Here comes Peter Cottontail! Easter is just around the corner and the excitement is building up! Children love Easter and the sugary candies that come with it. It is important for diabetic children not to indulge in too many sugary foods at once, rather keep it at a minimum. If you have multiple children, treat them equally, if one gets a chocolate bunny or peeps they all get a chocolate bunny or peeps. What’s Easter without a chocolate bunny?
If you want your child to have the standard chocolate bunnies, peeps and jellybeans, controlling intake is key. Mark the packaged candy with the amount of carbohydrates. Place the loose candy in baggies and mark the baggies with the total carbohydrates. This will aid in tracking the amount. There are diabetic Easter eggs available however they are not recommended. These are very hard on the stomach and can act as a laxative. They also have just about as many carbohydrates as regular candy. Stay away!
Children don’t want to feel excluded because of their diabetes and we shouldn’t worry about the one or two treats they consume, as these will not affect their long-term blood glucose control. Instead of eating the treats all at once, they can have a piece throughout the week with meals. Adjusting their insulin can also assist in letting them enjoy the holiday treats without worrying too much. Just remember to check their levels a couple of hours after eating the sugary treats.
There are alternatives to filling up their baskets with these treats. Just give them a few and then fill up the rest of the basket with other fun items! Some filler ideas for teens and adults could include; DVDs, yogurt-covered raisins, scarves, ties, sugar-free gum, dark cocoa-dusted almonds, cash or gift cards, jewelry, coffee or tea, ear buds, iTunes gift card, sunglasses, hats, sandals, hand sanitizer, nail polish, lip gloss, socks, etc.
Filler ideas for kids baskets could include; stickers, tattoos, plastic eggs filled with coins, crayons and coloring books, paints, paint brushes, journal, eraser, pencil sharpener, crafts, small stuffed animals, small toys, mini puzzles, bubbles, chalk, balls, jump rope, bucket and shovel, pool toys, swim goggles, Yo-Yo, gardening tools, binoculars, magnifying glass, admission passes to parks, movie theater gift card, ear buds, slinky, kinetic sand, bouncy balls, hot wheels, trains, mini figures, rubber duckies, small board games, Pokémon cards, trading cards, baseball cards, mini Lego sets, Easter themed books, comic books, shoe charms, headbands, etc.
To add to the fun, hide their Easter baskets! Make a scavenger hunt. Start with a plastic egg in their room that has a clue inside that will take them on an adventure throughout the house that will end at their Easter basket filled with fun inexpensive items and a few treats. If a scavenger hunt is not your forte, another idea is to tie a string to their bedroom door and run it all through the house, over/under/around tables and chairs and up/down the stairs that will end at their Easter basket. You can use different colors of string for each kid to make it their own. These are fun ideas that the kids will enjoy!
Easter can still be fun for a child with diabetes; you just have to get a little more creative. It’s all about managing what and how much they can have at one time and monitoring their levels. Keep it fun for the children and make sure they don’t feel different than the other children in the family. Believe it or not, children may enjoy the hunt for the basket and getting toys more than getting a basket filled with a bunch of candy! Happy Easter!
This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read herein.
Feel like you’re doing everything right on your diet plan but still not seeing the results you desire?
Many people find themselves in this position. They are working hard on their approach and taking care to follow their diet to the letter. But yet, something is amiss. The scale just isn’t going downward and they aren’t getting the results they were hoping for.
Often, the big problem is not their effort or motivation. The problem is that they are letting certain foods into their diet plan that are sabotaging their results. Often these foods are designed to be fat loss foods but they really aren’t. Instead, they’re holding you back from success.
What are these foods? Let’s go over three foods that you need to cut out of your diet immediately.
Fruit Flavored Yogurts
Fruit flavored yogurts are a favorite among many dieters but little do they know they’re digging into pint-sized sugar bombs each time they eat a small container.
Next time you’re picking out your favorite yogurt, double check the sugar content. You might just find yourself surprised to know there are 15 or more grams of sugar per serving.
Of course you can purchase the sugar-free varieties, but then you’ll be taking in a number of unwanted artificial sweeteners, which can be just as bad for you.
Instead, opt for plain Greek yogurt. Flavor it yourself by adding a handful of fresh berries.
