Vitality: Good News About Health, Happiness and Productivity

Good News About Health, Happiness and Productivity

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Vitamin D is an important nutrient for maintaining strong bones and is needed for proper functioning of your muscles, nerves, and immune system. Yet many Americans are deficient in vitamin D. Fatty fish, such as salmon, trout, tuna, and mackerel, are the best natural sources, but you can also get vitamin D from fortified milk and other food.

Almost half of all eye injuries occur at home during house repairs, yard work, cleaning, and cooking. Ninety percent of these injuries could be prevented by wearing safety glasses, yet only 35 percent of Americans wear them. The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends every household have at least one pair of protective eyewear, approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

Good dental hygiene, such as brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and flossing every day, is an important part of preventing cavities. Certain foods contribute to the development of cavities more than others. According to the American Dental Association, some of the most damaging foods for your teeth are hard candies, sticky foods (including dried fruit), potato chips and other starchy snacks, and regular and diet sodas.