Factors That Affect Your Joint Health

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When most people thinking about joint pain, they imagine a man or woman well advanced in years complaining about arthritis and predicting changes in the weather, but really it can affect anyone at any age along with joint swelling, redness, and limited motion.

The earlier you learn to care for your joints, the more likely you’ll be able to keep up with your favorite activities in later years

Age

As you age, you’re likely to lose some bone density (especially for women after menopause). This means that your bones become more fragile and there’s a better chance of breaking something. The cartilage in your joints also becomes thinner and damage becomes more likely. If not dealt with, these things can easily lead to osteoarthritis and further pain and injuries.

To slow these down, keep exercising and building up muscle. Strong muscles will help to keep ligaments strong and prevent unnecessary damage to your joints. You should also be aware of your limits–you don’t want to push yourself too far and end up with an injury anyway.

Weight

Excessive weight can affect how your joints function and age. Because of the extra pounds, there’s more weight bearing down on your joints than they’re supposed to handle and the added stress will begin to wear them down.

But it doesn’t end there; your cartilage will then begin to wear down, too, and it can’t be regrown. If this keeps up, you’ll likely be headed for hip surgery to get a joint replacement. You can avoid these drastic measures by eating a healthy, controlled diet starting now and continuing to get the right amount of exercise that your body needs to stay fit.

Repetitive Stress or Injuries

You might already eat well and love to workout, but you might have suffered a few injuries that affect your joints. If you continue to put stress on these areas, your joints can also wear down, and more acute injuries may follow. Things like tendinitis, sprains, strains, and dislocations should not be ignored.

Prevent any further injuries by taking the proper precautions for whatever activities you participate in. Wear appropriate shoes and padding to protect yourself, and if you do have an injury, give it time to heal by easing back into physical activity.

Certain Foods

Did you know that certain foods can affect your joint health for better or for worse? Things we love to eat every day are some of the worst culprits. How often do you drink sugary soda or eat fried and processed foods? Be more aware of foods containing saturated fats like your favorite pizza as well as dairy, preservatives, and Omega-6 fatty acids found in corn and other oils.

Luckily, there are some foods you can start adding to your diet to promote joint health. Up the number of fruits and vegetables you’re eating. Opt for low-fat dairy products if you can’t go without. You can also add fish, garlic, and green tea to your current diet plan.

Your Medications

There are several medications out there that people use for their joint pain, especially those with arthritis, but you may be taking other medications that are causing inflammation rather than reducing it, causing you more pain.

Talk with your doctor about your medications. If you don’t think your current prescriptions are doing their job, he may change up what you’re taking. Because he’s familiar with your medication list already, he will be able to balance everything so it’s all working together. If you’re interested in natural joint supplements instead, talk them over with your doctor, too.

It’s Probably Not Cancer, But Just In Case…

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When you’re feeling under the weather, but you have no idea what’s causing it, nine times out of ten you jump on the internet and go looking for solutions. Its probably not cancer, even though the symptoms may seem that way. And nine time out of ten, you come away from WebMD thinking you have cancer or some other serious illness that could end unpleasantly.

Before you go have a panic attack, take a look at these risk factors, signs, and symptoms associated with cancer so you can verify that you are not, in fact, dying.

Bodily Functions

Let’s get your immediate worries out of the way. Many physical symptoms of cancer contribute to the symptoms of other illnesses as well, so if you have one symptom out of the ten listed for a particular disease, it’s pretty safe to say that you haven’t contracted it.

Take a look through the following bodily signs to see how you measure up. Remember, some of these may also be the result of recent lifestyle changes or injuries and simply need to be followed up on by your physician.

  • A change in bowel and/or bladder behavior
  • Sudden weight changes
  • Unusual lumps or hardened areas
  • Unexplained and persistent pain, fever, or bleeding/discharge

Behavior & Habits

The next step to take to alleviate your worries about cancer is assessing your current behavior. Are you uncharacteristically tired and seem to have no energy even when you sleep long hours? Symptoms specific to brain cancer would be persistent headaches or issues with your sight and hearing. Your balance could also be off and you might have difficulty forming words.

Other affected aspects of your behavior could be difficulty processing information or remember things. Mood swings and extreme changes in personality may also be signs that something more is going on. If you’re about as weird as normal, chances are that you’re fine.

Now let’s review some of your current habits. While these may not be symptoms of an underlying illness, they can be indicators that put you at a higher risk for cancer. If you’re eating too much greasy junk food and drinking a lot of alcohol instead of getting enough fruits and vegetables, it’s time to make a change. If you spend most of your time sitting or lounging, make a plan to get moving and do more on your feet.

