Those that didn’t, well . . .

Find an accountability partner

It’s not that we don’t know what to do, it’s just that we don’t do it. I encourage everyone to find an accountability partner and set a realistic health goal. Find someone that you can be honest with and that will help keep you on course when you falter. We are all much more likely to stay on track when we know someone will be asking us about our efforts. Make a contract with someone else to get your daily doses of fruits and veggies, get your 30 minutes of daily exercise and move closer to healthy weight.

The problem is that it’s no longer just about choosing to live healthy or not. The entire health care system is strained and on the verge of collapse. As the baby boomers move into their elder years it will be stressed even more. We must educate and motivate people into action, literally.

When John F. Kennedy said “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country” he probably wasn’t thinking about taking a walk around the block. But now, more than 45 years after that famous speechArticle Submission, getting healthy is one of the greatest things you can do for yourself and your country.

Do you want to be a patriot? Eat an apple and go for a walk.