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According to Ayurvedic philosophy, choices that you make regarding your daily routine either build up resistance to disease or tear it down. This is why you should start your day by focusing on healthy morning rituals such as drinking pineapple water on an empty stomach.

10 Reasons to Add Pineapple to your Water Daily

1. Fights inflammation

Bromelain is an enzyme that has anti-inflammatory properties. Bromelain helps the body get rid of toxins by fighting off inflammation which impacts all the tissues and organs in the body. Regular consumption of pineapple can help to treat mild forms of arthritis and sports injuries by reducing inflammation and pain.

2. Helps with weight loss

Due to the fiber contained in pineapple, it takes more time to digest, thus causing a prolonged feeling of satiety. Drinking pineapple water in the morning prevents sugar and fat cravings. Thiamine helps boost your body metabolism by converting carbohydrates into energy.

3. Flushes parasites from liver and intestines

Pineapples contain an enzyme bromelain, that is anti-parisitic. A couple sources state that a three day pineapple fast will kill tape worms.

4. Regulates the thyroid

Pineapples contain iodine and bromelain that are effective in improving various autoimmune disorders; thus, effective in easing symptoms associated with thyroiditis.

5. Balances electrolytes

Pineapple contain potassium which helps make our body a lot stronger and maintain the proper balance of electrolytes in your body preventing cramps or other injuries.

6. Gets rid of heavy metals and toxins

Pineapple is loaded with fiber, beneficial enzymes and a host of antioxidants that help to detox your body from heavy metals and toxins.

7. Works as a digestive aid.
Bromelain in pineapple helps the body digest proteins more efficiently.

8. Strengthens gums and helps whiten and preserve teeth

Research found that the enzyme bromelain in pineapples acts as a natural stain remover, according to Dr. Frawley. Bromelain also helps break up plaque effectively.

9. Improves vision

Pineapple contains beta-carotene and vitamin A that good for eyesight. Data reported in a study published in the Archives of Ophthalmology indicates that eating 3 or more servings of pineapple per day may lower your risk of age-related macular degeneration (ARMD), the primary cause of vision loss in older adults.

10. Protects from cancer.

Research published in the journal Planta Medica found that bromelain was superior to the chemotherapy drug 5-fluorauracil in treating cancer in an animal study. Researchers stated:

“This antitumoral effect [of bromelain] was superior to that of 5-FU [5-fluorouracil], whose survival index was approximately 263 %, relative to the untreated control.”

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The campaign called GULP – Give Up Loving Pop – has been created by the Health Equalities Group, based in Liverpool, which is supported by the NHS and local authorities.

GULP also highlights links between the drinks and tooth decay and type 2 diabetes.

Sugar has been labelled the ‘new tobacco’ by some health experts, who warn it is fuelling a national obesity epidemic, particularly among children.
A number of campaigning organisations are supporting the idea of a tax on sugary drinks both to reduce consumption and raise money to support health and sports schemes for youngsters.

Recent research by the University of Liverpool claimed that added a 20p tax to the drinks would save thousands of children from diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

They argued such a levy would prevent 1,100 cases of cancer in London alone, as well as reducing the number of people who develop diabetes by 6,300 and cut the number of people suffering from coronary heart disease or strokes by 4,300.

Based on these figures, it seems tens of thousands of cases of disease could be prevented if the 20p per litre tax was adopted across the entire UK.

Over 60 organisations – including Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, British Dietetic Association, CitizensUK, Faculty of Public Health, Netmums and Unison – have already backed the campaign for a sugary drinks tax.

Supporters also include Rosie Boycott, who was appointed by the mayor of London, Boris Johnson, to run the London Food Board.
Soft drinks are the largest single source of sugar for children aged 4-10 years and teenagers.

A tax of 20p a litre would add around 7p to the price of a standard can of Coca-Cola or Pepsi.

Director of the GULP campaign, Robin Ireland, said: ‘Few people fully realise the harm that sugary drinks can do to your health.

‘As well as damaging your teeth, overconsumption of these drinks can lead to weight gain, type 2 diabetes and poor heart health.

‘Given the levels of overweight and obesity across the UK, in particular amongst youngsters, unless we start to take action on sugary drinks we will be storing up problems for future generations.

‘As sugary drinks manufacturers seem less-than-willing to inform the public about the health harms associated with overconsumption of their products we’ve launched our Gulp campaign to get the message across and take the fight to the manufacturers.’

He added: ‘With 40per cent of young people reportedly drinking three or more glasses of sugary drinks per day it is vital that we a send a message to Government about the damage that is being done to the health of our children and young people and the need for education on healthier alternatives.’
However, the director general of the British Soft Drinks Association, Gavin Partington, accused the campaign of ‘scaremongering.’

