Every day has it’s challenges but your health should not be one of them. There are numerous websites and advertisements that offer the latest fad in health care, weight loss, and energy. Did you know that the first place to start is with your mouth?
Everything you eat has to start in your mouth. The oral environment is designed to break down the food we eat so the body can then process it accordingly. That is why it is so important to maintain a healthy mouth. This means going to the dentist for a professional cleaning twice a year, brushing and flossing daily, and eating the right kind of food.
Food is the fuel your body uses so depending upon what you are eating will determine how your body functions. Your blood pressure is affected by the choices you make each day. Here are a few basic examples of what you can do to increase your overall health.
- eat more fruits and vegetables
- use low fat dairy products
- eat foods that are low in salt and saturated fats
- choose smart carbohydrates like whole grain pasta, brown rice, and beans instead of meat
- eat healthy snacks for dessert like fruit or low calorie foods.
If you are eating a salad and are getting bored with the same thing over and over again try to change it up by using different leafy greens such as arugula, romaine, or radicchio. You can add color with vegetables such as zucchini, beets, radishes, or bell peppers. Don’t forget to make the topping count by adding nuts, fruits, or low fat cheese for more texture.
A healthy lifestyle is a choice…and that choice can be made in small steps!
Have a healthy day!