HEALTH FOR THE AGES & STAGES WELLNESS TIPS FROM LOCAL EXPERTS KIDS
8. Adequate sleep: Take a warm shower before bed, and sleep on a firm mattress. Position pillows to support arms, legs and belly, and lie on your side with one leg crossed over the other.
Wait, shouldn’t orthodontic work wait until all permanent teeth are in place?
The team at Valley OBGYN has cared for thousands of expecting moms in 35 years serving the Liberty Lake and Spokane Valley communities. While no two pregnancies are the same, following are some basic tips to improve comfort from common issues from the doctors of Valley OBGYN.
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SHOW YOUR TOWARD A MORE BABY TEETH TO COMFORTABLE ORTHODONTIST! PREGNANCY Not necessarily, explains Dr. Scott Ralph of Liberty Lake Orthodontics. “There is a window of time before jaw and facial growth have finished during which early treatment may prevent more serious problems from developing,” he said. “Not to mention, early treatment can make the traditional teenage braces timeframe shorter and less complicated.” Dr. Ralph recommends seeing kids around age 7 for a free consultation. At this appointment, severe crowding and jaw growth disharmony issues can be addressed, often avoiding the need years later to extract adult teeth or undergo jaw surgery. A first phase or orthodontic treatment may also be recommended, which takes advantage of a window of opportunity to create room in the arches, correct jaw growth imbalances or bite problems and improve self-esteem, among other benefits. “For many kids, early treatment can pay huge dividends,” Dr. Ralph said. “Obviously, we are not out to treat all 7-year-olds — only the ones who will really benefit from it. Parents typically feel it’s worth the free consultation to find out.” Of course, Liberty Lake Orthodontics sees kids, teens and adults of all ages. Dr. Ralph’s customized treatment options also include Invisalign and clear braces. For more on Dr. Ralph and Liberty Lake Orthodontics, see the ad on the back cover.
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1. Nausea: Get up slowly, and eat a few unsalted crackers before getting out of bed. More frequent, smaller meals help, as does drinking water with lemon slices. 2. Fatigue: Get regular exercise, take catnaps when you can, and — by all means — accept help from others. 3. Mood swings: Talk about your feelings with others, including other mothers. Limit sweets and caffeine while maintaining a healthy diet of regular meals. 4. Headaches: Fresh air, exercise, relaxation, rest — and repeat. Check with your health care provider before taking pain medications. 5. Heartburn: Smaller, lighter meals throughout the day helps, as does sleeping with your upper body raised 6 inches. Don’t lie down until two hours after you eat. 6. Constipation: Eat high-fiber foods, such as whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Drink lots of water and get regular exercise. 7. Breast care: Avoid alcohol or using harsh soaps, which cause excessive dryness. Wear nursing bras, as they provide extra support and can also be used after pregnancy if you choose to breastfeed.
NAD EFFECTIVE IN ENDING ADDICTION
NAD, a nutritionally based treatment with a long track record of success, is now helping dozens of local residents gain freedom from longheld addictions. “NAD is more than 90 percent effective in minimizing withdrawal and eliminating cravings for alcohol and drugs,” said Dr. Susan Ashley of Healthy Living Liberty Lake. “It restores and heals the brain from years of substance abuse.” NAD (Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide) is a molecule found in every cell of the body and is essential for life. It enables the conversion of food into energy and helps regulate the expression of genes involved in cell viability and in repair of damaged DNA. NAD is also important for the circadian rhythm to allow more restful sleep and has significant anti-aging and antiinflammatory effects. At Healthy Living Liberty Lake, NAD is used to treat addictions, PTSD, chronic stress, anxiety, depression and neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Story continued on page 62