He said: ‘If these campaigners were genuinely interested in public health they would be seeking to educate all consumers about the importance of a balanced diet and physical exercise rather than erroneously targeting one product category and making claims not supported by the evidence.’

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Here’s the list of the healthiest drinks in the world:

1. Water
The best and most healthy drink in the world is water. So safe drinking water is another essential. It is the most natural drink in the world yet normal tap water can contain up to 2100 contaminants and if you are consuming these you can be exposed to all means of nasties such as poisons, lead ingestion & even chlorine. So in order to get the full benefits of water you must drink it from a pure source. Pregnant women should drink pure water as impure water can lead to birth defects.

2. Tea
Tea is actually one of the three healthiest drinks in the world. In fact, it is the most commonly consumed beverage after water. The simple tea leaf has conquered the world and has become a beloved drink that billions of people enjoy. However, tea is not just an ordinary beverage. This delicately flavored drink offers numerous important health benefits. It’s therefore not sensible to stop drinking tea in favour of sweetened, artificially flavoured drinks.

The antioxidants that tea contains in abundance can help keep our immune systems healthy and fight infections; they have anti-aging properties, and can even help in the fight against cancer causing cells. The polyphenols in tea can reduce gastric, esophageal and skin cancers. Another health benefit of tea is that it has virtually no calories. Tea is a perfect beverage for people who are trying to reduce weight. It is also a preferred alternative to coffee as it has less caffeine. Tea also contains fluoride for strong teeth. Green tea also seems to help protect the body from autoimmune disorders. As one of the healthiest drinks in the world, green tea aids digestion, boosts the immune system, promotes weight loss, inhibits carcinogens, and lowers cholesterol and high blood pressure.

It’s clear that we should be drinking as much tea as we can. And with a sophisticated black kettle as a part of your stylish black and white kitchen, boiling up that brew can be as fun as it is healthy.

3. Grape Juice
Grape juice is a fruit juice obtained from crushing grapes, and considering all of its benefits it can be named as one of the healthiest drinks in the world. The juice is often fermented and made into wine, brandy, or vinegar.

A recent study published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry found that grape juice was among the highest in antioxidants among the juices tested, including pomegranate juice. Red wine and certain types of grape juices have high levels of polyfenol which can stop the production of proteins causing cardiovascular illnesses. Drinking Concord grape juice can be good for the heart – much like red wine. And so, with the link between alcohol consumption and breast cancer causing concern for some women, drinking 100 percent grape juice made from Concord grapes can help your heart and perhaps your breast health. Grape juice can also lower the risk of developing the blood clots that lead to heart attacks.

4. Superjuice
One of the healthiest drinks in the world – is a superjuice that contains 19 different nutrient-rich fruits, and the whole fruit: juice, pulp and skin, so you get all the goodness and antioxidants. The main ingredient is the acai berry from the Amazon rainforest, which has been dubbed The World’s Number One Super Food by Dr Nicholas Perricone. The other fruits include bilberry, goji (wolfberry), pomegranate, acerola, camucamu, red and white grapes, all selected so that the superjuice is packed with health-protecting phytonutrients right across the entire colour spectrum.

Remember it’s important to drink much, but don’t forget about the clean drinking water.

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According to recent reports issued by the FDA, there are as many as 5 deaths and 40 illnesses linked to consumption of the drink called Monster Energy. Moreover, there are two permanent disabilities and 13 illnesses linked directly with the consumption of the Rockstar Energy Drink.

Energy drinks do not only have an adverse effect on the dental health by creating cavities and teeth staining, but they can also harm general health. The 5-Hour energy drinks are also quite dangerous, and the FDA reported that there are 92 illnesses and 13 deaths linked to consumption of this particular drink.

The AERs or the Adverse Event Reports can be filed by anyone- family members, personal doctors or even by the patient himself. These reports actually say that the consumption of the given energy drink might have caused illnesses and even the death of the patient. However, until detailed investigation shows these illnesses and deaths have been really produced by the energy drink, the FDA cannot remove the products from the market.

Officer Shelly Burgess, an FDA representative says that until they find a direct link between the regular consumption of these energy drinks and the general health harm produced by them, they cannot eliminate these products from the market.

