Did you know March is National Nutrition Month®? Each March the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics celebrates National Nutrition Month® to encourage everyone to make informed food choices, and develop sound eating and physical activity habits.
The theme for 2015 is “Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle,” and what better way for an orthodontic practice to celebrate than to share foods that can make you and your smile healthier?
Remember, even healthy foods should be consumed in moderation to maintain a balanced diet and healthy weight. At Bronsky Orthodontics, we are big fans of the United States Department of Agriculture’s MyPlate Super Tracker, an app that makes it easy to plan, analyze and track your diet and physical activity. There is also a MyPlate Kid’s Place for children, which allows them to increase their health awareness through educational games, activities, videos and songs.
It isn’t always practical to lose these food items altogether, but we say to just be smart about it: limit your intake.
Daily physical activity is a great way to manage your weight, reduce the risk of chronic disease and promote overall wellbeing. Unfortunately, many athletes suffer from poor oral health because of the damage carbohydrate-rich sports drinks, gels and chews can have on their teeth.
We don’t mention this to deter our patients from physical activity – quite the contrary. Our very own Dr. Mark Bronsky and several members of our staff are avid runners. We just want our patients to understand the importance of minding their teeth just as much as their form when working out or running. You can do this by keeping your mouth rinsed with water during workouts where you are consuming performance-enhancing products, and brushing afterward to rid your teeth of sugars that can erode enamel.
We hope you enjoyed these tips. Eat right, exercise daily, and stay healthy, friends!