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July 2014 - Tips, eNews and More

 
With summer in full swing, more and more people are takng advantage of all the farmers' markets popping up around their communities. Shopping at farmers' markets gives you a great opportunity to really connect with the food you buy and to learn about where it comes from and who produces it. It's also a great way to teach kids about food, the importance of eating whole foods and cooking from scratch when you can.

Other advantages of buying at Farmers' Markets include:
  • Supporting local farmers and small business owners
  • Enjoying healthier and more sustainable locally grown food
  • Creating an excellent opportunity to communicate with those who grow or create the foods that you eat. It helps to build community in your city or neighborhood.
  • Fruits and vegetables are fresher, and therefore, taste better.
  • It's outside! - what can be more satisfying than enjoying fresh air and sunshine while you shop for ingredients to make something delicious!
When you're not out picking up fresh meat and produce, be sure to wear plenty of sunscreen, keep hydrated and stay cool as best you can!

We hope you are enjoying the summer!



Neil Hahn D.D.S. and the High Park Dental Care Team




What is TMJ?

 

TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, the joint which “hinges” the lower jaw and the base of the skull. People use the term TMJ when they really mean TMJ disorders.

The Temporomandibular Joints

Everyone has two temporomandibular joints which allow us to open and close our mouths when eating, speaking, or swallowing. Each TMJ connects the jaw to the skull with a number of muscles and ligaments. TMJ is simply a jaw joint that is not functioning correctly, and thus can cause pain. The jaw joint is a ball and socket. When it is functioning properly, the ball and socket don't actually touch, but are cushioned by a thin disc of cartilage that rides between them.

To learn more about the symptoms of TMJ, click here.




Smoky Eggplant Dip

 

When you're at the farmers' market, be sure to pick up fresh vegetables, including eggplant, spinach and garlic for this delicious smoky eggplant dip. It makes a great healthy snack to enjoy at a BBQ, at the beach or just lounging around the house.

Quick fun fact: Eggplants are technically berries!


Click here
for the full recipe!


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