The Adverse Event Reports mostly point out that consumers of 5-Hour energy drink, Monster or Rockstar have suffered the following health problems:

-5-Hour energy drinks- deaths caused by heart attack due to consumptions of the energy drink, one miscarriage, deafness and internal bleeding

-the Monster Energy Drink- loss of consciousness, heart attack, hospitalization of the patient because of arrhythmia, and vomiting

-Rockstar energy drink- irregular heartbeats, psychotic disorder, loss of consciousness or stroke

Even a document issued by the Government has shown that the number of people who need medical care after consuming energy drinks has considerably increased. Most of the energy drinks manufacturers state that they do take very seriously all these reports, but that their products are safe for the health, if consumed as directed.

Many youngsters combine energy drinks with alcohol consumption or consuming drugs combined with energy drinks and these mixes are specifically dangerous for the health.

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Summer is here and we need to keep our bodies hydrated. If you do not drink enough fluids, you will become dehydrated and this will have a direct effect even upon your oral health (bad breath syndrome for example).

On the other hand, you need to drink a lot but you need to drink only the healthy stuff. It doesn’t mean that in order to keep your body hydrated you will drink 2 liters of coke which is filled with sugar, caffeine and many other synthetic agents which are harmful for the health in general and for the teeth in particular. The enamel of your teeth can get destroyed only during one summer of drinking the wrong fluids.

Some health friendly drinks that you should get used to include pure ice water, mineral water with a slice of lime for the flavor, iced tea, while beer lovers can drink now and then a nonalcoholic beer.

It is very important to keep in mind that the best summer drinks and the best health friendly drinks are those which will contribute with the greatest amount of water to your organism.

Water is the one hydrating your body from the inside, while all the other ingredients such as sugar or caffeine will only do a lot of harm. Sugar adds unwanted calories to your diet, while caffeine is a diuretic, which means that you will eliminate more urine than necessary, and your system cannot hydrate properly.

Here are a few of the best tips to keep yourself hydrated while still drinking “delicious” drinks:

Pure Cold water – this will refresh your system, keep you hydrated during those torrid days. Whenever you are thirsty, make sure to begin with water. Those who cannot drink water from the tap, should purchase a good filtering system for the water.

Flavored Water – there are many types of bottled water available, which are fused with a special essence or flavor. The water does not contain any sugar or any colorants; it just has a fine and subtle aroma of strawberry, lime, lemon, berry or orange. Some of the best brands to chose from include Perrier (lemon), Geyser water, Crystal or Calistoga for instance.

Black Tea & Green Tea – again an extremely healthy solution, but you must stay away from the sweetener. Just try to drink the iced tea without any sugar, and in a few days, you will get used to it. Adding a lot of sugar to the iced tea will not do any good to your health.

For Coffee lovers there is always the iced coffee available – if you can, choose the decaffeinated version, because it is much healthier. Also, make sure to add only low-fat milk or cream to your iced coffee, and then you can sip one or two such coffees during the day.

Natural juice + water – Have you got a god juice extractor at home? Then, it is time to throw some apples, oranges, carrots and a slice of lemon and make some juice. You should mix half water and half juice and drink this healthy and nourishing drink to stay hydrated during the day. Make sure to add no sugar!

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Soda is not good for you. The high-calorie, sugary drinks have been linked to obesity and a host of other health problems. Soda can be particularly dangerous to children, who can consume lots of calories quickly through colas and other pop without feeling full. And then there’s the dental toll — it doesn’t take a peer-reviewed study to tell you that drinking lots of sweetened soda isn’t great for your teeth.

But soda isn’t just water, corn syrup and carbonation — a can of Coke or Pepsi also contains chemical additives for coloring and flavoring. And according to one public health group, those additives could increase your chance of getting cancer.

That’s the message from the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), a Washington-based consumer watchdog group. CSPI has petitioned the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ban the “caramel coloring” that is used in Coke, Pepsi and other sodas, on the grounds that the chemicals are carcinogenic.

CSPI says the artificial brown coloring — which doesn’t have much to do with actual caramel, despite the name — is made by reacting corn sugar with ammonia and sulfites under high pressures and at high temperatures. (Just like Mom used to do it!) Those reactions produce the chemicals 2-methylimidazole and 4-methylimidazole — chemicals that government studies have found to cause lung, liver or thyroid cancer in lab rats or mice. “It’s a small but significant risk, and it’s the kind of thing that government agencies should deal with,” says Michael Jacobson, the executive director of CSPI.

Is Jacobson right? A 2007 study by the National Toxicology Program (NTP) found “clear evidence of carcinogenic activity of 4-methylimidazole (4-MEI) in male and
female B6C3F1 mice based on increased incidences of alveolar/bronchiolar neoplasms,” otherwise known as lung tumors. The state of California has also concluded that 4-MEI is a carcinogen, and is in the process of crafting regulations that may require food and drinks containing significant levels of the chemical to bear cancer warnings.

