Posts for: February, 2016
As we have stressed before, nutrition plays a major role in your overall health and wellness. The vitamins and minerals found in fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, and certain animal proteins are essential to maintaining a healthy life. It is easier to prevent diseases and other maladies than it is to treat and try to reverse the damage after the fact. The same way that antioxidants are key to supporting your immune system, your mouth, which is part of your digestive system, requires specific vitamins and minerals in order to function properly.
The beauty of nutrition is that something that is good for one system is typically good for multiple other systems or body parts and functions. If you understand what your body needs and you provide your body with those things, you will most likely suffer less health problems throughout your lifetime than someone who disregards those natural body requirements. So, what vitamins and minerals are important for your oral health? What do your teeth, gums, and supporting bones and tissues need?
VITAMIN A is essential for keeping gums healthy and aiding in the healing process. Orange, yellow, and dark green fruits and vegetables are rich in vitamin A. So, load up on your carrots, mangoes, bell peppers, kale, and spinach! It can also be found in fish and egg yolks.
VITAMIN B (all of them!) is great at helping to reduce inflammation. Poultry, beans, and green vegetables are chalked full of these vitamins.
VITAMIN C is very important for good periodontal health. It aids in the prevention of inflammation and helps build and repair connective tissues. It is also crucial for preventing scurvy, a serious gum disease that leads to bleeding. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and will help with healing and keeping your immune system strong.
VITAMIN D is essential in order for your body to absorb calcium. CALCUIM is necessary for maintaining strong bones and teeth, and preventing osteoporosis. Vitamin D can be taken in from just 15 minutes of sunshine (don’t forget to wear sunscreen), three times a week! Calcium can be found in leafy greens, cauliflower, cabbage, and almonds.
VITAMIN E aids in the restoration of damaged oral tissues. It can be found in avocados, sunflower seeds, and spinach.
MAGNESIUM, which is found kale, spinach, and dark chocolate, helps build strong enamel and can help prevent cavities from forming.
All of these vitamins and minerals are beneficial in a number of other ways for all different parts, functions, and systems in your body. Taking care of our teeth and gums is more than just brushing, flossing, and biannual cleanings. Like all other systems, the digestive system requires proper nutrition to stay balanced, functioning, and healthy. Good nutrition is one of the easier things you can do for your body, and Parker Wellness is here to guide you down that path.
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Coconut oil has dozens of medicinal, therapeutic, culinary, and cosmetic uses. It can be used as a natural deodorant, a deep conditioning hair mask, a teeth whitener, a mosquito repellent, a stress reliever, a bone strengthener, and a flavor booster. If you are wondering if coconut oil can do it, help it, or fix it, the answer a lot of the time is yes, at least to some extent. You might say it is miracle oil! Praise to the coconut tree!
We live in a world where pharmaceutical companies are bombarding all forms of our media with their lengthy advertisements. The dialogue is mainly composed of long lists of side effects: Dry eyes? Use this product to help keep your eyes moist, but beware, you might lose your vision, experience constant burning, become overly sensitive to the sun, feel even drier than before, etc. It has to make you question sometimes if it is better to suffer the original ailment in lieu of dealing with the absurd side effects? Also, a lot of our household, hygienic, and cosmetic products are chalked full of chemicals that could quite possibly be linked to some forms of cancer and other health maladies. While going 100% au naturel might not be in the books for you, there are subtle adjustments and substitutions that might have a positive impact on your health and wellbeing.
Coconut oil can be used in a number of ways. Let’s take a look at some of the ways and benefits that coconut oil can offer you in your everyday life.
Bone Health: The consumption of coconut oil greatly assists your body in absorbing vital minerals and vitamins like calcium and magnesium. This is highly beneficial to the health of your bones, and is especially good for women who are prone to or suffering from osteoporosis.
Dental Health: Calcium is an important component of our teeth. Coconut oil can help ensure that your body absorbs the calcium that you put into it. Recent research has also proven that coconut oil is helpful in the fight against plaque and gingivitis.
Skincare: Coconut oil is high in antioxidants. It can be applied topically, or mixed in with homemade lotions and creams to aid in the prevention of premature aging and the treatment of psoriasis, dermatitis, and eczema.
Immune System: Due to its high level of antioxidants and antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral properties, coconut oil is a friend to your immune system.
Stress Relief: Coconut oil has wonderful therapeutic potential like lavender oil and eucalyptus oil. When it is gently massaged into the head, you will start to feel the release of mental strain and fatigue.
The list really does go on and on. There are so many different recipes and DIY products that you can make using coconut oil. It is something definitely worth checking out and bringing into your life for whatever reasons that you might see fit. It’s worth trying the homeopathic and natural path before you resort to the more manmade and “easy” solutions. There is no harm in trying it out! At the very least, you will experience a nice tropical moment.
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Did you know that there is a direct link between having periodontal disease and other major health complications? Periodontal diseases are infections of the structures, such as the gums, around the teeth. These infections are caused by bacteria and can lead to swollen and bleeding gums, gingivitis, the destruction of the gums and jawbone, and eventually the loss of your teeth. All of that in and of it sounds terrible, but there is more. Having periodontal disease puts you at a high risk of developing many other horrible maladies, and oftentimes they are life long health problems.
