Eating Right: For Your Teeth AND For Your Waistline!

Summer time is upon us!  For many of us, it’s the season of panicked trips to the gym and fad diets prior to hitting the beach.  For most, however, it’s too little, too late.  While it’s certainly possible to quickly shed weight before a deadline, such an approach isn’t sustainable.  This usually results in a cycle of “sudden weight loss, sudden weight gain” that happens time and again.  A far more effective (and healthy) approach is to adopt a lifestyle of nutritious and healthful eating – not just prior to beach season, but all year long. A common conversation I have with my patients centers around this topic of nutrition, which is crucial not only to total body health, but also to oral health.  Not surprisingly, as a dentist, most of my focus when discussing nutrition is on processed sugar, which harms our teeth and which our bodies struggle mightily to metabolize, resulting in inflammation that contributes to myriad autoimmune disease states like Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, and lupus. My family and I choose to follow a low-carbohydrate lifestyle, which involves eliminating most breads and pastas, but emphasizing proteins and healthy fats.  A major hurdle in this approach is food preparation.  One must be committed to cooking more than the average person to succeed in the whole-food lifestyle, since most readily-available restaurant food doesn’t fall into this category. While avoiding sugar is a phenomenal (albeit obvious) starting point in the journey toward better nutrition, eating the RIGHT foods is just as critical as saying no to the WRONG foods.  Here’s a quick list of foods I often recommend to my patients to promote excellent oral and overall health:
  • Grass fed local meats
  • Wild caught seafood
  • Organic fruits and vegetables
  • Legumes
  • Nuts
  • Eggs
  • Healthy oils (olive, avocado, coconut)
What do the foods in this list have in common?  These foods are devoid of harmful preservatives and toxic additives.  Remember:  nutrition is a zero-sum game.  The foods we eat either directly harm us or help us, which is why Sharp Family Dentistry has partnered with New South Produce Co-Op to bring local, farm-sourced, pesticide-free meats, dairy, and produce to Cabot on a weekly basis.  Visit their website at www.newsouthcoop.com for more information, and tell them I sent you!  Have a great summer!
Sharp Family Dentistry

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