What are your New Year’s resolutions for this year?
Ranked number 5 for 2014 by a university study in the US, “staying fit and healthy” is projected to remain around the top contenders as 1st world nations continue to gravitate towards better fitness and health practices.
This month’s article from Bulimba Dental in Brisbane discusses carbohydrates, proteins and fats in regards to how your diet contributes to your overall and oral health. Typically, foods that are good or bad for your body can also greatly impact the health of your smile, so it is important to recognise the distinction between “not enough” and “too much” when it comes to your daily intake.
Understanding carbohydrates – the fuel for our daily routines
Carbohydrates, or carbs, provide us with energy to fuel the body. They can be divided into two main groups; sugars and starches. Starch is found in foods like potatoes and it is actually made up of clusters of sugar. This basically means that both starches and sugars produce sugar in the body which in turn translates into energy.
How does your body use carbohydrates?
Carbohydrates generate energy for our heart, lungs, brain, kidneys and muscles. They provide clarity to our thoughts and help to balance our mood. Carbohydrates should make up roughly 50% of our body’s daily intake of calories, depending on your goals and current build.
There is such thing as too much of a good thing
Research has showed us that excess consumption of carbohydrates has led to dire health concerns. Systemic conditions such as diabetes prove that hyperglycaemia (high blood sugar) can have devastating effects on your overall health.
It is a similar story with high protein or fatty diets. For your body to function well, a happy balance of nutritional foods must be consumed to keep you healthy. Not only to achieve short term goals but to keep you functioning properly in the long run as well.
Eat well, live well – it is as simple as that!
Here at Bulimba Dental in Brisbane, we propose the following guidelines to help you achieve a healthy body and smile this year:
· Shop fresh
Fresh produce is really the most crucial place to start when it comes to your health. We recommend visiting the farmers markets on the weekends. This way you are more likely to get your hands on seasonal fruits and vegetables that are more likely to be picked when ripe.
Don’t be afraid to ask your local farmer a few nitty gritty questions about your goods. Consuming vine ripened produce boosts the nutritional value of your groceries so check when they were picked. Remember – by choosing your local farmers markets you are able to take advantage of our glorious Australian toils while giving our economy a few dollars back in the process.
Steer clear of….
· High sugar foods and beverages
Sugary beverages like cordial and soft drinks along with foods like lollies and even high sugar muesli bars tend to cause health concerns like diabetes and also lead to holes and decay in your teeth.
· Potato chips and other starchy goods
Potato chips are filled to the brim with literally just carbohydrates. Other refined foods are similarly as bad so keep an eye on the information panels along your packaged food to be safe.
Your overall health and oral health
I’m sure it is no surprise to you that sweets and starchy goods are key contributors to decay. Sticky lollies and packaged chips get caught in the crevices of your smile, slowly eating away at the enamel that protects your teeth.
Bear in mind that by eating fruits, vegetables, nuts and whole grains you can easily achieve a healthy balance of carbohydrates, proteins and fats. To find out if your diet has had an impact on your oral health, book a consultation with our team at Bulimba Dental in Brisbane today for a check-up, scale and clean to kick your year off fresh.