In this edition of EmpowHER's "HER Week In Health" we learn how to brush our teeth when we’re little and it’s just kind of an assumption as we get older that we know what we’re doing. But in this week’s edition we’ll learn that we need to brush up on our technique as adults. We also look at the state of America’s health and whether or not the five-second rule really works.
Hi, I’m Bailey Mosier. This is your EmpowHER HER Week in Health.
We learn how to brush our teeth when we’re little and it’s just kind of an assumption as we get older that we know what we’re doing. But in this week’s edition we’ll learn that we need to brush up on our technique as adults. We also look at the state of America’s health and whether or not the five-second rule really works. Have a look.
In two separate studies among 2,000 Swedes between ages 15 and 80, researchers at the University of Gothenburg recently discovered that only one in 10 Swedes are brushing their teeth in a way that effectively prevents tooth decay.
The team determined there were fundamental flaws in brushing times, regularity and the amount of fluoride toothpaste used even though 80 percent of participants felt pleased with the way they brushed their teeth.
Most people learn to brush their teeth as children, by their parents and even if they have been informed about more effective techniques later in life, they continue to brush their teeth like they always have.
Researchers say the impact of poor oral hygiene is often underestimated and someone's poor oral health can be a pre-cursor to a number of serious health issues such as stroke, coronary heart disease, diabetes and low birth weight babies. Even though the study was performed in Sweden, it serves as reason to think about our own brushing habits here in the States.
The Centers for Disease Control recently unveiled a new report on the state of America's health. Among other things, the CDC found that more than half of U.S. adults aren't getting enough exercise.
Older people, ages 75 and older, were the least likely to meet the recommendations, with 70 percent not getting enough regular aerobic and muscle-strengthening exercise. Of those aged 18 to 24, 39 percent didn't get enough exercise.
The report also showed the influences of education on health. For example, 24 percent of boys and 22 percent of girls were obese in homes where the head of household had a high school education only. Meanwhile, 11 percent of boys and 7 percent of girls were obese in homes where the head of household had at least a bachelor's degree.
Have you ever dropped some food on the ground, picked it up, said, “Five second rule” and went ahead and ate it anyway? A recent study suggests food may gather more bacteria than we realize in those very few seconds.
Researchers from Manchester Metropolitan University examined everyday items such as cooked pasta, ham, a biscuit, bread with jam and dried fruit that had been dropped on the floor for various lengths of time.
When retrieved from the floor within three seconds, the dried fruit and cooked pasta showed signs of a bacteria that can potentially lead to a wide range of diseases such as pneumonia, urinary tract infections and soft tissue conditions. The salty ham and sugary bread with jam fared the best in the test, showing the fewest signs of bacterial growth.
The researchers found that foods with higher salt or sugar contents were less likely to pick up harmful bacteria, but that food retrieved from the floor after only three seconds can show significant signs of bacteria growth.
That wraps up your EmpowHER HER Week in Health. Join me here at EmpowHER every Friday as we recap the latest in women’s health.