The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that breastfeeding for the first six months of a child’s life can reduce the mother’s chances of dying from breast cancer by 10 percent. The reason behind this phenomenon is that during this period the mother does not experience a menstrual cycle which reduces her body’s exposure to estrogen. According to Otis Brawley, MD, chief medical officer for the ACS, "There is significant data that suggests that breastfeeding lowers risk." Therefore, if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, consider breastfeeding your baby to grasp one of the many benefits of this practice.
One-fourth of all men and half of all women over the age of 50 will fracture a bone due to osteoporosis. To build a strong structure and support system, you have to feed your bones and joints the right nutrients for optimal health. Your bones need more than just calcium to stay strong; Vitamins C, D and K are also vital to bone health. Low-fat dairy products are great sources of calcium, but fruits and vegetables will be the best way to acquire the right vitamins and minerals. For example, kale, broccoli and spinach contain calcium and Vitamin K while pineapples, brussels sprouts and oranges contain Vitamin C.
We all remember to head to the bathroom each morning after breakfast and before we go to sleep and brush our teeth. However, we often forget an equally important practice for dental health. Flossing is not just for getting a piece of spinach out of your teeth. According to Jonathan Schwartz, D.D.S., who practices at Manhattan Dental Health, “It's really a way to stimulate the gums, reduce plaque and help lower inflammation in the area.” Spend two minutes brushing then grab your package of floss to help fight gum disease, reach optimal dental health and have a killer smile.
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