Next up on the list of foods that you want to get out of your diet plan are any products that are built to be ‘fat free’. These often state that they are fat free on the label and proud of it.
But ask yourself, if the fat is removed, what is added? Something had to be added otherwise these just wouldn’t taste good.
The answer to that is sugar. Sugar has often been added to these foods and is what is causing them to still taste appealing.
And, if you are trying to lose body fat, sugar is just as bad – if not worse – than fat is.
Finally, the last of the foods that you need to be careful about including in your diet plan are protein bars. These may seem like a great option since they do contain protein and you’re probably trying to get more protein into your day.
But once again, you need to check that sugar content. Most protein bars are upwards of 15 grams of sugar or more per bar. Some measure in as high as 30 or even 40 grams of sugar depending on the calorie content.
In actuality, these aren’t much more than a glorified chocolate bar. While you can buy a few bars that do keep the sugar content very low (five grams or less per bar), you do need to search for those. Be careful about buying these bars.
So there are three foods that you may be currently eating that could be causing you some issues. Are any of these in your diet?
There’s lots of pain that comes with dental implant failure. It feels embarrassing, moreover than when you first had your missing tooth. No one wants to feel that way, so let’s make sure of that. So instead of risking further tooth loss and dental implant failure, we want to show you just how simple it is to take care of your teeth. Surprisingly, these 7 simple tips are so easy to work into your everyday routine, and will help make sure your dental implants stay healthy and well. Let’s take a look at them.
7 Tips to Take Care of Your Dental Implants
In a study conducted by the American College of Prosthodontist, they have identified and laid out the must-do’s every person should be aware of to keep their teeth healthy. Here we have the top 7 ways you can achieve dental health success.
Get a Dental Examination Once Every 6 Months
It’s important to communicate with your dentist on average every 6 months. Cleanings are one of the most important things you can do for your teeth, as we cannot clean the back of our teeth as thoroughly as we think we do with just a toothbrush and floss. Dentist are there to educate you and give you goals to improve or keep up your oral health.
Floss Your Teeth Daily
A question you may always dread is when your dentist asks, “Have you been flossing”? The answer is probably no, and that can be a huge detriment for you and your dental health. When it comes to flossing dental implants, use a water pik. Water piks are easier on the gums and don’t come with the same soreness as traditional floss. If you’re experiencing bleeding while flossing, you’re pushing the floss too deep into your gums. It’s a tall order to floss every day for many, but flossing is one of the best things you can do for your teeth and dental implant health.
Brush Your Teeth Twice a Day
This should not come as a shocker to any of you. Brushing your teeth is what keeps bacteria from multiplying exponentially while you’re sleeping or out and about during the day. Every day, before and after you get out of bed, you need to brush your teeth for at least 2 minutes. Brush each tooth gently in a circular motion 15 times before rinsing out your mouth. Don’t overextend and brush your teeth longer than this. Excessive brushing can wear down the thin layer of enamel protecting your teeth and do more harm than good.
Replace that Icky Toothbrush of Yours
Your toothbrush goes a long way for you. It cleans your teeth when you need it, brushing away the thousands of bacteria specimens breeding in your mouth on a daily basis. It’s there for you when you need it day in and day out, even when you’re sick. But relationships with your toothbrush don’t last forever. We recommend replace your toothbrush every 6 weeks, which goes for electric toothbrushes as well (the head of it). If you are sick, replace your toothbrush immediately, as you don’t want to get sick again due to the icky bacteria lingering on the bristles.
Wear a Mouth Guard to Protect Your Dental Implants
There’s a high chance of your dental implants experiencing damage if you grind your teeth in your sleep. If believe that you do, talk with your dentist, as they will set you up with a night mouth guard to protect your teeth as you sleep. Nighttime is not the only time you may want to wear a mouth guard. Mouth guards are extremely important if you play sports or participate in any physical exercise. They make sure your teeth aren’t harmed if you get knocked into or you fall down while being active. Furthermore, make sure the mouth guard you receive fits your teeth perfectly, else it will feel awkward and uncomfortable.
Avoid Smoking and Chewing Tobacco
Tobacco use is amongst the most harmful things you put in your body. In recent years, there has been innumerable studies about the danger of tobacco, especially on your teeth. It causes tooth decay, it eats at your gums, it causes bad breath, and eventually you’ll have nothing but black plaque left in your mouth. If you are a smoker, it’s almost certain your dentist will make you quit before you even qualify to get a dental implant. It’s a good time to quit now as well, taxes on tobacco products have never been higher in the U.S. and will most likely continue to go up.
