Tips to Better Brush Your Teeth

How Often Should I Change My Toothbrush?

Dentists recommend changing your toothbrush every three months. Normal wear and tear breaks down your bristles on your toothbrush. This renders it less effective at removing plaque and surface stains. It also makes it harder to reach those tricky areas, and less effective in general.  When you start to notice bent or frayed bristles, its time to change your brush.

Should I Change My Toothbrush After A Cold?

YES! It is important to change your toothbrush after a cold, flu, throat or mouth infection. This is because harmful bacteria can hide in your bristles, and you can re-infect yourself. These bacteria can build up, as well as fungus, making your toothbrush an easy access tool to get you sick again, possibly with something worse than you had in the first place!

What Is The Best Way to Take Care of My Toothbrush?

After you brush your teeth, it is a good idea to rinse it with hot water before storing. Make sure it is in an upright position where it can dry easily. A wet toothbrush is a dangerous invite for microbes, so be sure it can dry easily.

Can I Sterilize My Toothbrush?

Absolutely. You can sterilize your toothbrush easily in boiling water  or by putting it in the dishwasher if you have a good heated dry cycle. You can also soak it in a solution of 4:1 water and bleach for 15 minutes. (Be sure to rinse it well!) There are even sterilizing cases you can buy that use UV light to sterilize your brush. Just be aware that some of these processes can start to break down your toothbrush, especially if it is a cheap one.

What Can I do With My Old Toothbrush?

The most common use for an old toothbrush is to clean nooks and crannies in your house like baseboards, doorways, locks, handles, and other small items in your house. They are also great for cleaning behind faucets, windows, and on tools. Just be sure to label your toothbrush so you don’t accidently use it to brush your teeth!

Happy Brushing!

~HealthyGirl

 

Healthy Lasagna Recipe

Lasagna is an all-time American favorite, but with greasy meat and 3 different kinds of cheese, the calorie count on this tasty dish can add up quick. Here is a fun, yet healthy lasagna recipe with a few simple substitutions to make it just as tasty, but a lot better for you!

Serves 8 people
Makes great leftovers!

Ingredients:

  • 4oz of Lasagna Noodles (Whole wheat if you can find it)
  • 1.5 lbs. of ground turkey or extra lean ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup of each zucchini, eggplant, & mushrooms
  • 1 teaspoon oregano leaves
  • Dash of pepper
  • 1 jar (320z) of your favorite spaghetti sauce ( I use Prego)
  • 1 cup of sliced black olives
  • 1 (16oz) container of  FAT FREE ricotta cheese (I use Precious)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ½ lb. of Mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese

Directions:

Boil your lasagna noodles and cook the ground turkey in a large 12″ pan. Add the onion and garlic to the turkey & let simmer. Cook veggies on medium heat in light olive oil for about 6-7 minutes. Drain noodles when they are completely cooked. Add Seasonings, spaghetti,  black olives, and other veggies to the meat and cover. Simmer for 15minutes, letting the flavors mix.  In a small bowl, combine the ricotta cheese with egg, and beat together. Preheat oven to 375oF.  On the bottom of a 13X 9 baking pan, layer with meat/sauce mixture. Then add 1/3 the lasagna, 1/3 the Ricotta/egg, 1/3 mozzarella, and 1/3 the parmesan. Repeat layering until ingredients are all used. Cover the baking dish and bake for 20 minutes. Uncover the dish and bake an additional 20 minutes.  Let the dish cool before serving this scrumptious meal!

Happy Eating!

~Healthy Girl

What do you think of this lasagna recipe? Comment below.

Foods to Avoid With an Upset Tummy

An upset stomach is the second most common ailment in the US next to the common cold. It is called gastroenteritis in the medical world. Symptoms include stomach aches and pains, diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, and fatigue. There are many different causes for an upset tummy, and different solutions for many of them. However, the first few days you will likely be at home waiting to see if it is a more serious condition or not. If you feel it is serious, or your upset stomach occurs for more than a few days, you may want to contact your doctor. It could be a sign of a food allergy or a serious stomach condition. 

In the meantime, there are some foods that you will want to stay away from while dealing with an upset stomach. If you are vomiting, you are going to want to avoid all food until it has stopped for at least four hours, and your nausea subsides. You can suck on ice chips, ice pops or try to drink water to keep yourself hydrated. Pedialite is a great resource for small children, to keep them properly hydrated. When you feel you are ready to start eating again, start small. Some common foods you will want to avoid are:

Dairy

Milk and Dairy products might seem like the way to go, since it is one of the first foods introduced to babies with new tummies. However, dairy products are hard on the stomach, and difficult to digest. Early humans were lactose intolerant, and many still are today. You especially want to stay away from dairy for a while if you suspect any food allergies. Lactose intolerance is a very common ailment. 

Caffeine & Alcohol

Caffeine and alcohol are two more substances that are hard on your stomach, and may cause you more problems. Excessive alcohol consumption actually eats away at the lining of your stomach, a job best left for the acid already in your stomach. Caffeine is found in many common drinks, such as coffee, soda, tea, and energy drinks, so be sure to take note when reintroducing foods. For now, stick to low sugar sports drinks, water, and non-acidic juices such as apple juice. However decaffeinated teas and sodas such as sprite, may help an upset stomach. The key is to watch the caffeine.

3. Spicy Foods

As we all know, spicy foods can be hard enough on your stomach when you are not sick! Steer clear of spicy foods & seasonings for a while until your upset stomach is gone. 

Nuts

 Nuts are another food group that can be hard to digest, as well as a common food allergy. Although nuts are a great food source otherwise, hold off until you are feeling better, especially if a food allergy is a possible suspect. 

Acidic Foods

Acidic foods naturally increase the amount of digestive enzymes your stomach produces, so they can be broken down. This can be tough on your stomach, and should be cut out of your diet when you are having ailments. These include tomato products, citrus fruits, olives, and citrus juices.

These are the important foods that should be avoided, but in general one should stick to a bland, natural diet, with simple foods like oatmeal and rice. If your stomach problems persist for more than a day or two, you may want to contact your doctor. Food drinks like ensure are also a great way to keep up on your nutrients when dealing with an upset tummy.

Feel better soon,

~Healthy Girl