Exposure

So far, it looks like you’ll live, but there are a few more things to run through. If you spend excessive time in the sun or lying in a tanning bed, your at a higher risk for cancer. UV radiation exposure over time can add up and affect how cells are growing in your body.

Review the types of chemicals and infectious agents (like HIV, HPV, or Hepatitis B and C) that you’re exposed to routinely. These can increase your risk of cancer, especially if you haven’t been using the appropriate protective equipment when interacting with such substances or individuals who have them.

Health History

If you’ve made it to this section, then you’re home free. You should already have a good idea of what your health history is like and whether or not cancer risks run in your family. If you don’t, call up a family member to get the story.

Finally, check in regularly with your primary physician, even when you’re feeling fit and healthy, and keep up with your vaccinations. When you do have concerns about your health, don’t be afraid to bring them up at your appointment so your doctor can address them.

If your doctor suspects anything, they can refer you to a specialist like Teton Cancer Institute for further treatment. So stay consistent with tracking your health, and if you still have concerns (even if you’re pretty sure it’s not life-threatening anymore), make an extra appointment just to allay your worries.

Help Your Oral Hygiene Regime

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It’s common knowledge that brushing and flossing your teeth on the daily is good for your oral health. Maybe swish around some fluoride mouth rinse, avoid sugary foods and drinks, don’t bite your nails – these are all things that we know will contribute in a good way to our dental health.

 

But maybe there are some things that you weren’t aware would affect your dental health in a positive way. Take a gander at these tips and make sure you include them in your daily habits toward improving your oral (and overall) health.

Drink Water

 

Water is so healthy for you! And this is something most people know. It helps with just about every bodily function you can think of, so it should be no surprise that it assists in great oral health too.

Drink water often throughout your day, and try to drink a glass of water after every meal. This will help you wash some of the acidic and sticky foods from your teeth when you are away from your toothbrush.

Eat Fresh Produce

 

Apples, celery, carrots, and peppers are all great for your teeth. These fresh, fibrous, and crispy foods help scrub your teeth as your chew them. They are a great way to finish a meal. And because they are crispy and require more jaw work and more chewing, your mouth produces more saliva, which is great for helping to eliminate some of the bad bacteria that likes to stick to your teeth.

 

When you’re on the go, pack these easy snacks up with you to give your teeth and body some good vibes throughout your busy day.

Wash Your Tongue

 

Did you know that plaque can build up on your tongue too? So don’t neglect your tongue when you are cleaning your teeth. Give it a good brushing with your toothbrush (many toothbrushes now have textured tongue scrubbers on the backside of the bristles). Swishing around a mouth rinse is a good way to kill bacteria on your tongue too.

Try Cinnamon

 

Do you keep cinnamon gum on you for fresh breath? Then you’re ahead of the game, even if you don’t know why.

 

Cinnamon actually has the ability to kill some of the bad bacteria that contributes to plaque and bad breath. That doesn’t mean it’s a replacement for brushing your teeth, but it can definitely help with bad odors in your mouth throughout the day.

 

Try a stick of gum (yes, gum can actually be good for your teeth). You can also try adding some cinnamon oil to a glass of water.

Eat Cheese

 

For all you cheese lovers out there, this might be the best news you’ve ever heard. Yes, cheese can be a positive contribution to your dental health. Cheese has actually been found to neutralize the acidity of plaque and lower the pH levels in your mouth when you eat it.

This doesn’t mean that you should eat a diet that consists only of cheese, but having some cubes of cheese for a snack can be a good thing.

 

Incorporate these healthy tips into your life and you’ll find your Durango dentist raving about the great health of your teeth at your next dental visit.

Exercise Smart for a Stronger, Fitter You

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You used to be a fitness nut, but after developing some chronic pain, you’ve fallen into a sedentary lifestyle. You would love to get moving again–you miss hiking, long walks, even tumbling–but you’re afraid your old injuries will prevent you from making any progress.

The good news is that you can gain that active life back one step at a time if you consult the right professionals and use the right building blocks to safely build strength, flexibility, and endurance.

Consult a Professional

 

Depending on your health and current level of fitness, you may need an evaluation from your physician. Make a routine appointment and discuss with them the types of movements and exercises that you can start using. They may include other details about how long you should wait before adding new exercises or increasing the intensity of your workout.