Eat a Low Sugar Diet
Your tongue knows all about the best pastries out there, but it doesn’t know how much harm such sugary foods can do to your teeth. Sugary foods gnaw down your enamel protecting your teeth, and can cause tooth discoloration and more. Now your dental implant is colored to match the remainder of your teeth, discoloration can make your dental implant stand out like a sore thumb. If you want to keep up an appearance and a nice smile, make sure that the foods you eat aren’t being fueled by sugar. There are many natural foods that are just as good, if not better than sugary processed foods.
Thanks to climate change, every season of allergies is the worst. Warmer temperatures advance the springs and make allergy seasons longer. Even higher levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere have made pollen more potent. This year is no different.
The good news is that natural allergy relief is within reach on your refrigerator: Foods rich in vitamin C and folic acid help reduce inflammation associated with allergic reactions, and several studies have found that some herbs are as effective as high-cost drugs. Include foods rich in vitamin C (such as citrus and broccoli) in your diet as a natural and effective way to alleviate allergy.
This precious vegetable serves two purposes in annihilating your allergy symptoms. It has a high content of vitamin C and is a member of the cruciferous family, plants that have been proven to clean blocked nasal sinuses. Researchers have found that taking about 500 milligrams (mg) of vitamin C a day can help alleviate allergy symptoms, and a cup of raw broccoli contains about 80 mg.
To reach that level of 500 milligrams of vitamin C from natural food sources, you can also turn to oranges grapefruits, lemons and limes. A large orange contains about 100 mg of C, while half of a large grapefruit contains about 60 mg. Do not just admire the kale as a garnish. Eat it, as it is excellent against allergies as if broccoli is a member of the cruciferous family. It is also rich in pigments that help in the fight against allergy symptoms.
You cannot talk about natural allergy remedies without talking about nettle, which helps eliminate the inflammation that occurs when you experience allergy symptoms. Nettle contains histamine the chemical the body produces during an allergic reaction, so it helps you acquire tolerance. You can compare nettle capsule supplements at your health food store, and take three times a day in times of allergy. That is the best way to alleviate allergy, but long-term use is not recommended as it can deplete your potassium stores.
Does this plant really work? Science says yes, although its use is not recommended for young children, people over 65 or those with allergies to ragweed. An analysis of six British studies found that butter bur acts as an allergy reliever and five studies supported the claim. But the roots of this perennial shrub generally contain high levels of these alkaloids which can damage the liver
If you are a victim of rheumatoid arthritis or any other inflammatory disease, it is in your best interest to add a lot of fruits and vegetables to your diet. Vegetables and fruits have certain pigments that have anti inflammatory properties. Unlike prescription drugs, they have been found to be very useful in reducing discomfort of the joints without any side effects. There is no denial that addition of anti inflammatory vegetables will not eliminate the need of prescription medication completely but they can certainly help if you continue their intake for a reasonably longer period of time.
Here are top 4 anti inflammatory vegetables that have proved themselves effective against inflammation in chronic pain and arthritis patients:
1. Winter Squash
Being a great source of beta-cryptoxanthin which is a power carotenoid. This vegetable tops the list of anti inflammatory vegetables. Once beta-cryptoxanthin goes inside the body, it gets converted to retinol which is a form of vitamin A. Studies have revealed that people who consumed high levels of beta-cryptoxanthin had the least risk of developing inflammation in joints, a condition known as inflammatory polyarthritis. Besides this, winter squash is also a great source of beta-carotene which is another carotenoid with powerful affects.
One of the easiest ways to add winter squash to your diet is by pureeing it and adding it to baked foods such as cookies and baked bread to give them an added flavor. It is also savored steamed or as an addition to soups.
While it may be easy to spot carrots on a vegetable stand due to their bright red color, carrots stand out among other vegetables for more reasons than just the color. Carrots have a number of health benefits that make it a widely consumed vegetable. Carrots are rich in carotenoids which have high anti inflammatory properties. Carrots are also rich in fiber which acts as a moderator for blood sugar. In addition to the anti inflammatory properties, carrots have also been found beneficial against macular degeneration of the eye and in lowering the risk of a coronary heart disease.
