Our mouth is the gateway to the rest of our body and we all know what we put in our mouths affects every organ in our body. I've written about how licorice root can fight tooth decay, how cleaning your teeth can reduce the risk of a heart attack, and a while back I have you some information about how to brush your teeth properly. So today I'm just going to go a little further and give you some simple steps that will help fight heart disease because it is extremely important that we are aware of the importance of a healthy diet, and of course regular exercise if we want stay physically fit.
Having a healthy body is one thing that is a top priority for everyone at our practice. And several staff members have been encouraging me to spread this message. In fact they would like to share their knowledge on the issue of how important our body weight is. If you have a challenge in this area, you will be very interested to hear what they have discovered.
Issues concerning diet, nutrition, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle seems to be in the media everyday and is a huge concern for everyone. I was just watching on the news the other night how much sodium and sugar is in the "so-called" healthy alternatives in the restaurant food we eat. In fact some health professionals are telling us that too much sugar in our diet can be "Toxic" to our bodies.
I came across this article on the website of the Mayo clinic and here's 8 heart-healthy diet tips they posted that can help prevent heart disease:
8 Steps To Prevent Heart Disease
- Limit unhealthy fats and cholesterol
- Choose low-fat protein sources
- Eat more vegetables and fruits
- Select whole grains
- Reduce the sodium in your food
- Control your portion size
- Plan ahead: Create daily menus
- Allow yourself an occasional treat
The Medical staff on their website went on to say:
"As you consider the parade of healthy diets in magazines, and cookbooks, make sure to look for one that:
Includes a variety of foods from the major food groups: fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, lean protein, nuts and seeds, and healthy fats
Provides guidelines for how much food to choose from each group
Includes foods you can find in your local grocery store
Fits your tastes, lifestyle and budget
Also consider your health risks. Do you have high cholesterol or high blood pressure? If so, be sure to follow a diet that's low in salt, saturated fat and cholesterol, and high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and healthy fats. For personalized advice, talk with your doctor or a dietitian."
I think everyone wants to adopt a healthy diet but some of us aren't sure where to start? More importantly, making sure that any program you might choose has the proper amount of protein, carbohydrates, and the right balance of the different types of vitamins and nutrients our bodies need. So I have been investigating this subject and you can expect to hear more on this from myself and my Staff.
Here's to a Healthy You!
Dr. Gregory Wych