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We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, the small positive changes that you make in your life can have the biggest effect on your health and wellness. At Parker Dentistry Facial Rejuvenation and Wellness, we are more than just a family dentist. We want to promote healthy lifestyle choices so that all of our patients can live a life that is full of good health and abundant happiness. It’s truly amazing how so many factors play into our health and wellness, including oral health and oral hygiene practices. As a family dentist that is focused on overall health, we thought in honor of National Nutrition Month, we would offer a few healthy habit tips that can change your life for the better.
- Drink less soda and more water. There are zero health benefits gained from drinking soda or other artificial sugary drinks. In fact, regular consumption of sugary beverages can cause weight gain, tooth decay, diabetes, and other health aliments. If water tastes boring to you, try adding fresh fruit, cucumbers, ginger, or mint for a healthy twist.
- Eat real food. If you can’t pronounce or don’t know what the ingredients listed on the food you are about to consume are, you shouldn’t eat it.
- Start taking Juice Plus+. The benefits of taking Juice Plus+ everyday are extraordinary. This whole food nutrition is an incredible addition to your everyday diet and routine. Talk to Blake or Honi if you are interested in learning more. Juice Plus+ is something the entire Parker family truly believes in and has been taking for over a decade. The proof is in the research and in the health of our family.
- Brush your tongue. While brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day is critical for keeping a healthy smile and preventing tooth decay and gum disease, brushing your tongue is another important step you need to add to your oral hygiene routine. The back of your tongue hosts a lot of bacteria that is not removed when you just brush and floss. A healthy mouth helps promote a healthy body.
- Wear sunscreen year around. The sun shines down harmful rays all year long. Even if you aren’t in your bathing suit at the beach, your skin can still be damaged from short bursts of time out in the sun. Look for products that contain sunscreen, such as moisturizers, foundations, powders, chap stick, lip gloss, and even just a light every day sunscreen to ward off early signs of aging and an increased risk of skin cancer.
- Get more sleep. Your body needs seven to eight hours of sleep every night in order to repair and perform necessary bodily functions. Treat yourself to a sufficient sleep.
- Take a break from screens. We spend more time looking at our computers, phones, tablets, television, and other devices than we ever have before. It is a habit that needs to be broken. Too much time staring at a screen has been linked to eye problems, sleep issues, and even mood disorders. Give your eyes a break every once in a while, and spend your leisurely time doing something better for your health and happiness.
- Spend more time with the people whom you love. Spending time with people who are positive, kind, loving, and supportive actually contributes to your health and wellness. Making time for the people who bring the most joy into your life is an effort you should never fail to make.
- Move more. The more you move the better you will feel. Engaging in as little as 30 minutes of physical activity a day can make a world of a difference in your overall health. A sedentary lifestyle is one that promotes health maladies. Get your blood flowing, your heart pumping, and your muscles moving for a healthier tomorrow!
One of the simplest approaches to eating a well-balanced and healthy diet is to eat real food. As a family dentist and wellness advocate in Hollywood, Florida, we truly believe health and wellness starts in the mouth. We are very fortunate to live in Florida where an abundance of fresh produce is grown in our state and throughout the year. Eating fresh locally-sourced food not only benefits your body, but also the environment. A good rule of thumb is if you can’t pronounce the ingredients, don’t eat it. In honor of National Nutrition Month at Parker Dentistry Facial Rejuvenation and Wellness, we want to inspire you to eat more Florida fruits and vegetables!
You might be surprised to learn how many different fruits and vegetables are grown in Florida soil. Here’s a list of the most common ones:
Avocados, bell peppers, blueberries, broccoli, cabbage, cantaloupe, carrots, cauliflower, celery, eggplant, grapefruit, guava, Key limes, lettuce, mangoes, mushrooms, oranges, papayas, passionfruit, potatoes, radishes, spinach, squash, strawberries, corn, tomatoes, and watermelon.
The food choices that we make every day play a major role in the quality of our health. It is far easier to maintain our health than it is to recover it. Diet is one of the components of our life that we have the most control over. We have total control over what we eat. What we eat affects every single part of our bodies, on the inside and on the outside. All of the fruits and vegetables that are grown in Florida have incredible health benefits and are easily accessible and affordable to everyone who lives here. Healthcare is expensive; healthy eating doesn’t have to be.
If you need a bit more convincing, check out the nutrients and benefits some of Florida’s favorite fruits and vegetables can offer you.