It may surprise most of you, but the fact is that spinach has the highest nutrient content among all vegetables. Spinach has been known to launch a three pronged offensive against inflammation. It contains beta-carotene, the same carotenoid that imparts the same benefits as carrots. Besides beta-carotene, it also contains vitamin C and vitamin K which are important vitamins. It has been revealed through research that a vitamin K1-rich diet lowered levels of 14 inflammation blood markers.
4. Onions and Garlic
These two strong odored anti inflammatory vegetables are best known for their immunity boosting properties. Onions contain quercetin and allicin which are instrumental in breaking down to produce sulfenic acid, a great free radical fighting chemical. Garlic also has similar properties against inflammation. It works in the same manner as pain killer medications such as ibuprofen.
The Bottom Line:
It stands for a fact, that addition of anti inflammatory vegetables to your diet has a number of benefits, reduction of inflammation being one of them. Anti inflammatory vegetables combined with other anti inflammatory foods and prescribed exercises can go a long way in relieving you of arthritis and joint pain.
The most important step to a healthier life is the change to a healthy diet. Get more information from the free copy of my e-book to make better choices!
1. Know What Type Of Care You Need
The faster you can identify the type of care you need the better. For people with chronic conditions or recurring medical needs such as a urinary tract infection diagnosis and treatment it’s easy to find at the closest medical facility. For people experiencing an ailment for the first time it can be more challenging to determine whether an urgent care center or hospital is the best place to seek treatment. In most instances your closest walk-in clinic can help you get fast, affordable care including filling a prescription, treating common ailments, rashes, allergic reactions, minor sprains, or other minor non-life threatening problems.
2. Make It Convenient
To minimize time spent sitting in a waiting room and get back to your vacation as soon as possible, choose a location that is close to your hotel, condo, or rental property. Do a quick search online for “nearest urgent care” and then call the locations closest to you and ask how long the current wait is to find the fastest and most convenient urgent care option.
3. Ask The Hotel Or Concierge
Your hotel or timeshare concierge are a great place to start your urgent care search. They deal with hundreds of visitors and all sorts of medical conditions on a daily basis and have relationships with the closest urgent care centers. As soon as you determine you need care, make your concierge the first stop on your journey to feeling better.
4. Do Some Research
Once you have a few urgent care locations in mind, go online and read about experiences other visitors have had. Check sites like Yelp, Google Places, Facebook and the urgent care centers’ websites for customer testimonials and star ratings. Picking a location that has good reviews and clinic pictures will help you reduce anxiety, make a more informed healthcare decision, and result in a better overall urgent care experience.
5. Consider Telemedicine
For those visitors who are staying in remote locations, or have a problem that can be easily diagnosed over the Internet, like a jellyfish sting, consider telemedicine. The ability to see a doctor from the convenience of your mobile device, tablet, or laptop can help you save a great deal of time. Typically, when you walk into a clinic you have to wait in line, but with a telemedicine visit you can either schedule an appointment with the doctor when it’s convenient for you or enter a virtual waiting room. After the online visit the physician can quickly call in your prescription to the nearest pharmacy so you can go back to enjoying your vacation.
In this guide, we will highlight the key points about All-on-4 dental implants, and provide to you All-on-4 implant pricing you can use when looking to get a full mouth restoration for the best deal.
What is All-on-4 All About?
All-on-4 is a special surgery that, instead of placing individual implant posts for each and every tooth missing, only 4 implants are used to support an entire arch of porcelain teeth.
Two implants are placed perpendicular at the front of the jaw where it is the strongest and most stable. Two more dental implants are placed further in the jaw where the molars once were, angled slightly inwards to avoid contact with vital facial nerves and any blood vessels. Each implant is composed of titanium, so they will bond without problem to your jawbone. This will further strengthen what will be your new teeth. The 4 implants work together to support a set of porcelain teeth, giving you back a healthy smile.
You may have also heard of All-on-4 dental implants by their other name, Same Day Dental Implants. All-on-4 is the only dental implant procedure that lets you walk out with dental implants in one day, instead of waiting the usual 6 month healing period.
Why is All-on-4 So Popular?