According to California’s regulators, a level of more than 16 micrograms per day would pose a significant risk — meaning it could result in at least one excess case of cancer per 100,000 exposed people. Given that there are roughly 130 micrograms of 4-MI per 12-ounce can of soda — and given that the average American drinks 14 ounces of soda a day, with young men drinking far more — that would mean that most of us would be at some risk.

As a result, CSPI has been petitioning the FDA to change the name or ban the use of the chemicals in soda and other foods, or at least force manufacturers to put warning labels on their packaging. “We think industry can solve this problem,” says Jacobson. “They don’t want to put warning labels on their products.”

The soda industry, however, is fighting back. In a statement the American Beverage Association — an industry group that includes soda makers — denied that 4-MEI posed any danger to human health:

4-MEI is not a threat to human health. There is no evidence that 4-MEI causes cancer in humans. No health regulatory agency around the globe, including the Food and Drug Administration, has said that 4-MEI is a human carcinogen. This petition is nothing more than another attempt to scare consumers by an advocacy group long-dedicated to attacking the food and beverage industry.

In California a number of industry groups — including the American Beverage Association — have filed a lawsuit against state regulators to block efforts to list 4-MEI as a carcinogen:

The state agency’s decision does not reflect sound science and failed to follow its own regulations. Also, it did not take into account all the data available on the subject in this process.

Source: http://healthland.time.com

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If you consume sports drinks, it may be best to wait thirty minutes before brushing your teeth. According to a recent study, citric acid in sports drinks weaken tooth enamel – brushing too soon after sipping a sports drink may increase the risk of tooth erosion.

The study, from NYU dental researchers found that consuming popular sports drinks softens the teeth, especially if you consume too many. Dr. Mark Wolff, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Cariology & Comprehensive Care at New York University College of Dentistry tells us this is the first study linking citric acid in sports drinks to erosion of the teeth.

Teeth from cows were used for the study, which resemble human teeth. The dentists cut the cow’s teeth in half and submerged one-half in water, and the other half in a sports drink. The tooth subjected to the sports drink showed a significant amount of erosion and softening, probably from the citric acid in the sports drink.

Several top-selling s drinks were used to prove that the sports drinks cause teeth to erode. The scientists submerged five teeth 75 to 90 minutes in order to approximate the amount of time human teeth are exposed to citric acid while sipping on sports drinks.

“To prevent tooth erosion, consume sports drinks in moderation, and wait at least 30 minutes before brushing your teeth, to allow softened enamel to re-harden,” says Dr. Wolff. He also suggests limiting sports drinks to avoid destruction of tooth enamel that leads to erosion and soft teeth. Your dentist can tell you if acid-neutralizing remineralizing toothpaste might protect your teeth from erosive tooth wear that can happen silently while sipping on your favorite sports drink.

Reference: nyu.edu

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It’s true. Tea has been shown to offer protection to our teeth. Tea is a natural source of fluoride, which is known to protect against tooth decay.

Drinking tea (without added sugar) has been associated with a number of beneficial effects in preventing tooth decay.

Epidemiological surveys have reported that some populations who drink tea on a regular basis have a reduced number of carious teeth. Proposed mechanisms for tea’s oral health benefits include:

Fluoride
The authors concluded that tea was an effective vehicle for delivering fluoride to the oral cavity where it may then become associated with the oral tissues potentially helping to prevent dental decay. Even for adults, whose teeth are fully formed, tea’s fluoride is a great way to protect your teeth. The fluoride found in tea has been shown to inhibit the growth of glucosyltransferase. This substance helps the plaque that naturally forms to adhere to our teeth.

Tannins
Other components of tea may also contribute to the inhibition of caries. It has been reported that the tannins in tea can inhibit salivary amylase thereby reducing the cariogenic potential of starch-containing foods.

Acid erosion
In addition to its beneficial effect on plaque, tannin, along with other components of tea such as catechin, caffeine and tocopherol have been shown to be effective in increasing the acid resistance of tooth enamel.

Flavonoids
Both green and black tea and their specific flavonoids, mainly catechins, have exhibited inhibitory effects on the growth of cariogenic bacteria by preventing the adherence and growth of plaque bacteria at the tooth surface.

So, while black tea is definitely good for you, and is protective to your teeth, for the maximum overall health benefits, get your daily dose of green tea. Many scientists today suggest that for the maximum benefit to your dental health, you combine the two. Both are delicious and refreshing, making a wonderful drink any time of day. It may be one of the simplest ways you can protect your health – and your smile.

