Change your Toothbrush Monthly for Better Health

by Vickie Johnston, Owner and Founder, H2O Health

Humans are creatures of habit, we hate change!

Everybody knows any change we try to make is hard. It really does not matter what it is, eating, dieting, stop smoking, getting off meds or illegal drugs or changes in our daily routine, it is just tough!

Most people will not make any change until it is do or die.

Take our health, for example, most people wait to do something positive for their health until the doctor says: “Stop smoking or it is going to kill you.” No one wants to hear those dreaded words: “You have cancer.”

Usually that is when we get serious about making a dramatic change to prolong our life. I used to use a phase that went like this: “If you lose your house, you lost something. If you lose your car, you lose something. If you lose your health, you have lost everything!”

There are easy things to do that will contribute and improve your daily health. My No. 1 is, of course, drink water, preferably clean water.

Just drinking water every morning and after your last meal of the day will help your body with the critical tasks it has to do daily. It is recommended to drink half your body weight in ounces a day to support proper hydration.

Our bodies are about 70% water in mid age. Your lungs are about 82% water; we lose a half ounce every hour just breathing! Your brain is about 85% water, headaches are often a sign you just need to drink more water. Blood is about 90% water; water is vital to our cells!

My No. 2 is something few really give thought to, and you use it every day — your toothbrush. There are trillions of bacteria in your mouth, and just rinsing a toothbrush off with water does not get the job done to clean it.

The best rule of thumb is simply changing that toothbrush every month to prevent the buildup of bacteria that causes colds, flus and other health issues.

We are all capable of doing more than we think to improve our health! It is much easier when you understand how viruses, bacteria and cells rebuild.

Drink water for good health, clean water that is. Remember, buy a filter or be a filter!