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Need to Trade In Your New Year’s Resolution for a New One?

Have I got a good one for you!

It is a really easy, no excuses, stare at-yourself-in-the-mirror, done half-asleep, every day activity that will help you live a healthier and longer life!

No special workout clothes necessary (preferably your jammies) and a variety of inexpensive tools to choose from…

                       

FLOSS!

The fact that flossing daily can extend life expectancy falls in the weird-but-true category.

In fact, floss does two things: it prevents gum disease (that’s rather obvious), and it prevents heart disease (not so obvious).

Preventing both of these together is what adds years to your life. Here’s how flossing improves life expectancy.

When you floss, you help prevent your gums from becoming inflamed. That’s a good thing. What is happening when your gums are inflamed is that you have a chronic bacterial infection in your mouth. This harms your arteries through two mechanisms: the bacteria find their way in to your arteries and hang out (causing plaques), and your body mounts an immune response to the bacteria in your mouth, causing inflammation (which in turn can cause your arteries to narrow). This makes it hard for your heart to do its job and can lead to heart disease.

–By Mark Stibich, Ph.D., About.com Guide

                                                  Monkey See, Monkey Do! And So Can You!

                                            



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