The All-on-4 technique has been around since the early 2000s, when Nobel Biocare introduced the concept to dentists far and wide. Since then, dental implants and All-on-4 have seen an incredulous increase in popularity and demand. All-on-4 dental implants are known for being incredibly successful, with a success rate of 98%. When it comes to restoring a missing smile, All-on-4 dental implants are proven to work.
All-on-4 is popular for its longevity, comfortability, esthetic appeal and how easy it is to take care of.
How much are All-on-4 Dental Implants?
If you want the best deal on All-on-4, you don’t want to have to walk to each and every dentist and get a quote. We did the hard work for you! We have conducted research and contacted over 500 dentist for their All-on-4 dental implants pricing across Southern California. Here’s what we got.
The average cost for All-on-4 dental implants is $22,600 based on the data we collected. A majority of dentist had their pricing at either $20,000 or $25,000, which are benchmark prices that gave us room to work with.
However, there were some fair outliers. Some practices in our research pool have pricing as little as $19,500, while others were as much as $30,000. Cheaper cities in our research pool includes Whittier and Garden Grove, while the pricier cities includes Newport Beach and Santa Monica. Keep in mind that not every dental practice offers All-on-4 procedures, so don’t expect your corner dentist to be a dental implantologist.
Factors that Affect the Price of All-on-4
There are several factors that cause the price of All-on-4 to fluctuate. Take these into consideration when looking at different prices for All-on-4 dental implants.
In Office Treatment
Some of the more expensive dentist on our list often outsource their work to specialists for certain parts of the procedure. It’s pricey because these specialists are privatized and charge as much as they want to for their services, which gets passed on to you through the practice. When looking for affordable All-on-4 options, check to make sure the dentist you’re interested in does the procedure in their office.
Qualifications of a Dentist
The experience and expertise will change from dentist to dentist. Each and every dentist has a diverse education experience, usually ending with a doctorate degree and several thousands of hours of training in the field. Dentist want their money’s worth. Some dentist have outrageous pricing for their All-on-4 procedure because they believe they need to get their money’s worth. That’s a poor view of the situation.
On the other side of the spectrum, there are other dentist who understand not everyone has a flexible wallet. These dentist make sure they are affordable, so you can get All-on-4 without breaking the bank. When looking at the price of All-on-4 at each practice, take into consideration what the dentist experience and expertise level is, and whether they are worth paying for when there are cheaper options.
Removal of Any Remaining Teeth
Getting All-on-4 dental implants means you are getting an entire arch of awesome, new teeth. If you have any remaining teeth, or have roots still holding on for dear life, you’ll need to get them removed. Luckily, most dentist see that you’re spending quite a lot of money on All-on-4 dental implants, so they reduce or cut out the cost of any removals to make it a little more affordable.
X-Rays and CT Scans
Prior to starting any surgery, make sure that the dentist takes clear images of your mouth. A dentist that doesn’t is a dentist you can’t trust. X-rays and CT scans allow the dentist to overview your jawbone’s health condition and determine whether it is strong enough for a successful All-on-4 implant treatment. If it isn’t, your dentist will often require you to get a bone graft, a surgery that restores missing bone in order to rebuild your jawbone. Keep in mind that these are necessary for a full mouth restoration, and without it can put you at risk. The cost for X-Rays, CT scans, and grafting may add to your bill, but they will be required wherever you go, so don’t let the price for these scare you off.
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Inflammatory arthritis refers to a group of conditions that affect your immune system resulting to your defense system attacking your tissues instead of viruses, germs and other foreign objects in your body. Being in constant pain is the hardest part of living with inflammatory arthritis. Individuals living with this condition are faced with recurrent ongoing pain that adversely affect their outlook in live and which can easily lead to stress and eventually depression. However, this does not have to be the case anymore; there are 4 natural anti inflammatory spices that have withstood the test of time in helping you reducing joint pain and arthritis related inflammation. Here they are:
What is it?
Rosemary is an evergreen plant that grows anywhere in the world providing temperatures are not extremely low. Rosemary has for a long time been used to lower cortisol, as a source of antioxidants and vitamin B6 and in reducing anxiety. However, after a research that was done by the University of Maryland medical center, rosemary is today one of the most celebrated anti inflammatory spices when it comes to reducing arthritis, joint pain and inflammation.
How to use it!