It’s also a great idea to consult a professional athletic or personal trainer to put together the best workout plan for your situation. They will likely include recommendations for your diet as well.

Warm Up & Cool Down

 

Whatever level of exercise you plan to engage in, always begin with a warm-up and end with a cool down. Injuries that occur from poor preparation can easily be avoided, but they continue to happen. To avoid pulling a muscle or causing something more serious, take 2 minutes to perform some easy movements that get your blood flowing and your lungs working.

Once you’ve started your workout, you should also take routine stock of how you’re feeling. If you’re struggling to breathe, you might need to ease off on your pace or take a rest altogether. Don’t force your body to do anything it’s not ready to do. Not all pain is good pain, so listen to what your body is telling you.

When you’re workout is finished, remember to end with some calm, relaxing movements and stretches. Make a conscious effort to make kind movements that will help your body, not hurt it.

Balance

 

Unless otherwise instructed, you should be engaging in a variety of exercises meant to work your whole body. Don’t become so focused on those flat abs that you forget the corresponding back muscles. When you put too much focus on one area, you tend to forget to use any others and overuse that one.

Once you begin overusing one set of muscles, you can be sure they are headed for heavy wear and possibly another injury. Get your muscles balanced so you have a solid base to build on. As you strengthen each muscle, you will find you are reaching a higher level of fitness than you’d realized you could. Plus, you will be doing it with more ease.

Variable Movement

 

Lightly touched on above, take care of your body by exploring all types of movement. Look up the terms calisthenics and kinesthetics to get an idea of some skills you can try out and the mindset which should accompany those movements. Training your body to move and function in a variety of ways will help to battle past injuries and prevent new ones.

Think of these exercises as the energetic version of stretching. They increase your range of motion and flexibility while giving you a full body workout. Yoga is a great example of this and an easy place to start.

Body Mechanics

 

We’ve got you thinking about mindful movements, now it’s time to look at body mechanics. When it comes down to it, your posture and spinal health affect everything else. If you’re used to slouching or rounding your back, now is the time to break those habits.

To get an idea of where you’re at, start with some bodyweight squats. Focus on the alignment of your knees, ankles, hips, shoulders, and neck. You might think it’s okay if your form is 90% there, but that missing 10% may be just what sends you back to the couch with severe back pain. Also be mindful of how much weight you are choosing to lift and the length of your workouts.

One Step at a Time

 

It doesn’t take much to get started, and you can achieve your health goals if you give yourself time to grow and gain strength. Once you begin to enjoy the journey, you’ll find that how much better you feel every day is the best reward of all.

 

Healthy Ways You Can Boost Your Mental Health and Mood

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There are times when our mood suffers. Sometimes something tangible happens in life, such as a job loss, divorce/breakup or death in the family that makes us fall into a depression. Other times our mood shifts from upbeat to depressed with virtually no warning. Those moments can be frustrating, but there are actions you can take to improve your mood.

Exercise

There isn’t one kind of exercise that works for everyone. Each person responds differently to different forms of physical activity. Some people love going to the gym, while others despise it. Some folks love running, while others don’t find it enjoyable. Whatever form of physical activity you love, do that. Try rock climbing, Zumba, hip-hop dance class, aerobics, Pilates, yoga or take regular walks in the park. Getting your body moving will inevitably help improve your mental health. You’ll find yourself feeling energized and wanting to continue that momentum.

Supplements

Always consult with your doctor or medical professional before trying new supplements to see if they are safe for use. There are some great mood lifting supplements that people see benefits from! Fish oil or cod liver oil contains DHA and OMEGA-3 fatty acids, which help to stimulate our brains and help put us in a better mood. Magnesium is a great supplement to take if you deal with chronic anxiety or muscle tension. It naturally relaxes the body and the mind. We’ve learned that serotonin originates in our guts. There are scientifically proven benefits to taking probiotics, which promote healthy stomach bacteria and regulate our digestion and can help assist in delivering serotonin to the brain!

Social Activity

When you’re out with friends, volunteering at an animal shelter, going on dates or anything that involves being around other people, your mood will be lifted. It’s hard to motivate yourself to get out there when you’re feeling down, but the more you can take actions that result in you being social, the better your mood will be. It doesn’t have to be anything extravagant. It could just be meeting a friend for coffee, or going out to lunch with a co-worker. As long as you’re getting out of your house and interacting with other human beings, you’re bound to feel better on the inside.