One cup of tea contains approximately 0.25 milligrams of fluoride. Fluoride is well known about its positive effect on teeth. One’s daily fluoride need is somewhere between 1.4 and 1.5 milligrams. Thus tea consumption also contributes to meet our fluoride need.

People, who have abandoned their morning cup of coffee for a healthier cup of herbal tea might want to think again, say British researchers. They found that many herbal teas seriously damage teeth by eroding protective enamel.

Drinking herbal teas regularly can erode tooth enamel, according to a new study conducted in the United Kingdom. Paul Brunton and A. Hussain at the University Dental Hospital of Manchester conducted their study with three groups of 21 extracted teeth.

Each set of teeth was dropped into either regular black tea (Typhoo), herbal tea (Twinings’ Blackcurrant, Ginseng and Vanilla tea), or water. The teeth soaked for 14 days, which the investigators determined to be equal to drinking three cups a day for 18 years.

Both the black tea and the herbal tea caused tooth surface loss; however, Brunton and Hussain found that the erosive effect of herbal tea was five times more severe. The findings, published in the November 2001 issue of the Journal of Dentistry, were attributed to the high acid content of the herbal tea.

Another tea study of tea effects found that polyphenols–chemicals found in tea–can help prevent bad breath. Laboratory experiments revealed that polyphenols can retard the bacterial growth that causes bad breath.

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Sometimes we want something to chew. Not too caloric and not too sweet. Jelly beans candies are most suitable for this purpose.

Jelly beans are a different flavored type of confectionery. Generally they have fruit taste and are made of sugar.

They are small like groundnut. You can easy eat them at work or while moving. Nowadays jelly beans candy producers make also sugar free candies.

What one can drink with confectionery, particularly with jelly beans?

Juice
Kids love candy with juice. But don’t drink it with moderation with candies, if candies contain sugar and juice is acidic it can be not so good for your teeth.

Soda
You probably already know about mints and cola? Therefore be very careful mixing it with different candies. But I think there won’t be any problems with jelly beans. By the way, jelly beans may serve as an alternative to a cola beverage containing 50 gm of glucose, researches say.

Tea
Tea is good with any candies. Better to drink not so hot tea, it can be both black tea or fruit tea.

Coffee
You can try to drink coffee or cappuccino with jelly beans.

Water
Best water quality is that it can wash down absolutely everything, and even more.

What do you drink with jelly beans or after them?

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Milk and dairy products are an important part of people’s diet. Milk products are a good source of energy and protein, and contain a wide range of vitamins and minerals.

 

This good chart, I’ve found in www.whfoods.com, graphically details the %DV that a serving of Milk, 2%, cow’s provides for each of the nutrients of which it is a good, very good, or excellent source according to our Food Rating System.

A cup of cow’s milk supplies 29.7% of the daily value for calcium along with 23.2% of the DV for phosphorus. Low-fat or fat-free milk is a great source of calcium because:

  1. Milk is widely available and is already a part of many people’s diets.
  2. Milk contains a lot of calcium in a form that the body can easily absorb.
  3. Milk has other important nutrients that are good for bones and teeth. One especially important nutrient is vitamin D, which helps the body absorb more calcium.

6 points of calcium importance:

  1. Help protect colon cells from cancer-causing chemicals
  2. Help prevent migraine headaches in those who suffer from them
  3. Help overweight adults lose weight, especially around the midsection
  4. Help prevent the bone loss that can occur as a result of menopause or certain conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis
  5. Reduce PMS symptoms during the luteal phase (the second half) of the menstrual cycle
  6. Help prevent childhood obesity

Milk also is great sources of protein and vitamins A and B12.

There are three main varieties of milk:

  1. Full-fat Milk (four percent fat or 10 grams of fat per glass)
  2. Reduced-fat Milk (two percent fat or four grams of fat per glass)
  3. Low-fat Milk (less than one percent fat or less than one gram of fat per glass)

If you want to be a thinner you have to choose Low-fat Milk. But if you have to be a more healthy you have to choose Full-fat Milk and drink it once a week not more often, maybe more seldom.

Milk has been used for human consumption for thousands of years. Today cow’s milk is one of the most popular animal milks consumed by humans. Around the world, people drink the milk of many other animals including camels, goats, llamas, reindeer, sheep and water buffalo. Milk comes in all varieties: whole, 2%, skim, chocolate, strawberry. There’s soy milk, rice milk, and even goat milk.

Milk allergy and intolerance

Some people have an intolerance to milk. This is called ‘lactose intolerance’. Lactose intolerance can cause symptoms such as bloating and diarrhea.

