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Always look for organic eggs, since they don’t contain antibiotics, hormones, and vaccines. The quality of organic eggs is regulated by the USDA.
Dr. Molly Morgan, RD, a board certified sports specialist dietician, found that eggs have different color, and it depends on the type of the chicken. The nutritional value is the same.
Eggs are one of the healthiest foods on Earth, so try to eat them more often. We give you 12 reasons to do that.
- Eggs will save you
Human body produces eleven amino acids, and it needs nine more to function properly. Eggs can give you the remaining nine acids. The lack of these fatty acids causes muscle wasting, weak immunity, weakness, fatigue, and weak hair and skin.
- Regulate cholesterol
Cholesterol can cause many problems. There are two type of cholesterol, bad and good. Eggs are packed with healthy portions.
- Immunity boost
Eat an egg or two every day to fight infections, diseases and viruses. Eggs contain 22% of your recommended daily intake of selenium. This nutrient strengthens immunity, and regulates thyrid hormones.
Children should eat eggs as well. Selenium deficiency may lead to the development of Keshan disease and kashin-Beck disease. This applies to both children and adults.
- Reduce the risk of heart problems
LDL or bad cholesterol molecules tend to attach on artery walls, leading to atherosclerosis.
HDL particles discard fatty molecules from the arteries. There are many kinds of LDL particles, and these are all different in size.
Researchers have confirmed that the bigger the particle, the better. People with small LDL particles run at a higher risk of developing cardiovascular issues when compared to individuals who have large particles.
Eggs can increase LDL particles, and thus reduce the risk of heart disease.
- Stimulate brain
Choline in eggs gives your body nutritive value and power. It’s also consisted in cell membranes. Choline is also needed in the synthesis of acetylcholine.
Over 90% of all Americans eat less than the recommended daily amount of the neurotransmitter. Numerous studies have shown that the lack of choline causes neurological disorders and impaired cognitive ability.
- Eggs strengthen teeth and bones
Eggs are one of the rare natural sources of vitamin D which makes them beneficial for our skin and teeth. Eggs improve the absorption of calcium, and this is great for the function of your heart, colon and metabolism.
- Eggs improve skin complexion and hair
You can’t expect that your hair and skin will look great if you aren’t healthy. Eggs contain vitamins B2, B5, and B12. These B vitamins in eggs strengthen your hair, skin and eyes. These improve the function of your liver and brain, too.
- Improve vision
Egg yolks contain lutein and zeaxanthin. This reduces the risk of age-related macular degeneration and cataracts, the two major reasons for blindness and vision impairment.
According to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, regular consumption of egg yolks increases zeaxanthin levels by 114-142%. Lutein levels are increased by 28-50%.
- Lose weight
If you’re trying to lose weight, eggs are the real deal for you. Eggs can help you melt fat and lose excess pounds.
An eight-week study showed people who eat eggs for breakfast lose 65% more weight than these who don’t. You will also lose 16% more body fat, reduce 61% of BMI, and 34% of your waist circumference.
- Feel full
Eggs are rich in protein. Some experts use them as a measure for protein. Studies have shown that high-protein foods affect appetite. The satiety Index estimates the effect of foods on your fullness, and eggs are somewhere in the top.
- Reduce stress and anxiety
We already wrote about the nine amino acids found in eggs. These amino acids can also affect your mental health. A 2004 study by the National Academy of Sciences showed that you can reduce anxiety and stress by adjusting serotonin levels in the nervous system.
- Eggs boost energy
Vitamin B2 or riboflavin and other B vitamins are good for your energy, since they convert the food you eat in fuel. One egg contains 15% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin B2. Eggs not only boost your energy, but also tone your body. Eggs belong to the group of 25 powerful body-toning foods.
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Who Gets Type 2 Diabetes?
You’re most likely to get this disease if you:
- Have a family history of type 2 diabetes
- Had gestational diabetes or gave birth to a baby weighing more than 9 pounds
- Have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
- Are African-American, Native American, Latino, or Pacific Islander
- Are overweight or obese, especially around the middle (belly fat)
- Have high cholesterol, high triglycerides, low HDL cholesterol, and a high LDL cholesterol
- Don’t exercise
- Are older. People over 45 are most likely to get it.
You should get tested for prediabetes if you meet the criteria above and you:
A Visual Guide to Insulin Resistance
- Had an abnormal blood sugar reading in the past
- Have heart disease
- Show signs of insulin resistance, which means your body produces insulin, but doesn’t respond to it like it should
What Are the Symptoms?
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As we get older, dental care becomes more and more valuable to your overall health. Many senior citizens experience dental problems, but it’s good to know that these problems can be reduced and improved by a few simple techniques. Basically, changes take place in your mouth as you age — gums soften and the muscles in your mouth become weak. Saliva production is reduced as is the ability to chew your food.
Tooth decay may increase when we age – one of the results of reduced saliva in the mouth. It’s more difficult to use fillings to restore teeth because the decay often occurs near the gum line. Teeth often become brittle with aging because the pulp of the tooth becomes smaller, resulting in less fluid to the teeth. Teeth become brittle and can be easily chipped.
Periodontal disease often happens during the aging process. This causes swollen gums that bleed even when brushing your teeth. Loss of teeth can occur when food is trapped between the teeth and gums in tiny pockets. If you suspect periodontal disease, you should seek treatment immediately to avoid tooth loss.
You can improve your dental hygiene by practicing a few basic techniques, including:
- Brushing and flossing – It’s best to use a medium soft brush and paste. If you can’t appropriately grip a toothbrush because of arthritis or other joint problems, you can purchase a rubber strap that helps you secure a better grip. Be sure to brush your teeth, tongue and gums thoroughly after every meal. Flossing every day gets rid of debris that toothbrushes can’t reach and is essential to good dental hygiene.
- Rinse – As the flow of saliva is reduced, it’s more likely that food particles will damage your teeth and gums. Rinsing gets rid of the particles. Since some mouth washes are irritating to the gums, dilute it if necessary.
- Gauze wipes – If it’s difficult for you to brush or rinse, try wiping your teeth with gauze – this will help remove some of the debris found around the teeth and gums.
- Electric tooth brushes and irrigators – Electric tooth brushes are a boon to senior citizens. They’re easier to handle and very effective in cleaning teeth. Irrigators remove debris from teeth that toothbrushes miss, but can damage gums if it pushes food particles into gum pockets.
- Glycerine – A flavored lubricant that can stop irritation of the gums. It can also help stimulate saliva production.
A solid plan for better oral dental hygiene can reduce your risk for tooth decay and gum disease. If you have dentures, talk with your dentist about the difference in promoting good oral hygiene. Dentures are like your real teeth in that they can cause problems with gums if they aren’t properly taken care of.
Please, do your research on good dental hygiene and develop daily techniques that will ensure your dental health as you age. Your dentist can also help you develop a plan.