Simple Tips for a Healthy New Year

Simple Tips for a Healthy New Year

Simple Tips for a Healthy 2015
If you are like many Americans, consuming the proper servings of fruits and vegetables each day is a struggle.  Many days our lives revolve around fast food.  The food that we eat contains high amounts of fats, sugars, artificial flavors, fillers, preservatives and dyes.  As a result, we gain weight, suffer from illness and inflammation and continuously neglect our most important asset…our bodies!

Bad habits are not easy to change, but if you want to improve your health and feel better about yourself, taking the first step to better nutrition can be easier than you think.
Practicing prevention, as it relates to your dental health and overall body wellness is very important.   Exercising, sleeping enough and consuming proper nutrition begins with a commitment to yourself to get healthy.

Here are a few tips that may help as you take the first step towards a healthier you:
Relax and take a nap.  Lack of sleep can contribute to depression, weight gain and an unhealthy appearance.

  • Take a walk.  Exercise increases your energy level, helps to maintain your cardiovascular health and prevents obesity.
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables.  A proper diet can improve your immune system, skin tone, increase your energy levels and help you maintain a healthy appearance.
  • Get regular check-ups.  Practice prevention by visiting your physician and for an exam at least once per year. Well visits with your health care providers are vital in keeping your body healthy and living your life to the fullest!
  • Visit the dentist. Recognizing problems and diagnosing diseases in the early stages can make a difference…and it may save your life. Have your teeth and gums professionally cleaned at least twice per year.

 

We would love to hear what you do to practice prevention at home.  Email your ideas to:
Smile@BayViewDental.com
Below is a link to an interesting study which shows that an increased consumption of fruits and vegetables may reduce inflammation in gums that is caused by periodontal disease.
To read a study about the importance of a healthy diet on periodontal disease, click on this link:
http://s-l.juiceplus.com/content/JuicePlus/en/clinical-research/juice-plus-clinical-research.html#.UwWa0XnWvZ4

References:
WebMD, 2014.  10 Surprising Effects of Lack of Sleep.  Retrieved from: http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/excessive-sleepiness-10/10-results-sleep-loss
HealthCentral, 2011.  The Effects of Exercise on Weight. Remedy Health Media LLC.  Retrieved from:http://www.healthcentral.com/diet-exercise/exercise-000029_7-145.html

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