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Dry Mouth Woes

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

For the last ten years or so, I have had an uncomfortable dry mouth--I even wake up in the middle of the night with it, dying with the drying!!

I find myself obnoxious to be always chewing gum (sugarless) which does help. Today I went to a website to find out if there was anything else I could do about it. The first recommendation was the gum because it stimulates saliva, but get this, Spark people, they recommend and I quote:

Sip water or other sugar-free juices frequently. It is particularly important to drink often while eating. This will aid chewing and swallowing and may enhance the taste of your food. You can carry a water bottle, like bicycle riders do, during the day and keep a glass of water at your bedside at night. Also, use a humidifier to increase the moisture content of the air in your room.
Stimulate the flow of your saliva
By eating foods which require mastication
By chewing sugarless gum
By using, if possible, acid-tasting, sugarless (diabetic-type) candies..
By “sucking” a cherry or olive pit; or the rind of a lemon or lime.

More suggestions:

Avoid or decrease your intake of spicy, salty or very acidic foods.
Do not smoke
Avoid or decrease your intake of alcohol
Avoid or decrease your intake of caffeine-containing drinks and foods.
Chew your food slowly and thoroughly, and sip water with it before swallowing.


  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

CATLADY52 8/21/2012 6:39PM

    I sip water all day. Also rinse my mouth twice daily with Biotene. There are times when I have to sip very slowly because my mouth is so dry it is almost sticking together. I don't think it is stress or medication. emoticon

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CAROLEE1945 8/21/2012 12:03PM

    I did forget to mention the many medications do cause dry mouth. Many, many... but these hints can help regardless. I just thought it was funny that the suggestions were similar to what Spark tells us to do. And it is true that when something stressful happens, wow, my mouth feels like it has been burned it is so dry.

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ZEEDRA 8/21/2012 11:14AM

    Yes, it often just ends up to be common sense.
However, many people have dry mouth because of medication they are taking so this should be checked first.

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VINGRAM 8/21/2012 10:20AM

    Interesting. emoticon

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NELLJONES 8/21/2012 9:46AM

    I suffer from terrible dry mouth when I am severely stressed or terrified. I just sip on Diet Coke all day long. The bubbles help.

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KINEPS 8/21/2012 9:23AM

    Thanks for sharing Carol. I'm sharing this with my mom . . . . she's always complaining of a dry mouth!

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Blue Moon Beer

Monday, August 20, 2012

I did take the Blue Moon beer to my brother's birthday party, and it was a huge hit!!! I did not realize it is some special beer people like, and one person even said, "have you ever tried it with a slice of orange?" (I think that is what he said)

Taste is a funny thing. It did not taste as good the second time I tried it.

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VINGRAM 8/20/2012 9:33PM

    Never heard of that brand. emoticon

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I get an A + today. Or an F????

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Okay, the bad news is my weight is up two more pounds. (well 1.5)

The good news is all this week I was able to break my snacking -on-chocolate-chips habit.

Is the glass half full or half empty, Spark-wise?

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KARENNK8 8/20/2012 11:59AM

    Yeah, definitely half-full. Breaking a bad eating habit is huge. And it will show up on the scale given time. I just went down 2 pounds, but I'm not too excited because I know it will go back up. I just go up and down within about a 2-pound range, and I think most people do, sometimes more... 5 or 6 pounds isn't uncommon.

Good job on the habit-breaking. Not easy!

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PURPLELVR7 8/20/2012 10:28AM

    half full, count your success emoticon

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JEANNE229 8/20/2012 3:35AM

    Sounds like the glass is FULL...the weight is just temporary.

Comment edited on: 8/20/2012 3:35:31 AM

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SKIRNIR 8/19/2012 9:59PM

    Why oh why would it ever be A or F? There are things in between you know. Rarely is anything a clear A+ or a clear F.

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VINGRAM 8/19/2012 8:45PM

    Half full, no doubt! emoticon

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CLIPGIRL 8/19/2012 4:48PM

    That is great. Giving up on something you really love is hard. Way to go. And don't worry about the pounds, if you stick with your diet and exercise it will come off. Look at those people on The Biggest Loser, sometimes they do everything correctly and gain a pound.

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MWHITE0527 8/19/2012 4:43PM

    Half full! Way to go defeating temptation!

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Beer, as a snack??

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Can you even believe that yesterday I had beer as a snack?

Here is the reason: I have seen four great movies this summer and all of them had this very enticing ad for Blue Moon beer, a beverage that I had never tasted before. So, I bought a 12-can carton on the pretext that I would be taking it to a barbeque for my brother's birthday. Then, I decided it did not matter if I just took one out, instead of bringing the entire carton. They won't notice, will they?

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FISHINGLADY66 8/19/2012 6:03PM

    You gotta do what you gotta do. LOL emoticon

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JEANNE229 8/19/2012 12:15PM

    LOL. Sometimes just good to "get it out of the way" --the curiosity and craving, that is -- and move on.

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Sugar Rule (rather than Sugar Rules!!)

Friday, August 17, 2012

On and upwards with my self-training to get control of a sugar addiction. I am making a rule for myself. Only have cookies, cake, pie if you are eating it with someone else. There is no person lonelier that the pie-eating solitary woman.

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JACK714 8/18/2012 7:04AM

    Rules - no one keeps rules. But it's a good rule as long as you are with someone all the time. ha

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FUTUREHOPE49 8/17/2012 6:08PM

    Ha Ha! Good rule! emoticon

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MARYANN2323 8/17/2012 5:02PM

    So very true!

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