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7 Tips for a Healthier Heart
In Honor of American Heart Month
moments to find a reason to smile. Even spending 20 seconds laughing at a silly video on social media can make a difference. 6. Drink More Water Proper hydration is essential for a well-functioning heart. Ditch those sugary beverages, which are just empty calories, and replaced themwith water. Zero-calorie sparkling waters are also good alternatives to standard sodas. 7. Keep Your Mouth Healthy Studies are continuing to demonstrate the link between oral and overall health. Make sure you’re brushing, flossing, and attending all your regularly scheduled cleanings and exams. If you find flossing uncomfortable, try a Waterpik or other water flosser.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death for American adults. To help raise awareness about the dangers of heart disease, we celebrate American Heart Month every February. In honor of American Heart Month, I want to use this space to share some tips for preventing heart disease and keeping your circulatory system in great shape. You may be wondering why a dentist is so concerned about heart health, but I promise you there’s a reason for it. All too often, we regard our bodies as a series of distinct parts and systems. But they’re not separate; everything works together. Working on one area of your health is beneficial for others. At Gardens Dental Care, we believe that dentistry is part of a multifaceted program for overall wellness. With that in mind, here This piece of advice comes from a patient of ours, Jes Royston, who also happens to be a holistic health coach. She reminds us that the food we put in our bodies affects every aspect of our health. The better your fuel, the better you’ll feel. To learn more about Jes, visit GreenMamaTribe.com. 2. You Gotta Move The American Heart Association recommends that adults get “150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity or 75 minutes per week of vigorous aerobic activity, or a combination of both, preferably spread throughout the week.” Remember that your heart is a muscle and needs exercise to work best. 3. Dump Tobacco I don’t need to lecture you on how bad tobacco is for you. The good news is that many of its adverse effects can be reversed soon after you quit. 4. Don’t Skimp on Quality Sleep Not sleeping enough is a great way to throw your system out of whack. Sleep is the body’s way of recovering and shouldn’t be taken for granted. Keep in mind the amount of time you sleep is just as important as the quality of that sleep. If you’re suffering from snoring or poor sleep, we offer sleep apnea screening that can put you on the path to better rest. 5. Laugh as Often as Possible The old adage goes that laughter is the best medicine, and there’s some truth to it. All of our days are hectic, but don’t forget to take a few are our top seven ways to improve your heart health in 2019. 1. Mind What You Put in Your Body
Happy American Heart Month, everyone.
–Dr. David Yates
Our friend and Certified Holistic Health Coach Jes Royston has some tips for great gut health: What does your gut microbiome have to do with your oral health and heart disease? Plenty! Your mouth and gut are closely bonded. The “gut-brain axis” is the bidirectional communication between the brain and the gut. Our guts have what’s called the enteric nervous system, which has more neurons than the brain and the spinal cord put together. Oral health problems can be linked to poor digestive absorption and immune response, in turn causing more inflammation. You’re not really what you eat ; you are what you absorb . And instead of just concentrating on what you eat, I challenge you to focus on how, when, and where you eat, as well as who you eat with. You need to pay attention to how you feel as well as how you eat . In addition to eating mindfully, my top six tips for gut health are: limit the use of NSAIDS, reduce the use of antibiotics, discontinue using harsh antibacterial soaps and cleaning products, choose a high- quality probiotic supplement tailored to your specific health issues, avoid artificial sweeteners, and reduce processed food — especially anything with added sugar.
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