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4 Effective Ways To Prevent Torturing Mouth Ulcer

4 Effective Ways To Prevent Torturing Mouth Ulcer

Mouth ulcers are a common, unpleasant health problem that can result in days of agony. Fortunately there are a few tips you can implement to not only help them heal as quickly as possible but to prevent them from occurring in the first place. Read on to discover the way to a more comfortable mouth!

1. Choose your toothpaste carefully

Some toothpaste contains an ingredient called sodium lauryl sulphate, which may cause your mouth to become irritated and therefore more vulnerable to ulcers. Check the label in the store and bear in mind that brands labeled as “organic” or “natural” are often less likely to include sodium lauryl sulphate than the most popular versions. You can also try swapping hard or “firm” bristle toothbrushes for softer models which are less likely to irritate your gums and the lining of your mouth.

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2. Watch what you eat

Some foods are highly irritating to the delicate tissue that lines the mouth, and should definitely be avoided if you have already developed an ulcer. Fruits with a high acid content such as pineapple and grapefruit increase your risk of mouth ulcers, whereas abrasive and spicy foods including chips and curries will cause you additional pain. Choose soft, bland foods when possible if you are waiting for an ulcer to heal. Some people notice that wheat flour seems to act as an ulcer trigger, so consider cutting wheat from your diet for a few weeks if you notice that you often get mouth ulcers.

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3. Check your vitamin intake

There is link between mouth ulcers and deficiencies in certain vitamins and minerals. Specifically, people who fail to consume adequate amounts of Vitamin B-12, zinc, folate, and iron appear to be at risk of developing mouth ulcers. This is because we need a range of nutrients on a regular basis in order to ensure that our immune systems function as they should. When you skimp on high-quality food in favor of convenient takeaways or ready-meals, you run the risk of developing a nutritional deficiency that can have numerous knock-on effects when it comes to your health. Taking a high-quality multivitamin every day will help you keep your nutritional intake on track, but ideally you should be eating a balanced diet that features plenty of leafy green vegetables which are a key source of these nutrients. Try to include broccoli, kale, and spinach in your meal plan several times each week.

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4. Make sure that you get enough sleep

In addition to a good diet, adequate sleep is one of the most important requirements for good health. Getting eight hours of sleep on a regular basis makes you feel good, while skipping sleep leaves you vulnerable to a range of conditions including mouth ulcers. This may be because sleep is vital for the maintenance of a healthy immune system. When we sleep, proteins in our bodies known as “immune modulators” are replenished. These proteins play a key role in helping the body to fight infection and remain in good health. Without an adequate amount of sleep, levels of these proteins drop which causes an increase in the risk of illness and infection.

If self-care measures do not seem to be working, seek medical help.

Remember that whilst most mouth ulcers heal within a couple of weeks, occasionally they can become infected and may require treatment with antibiotics. For this reason you should consult a medical professional if symptoms persist. Recurring mouth ulcers may be a sign of an underlying health problem, so if you find yourself regularly battling this condition, it’s a good idea to visit your physician for a checkup.

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Last Updated on May 15, 2019

How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

As it appears, the human mind is not capable of not thinking, at least on the subconscious level. Our mind is always occupied by thoughts, whether we want to or not, and they influence our every action.

“Happiness cannot come from without, it comes from within.” – Helen Keller

When we are still children, our thoughts seem to be purely positive. Have you ever been around a 4-year old who doesn’t like a painting he or she drew? I haven’t. Instead, I see glee, exciting and pride in children’s eyes. But as the years go by, we clutter our mind with doubts, fears and self-deprecating thoughts.

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Just imagine then how much we limit ourselves in every aspect of our lives if we give negative thoughts too much power! We’ll never go after that job we’ve always wanted because our nay-saying thoughts make us doubt our abilities. We’ll never ask that person we like out on a date because we always think we’re not good enough.

We’ll never risk quitting our job in order to pursue the life and the work of our dreams because we can’t get over our mental barrier that insists we’re too weak, too unimportant and too dumb. We’ll never lose those pounds that risk our health because we believe we’re not capable of pushing our limits. We’ll never be able to fully see our inner potential because we simply don’t dare to question the voices in our head.

But enough is enough! It’s time to stop these limiting beliefs and come to a place of sanity, love and excitement about life, work and ourselves.

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So…how exactly are we to achieve that?

It’s not as hard as it may seem; you just have to practice, practice, practice. Here are a few ideas on how you can get started.

1. Learn to substitute every negative thought with a positive one.

Every time a negative thought crawls into your mind, replace it with a positive thought. It’s just like someone writes a phrase you don’t like on a blackboard and then you get up, erase it and write something much more to your liking.

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2. See the positive side of every situation, even when you are surrounded by pure negativity.

This one is a bit harder to put into practice, which does not mean it’s impossible.

You can find positivity in everything by mentally holding on to something positive, whether this be family, friends, your faith, nature, someone’s sparkling eyes or whatever other glimmer of beauty. If you seek it, you will find it.

3. At least once a day, take a moment and think of 5 things you are grateful for.

This will lighten your mood and give you some perspective of what is really important in life and how many blessings surround you already.

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4. Change the mental images you allow to enter your mind.

How you see yourself and your surroundings make a huge difference to your thinking. It is like watching a DVD that saddens and frustrates you, completely pulling you down. Eject that old DVD, throw it away and insert a new, better, more hopeful one instead.

So, instead of dwelling on dark, negative thoughts, consciously build and focus on positive, light and colorful images, thoughts and situations in your mind a few times a day.

If you are persistent and keep on working on yourself, your mind will automatically reject its negative thoughts and welcome the positive ones.

And remember: You are (or will become) what you think you are. This is reason enough to be proactive about whatever is going on in your head.

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