Looking around the room, you see so many options. Meats, chesses, fruits, vegetables — how can you ever decide? Bring home the bacon! A Carnivore diet consists of meat, fish, dairy and other animal products. This eliminates fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, seeds and all plant-based foods from your grocery list. Full of protein, this diet has anti-inflammatory benefits as well as being rumored to help with weight loss. However, there are some health risks as well. Limiting yourself to only one food group can cause issues down the line.
As many of us know, our diet plays a huge role in our overall well-being. You may notice that your body feels differently when you eat certain foods. For instance, eating processed and fast foods often can make you feel less energized. For several reasons, opting for a healthy diet can improve your overall health. In fact, a new study points out that a plant-based whole foods diet may even improve your oral health. Researchers found that an ant-inflammatory plant-based whole food diet reduced gingivitis inflammation of the gums. So, what exactly is a plant-based whole foods diet? The participants were split randomly into either a control group that was asked not to change their diet, and an experimental group, which was placed on a diet composed mainly of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin C, vitamin D, antioxidants, plant nitrates, and fibers over a four week time frame. Both groups did not use floss throughout the time period of the study. They found that individuals within the experimental group had significantly less bleeding gums, greater weight loss, as well as an increase in Vitamin D. The amount of plaque recorded for both groups, however, was similar.
We live in a world surrounded by processed convenience food. However, whether you are a vegetarian or vegan family, you may be lacking specific vitamins and minerals that your child needs for optimal dental health. According to the Academy of General Dentistry, some vegetarians and most vegans are at an increased risk for vitamins B2 and 12, calcium, and vitamin D deficiency. Children and teens who put themselves on vegetarian or vegan diets place themselves at greater risk for deficiencies due to their developing bones and teeth. Adults too may be at risk for gum disease when following a vegetarian diet for a long period of time. If your family is eating mostly plant-based foods.
We all know the importance of brushing and flossing for healthy teeth. Food makes a huge difference in this dimension, as it can deteriorate your teeth or drastically improve them. There are certain plant-based foods can assist with cleaning the surface of your teeth, as well as reducing bacteria.