But don’t cut milk and dairy products out of your diet, or your child’s diet, without talking to your GP or a dietitian. Otherwise you or your child might not get enough of important nutrients such as calcium.
Although lactose intolerance in humans can be a problem for some people, because after weaning, humans tend to become less lactose tolerant (their ‘gut’ can no longer break it down to to adsorb it), it is NOT so for those who are predisposed to remain lactose tolerant (western racial groups) and others who continue to drink it from childhood.

There are many different opinions about beverages of milk. If it healthy? At first, people must listen to their body, if milk good for their health. As much people as much fillings as much preferences.
This article is about benefits of milk. If it’s good for you – drink milk and enjoy it, if it’s not good – drink juice and enjoy it!

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Not all drinks are good for our teeth. Besides sugar it is the PH value of some drinks that has negative effects on your teeth.

All warm Pickwick teas, also the fruit flavoured teas, are pH-neutral and do not effect the dental enamel. Therefore, tea is not only a delicious drink, but also a drink that can be drunk all day long.

One cup of tea contains approximately 0.25 milligrams of fluoride. Fluoride is well known about its positive effect on teeth. One’s daily fluoride need is somewhere between 1.4 and 1.5 milligrams. Thus tea consumption also contributes to meet our fluoride need.

People who have abandoned their morning cup of coffee for a healthier cup of herbal tea might want to think again, say British researchers. They found that many herbal teas seriously damage teeth by eroding protective enamel. “Many of the herbal teas tested were found to be more erosive than orange juice,” University of Bristol researchers report in the Journal of Dentistry. Some teas were three times as acidic as juice. A spokesman for Twinings teas says saliva dilutes and neutralizes any acid in herbal teas, adds The Week magazine.

What’s your poison, coffee or tea? Most adults prefer one or the other. After all, caffeine is a super pick-me-up. Hot or cold, black or doctored, our favorite daytime drinks are laced with it.

However, our best beverages can wreak havoc on our beautiful smiles. Like tobacco, coffee beans, tea leaves and even colas can stain teeth brown. The more you sip, the more they stain.

Some people stop taking tea after their dentist asked them if they smoked because of teeth stains. Well yes, tea does stain. It contains tannic acid. You’ll have an idea when you see the thin film on the surface of cold tea. Coffee, red wine and fruits such as apples and blueberries also contain this chemical and can stain teeth.

Effect of Black Tea on Teeth

Dental caries is the prime cause of premature loss of teeth in children. Tea contains high percentage of fluoride along with polyphenolic constituents which act on GTF of S. mutans in plaque synthesis. Combination of fluoride and polyphenolic constituents inhibit caries activity.

Herbal Tea May Damage Teeth – Study

Drinking herbal tea may damage teeth by eroding enamel, the results of a new study indicate.

Researchers analysed the erosive potential of a variety of herbal teas by measuring their pH levels, which shows whether a substance is acid or alkaline. Acidic substances are known to damage teeth. The ability of the herbal teas to erode enamel was also measured. Enamel is the hard, white, outer layer of the tooth.

The study found that while some of the herbal teas had high pH levels, indicating that they are alkaline and do not damage teeth, many of the teas tested had low pH levels, which means that they are acidic and can damage teeth.

“Many of the herbal teas tested were found to be more erosive than orange juice”, the researchers from the University of Bristol Dental School said.

“Many studies show a high prevalence of tooth wear, even in young patients. One factor that may be contributing to this problem is the consumption of herbal teas that are often considered to be ‘healthy’ alternatives to other beverages”, the researchers added.

Dentists treating patients with enamel damage should advise their patients of the potential risk of some herbal teas, they also said.

Something To Smile About – Tea And Teeth

Tea is not only a delicious drink. Drinking tea is good for your teeth!

“Drinking tea may ward off tooth decay.”
A study suggests chemicals in tea can destroy bacteria and viruses that cause throat infections, dental caries and other dental conditions. It raises the prospect of adding tea extracts to toothpaste and mouthwash to protect the teeth.

It found that caffeinated green tea was the best at fighting viruses, followed by caffeinated black tea. Decaffeinated blends were less effective as anti-viral agents.

Tea-drinkers beverage of choice contains fluoride, a mineral that strengthens tooth enamel and guards against decay. Studies also show that tea may reduce dental plaque and bacteria in the mouth, thereby helping to prevent cavities and gum disease. Green tea contains a bit more fluoride than black, but a few cups a day of either may help to save you from the dentist’s drill. “It’s important to choose a healthy diet, and that includes beverages,” says Blumberg, noting that Americans tend to opt for drinks with no nutritional value. “If it’s a choice between soda pop or [freshly brewed] iced tea – and you’re looking for the healthful choice – it’s a no-brainer.”