Seek Help

If you find that your mood is consistently low, you’re isolating from your loved ones, having trouble getting up, showering or getting out of the house, it could be time to seek help. There are many options out there from seeing a therapist in person to online counseling. This is a convenient option; you can access your counselor from anywhere you’ve got an Internet connection. Reach out to an online therapist to get the help you need. A counselor can help you develop a plan so that your mood is lifted. We go through difficult times in life, but an online counselor can help you navigate through those hard times and live the life you truly deserve.

No Gym? No Problem 5 Easy Ways to Become More Active This Spring

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Going to the gym is a great form of exercise, but unfortunately, not all of us have access to one. Gym memberships can be expensive and not everyone has the means to afford one. Just because you’re not hitting the gym, doesn’t mean you can’t stay in great shape. The springtime is the perfect season to get outside and get moving. Here are five ways to become more active in the spring.

Run in a local park

The trees are blossoming with buds and bulbs are sprouting up from the ground. It’s the springtime, people! Find a park near your house and get running. It’s time for you to come out of hibernation and into civilization. If you’re into being social, you can take a running buddy with you! Having someone to go with is motivating and helps you get out. After you take your run, you can treat yourself to a smoothie or something refreshing as a reward for your hard work.

Walk home from work

If you live in a city or somewhere where you don’t have to drive everywhere, walking home from your job is a great way to get exercise and be productive. We’re suggesting walking home as opposed to walking to work because it’s more of a relaxing exercise. If you walk to work, you might be worried about being on time and everything you have to do for the day. Walking home from work, you can take your time.

Break out your bike

Remember your bicycle? It might be collecting dust after sitting there over the winter. It’s the springtime now, and it’s the perfect season to take a bike ride. Whether you live in a city, the suburbs, the mountains or a rural environment, you can use that bike. Enjoy the passing scenery, which could be skyscrapers, evergreen trees, the peak of the mountains or rolling green hills. You can take a break on the side of the road, sip some water or an energy drink and look at the world around you.

Do yoga outdoors

In the wintertime, you may have visited a yoga studio regularly. Your fellow students traded their coats, scarves, and sweaters in exchange for yoga gear in a cozy room with colorful mats. Now, it’s the springtime and you don’t want to be cooped up in a confined space. Take your tree pose outside into nature where it belongs. You can use mindfulness while you do some strength building poses.

Exercise using your kids

Do you have kids? Use them as a means to exercise! Play tag with them in the playground or lift your toddler in the air many times as he/she says “again!” This could be an informal way of weight training! People underestimate how much energy it takes to parent, so use that energy to stay in shape when the weather gets nicer.

Generally, the springtime is a wonderful season to get out and exercise, but for some of us, it’s not so easy to get motivated. If you find that you’re feeling down or having trouble getting out there, it’s okay to seek help. People with other mental health issues, such as bipolar disorder experience sleep disturbances or manic symptoms in the springtime. For any of these reasons and more, don’t be afraid to reach out to a counselor whether that’s in person or an online therapist. You deserve to be happy and getting out there enjoying the great weather!

10 Ways Smiling Improves Your Overall Health

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If there is one thing you should do every day to improve your overall health, it would probably be to smile.

Smiling has so many health benefits, not to mention it’s contagious and people will definitely enjoy being around you more with a smile on your face.

Our friends at Alligator Dentist, a pediatric dentist in Idaho Falls, know how important a smile can be, so they helped us put together this list of the great benefits of smiling.

Mood Boost

Are you ever really unhappy when you smile? It’s kind of a known fact that when people smile, they are in a good mood. Sometimes you can even trick your mind and body into thinking you’re happy by forcing a smile. Try waking up each morning and putting a big smile on your face to start the day off right. Encourage your friends and family to do the same!

Lower Blood Pressure

Smiling and laughter have the ability to slow down our bodies by relaxing us. Initially, it might cause an increased heart rate, but after that, our muscles relax with a decrease in heart rate and blood pressure.

Stress Relief

As if an improved mood and lower blood pressure aren’t enough to relieve a little stress. Because smiling can help lower your heart rate, it can actually help reduce your stress during particularly stressful tasks.

Better Relationships

People like to be around, and in general just tend to like, other people who are positive and happy. Smiling lets others know that you are a positive and happy ray of sunshine that they want to be near. And because people thrive on that positivity, it improves your relationships with them.

Pain Killer

Laughter and smiling can actually help to reduce pain, or at least make it more tolerable. Smiling releases endorphins that can help lift our moods, and endorphins are our bodies’ natural painkillers.