For optimal arthritis results, stuff a chicken with fresh rosemary and onions before frying it or sprinkle rosemary powder over potatoes and then roast them. Rosemary is also one of the best aromatic additions to meat, sauces and pasta. Note that doctors recommend that you take less than 6 grams of dried rosemary daily. Mega doses may cause allergic reactions.
Another great anti inflammatory spice are ginger roots. These have a light brown stem and depending on the variety you are using, you may encounter a variety of white, yellow or red flesh. Ginger has been applied for medical uses in China and India for more than 5,000 years. Today, ginger is popularly used as a treatment for stomach upset and diarrhea. However, what has made ginger roots very popular is their inclusion as one of the best anti inflammatory spices when it comes to arthritis.
How to use it!
For optimal results, toss chopped fresh ginger roots into a stir fry. You can also use it in salmon glaze.
What is it?
Turmeric is a root that is closely related to ginger and native in South Asia. Turmeric is dark brown on the outer coating with deep orange flesh. It has been applied for medical use for over 4,000 years mainly to treat digestive problems and reduce inflammation. However, turmeric is today being hailed as one of the most effective anti inflammatory spices when it comes to arthritis. The only limitation of using turmeric as compared to the above two spices is that results takes time to manifest.
How to use it!
For best results with this anti inflammatory spice, use it in curry to give your meal a yellow tint. Ideally, try to make your dish a vegetable curry that has cinnamon as well: This gives double anti inflammatory effect.
In conclusion, cinnamon is also one of the most celebrated anti inflammatory spices when it comes to reducing arthritis pain and inflammation. However, it is less effective compared to ginger, turmeric and rosemary.
The health benefits and the mouthwatering taste are two very good reasons to eat wild game. Elk, white tail deer, mule deer, moose and antelope are five examples of really good wild game meat. They each have their own distinctive taste and all are healthier than eating beef due to lower fat content and high protein. Elk and buffalo or bison are often found in restaurants. Buffalo is also very healthy but is mostly ranch raised.
Venison or wild game tends to be lower in fat than beef because of their natural green diet and the fact that they are very active in the wild. One misconception about “organic” meat is we assume the animals are allowed to roam free. Sadly, this is not always the case. There is no doubt about the “free range” of wild game. Eating greens in the wild also contributes to a lower content of pro-inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids and a higher content of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids, which is essential for heart and brain health. The feeding of corn and grain to farm animals not only increases the total fat content but also the omega-6 fatty acid content, neither one of which are good for your health. Grass-fed beef or bison have similar increased omega-3 fatty acid content making them healthier than grain fed beef. A three ounce serving of venison has 133 calories and one gram of fat per ounce. Elk specifically, derives only 22% of the meat energy from fat, as compared with 33% for beef. Venison is low in cholesterol, and the ratio of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fatty acids is higher than in conventional red meats.
Wild game meat has long provided hunters with an excellent source of protein. A 3 ounce serving of venison contains about 22 grams of protein and a 3oz. serving of buffalo contains about 24 grams. This about the same as a chicken drumstick, slightly less than a chicken breast, and higher than the same size serving of beef. Venison also has less cholesterol per serving than chicken.
With growing concerns about over-consumption of antibiotics and antibiotic resistance, you can rest assured a venison steak won’t contain antibiotics or contribute to the proliferation of super-bugs. There are also no added growth hormones or scary fillers.
This type of meat contains a lot of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin B complex. It is richer in iron, niacin, and B vitamins than commercial meats.These nutrients are essential for proper metabolism and healthy maintenance of tissue and nerves. Additionally, venison also contains around 5 to 6 grams of calcium,and it is also high in iron, phosphorus, magnesium, zinc, and potassium. These minerals are essential for nerve development, cardiovascular health, and proper regulation of blood serum cholesterol.
Since it is low in fat be careful not to over cook it so you don’t dry it out. Most cuts will cook the same as beef, they just won’t take quite as long. Marinating and some seasoning will enhance the flavor if you need it. Steaks and chops are excellent spread with olive oil, seasoned to taste with seasoning salt, pepper, and whatever herbs you like and cooked on the barbecue grill.
Another health benefit of wild game is the fact you have to go hunting to get it. Hunting is a great form of exercise and just being out in the mountains is good for your body and soul!