Archive for July, 2016

Bad habits that can do damage to your teeth.

How not to Damage Your Teeth

July’s issue of Bottom Line Personal feature an article about bad habits that can do damage to your teeth.

Snacking – especially sweets can create more bacteria which in turn converts to an acid which can damage your teeth as well as your gums.  Brushing will remove some of the sugar and bacterial acids after eating.

Chewing ice cubes – ice is harder than candy and it can cause cracks in your tooth enamel, which increases the risk for tooth decay.

Hard brushing – this is my personal bad habit, hard brushing abrades tooth enamel along with gums. Use only a soft brush and don’t bear down when brushing. Tip (buy an electric toothbrush).

Nail-biting – constant nibbling on your teeth can fracture your tooth enamel over time. Stress often is the cause for nail-biting so try to relieve that stress as much as possible.

Using teeth as a tool – such as opening bags, removing tags with your teeth and so on. Instead that the time to find your scissors or dig through your toolbox for the proper tool.

Grinding and clenching Your Teeth at Night – try a relaxation program; grinding almost always increases during times of stress. If you have a tendency to grind while sleeping, speak with your dentist about possible solutions to that habit.

Quote – “Meditation brings wisdom; lack of mediation leaves ignorance.”

Have a great week – Dan

Why Crash Diets Always Make You Even Fatter

Why Crash Diets Always Make You Even Fatter

When you diet so severely your body—thinking it is being starved—resets a chemical in the brain that affects your metabolism. Specifically, the hormone leptin takes a huge and long-lasting dip, and this correlates with a marked decrease in your “resting metabolic rate”—the energy your body normally consumes.

The result is your body will burn fewer calories and store more fat. If, for example, your average calorie burn was 2,000 before a diet, it could be 1,500 afterward. Thus, you could eat less than you were before but still gain weight.

What does this all mean?

• Some diets work better than others. Low carb, Paleo-style diets are superior to low-fat

diets because they reduce blood sugar spikes from grains. Not only that, a 2004 study found

that high blood triglyceride levels stop leptin from crossing the blood-brain barrier. And high

triglycerides are driven by carbohydrates.

(Lowcarb diets have also been shown to burn almost

40% more fat.)

• Spend more time in the daylight, or replace your fluorescent bulbs with “full-spectrum” lights

that simulate natural daylight. Researchers in Manchester found that the light you’re exposed to

has a huge impact on your hormone synthesis.

• Don’t jog for long hours–sprint instead.

Doing low-impact exercises for hours at a time will burn calories, but it also negatively affects

your hormone levels. High-intensity interval training has been shown to be just as effective

for fat loss but doesn’t wreak havoc on your hormones.

The bottom line is that the conventional wisdom about fat people being mentally weak is flat-out


The new science of weight loss proves that body weight has less to do with what you put in your

mouth… and more to do with what’s going on in your brain.

Quote – “You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire world, deserve your love and affection”


Hiking in North Carolina

Hiking in North Carolina

Whiteside Mountains

Whiteside Mountains

Personally I try to walk at least 10,000 steps per day, though my minimum goal is 6,000 steps. While staying in the Sapphire, North Carolina I had the opportunity of several days of hiking mountains trails at a variety of parks both state and federal.

Starting with Gorges State Park, the park is set in the midst of plunging waterfalls, rugged river gorges. (no fees). You will find a welcome center that is worth a visit.

Offering rugged terrain that will challenge any outdoors enthusiast, visitors who traverse the steep, backwoods trails of Gorges State Park will be rewarded with views of dazzling waterfalls or perhaps an encounter with one of the numerous rare species of the park.

On this trip we hiked to Rainbow Falls and on another day the Raymond Fisher campground trail. Round trip 1.5 miles for the campground trail and 3 miles round trip to the water falls at Rainbow Falls.

On another hike we visited Whiteside Mountain (parking fee of $2.00)

This excellent loop, designated a National Recreation Trail, climbs to the top of Whiteside Mountain, with its spectacular 700′ high cliff walls lofting the hiker for amazing views. Take a camera, as the cliff-top views are lined with beautiful mountain laurel which blooms in mid-June. See relics from the past, when Whiteside Mountain was a tourist attraction. You’ll pass through some pleasant woods along the way.

Last day of my trip I visited Whitewater Falls on the Whitewater River is the last river in the Jocassee Gorge area just before you reach South Carolina. The hike to the falls is moderate walk and can be completed in less than 30 minutes, well worth the hike. Check out the video below of the waterfall at Whitewater falls.

Hiking is a great way to get in your exercise and see mother nature at it’s finest.