Apparently drinking tea (without sugar, naturally) has a number of beneficial effects in preventing tooth decay. Many of the natural properties of tea, especially fluoride, which has been absorbed from the soil by the tea plant, contribute towards oral hygiene and a reduction in dental erosion.

And if you’re not a dentist, then that simply means, it helps prevent stinky breath and those who are dentists from shoving whirling drills into your mouth while grinning manically.

Another tea study found that polyphenols–chemicals found in tea–can help prevent bad breath. Laboratory experiments revealed that polyphenols can retard the bacterial growth that causes bad breath.

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Coffee has played a significant role in human society since the 9th century AD when it was exported out of the Middle East. Today millions of people around the world drink coffee every day because of its social connotations, taste, and caffeine content. With strains from the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Asia, coffee has had a major impact on almost everyone in the world. However, the drink has much more to offer than many people think.

Recent studies by a number of scientific institutions and universities have shown that the innocent looking coffee bean has a number of negative health affects. While research into the full impact that coffee may have on human health is still ongoing, there are findings which are leaving scientists awed. These are listed below.

The negative aspects of coffee

Coffee contains caffeine.
Caffeine causes a number of health problems including, but not limited to, sleep and anxiety disorders, elevated risks of Parkinson’s disease, elevated heart beat and stress, breathing problems in infants, and caffeine dependency syndrome. It is important to drink caffeinated beverages in moderation.

Coffee can cause constipation.
Because coffee is a diuretic it can cause people to become dehydrated; a lack of fluid in an individual’s body causes constipation.

Drinking coffee over a period of time can stain a person’s teeth.
Coffee has a similar affect on teeth as nicotine. Drinking coffee over an extended period of time can lead to an individual developing yellow teeth and cavities, especially if large amounts of sugar are added to the drink.

Daily coffee ingestion induces a 24 hour cyclic disturbance with morning arousal, irritability, difficulty concentrating, subtle levels of disorganization, clumsiness, and forgetfulness. As the day progresses, 3 or more cups later, a heavy fatigue sets in by mid to late afternoon. Further coffee doses may rouse one a bit, but then further collapse is inevitable by evening. Irritability may evolve into disproportionate or inappropriate angry outbursts, pleasure-loss, absence of good-feelings, or empathy anesthesia.

It is likely that the subtle psychopathology of moderate to heavy coffee consumption contributes to the production of unnecessary conflict and dysphasia. The subtle cognitive and memory deficits which appear after coffee intake should alarm employers who expect their employees to think, remember, or carry out skilled, coordinated acts. It may be that coffee facilitates dull, routine, rote tasks where thinking, skill and initiative are unimportant.

A lonely chemist from his R&D department, unwanted, depressed chemist published his invention in a scientific journal, describing the bad effects of coffee on health, hence, the importance of decaffeinating.

He wrote,” Caffeine causes thinning of the bones (osteoporosis), decreases the motility of the sperms, increases irritability and may harm the pregnant mother. Caffeine is habit forming and sudden cessation causes withdrawal symptoms.”

The caffeine, oils and acids in coffee irritate the stomach lining, which can cause excessive production of hydrochloric acid leading to a variety of digestive ailments. Decaf, which contains the same oils and acids as regular coffee as well as traces of ethylene chloride, brings on the same increase in stomach acid.

Drinking coffee on an empty stomach produces an even greater increase in stomach acid, and can cause stomach pain almost immediately in some people.

Research has shown a definite link between coffee drinking and ulcers. One study of 25,000 men showed that those who drink coffee have about a 72 percent higher risk of developing ulcers than those who don’t.

Coffee affects the lower esophageal sphincter which controls the opening between the stomach and the throat. When there is a change in the pressure of this esophageal sphincter, a reflux of stomach acid comes up into the throat causing “heartburn.” Some people already have an abnormality in this sphincter which coffee exacerbates.

Coffee tends to slow down the passage of waste through the small intestine and speed it up in the large intestine.

It is not how much coffee you drink but how long you have been drinking it. If you have been drinking coffee for years, the chronic irritation of your stomach lining can lead to inflammation and pain even if you only drink one or two cups a day.

So you want to quit but want to avoid the withdrawals and impending headache? You may consider consulting with a naturopathic physician on this one.

coffee’s as bad or worse, than nicotine and alcohol. It causes heartburn, excess gas, bloating ulcers, and it is terrible for your digestion. Drinking coffee increases your risk of getting ulcers by 72%! That’s a lot!

If you drink a lot of coffee, and you have digestion problems, stomach pains, or heartburn… Well, what are you waiting for! Stop already!