Longer Life

With the benefits we’ve mentioned so far, it should come as no surprise that smiling can help increase your lifespan. With less stress, lower blood pressure, and great relationships, people who smile often tend to live longer than average.  

Increased Productivity

Think of “we whistle while we work”. Humming a happy tune or, you guessed it, smiling, helps to create a more productive mindset while working. So, smiling can help you be more productive during some of those daunting tasks that you might be dreading.

Build Attraction

It’s no secret that people are more attractive when they smile. Everyone loves a good smile. So, that’s one easy step to making yourself more attractive (and helping others around you since smiles are contagious).

Look Younger

Do you want to look more youthful? Then smile often! Smiling is basically a natural facelift. The results might not be immediate, but it can make a real difference in a few years if you’ve been smiling instead of frowning.

Better Immune System

Smiling helps with our overall health, and that includes your immune system. Because smiling helps us to relax, the immune system is ready to react when unfriendly invaders attach the body. Ergo, smiling can help prevent sickness – so why wouldn’t you smile more?

5 Reasons Crafting is Super Good For You

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You enter the craft room, pull out some yarn and a knitting needle, paint and a canvas, or fabric and glue, and suddenly, you are in your happy place.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise to avid crafters that the act of crafting is actually really good for you, mentally and physically. Crafting allows its participants to explore their creativity and it brings a unique outlet for stress.

Learn for yourself these wonderful benefits that crafting can have for you, and why you should start doing it today.

Reduce Stress

First, certain crafts have a rhythmic and repetitive nature that can help to relieve stress. Try knitting or painting, or even simply coloring in an adult coloring book. These repetitive actions like stroking a paint brush or moving a colored pencil along a page can give the user a sense of calm, similar to meditation. Having some physical action to do and focus on allows us to forget everything else going on around us other than the task at hand. So lose yourself in a craft and help relieve some of that daily stress.

Improve Mood

When you relieve your stress, your mood is likely to increase. But crafting doesn’t just improve your mood by reducing stress. When you learn a new skill or finish a beautiful crafting project, you gain a sense of accomplishment and feel more productive. Productivity is always great for a good mood boost. When you create something so beautiful that you want to put it up in your own home, you create a lasting sense of pride and accomplishment that you are reminded of every time you see your finished project.

Social Connection

Many people enjoy crafting in groups. Get together with a bunch of friends and have a fun crafting night. You can all bring something different, or have one person in your group teach everyone a new craft project that they have mastered. People need a social outlet, especially if they are surrounded by children or secluded in a cubicle all day.

Crafting is something that many people have in common, so it can be easy to get a group of people together for the sole purpose of crafting. But then you come out of this experience having made new friendships and a great social atmosphere that you can come back to when you need it.

Coordination

We did say that crafting can help you physically, too, and improved hand-eye coordination is exactly how! The more you practice something, the better you become at it. That’s a fact. So, the more you are participating in crafting projects, whether it is a complex crochet design or simply coloring in the lines of a coloring book, the better your coordination will become, and the better you’ll get at your craft.

Learned Skills

Crafting is a great opportunity to learn new skills! Not only do you learn the physical ability to create some new project, but crafting also teaches patience and perseverance. It’s not always easy to pick up a new skill like knitting, sculpting, or even painting. But if you are committed to learning this new crafting skill, you also learn to become more patient with yourself as you persevere through the first-timer frustrations. And these skills are something that you can lean on throughout the rest of your life.

If you’re looking for a new crafting project to try, check out Thoughts in Vinyl. They have beautiful do-it-yourself crafting kits and vinyl lettering that you can add to just about anything for a fun new home decoration.

5 Ways To Manage Sugar Cravings

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Sugar; we love it, we crave it, we need it. Well, sort-of. Probably some of your happiest memories of your life revolve around sugar, such as weddings, birthdays, holidays, and graduations. Its important to manage sugar cravings and there are many ways to do so.

This may be the reason most of us have a complicated relationship with sugar. Because on one hand, we know that too much of it isn’t super great for us, and usually leads to eating or drinking too much of it. But at the same time, we want to keep a healthy balance in all things and understand that cutting it out completely is usually a short-lived endeavor.

So what can you do to mend this complicated relationship between you and sugar?

Here are five ways to have a healthier relationship with sugar, so you have that balance you need to maintain your body’s health.

Understanding need versus want

 

Humans, in general, have an interesting relationship with sugar. A study by MIT found that sugar activates a completely different part of the brain than normal, healthy eating, so that means that your body doesn’t actually need sugar, it usually just wants it.

