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Gum disease can let bacteria enter your bloodstream and wreak havoc elsewhere in your body. Or sometimes, signs of a disease may first show up in your mouth.
Although the eyes may be the window to the soul, your mouth is a window to your body's health. The state of your oral health can offer lots of clues about your overall health. Oral health and overall health are more connected than you might realize.

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Do you need to take vitamins or can you get what you need from food?


Lots of folks take supplements to help keep them healthy, but in many cases, pills and potions aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. This new series is your inside guide for some of the most popular vitamins.

Why Supplements Can Be Dangerous

It may seem hard to believe but the supplement industry isn’t regulated by the FDA or any other government agency. It’s only after multiple reports of adverse effects of a product that the government can step in to investigate and attempt to take that product off the market. This means that many supplement companies can (and do) cut corners, skimp on research, and sell products that are of lesser quality. In some cases this can just mean a waste of money, in others it can be dangerous to your health.

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Nutrient to Know: Thiamin

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This water-soluble nutrient can be found in a variety of foods, including some popular picnic fare. Here’s what you need to know about thiamin, plus how to get your daily dose, while it's still grilling season.

What is it?
Also known as vitamin B1, thiamin is commonly found in many plant and animal foods like whole grains, beans, fish, pork and enriched pasta. It’s also found in small amounts in fruits and vegetables. Because it’s available in so many foods, supplements typically aren’t necessary. Thiamin is often found in multi-vitamins, but luckily there’s no risk of toxic effects from taking in to much.

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