Health Talk Today

Gum Chewers Unite

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I’ve never been a gum chewer. And I don’t like to see someone chewing gum. It’s never a pretty site.

Now I may be changing my mind. I read an article in AARP Magazine. The title was 8 Surprising Ways to Burn 50 Calories

According to the article, if you chew gum for 4 1/2 hours, you’ll burn 50 calories. And the act of chewing raises your metabolic rate by 20%. Chewing gum with xylitol reduces plaque and helps prevent cavities.

So the next time I was in Walmart, I looked at every chewing gum label. Xylitol was an ingredient in every one. I was concerned about digesting a chemical sugar substitute. So, I checked with WebMD and learned that xylitol is a sugar-free sweetener. It’s plant based and it does reduce plaque and helps prevent cavities. It’s absorbed slower than sugar, keeping blood levels more stable.

I’m still not a gum chewer. I just can’t keep chomping on it. But with all the benefits of chewing gum, I’m going to give it a try.

Whether you chew gum or not, leave a comment with your gum chewing experience. If you don’t chew gum, would you be willing to give it a try?

Marilyn Kvasnok

7 Tips to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

BedIt’s 3 am and I can’t sleep … again!

When this happens, I try to relax and de-stress. But, sometimes I need to start thinking about sleep early in the day. If I wait until bedtime, it may be too late to undo the things that will keep me awake.

Here are the top tips I know to get a good night’s sleep.

1. Cut the caffeine
If you drink caffeinated coffee, tea, soft drinks like Coke or Pepsi, or indulge in energy drinks that are loaded with caffeine, drink them at least 8 hours before you plan to sleep. Caffeine stays in your system longer than you think. I know from experience that tea with my dinner can keep me awake well into the night.

2. Relax and wind down
At least 30 minutes before you plan to sleep, turn of the computer and the TV. Do something that will help you relax. Read a book, meditate, do gentle exercises like yoga, Tai Chi or stretching.

3. Bedroom environment
When you’re ready to sleep, set the room temperature to your comfort level. I think cooler is better. Turn off the lights and make the room as comfortable as possible.

4. Skip the wine
A glass of wine or other drink may help you fall asleep, but it will probably wake you during the night. And even if you don’t wake, you won’t get a good, restful night’s sleep.

5. Maintain a sleep schedule
Going to bed and get up at the same time every day. It will help your sleep/wake rhythm.

6. Think happy thoughts
This isn’t the time to get into a spirited conversation. Don’t try to solve problems. Stop worrying about things that you have no control over. Play calming music. Think pleasant thoughts.

7. Sleep supplement 
On the occasional night you just can’t sleep, a gentle, all natural sleep aid can help. I recommend Gentle Sleep Complex.

These are the things I do to help me sleep.
Be sure to leave a comment with your tips for getting a good night’s sleep.

Leave a comment with your healthy brain tips.

Marilyn Kvasnok

More Tips for a Healthy Brain

Dr. Bruce Daggy, nutritionist, explains how our brains decline, starting at the age of 20. But, it’s not the loss of brain cells, it’s the loss of connections between the neurons that causes the decline.

Recommendations from Dr. Daggy:

Good nutrition, including fish for the omega 3’s, fruits and vegetables for antioxidants and healthy beverages.

Supplementation, because it’s hard to get all the nutrition we need from the food we eat. Dr. Daggy recommends MindWorks

Play brain games using a program like CogniFit that determine your current status and track your progress.

Set an alarm clock for an hour before bedtime. Use that hour to slow down so you can get a good night’s sleep.

Video courtesy of FOX 32 News Chicago

Leave a comment with your healthy brain tips.

Marilyn Kvasnok


5 Tips For a Healthy Brain

5 Tips for a Healthy Brain

1. Stop multitasking.

2. Too much technology is hard to resist.

3. Get enough good fat, like Omega 3.

4. Get 7-9 hours of sleep every night.

5. Exercise regularly.

Watch the video for the details.

Leave a comment with your healthy brain tips.

Marilyn Kvasnok


Word Crimes by Al Yankovic

Is proper English dead?
We’re learning to abbreviate and use emoticons to text and tweet.

This has come to the attention of Weird Al Yankovic, who has been writing and performing song parodies for years. His newest song, Word Crimes, says it all.

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