Amy Culver - The Queen Of Lean

12/29/12
Holiday stress

12/15/12
Holiday season isn't all just about food

12/01/12
Plan ahead to stay on the right track

11/17/12
Prioritize this Thanksgiving

11/03/12
Choose treats wisely during the holidays

10/20/12
Starting a weightlifting routine

10/06/12
Healthy body has right signs

09/22/12
You need a livable food plan

09/08/12
Tailor your food according to needs

08/25/12
Plan strategies for when life gets hectic

08/11/12
Traveling can challenge eating habits

07/28/12
Parenting your own inner spoiled child

07/14/12
Long-term motives create long-lasting results

06/30/12
Interval training works for anyone

06/16/12
Check ingredients when eating out

06/02/12
Get out of the house for your workout

05/19/12
Lack of sleep may lead to weight gain

05/05/12
Cooking extra saves time and calories

04/21/12
Even small changes can make an impact

04/07/12
Swimming is a good
all-around exercise

03/24/12
Don't let slip-ups destroy your plan

03/10/12
Make your lifestyle and health compatible

02/25/12
A little exercise can yield big results

02/11/12
Food plans can help you eat right

01/28/12
Moderation is weight-loss key

01/14/12
Give your weight-loss plan time

12/31/11
Combat post-holiday blues with activity

12/17/11
Choose holiday calories carefully

12/03/11
Good kitchen tools make life easier

11/19/11
Enjoy feast in moderation

11/05/11
Start planning holiday meals now

10/22/11
Don't buy Halloween candy too early

10/08/11
Theaters offer healthy snacks

09/24/11:
Try to avoid evening snacking

09/10/11:
Tips to stave off hunger pangs

08/27/11:
Stuck?  Reassess your routine

08/13/11:
Avoid peaks and valleys in diet

07/30/11:
Measure size of food portion to help tip scale in your favor

07/16/11:
Learn to love being thin

07/02/11:
Change your lifestyle; don't just diet

06/18/11:
Fruity thoughts to keep fit

06/04/11:
Water can ease cravings

05/21/11:
Working a pool into your exercise routine

05/07/11:
Stay focused, move forward

04/23/11:
Delay caving to craving

04/09/11:
Review of daily plan should include diet & activities

03/26/11:
Holidays are never-ending

03/12/11:
Measuring food is key to weight loss

02/26/11:
Food-logging can help in weight loss

02/12/11:
Find ways to make exercise fun

01/29/11:
Reserve time for your exercise program

01/15/11:
Substitutions for your holiday treats

01/01/11:
Moderation is key to good diet

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Even small change can make an impact

Although eating right and exercising are certainly an important part of a healthy lifestyle, there are many more things you can do to stay healthy.  Some of them might even seem very small, but they can have a large impact.

One small change you can make is to take your dental care seriously.  There are many studies linking healthy teeth and gums to heart health. 

I asked my dental hygienist, Kim, about it.  I was wondering if it was really a cause-and-effect situation, or more of a coincidence.  Was there a link between people who didn't take care of their teeth and a tendency toward heart problems?  She confirmed that dental health and heart health have a direct link.  Apparently, the infection and inflammation from unhealthy teeth and gums spreads throughout the bloodstream and, over time, can cause heart damage.

The conversation came up because we were talking about the importance of regular flossing.  I'm a good brusher and get regular checkups every six months, so things were in pretty good shape, but I was having a hard time working regular flossing into my day.  I had always thought it had to be done at bedtime, and I am often just too tired, but that's not the case.  It can be done anytime. 

I was already in the habit of brushing my teeth in the shower so I found a way to floss at that time as well.  I keep a package of floss and a small plastic tub for the used floss in the shower.  It works well and over the last six months Kim tells me my gum health has shown measurable improvement! 

As I said, it's a small change, but isn't that even more reason to make it?