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Guru Kate: Staying active at a desk job

Media has been buzzing in the past year about America’s “sitting disease.” These articles cite studies that claim our society stays seated for far too long, and this is to blame for America’s national health decline and increasing obesity rates. It is more than plausible to infer prolonged periods of inactivity can lead to increased […]

Guru Kate: Does brushing your teeth do more than prevent cavities?

Proper dental hygiene is both necessary for your social career and very necessary for the health of your teeth. Regardless of your stance in the fluorinated versus unfluorinated argument, the physical act of brushing teeth removes plaque and can help break down tartar.
Dental plaque is the secretion left by pesky bacteria festering inside the human mouth. Try not to think about that for too long, because you will always have bacteria inside your mouth no matter how much you swish with mouthwash.
In fact, some bacteria in your mouth belong there and are competitively helpful to charge out the bad bacteria. However, no method of dental hygiene can truly differentiate between these, so when you brush, you aim to eliminate both kinds of bacteria equally — and that’s OK.
Multiple studies have shown that those who brushed, flossed and had more consistent dental hygiene had lower C-reactive protein levels and lower levels of other inflammation biomarkers (signals for biological processes). Basically, those who reported higher levels of hygiene had fewer signs of inflammation.
While this link needs to be further explored in the science world, there are more concrete connections. For example, many factors play a role in the development of cardiovascular disease, such as high blood pressure and coronary artery disease.
One of those factors is dental hygiene.
As mentioned before, dental hygiene primarily targets bacteria. Left to their own devices, bacteria wriggle in and around teeth and can make their way to the bloodstream. These bacteria can lead to atherogenesis.
For once, this word is actually as scary as it sounds. It’s the deterioration of the walls of arteries, and deposits of fatty material, which creates plaque in the arteries. These are two big factors that play into heart disease.
The link is neither definitive nor causal, but recent studies unanimously suggest a strong correlation.
Taking two minutes out of your morning and night routine to polish those pearly whites can’t hurt. Some side effects may include: a brighter smile, more positive dental visits, better breath and less pain. If you don’t already brush your teeth morning and night, consider switching for more than just your social status.
Studies have linked it to less whole-body pain (via lower levels of cycling inflammation biomarkers) and lowered risk of cardiovascular disease, which is the leading cause of death in the United States. It’s pretty incredible that something as small as brushing your teeth daily can help stave off this heart-wrenching disease.

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Guru Kate: How do I know if I have acid reflux?

The digestive system is truly magnificent. It is self con­taining, self regulating, and ensures that all nutrients get to where they need to go. In a perfect world, it is like a city’s traffic system. This intricate system enthralls gastroentero­lists with the true majesty that is the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, and large intestine.


Guru Kate: What are hiccups? Are there any scientifically proven cures?

Hiccups are nature’s reminder that no matter how intricate the human body is, it still has a switch that no one knows what it goes to. They’re involuntary spasms of the diaphragm, which is a big muscle sandwiched between the stomach and lungs.

Guru Kate: ‘What are anti-inflammatory foods and how do they work in the human body?’

Inflammation is your body’s natural response to injury. Noticing that something is awry in the complex system, the wound sends out messengers from the immune system to check the problem out and patch things up.

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Guru Kate: Nutritional differences between men and women

You’ve heard correctly! Women go through life stages and hormonal changes resulting in the need for more nutrients, namely iron and calcium. All the while, women need anywhere from 200-300 fewer calories per day than men of the same body weight, height and age. This means that women have the added task of eating more nutritionally dense food than their male counterparts eat.

Illustration by Casey Kleeb

Guru Kate: Why do some dentists endorse certain chewing gums?

Although it hasn’t aired in years, a Trident gum commercial was so iconic that it spurred many people to ask, “Why would four out of five dentists recommend a particular chewing gum?”

Guru Kate: Why do people say that coconut oil is so good for you?

Coconut oil is a unique fat. It’s solid at room temperature, like butter, but has purported health benefits, like olive oil. Many doctors used to warn against consuming coconut oil because it looks like butter at face value.

Illustration by Casey Kleeb

Guru Kate: What are the real health benefits of chocolate and at what point do benefits outweigh the downfalls?

Chocolate is the Valentine’s Day food mascot. The sugary, creamy snack has developed a reputation over the years of being chock full of antioxidants. However, naysayers have not let their chocoholic friends forget that it is still a sweet and should be enjoyed in moderation.

Photo graphic by Nick Foote

Guru Kate: All About Vitamins

Vitamin supplements are a nice way of covering all of your nutritional bases. You pop a pill every day, and regardless of what you eat, you figure that you can’t have deficiencies. However, not all multivitamins are created equal.

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Guru Kate: Which is a better breakfast: Eggs or cereal?

Many factors influence whether eggs or cereal makes the better breakfast decision. How are the eggs prepared? What do you eat with the eggs? Are you eating Captain Crunch’s Crunch Berries, or homemade granola?

Guru Kate: What’s so healthy about garlic and onions?

Many naturopathic practitioners have supported the alternative remedy of garlic and onion supplementation. Some suggest that merely leaving sliced onion on the counter will keep sickness at bay.

Illustration by Casey Kleeb

Guru Kate: How are calories in food measured?

In the past 100 years, the primary method of measuring calories has not changed course. The Atwater method uses classical knowledge about how food is metabolized via fats, protein and carbohydrates.

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Guru Kate: Surefire ways to prevent muscle soreness

Whether you’re reading this as a college-level athlete or a couch-potato level athlete, delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) has likely hit you at one point or another.

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