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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 September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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