The Best Foods For Healthy Teeth And Gums

We all know that the best way to keep your teeth and gums healthy is to brush after every meal and floss daily (although it's safe to say that not everyone sticks with these habits). However, that's not all there is to taking care of your teeth. You can also keep them healthy and strong by including certain foods in your diet.

What should you eat to keep your teeth and gums in good shape?

  • Dairy: Dairy products, including cheese, yogurt and milk, are high in calcium and phosphorous, which are essential for remineralizing your teeth. Of course, these foods tend to also be high in cholesterol and fat, so it's important not to go overboard. But including limited amounts in your diet can help replenish tooth enamel that has been damaged by acidic content in other foods.
  • Green Tea: According to green living site Care2.com, green tea contains chemicals called "catechins" that are effective at making it more difficult for bacteria to accumulate on your tooth enamel and create plaque. 
  • Nuts and Seeds: High in minerals that are essential for keeping tooth enamel strong, nuts and seeds are also good for teeth simply because they're crunchy. As you chew them, they can break up and remove plaque.

Make sure that when you purchase these foods for your own diet that you try to find organic versions that were produced sustainably and ethically. Particularly in the dairy industry, there are quite a few companies that use environmentally unsound practices in creating milk and other foods. By choosing organic and local brands, you can ensure that your diet not only promotes oral health, but also mitigates your impact on the environment!

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Get Started On Your Indoor Garden With These Great Tips!

It has been a brutal winter for many parts of the country, but that doesn't mean you can't satisfy your green thumb. If your outdoor areas are all snowed in, why not create an indoor garden? Whether you're looking to make your interiors more beautiful with flowers and ferns, or you want an herb garden that you can use for cooking, indoor plants are easy to grow if you follow these tips:

  • Avoid inorganic and synthetic fertilizers: These typically contain toxic chemicals that create risks for anyone in your home.
  • Don't over​ water: You may be tempted to constantly replenish your plants' roots with water, but too much can cause them to rot. Generally speaking, a good rule of thumb is to make sure you soak the soil, but stop pouring once you see water come out of the bottom of the pot.
  • Keep your plants away from heaters and air conditioners: Drafts from these devices can kill your plants if they're too extreme.
  • Make sure you're using the right sized pot: Putting a small plant in a large pot can cause it to either get too much or too little water.
  • Read the tag on your plants: Whenever you buy a new plant, you'll typically find a tag stuck in the potting soil that tells you how to take care of it, including how much light it needs. For guidelines on raising specific plants, this tag is your best source of information. Make sure that whichever species you get for your indoor garden doesn't require direct sunlight, unless you position them next to a window that is constantly in the sun.

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More Green Facts About Drinking Green Tea

Earlier this week, we discussed some of the greatest health benefits that come with drinking green tea. Unlike coffee, soda and even juice, green tea contains none of the harmful substances that can rot your teeth or have other adverse effects on your nutrition. Just the opposite, green tea is often touted as one of the healthiest drinks in the world, thanks to its abundance of natural ingredients and antioxidants that boost health and reduce free radicals — those molecules that play a part in aging, disease and more.

If you're trying to think green and live a more sustainable, eco-friendly life, making the switch to green tea is one of the best places to start. Courtesy of Authority Nutrition, here are a few more healthy upsides to drinking green tea:

  • Boosts brain health in old age: Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases are the leading neurodegenerative conditions among the elderly, and while no cure for them exists yet, studies have found that the catechin compounds in green tea can lower your risk for developing them in the first place.
  • Lowers cancer risk: Antioxidants — which are loaded in every cup of green tea — have proven to have "a protective effect" on combating the growth of cancer cells. According to the source, women who drink green tea are 22 percent less likely to develop breast cancer and male drinkers have a 48 percent lower risk for prostate cancer. Another study in green tea-drinking women also found that the beverage played a part in reducing colorectal cancer risk by 57 percent. Just make sure not to add milk to your tea, as this can dilute the potency of the drink's antioxidants.

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Green Ideas For Your Bedroom

Not too long ago, green living was considered just a trendy fad. Now, it's virtually essential for homeowners and buyers, many of whom have placed energy efficiency at the top of their house-hunting shopping lists. There are two obvious benefits to going green. For one thing, using less energy in your daily life and opting for more eco friendly products is simply better for the environment. The other is that these avenues provide considerable savings on monthly utility bills.

One of the easiest ways to adopt a greener lifestyle is to create a more eco-friendly home. Not sure where to start? The bedroom seems like a good first step, particularly since you spend roughly one-third of your life there as it is. 

Greener Ideal has compiled some helpful energy saving tips that can make your bedroom more environmentally sound:

  • Place hot water bottles under the duvet before going to bed. No one likes jumping into cold sheets at night, but this an easy and energy-saving way to ensure that your bed is nice and toasty before sleeping.
  • Seal up windows. Use weatherstripping or caulk to plug up any cracks or leaks that may be letting cold outdoor air draft into your room. If more extensive work is required, it may be better to simply replace the window outright.
  • Use curtains and duvets made from natural, organic material. These covers create a more insulated room, helping to inhibit any heat loss that may occur in the winter and keep you warm for cheaper.

For more energy conservation tips that can ensure a comfortable, eco-friendly and cost-effective home life, be sure to check back with LifeIsGreen.com!

Why Green Tea Is The Healthiest Drink To Have

When it comes to healthy green living, there can be an overwhelming number of options to choose from, many of which seem to change on a daily basis. Whether it's recycling discarded food, driving environmentally friendly cars or reducing your carbon footprint, it can sometimes be difficult just to get your bearings and decide on which avenue actually works at all, much less works best for you.

So start small. One of the best ways you live a more eco-friendly life is by focusing on your own wellness first. For that, there are few better options out there than green tea.

"Green tea is the healthiest beverage on the planet," writes Kris Gunnars of Authority Nutrition. "It is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients that have powerful effects on the body. This includes improved brain function, fat loss, a lower risk of cancer and many other incredible benefits."

Gunnars compiled a list of the 10 best health benefits that drinking green tea can yield. Here are just a couple of them:

  • Bioactive compounds: This is a complicated way of saying that green tea is loaded with powerful, healthy substances like antioxidants that can reduce the prevalence of free radicals, which play a part in cell damage, disease and aging. In other words, drinking green tea is an easy way to look good and feel good.
  • Makes you smarter: While green tea does contain caffeine, it has a far smaller amount than coffee, providing just enough to wake you up without giving you that "jittery" feeling. This caffeine has an added benefit of stimulating brain activity, which not only makes you more productive but a little smarter too.

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