Studies have been conducted and research is still underway, but periodontal disease has been linked to the following health issues: respiratory disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, heart disease, and kidney, blood, and pancreatic cancer. You would be concerned if you washed your hair every morning and your head bled. However, most people don’t express that same concern when they brush their teeth and their gums bleed. It is still up for debate as to why periodontal disease is so closely linked with these other health problems, but most research suggests it has to do with the bacterial component and complications due to inflammation.
So what causes periodontal disease, and how can you prevent it from happening to you?
According to www.colgateprofessional.com, “periodontal disease is caused by bacteria in dental plaque, the sticky substance that forms on your teeth a couple of hours after you have brushed. Interestingly, it is your body's response to the bacterial infection that causes most of the problems. In an effort to eliminate the bacteria, the cells of your immune system release substances that cause inflammation and destruction of the gums, periodontal ligament or alveolar bone. This leads to swollen, bleeding gums, signs of gingivitis (the earliest stage of periodontal disease), and loosening of the teeth, a sign of severe periodontitis (the advanced stage of disease).”
Don’t worry though periodontal disease is preventable! Ensuring that you consistently practice proper oral hygiene is the best way to prevent this from happening to you. Make sure your always brush your teeth between meals, floss at least once a day, add mouthwash to your oral routine, and be sure to get an annual CPE (comprehensive periodontal evaluation). Practicing other healthy habits like not smoking and eating a nutritionally balanced diet only further benefit your oral and overall health.
Talk to Dr. Blake or Dr. Steve at your next appointment if you have any concerns, questions, or want to know if you are at a greater risk. It is easier to prevent it than it is to treat advanced consequences.
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I am sure everyone has heard the words detox diet, master cleanse, or juice fast, thrown around before. Maybe you have even tried one or thought about trying one. It is especially common this time of year to be drawn toward the idea of flushing out everything you put in over the holiday season. You might feel that you drank too much, ate too much, stressed too much, and that you want to hit the restart button. There is nothing wrong with taking the more extreme route of doing these more restrictive and controlled detox practices to give your body a fresh start. You might not realize though that you can help your body detoxify by simply adding more green to your diet.
Our bodies are powerful and capable of doing amazing feats. Regardless of what fads we try to cleanse and purify our bodies, our bodies are actually doing those things naturally. It is important however to make sure that we are giving our bodies the proper fuel to perform all of its daily functions. One very easy way to do this is by pumping up your green intake.
While there are so many foods of all different colors (remember to eat the rainbow!) that are high in antioxidants and vital vitamins, green foods are excellent choices when you are thinking about giving your body some additional detoxing support. Green foods are high in antioxidants, vitamin A, C, E, zinc, iron, and phytonutrients. Phytonutrients are excellent at boosting the immune system and helping to protect your cells against damage. Green vegetables also contain chlorophyll, which helps the body get rid of environment toxins and heavy metals. You have so many choices when it comes to going green: broccoli, cucumbers, celery, sprouts, leafy greens, green tea, avocado, kiwi, apples, and seaweed just to name a few.
Let's take a closer look at 6 delcious green options.
Artichokes help purify and protect the liver. They are also a mild diuretic, which aids in toxin removal.
Asparagus are a natural diuretic and help to flush out toxins.
Cilantro is an incredible herb with the power to rid the body of heavy metals, which can lead to depression, cancer, and hormone problems. It is also a very strong antioxidant.
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Lemongrass has the incredible capabilty to help cleanse the liver, kidneys, bladder, and the rest of the digestive track.
Kiwis are considered one of the world's healthiest fruits. The benefits that are packed into this palm-sized fruit are impressive. Kiwis are chalked full of antioxidants that are so powerful they actually protect our DNA from oxygen-related damage.
The beauty of going green is that there are so many green options. It is nearly impossible to get bored of adding this color to your daily diet. Play around with recipes. Go raw. Mix green with other greens. Your body with thank you graciously for giving it the support it needs to do all of its wonders.
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Have you been considering dental implants? At Parker Dentistry in Hollywood, FL, we think the advantages of dental implants can't be overstated! These amazing restorations, expertly placed by Dr. Stephen Parker and Dr. Blake Parker, produce amazing results that satisfy our patients each and every time. Here are just a few of the reasons dental implants from your Hollywood dentist are so impressive:
Advantage #1: You'll have a beautiful smile.
Dental implants from your Hollywood dentist are carefully crafted to match the color and shape of the rest of your teeth. They seamlessly fill in gaps left from missing teeth, evening out your smile and making it healthy and attractive. They also help to support your natural teeth, which keeps those teeth in place and functioning properly.
Advantage #2: Dental implants are easy to care for.
With dental implants, there's no complicated removal, cleaning, or soaking process to keep them clean. Not only do they look like natural teeth, they can be cared for in the same manner. Although they do not decay, keeping the teeth and gum tissue around them healthy is highly important. Brushing twice a day, flossing at least once, and staying current on checkups with your Hollywood dentist should be all you need to keep your dental implants looking great.
Advantage #3: Dental implants are long-lasting.
By following the care regimen described above, there will be no need for your Hollywood dentist to replace your dental implants every few years. While other restorations can wear down or loosen over time, dental implants have the stability to last for several decades, even a lifetime. This makes the investment in dental implants even more appealing when you consider the money you'll save in repairs and replacements over the years.
Ready to get started on your journey to a healthier, more beautiful smile? Call Parker Dentistry in Hollywood, FL today to set up a consultation about dental implants!