The Dangers of the Juice Cleanse
Hello, everybody in Clearwater! We hope you are enjoying these early days of summer as much as we are. Here at Clearwater Dental Associates, we love to see Florida families out having a good time with each other. Keeping yourself and your family healthy is no doubt a priority for you, and helping you do so is a priority for us. That is why we use this blog to keep you knowledgeable in the areas of oral health and dental care. The health of your teeth and gums reflects the health of your whole body, so healthy living starts with healthy oral hygiene.
A healthy and balanced diet is crucial to a healthy lifestyle because what you eat affects every aspect of your health. The key word concerning your diet is “balanced”, which means you are eating a variety of foods across all the major food groups. But many people these days, in a misguided attempt to lose weight, are following fad diet plans that require them to cut out entire food groups, focusing on one type of food as a weight gain boogie man.
Your weight is a product of several factors, including diet, amount of exercise, stress, and plain old genetics. Changing your diet without changing other aspects of your life is not only ineffective, it is unhealthy, especially if that diet restricts healthy foods your body needs. that is why you need to be aware of the dangers of fad diets. They may yield some short-term results, but often at the expense of your health, including the health of your teeth and gums.
The Juice Cleanse and Your Oral Health
Sometimes Hollywood actors need to lose a little bit of weight very quickly for a role. It is just the nature of the business, which is based on appearance as much as it is talent. For this purpose, the Juice Cleanse Diet is very effective. It allows you to shed a few pounds quickly, but does provide a foundation for keeping the weight off.
The Juice Cleanse mandates that you take all your meals in the form of juice. Some more lax versions may allow the occasional smoothie, while the strictest ones will not even allow fruit pulp in the juice. As you can hopefully see, this diet is not a long term solution to weight problems. The idea that you can get all your nutrients from juice is flawed, at best. The plain fact is you need actual food, with fiber and protein, in order to lead a healthy lifestyle.
Consuming the juice of fruits and vegetables without any of the flesh is not only an infeasible long term weight loss plan, it is very bad for your oral health. Fruit juice, particularly citrus, is loaded with natural sugar and acid, which wreak havoc on your oral health. As you probably know, sugar and acid are two of the leading causes of tooth decay, and when you have them together, they are double trouble.
Normally when you eat fruit, chewing the fibrous pulp generates saliva to protect your teeth, but with the Juice Cleanse, there is no fibrous pulp to chew. So your teeth are left at the mercy of the sugar and acid.
Visit Clearwater Dental Associates for Changing Your Diet
Any change to your diet, especially drastic ones, can have unintended negative effects. In order to protect your oral health, come to our office in Clearwater to discuss your reasons for dieting and the effects it will have on your teeth and gums. We will help you take the right precautions to stay healthy and looking great.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment.