Dr. Kourosh Maddahi April2018

Good oral health is crucial to good overall physical health. The two are inextricably linked. Healthy teeth and gums can contribute to a healthier body. In many respects, the mouth is the gateway to the body; an infection in the mouth can increase susceptibility to infection elsewhere in the body. Oral infections are often a sign that our immune system has been compromised. A common example is periodontal disease. Periodontal disease has been linked to other conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, and rheumatoid arthritis. Nearly 91 percent of people with heart disease also have periodontitis, according to a study featured in the Journal of Periodontology. The reason for the connection has much to do with shared risk factors. For instance, people who eat a poor diet are at greater risk for developing heart disease. By that same notion, a diet rich in carbohydrates, fats, and sugars greatly increases the risk of developing gum disease and tooth decay. The Link Between Oral Health and Whole-Body Health

Over time, poor hygiene can lead to other serious health issues. Poor oral hygiene will result in gum disease and tooth decay.

These risk factors can be mitigated by lifestyle choices. When we practice good oral health, our bodies reap the benefits. Here are three things you can do to bring your oral health and your overall health into sync: EAT RIGHT: Reduce your sugar and refined carbohydrates intake. Oral bacteria thrive on these false nutrients and produce toxins that cause decay and inflammation. BRUSH AND FLOSS: It can’t be said enough. A daily routine of brushing, flossing, and rinsing is the best way to prevent gum disease and tooth decay — and to keep your smile looking great.

GET ACTIVE: Physical activity every day does wonders for the body and can help reduce inflammation.

If you practice these three fundamentals, you’ll feel great and have a beautiful smile to prove it!

Another major risk factor is poor hygiene. Poor general hygiene increases the risk of infection and inflammation within the body.

Mint PEA SOUP Ingredients

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• 3 pearl onions, diced • 3 tablespoons olive oil • 6 cups fresh or frozen peas • 5 cups vegetable stock • 3/4 cup fresh mint, plus more for garnish

• 1 tablespoon agave nectar • Juice of 1 lemon • Salt to taste • Pistachios for garnish

Instructions 1. Place pot on stove over medium heat. Add olive oil. Add onions and cook until translucent. 2. Add peas and stock. Cook until peas are just tender and still bright green. Remove from stove and cool for 5 minutes. 3. Put the mixture in a blender. As you blend, add mint, agave, lemon juice, and salt. 4. Once blended, pour into a bowl, garnish with mint and pistachios, and serve!

This soup can be served hot or chilled depending on the weather and your preference.

Adapted frommynewroots.org



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