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3 Foods that are Great for Your Waistline and Oral Health

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Incorporating low-calorie, high nutrient foods into your diet is one of the best ways to lose weight and to maintain your current weight. Maintaining a trim waistline is obviously an important part of a healthy lifestyle; however, so is often overlooked oral care. To promote the health of our bodies, we need to eat for both the health of our waistlines and our mouths. Whether you are seeing Dallas dentists or Miami dieticians, they will all agree that the following foods are great for both your oral and physical health:

Berries

Strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries are all high in Vitamin C, which is necessary to promote gum health. These berries are also high in fiber and antioxidants, which reduce cravings and boost your overall immune system. So, consider adding a cup of these fruits to your morning hot cereal for additional nutrition. Just remember to brush afterwards to rid your mouth of all those remaining seeds and sugars.

Dark Leafy Greens

Not only are green leafy veggies great at warding off gingivitis, but they are also high in Vitamin A, a necessary nutrient for building tooth enamel. Eating lots of veggies is, in fact, one of the best things you can do for your mouth.  As a bonus it is also high beneficial to your waistline. Turnip greens have some of the highest levels of vitamin A amongst the dark leafy greens, but spinach also has a high level if you aren’t into turnip greens. Spinach is also rich in fiber making it a great bed for anyone who is weight conscious and craving a salad.

Low-Fat Yogurt

The calcium contained in low-fat yogurt has long been proven to build strong bones and promote strong health, which is great for your teeth. The protein found in low-fat yogurt is also great for rebuilding lean muscle after a work out, and the Vitamin D which many dairy products are now fortified with help promote a better mood. Low-fat yogurt is a definite favorite due to those highly benefits to your oral, physical, and mental health.

The right foods can do wonders for our overall health. They can boost your energy, put you in a better mood, and help you shed the extra pounds you need to live a healthier life. When shopping for food, consider choosing whole foods that will not only promote your physical and mental health, but also your oral health. A healthy lifestyle incorporates every aspect in your life so there is no reason not to make sure that the foods you eat will be able to fuel you properly.

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  1. All fruits helps to lose weight,so you can eat every fruit except banana because it increase your weight if you eat after lunch and dinner, eat all green veggies..

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  2. celisti says:

    low fat yogurt has high sugar content usually, which isn’t healthy at all. in fact, low fat anything is sugar high mostly, and therefore avoid low fat stuff is the best option for one’s diet, unless it says ‘no added sugar’.

  3. A great alternative to sugar that actually improves oral health is Xylitol, an alcohol based sugar that can minimize the acidity content in the mouth which helps prevent tooth decay.

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