Avocados are high in vitamins and nutrients B2, B3, B5, B6, C, E, K, potassium, magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, zinc, heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids, and oleic acid (helps reduce inflammation). Avocados actually help your body absorb nutrients from other plant-based foods. They are also loaded with antioxidants, which support your immune system and anti-aging defenses.
Carrots can help prevent heart disease, lower blood pressure, boost immunity, aid in digestion, prevent cancer, improve eyesight, improve oral health, and control diabetes.
Oranges, Florida’s most famous fruit, is jam packed with vitamin C. Like carrots, oranges can help strengthen your immune system, promote heart health, prevent certain types of cancer, lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, and even make your skin glow.
Tomatoes are one of the main exports in Florida. This juicy fruit helps fight early signs of aging, aids your liver and kidneys in detoxifying your body, stimulates circulation, improves digestion, and even lowers your risk of cardiovascular disease.
You can probably imagine how amazing all of the other fruits and vegetables on the above list are for you based on how nutrient-packed and powerful these four fruits and vegetables are. Your diet and health are directly linked. The better you eat, the better you will feel. Try checking out a local farmer’s market in your area and load up on Florida’s finest bounty; your body will thank you.
The theme of 2018’s National Nutrition Month is “go further with food.” As a family dental practice in Hollywood, Florida, we want to help inspire and facilitate not only healthy gums and teeth, but overall health and wellness. Parker Dentistry Facial Rejuvenation and Wellness is more than just teeth; we are a family dental business that believes that all of our patients and staff are part of our extended family. For this reason, we truly care about your overall wellness.
All of our bodily systems and organs are interconnected. The health of one helps promote the health of another. We know that eating certain types of foods can help prevent diseases or reverse the symptoms of preexisting maladies, but did you know that a positive diet also has a positive effect on nearly everything that we do, voluntarily and involuntarily?
The decision we make relating to our health and wellness are life changing decisions. One of the best things that you can do for your health and happiness is realize that what you put in your body everyday has an immediate and future effect on your wellbeing. Food isn’t just food. Food is fuel. Food is medicine. Food is at the fundamental core of our existence. What we eat is who we become. Who do you want to be today? Tomorrow? Next year?
The idea of going further with food is to have this realization that eating isn’t a mindless activity that everyone has to do several times a day. Conscious and positive eating directly correlates to a more conscious and positive life. Your diet affects your heart health, your sleep patterns, your energy levels, your mental and emotional state, your immune system, and your brain function, just to a name a few key players. The food choices that we make can either positively or negatively affect these components of our health and wellness.
For this upcoming week, try and keep a food diary, even if just for a couple of days. Write down everything that you eat and drink throughout the day. Physically seeing and holding yourself accountable for the things that you put into your body will help shift your mindset from less mindful eating to more mindful eating.
How many things on your list are real food? How many things on your list are fresh verses preserved. How many things on your list would go bad in a week verses would keep well for years to come? How many glasses of water did you drink? How many foods on your list actually gave your energy? Made me you feel truly satisfied? These are the things we need to start thinking about before we take a bite or a sip. This is the month to start the rest of your months to come!
March is National Nutrition Month. To celebrate this important facet of our lives, we thought it was valuable to share this month a wealth of information about how diet and nutrition play a major role in your present and future health, how your diet affects your teeth and oral health, how small changes in diet can make monumental differences in your overall wellbeing, and what are some superfoods that you should be consuming on the regular. We want this month to inspire a movement toward eating “real food.”
The saying “you are what you eat” couldn’t be any truer. The way we treat and fuel our bodies is a determining factor as to how our bodies will treat us back. There are certain foods that promote anti-inflammation (remember, chronic inflammation is the main cause of most chronic maladies), help strengthen your bones, heart, and other bodily systems, improve your immune system, boost your energy level, and even make your skin glow, your hair shine, and your teeth sparkle.
Modern medicine often focuses predominantly on curing diseases and aliments, while nutrition can actually be used to prevent diseases from occurring in the first place or lessen the symptoms and effects of chronic issues. It’s truly amazing the power of a good diet! It is also amazing how easy eating a good diet can be. Sometimes we just need someone to show us the way though. That is what this month is for.
The combination of a clean and balanced diet, regular exercise, sufficient daily water intake, and seven to nine hours of sleep a night can make you feel like a super human! Add in Juice Plus+ to your routine and you will probably have never felt better. As we’ve discussed in previous posts, maintaining good health is about being proactive. Part of being proactive also includes diet and nutrition.
Stay tuned this month to learn all about how you can transform your diet to help you get in the best shape and health of your life. As with most things relating to health and wellness, little changes can make monumental differences.