Sugars produce this need and want for it, but in reality, those are just signals coming from our brain that are similar to or may even be an addiction.

Now addiction is a pretty serious word and doesn’t necessarily mean that everyone is addicted to sugar, but it does mean we need to train ourselves and our brains to understand that although we may really, really want something sugary we need to ask ourselves if we really need it.

Stick to the real stuff

 

Whether or not you decide to eat something sugary when you have a hankering for it, it is best to stick to actual sugar instead of artificial sweeteners when you want to partake of it.

Most research has found that artificial sweeteners can actually lead to some cancers, making an attempt to replace something not so bad with something much worse.

Sugar producers create sugar from sugar cane or sugar beets, and after they are processed we get the table sugar that we normally eat or that is contained in most foods. These are the ones that are best to stick to rather than the artificial stuff.

Take a big drink of water

 

A huge part of understanding our relationship with sugar and how we can keep that relationship as healthy as possible is to understand our body and its needs.

So many times when we think we need food and something sugary we are most likely in need of water and hydration instead.

When it seems you have a sugar craving that just won’t kick, instead of indulging in it right away try drinking a large glass of water. If after about 15 minutes or so you still want something a little sweet go right ahead, but most will find the craving will actually dissipate.

Make sure you are getting sleep

 

According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, getting enough sleep and rest can greatly help your ‘need’ to have sugar.

Studies show that when you sleep enough you are less likely to reach for something sugary and more likely to have a better balanced relationship with sugar.

Also, something that is not good to do and can affect your relationship with sugar is using it to disrupt your sleep schedule, such as trying to stay awake by drinking caffeine or energy drinks that contain a lot of sugar.

Know you are human

 

Just like everyone else, you are human which means sometimes you will do great with balancing your sugar intake and sometimes not so much.

5 Reasons Plant-based Milk Is Healthy For You

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Milk is one of those things we have heard for most of our lives is necessary to make bones strong.

We have heard that it is a great form of calcium, and for most, it’s tasty to drink too.

The downside of good, old-fashioned cow’s milk, however, is there are many who are allergic or can’t process it, plus it tends to be high in sugar and fat.

Nowadays many people have turned to drinking plant-based milk such as soy milk and almond milk as an alternative.

But are these plant-based milks any better for you?

The answer is yes, and here are five reasons plant-based milk are super healthy for you.  

 

  • You can make it yourself

 

Nowadays there can be many added chemicals and preservatives in our foods and drinks, even ones that are so-called “natural” or “organic”.

The nice thing about plant-based milk, especially soy milk and almond milk, is that you can easily make it at home, that way you know exactly what goes into it.

As long as your soybean storage and almond storage is good, and you know how to properly prepare and store the milk once you’ve made it, you have organic, fresh, and tasty plant-based milk at your fingertips.

 

  • Contains many beneficial vitamins and minerals

 

For example, soy milk derives from soybeans, is plant-based so it is low in cholesterol and low in saturated fats. Soybeans and soy milk are also a great source of potassium, calcium, and protein.

Almond milk has many of the same nutritious benefits and is also high in vitamin E and Thiamin.

Although cows milk also contains a lot of these same vitamins, its high-fat content and sugar content makes it not as nutritious in the end.

 

  • Most are low in calories

 

From rice milk to coconut milk and from almond milk to soy milk, most plant-based kinds of milk are pretty low in calories.

In fact, if you did a side-by-side comparison, it would astound you how many more calories are in cow’s milk versus most plant milk.

So plant-based milk are awesome for all the taste and nutritious content without the added calories and sugars.  

 

  • Plant based milk have no dairy

 

According to the Genetics Home Reference, over 65% of the human population has a reduced ability to process lactose after infancy. In fact, in many Asian countries, over 90% of the population is lactose intolerant.

Luckily, with plant-based milk, this is not a problem, as they are all dairy free.

So whether you are like many of the basic population and are unable to process lactose, which is dairy sugar, or are Vegan and choose not to participate in wanting or drinking dairy products, plant-based milk is the milk for you.  

 

  • They are very good for your heart

 

Heart-health is something that everyone should be thinking about, and luckily plant-based milk is a great place to start when it comes to taking care of your heart.

According to Medical News Today, because plant milk such as almond milk is high in vitamin E and contains healthy fats, regular consumption of it can reduce the risk of heart disease.

This is because many nuts contain vitamin E, which is responsible for lowering cholesterol, which is a huge factor for heart disease.

Nothing is easier than drinking your way to a healthier heart.