Side Effects of Caffeine

  • Women who drink caffeinated products lose more calcium in their urine and tend to have less dense bones than non-caffeine drinkers. This may increase the risk of osteoporosis in susceptible women. It has been suggested that women should drink at least one glass of milk a day for every two cups of coffee, to try to offset the calcium loss
  • Caffeine aggravates pre-menstrual breast pain in a significant number of sufferers.
    Caffeine can aggravate insomnia.
  • Women who drink more than four cups of coffee a day have twice the risk of urinary incontinence compared with women who drink little or no coffee.
  • Caffeine withdrawal can produce unpleasant headaches and shakiness.
  • Coffee contains many carcinogens, whether or not it is decaffeinated. There is, however, no strong evidence of an increased risk of cancers in coffee drinkers.
  • Coffee pumps up our stress hormones, and can cause palpitations, a rise in blood pressure and symptoms of anxiety.
  • Caffeine is a diuretic; your body will flush more water than it needs to when you drink coffee and caffeinated soft drinks, so you urinate more frequently and can become dehydrated.
  • Caffeine blocks the naturally occurring chemical, adenosine, from affecting the brain, which prompts the brain to create more adenosine.

Coffee impacts sleep cycles in a couple of different ways; caffeine and tannins can prevent restful sleep. Caffeine can also suppress REM sleep.

Coffee has a number of good and bad health affects. Drinking this bean in moderation should not lead to any problems, but it is always good to know how things will affect you.

But how many cups of coffee do you drink per day?

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Exposing teeth to soft drinks, even for a short period of time, causes dental erosion – and prolonged exposure can lead to significant enamel loss. Root beer products, however, are non-carbonated and do not contain the acids that harm teeth, according to a study in the March/April 2007 issue of General Dentistry, the AGD’s clinical, peer-reviewed journal. That might be something to consider during the next visit to the grocery store.

Root Beer Making from Scratch

You want to make root beer by yourself from scratch? Well, here is how to do it. Do not use sassafras that still has safrole because it is a carcinogen (it causes cancer). The first thing you need to do is gather your roots, barks, and herbs. What do you gather? The Hires root beer recipe is a great source, but there are a couple of items that you must have, and a few that you should have.

Must Have:

  • Vanilla (use real vanilla, but not the bean)
  • Wintergreen

Should Have:

  • Ginger
  • Licorice
  • Sarsaparilla

The actual amounts that you use are up to you, but it is generally an ounce of each ingredient. Wintergreen is the main ingredient used in root beers today, so more Wintergreen and less other ingredients for a post 1960 tasting root beer (2½ oz. Wintergreen ¼ oz. other ingredients). A little later I’ll provide you with a real root beer recipe used in the 1890’s, and it includes exact measurements. When the roots are gathered they should be rinsed in clear water.

All dirt and tops should be removed. Roots that are heavy should be cut or split. When it comes to barks care should be taken that the woody part is removed. The inner skin is the part of the bark that will be used. Herbs & leaves must be gathered when the plant is in seed or flowering stage. When gathering herbs, the plant must be cut where the first leaf begins to branch out. When we state leaves, it is the leaves only that is wanted. After washing, these items should be laid out to dry, and care should be taken so that they are spread out where the air can get around them to prevent molding. Or go buy them at a health food store.

Now just boil the ingredients for about 30 minutes, remove the roots and herbs, and proceed to the fermentation stage described earlier. Vanilla beans contain very tiny seeds, so don’t use the bean unless you’re prepared to filter the liquid first (boiling the bean without slicing it open doesn’t provide enough flavor).

Using Soft Drinks

Consumers often consider soft drinks to be harmless, believing that the only concern is sugar content. Most choose to consume “diet” drinks to alleviate this concern. However, diet drinks contain phosphoric acid and/or citric acid and still cause dental erosion – though considerably less than their sugared counterparts.

“Drinking any type of soft drink poses risk to the health of your teeth,” says AGD spokesperson Kenton Ross, DMD, FAGD. Dr. Ross recommends that patients consume fewer soft drinks by limiting their intake to meals. He also advises patients to drink with a straw, which will reduce soda’s contact with teeth.

Dr. Ross’ patients are shocked to hear that many of the soft drinks they consume are more acidic than battery acid. For example, one type of cola ranked 2.39 on the acid scale, compared to battery acid which is 1.0.

Researchers concluded that non-colas cause a greater amount of erosion than colas. Citric acid is the predominant acid in non-cola drinks and is a major factor in why non-cola drinks are especially erosive. There is a significant difference between sugared and diet colas.

“The bottom line,” Dr. Ross stresses, “is that the acidity in all soft drinks is enough to damage your teeth and should be avoided.”

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