STAYING FIT AND HEALTHY DURING THE HOLIDAYS

With the holidays coming up, the highlight for many people during this season is gathering with family and friends and enjoying favorite holiday treats. Here are some tips that will help you enjoy your holidays to the fullest while not increasing your waistline.

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MAKING AND KEEPING NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS

Only 8 percent of individuals achieved their resolutions in 2016, according to Statistic Brain. This is likely due to most people having unrealistic expectations about the speed, ease and consequences of the resolutions they make. People attempting self-change rarely succeed the first time; most need five or six attempts, according to a paper published in American Psychologist by Janet Polivy and Peter Herman. The authors suggest false hope syndrome is the cause for failure.

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HEALTHY HOLIDAY OPTIONS

The holidays are a wonderful time to gather with family and friends to celebrate. These celebrations often consist of many delicious treats and hardy meals. You can still maintain a healthy diet with a little thought and planning in advance. Research from a recent Web-based survey found 18 percent of people feel they cannot eat healthily during the holidays because they don’t want to miss out on their favorite foods. You can still eat the foods you enjoy this season, just in moderation.

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allergies can also cause bad breath. Digestive problems are other known culprits. Some medications cause bad breath as a side effect until the medicines are discontinued.


•  Food with Strong Odors: Food such as garlic or onions have strong odors and can cause bad breath.


If your child has bad breath, teach her to brush her teeth twice a day and floss at least once a day to take proper care of her mouth. Your child should also brush her tongue. Teach your children to develop a habit of rinsing their mouths after every meal. This will help remove the unwanted food particles that facilitate plaque formation and the build-up of germs in the mouth.


Another good habit your children can adopt is staying hydrated. Drinking fluids, especially water and reduced-sugar beverages, produces more saliva and keeps the mouth wet. As a rule of thumb in most cases, increasing saliva and decreasing bacteria in the mouth can help reduce the problem of bad breath.

Children may not realize it, but parents know bad breath is a matter for concern.


The medical term for bad breath is halitosis. Although this condition may be temporary, it can be a source of embarrassment for your child. Bad breath can have many causes. Here are some of those causes and suggestions for overcoming bad breath problems in your children.


•  Oral Hygiene: It’s the most common cause of bad breath, generally because children may not brush or floss their teeth properly and frequently. As a result, food particles left in the child’s mouth will rot and start to smell. Plaque, which is a haven for bacteria, can also develop on the teeth, adding to the foul smell. Even your child’s tongue can become a place where bacteria is created.


•  Mouth Breathing: Some children breathe through their mouths either because they have a stuffy nose or just because they are used to breathing that way when they sleep. This sometimes leads to dry mouth. A dry mouth produces less saliva, and saliva helps wash away bacteria and cleanse the mouth.


•  Infection or Illnesses: Bad breath in children can be due to mouth sores or cavities. Conditions such as a sinus infection, tonsillitis or

WHEN CHILDREN HAVE BAD BREATH

HARLEENA SINGH

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In addition, make sure to take your child to a dentist for regular checkups and cleaning at least twice a year. The dentist can examine your child’s teeth and check for gum diseases or other problems that can damage the teeth and cause bad breath.