Day: November 11, 2016

The Fitness Boom

While the worlds of sports and fitness are intertwined, it was not until the 1970s that popular culture was ready to accept fitness as eagerly as it had accepted sports. Fitness had not yet taken on its importance for improving health, and popular opinion likened fitness to work and manual labor. In the 1940s and 1950s, few participated in fitness willingly. Among those who did were Jack LaLanne, Victor Tanny, Joseph Gold, Joseph Weider, and Les and Abbye "Pudgy" Stockton. These fitness pioneers, among others, drew people to the beach in Santa Monica, California-the original Muscle Beach. Visitors came to watch their feats of strength and acrobatic displays. More and more viewers became participants, and these people, originally on the fringe, became a part of the cultural mainstream. Jack LaLanne, Vic Tanny, and Joe Gold all started gym chains with bodybuilding as their main focus. Due toPage 602 the influence of Abbye "Pudgy" Stockton, women were introduced to the muscularity and strength that came with bodybuilding. No longer reserved for just for "strongmen," bodybuilding brought about a change in the mindsets of all those who visited Muscle Beach.

From the seeds planted at the Santa Monica came Venice Beach, the home to bodybuilding legends Arnold Schwarzenegger, Frank Zane, and many, many more. Venice Beach in the 1970s brought with it a fitness explosion across the globe. Not only did bodybuilding become mainstream, but the popular opinion of fitness changed dramatically. Americans in the 1970s would do anything to improve their health and fitness.

Sports and athletics grew in the 1970s as well. Women became increasingly more interest in participating in sports; however, very little funding was available for the development of woman's athletics. A landmark law was passed in 1972. Part of a series of educational amendments, "Title IX," legislated gender equity in athletics. Not only were women becoming more active and more physically fit, a law now existed that called for equal funding and equal opportunity for female athletes. On 21 September 1973, female tennis star Billie Jean King defeated Bobby Riggs in the first-ever winner-take-all "Battle of the Sexes" tennis match. The hoopla surrounding this event-and its outcome-provided even more incentive for women to become involved with sports and fitness. By 1977, a record 87.5 million US adults over the age of eighteen claimed to be involved in some sort of athletic activity.

The fitness industry continued its growth into the 1980s. Gym owners tailored their facilities to attract customers and new gyms opened around the United States and around the world. A healthy lifestyle was becoming a part of popular culture. No longer was it unfashionable to be athletic, strong, or healthy. With the development of new technology, health and fitness were able to make their way into homes. Fitness tapes became available in the early 1980s and continue to encourage those to whom a gym or health facility may not be accessible. Innovators such as Jane Fonda and Richard Simmons were able to bring their exercise …

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New Study Finds Drinking Green Tea Promotes Healthy Teeth and Gums

Beverly Hills, California – June 18, 2009 – A healthy and beautiful smile is not just a product of cosmetic dentistry but also of good health and smart nutritional choices.
In recent years, green tea has been validated by multiple research studies for its effect on improving weight loss, and reducing the incidence of heart disease and cancer. New research published in March 2009 suggests a connection between the consumption of green tea and a reduction in the incidence of periodontal disease.

The study was published in the Journal of Periodontology. For the study, 940 men between the ages of 49 and 59 were included and their green tea drinking habits were compared. Those who drank green tea regularly had healthier teeth than those who drank less green tea. The comparisons in dental health were made using three factors normally associated with periodontal disease, including the bleeding of the gum tissue, the depth of the periodontal pocket, and the loss of attachment of gum tissue. The researchers discovered a correlation per glass of green tea consumed and a reduction in those three indicators.

Researchers believe the connection stems from the presence of catechin in green tea. Catechin is an antioxidant which has been shown to fight inflammation in the body. Periodontal disease is a condition marked by ongoing inflammation of the gums which causes the deterioration of gum tissue and supporting bones. By reducing this inflammation, the catechin from the tea may be promoting healthier teeth and gums.

Although not documented in the study, green tea is known to provide other dental benefits. Polyphenols in the tea stop plaque from sticking to the enamel of the teeth thus reducing the risk of cavity development. Green tea can also prevent the growth of bacteria in the mouth which cause bad breath. Some green teas also include fluoride which strengthens teeth.

The American Academy of Periodontology has endorsed many studies suggesting that maintaining healthy gums is critical to the overall health of the body. “The mouth is a mirror providing a reflection of conditions affecting the entire body,” says Dr. Farnoosh. “While green tea is not be a replacement for regular brushing and dental care, it can serve as a supplement to promoting proper periodontal health.”

Dr. Farnoosh is a leader in the field of cosmetic dentistry and aesthetic periodontal surgery. In addition to his 25 years of experience in private dental practice he has been teaching for more than two decades at the University of Southern California. Because of his credentials, he is considered by the Consumer Research Council (CRC), an independent research organization, to be one of “America’s Top Dentists”. His innovative research and pioneering procedures have earned him the recognition of the International Association of Dental Research and the American Academy of Periodontology.

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