It doesn’t matter if she’s from Maine or Montana, there are two things you can count on almost every woman wanting. And those are a bright beautiful smile and a fit and trim waistline.
It’s just too bad that most days getting either can feel like an uphill battle.
But it turns out there are a few surprisingly simple dental health habits you can adopt starting today that can deliver both a beautiful smile and weight loss beginning tomorrow.
6 dental health habits to help you lose weight!
1. Steer Clear of Simple Starches:
Starchy, simple carbs like chips, crackers, bread and pasta aren’t just bad for your waistline, they can be bad for your teeth too. Carbohydrate-heavy foods tend to get stuck in your teeth. There they begin to break down into sugar, which provides a feast for the bacteria living in your mouth. The bacteria then produce acid which leads to tooth decay.
Don’t worry, I’m not proposing anything as extreme as giving up carbs entirely since a balanced diet requires some carbohydrates. But when you do have them, opt for whole grain versions which also supply your body with healthy fiber.
And though foods like whole wheat bread, whole wheat pasta and brown rice may still get stuck in your teeth, they won’t cause bacteria to grow as much.
2. Scan Labels for Hidden Sugars:
The good news is that, as a society, we’re becoming increasingly aware of what we put into our bodies. The bad news is that food manufacturers are still loading up packaged food with added sugar.
Why? Simple… it makes food taste good. But it also widens our waistlines, leads to heart disease and diabetes, and rots our teeth.
The food industry is slowly changing its ways in response to our health concerns, but don’t expect it to happen overnight – in the meantime, you should be paying close attention to the food you buy and eat. Even so-called “healthy” foods you might not expect to have added sugars often do, such as yogurt, salad dressing and “diet” foods.
Commit to being a label reader every time you step into the grocery store and not only will you soon have the bright beautiful smile you desire, you’ll also lose weight without even trying.
3. Ban Soda for Life:
Soda is hands down one of the unhealthiest foods you can possibly eat. It destroys your teeth AND your waistline.
Unfortunately, this flavored sugar water is such a part of our culture that it probably won’t be going anywhere any time soon.
But that means it’s even more critical that you understand just how bad it really is for you. Because once you see soft drinks for what they really are—toxic sludge—you might be able to resist the ever-present temptation.
Below are just a few terrifying facts about soda that should help you swear off the stuff for good:
7 Terrifying 20-Ounce Soda Facts
|1. Has more sugar than 18 Chips Ahoy cookies|
|2. Has more sugar that 2 bags of M&Ms|
|3. Has more sugar than 6 Krispy Kreme donuts|
|4. Has acid levels comparable to a battery|
|5. Has proven links to cancer, obesity, high blood pressure and accelerated aging|
|6. Has absolutely zero nutritional benefits|
|7. Can ruin your teeth and harm your health (even the diet versions!)|
You may want to keep those facts written down or saved in your phone so every time you crave a Coke you can review them. Giving up sodas is a small price to pay for a smile that lights up the room and a figure that does too.
4. Don’t Drink Your Calories:
Soda isn’t the only beverage that can wreck your waistline and damage your dental health. In fact, many common drinks are packed full of sugar, acid and empty calories.
If you regularly drink anything other than plain old unflavored water, there’s a good chance it’s doing damage. This includes energy drinks, sports drinks, juice drinks (which often contain only a small percentage of actual fruit juice), iced tea and flavored waters.
Even 100 percent fruit or vegetable juice should be just “a sometimes food” as Cookie Monster would say. Because while fruit juice does offer some nutritional benefits, it’s not nearly as good for you as just eating the whole fruit.
The juicing process strips away some of the vitamins and all of the weight-loss friendly fiber. Plus some fibrous fruits and vegetables naturally clean your teeth as you eat them, so simply eating a raw piece of fruit or vegetable has multiple health benefits.
5. Drink Lots of Water:
Not only should you be avoiding bad-for-you beverages, but you should be diligent about making sure that you’re drinking a whole lot of water. Few people drink as much as they should and their health suffers for it.
Staying hydrated has many health benefits, but one of the best for those trying to stay trim is that it helps keep false hunger pangs at bay. When you feel like you want a snack, it may just be that you’re dehydrated. Have a big glass of water, wait half an hour and then see how you feel.
Drinking plenty of water also has a few oral health benefits.
- It helps wash away food particles and bad bacteria in your mouth.
- It helps you avoid dry mouth which causes bad breath and increased bacteria that lead to tooth decay.
6. Snack Wisely:
Let’s face it, the foods that most of us normally consider “snacks” are often the very same foods that are very bad for us.
But at the same time it’s good to keep your metabolism active and avoid the kind of hunger that can lead to binging or bad food decisions. So, snacking is OK, just be sure you’re choosing items that offer nutritional value and don’t wreak havoc on your teeth.
Good options include: fruit, cheese, nuts and plain yogurt.
It’s not always easy to know what’s best when it comes to your health, but you can rest assured that these 6 healthy habits will leave you with a strong beautiful smile and thinned down waistline.
She is also an avid blogger who loves sharing her expertise and advice for preventative care with readers in a variety of online publications. For more, visit www.1MagSmile.com.
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