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By rgberger50
April 17, 2012
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Make a better plate day by day.

The type and amount of food you eat can increase your chance of developing high blood pressure. Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH), a research study sponsored by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, has been shown to help lower blood pressure by focusing on fruit, vegetables, low-fat dairy, whole grains, fish, poultry and foods low in saturated fats, total fat and cholesterol.

By following DASH, exercising, not using tobacco and limiting alcohol, you can prevent and control high blood pressure. If your blood sugar is uncontrolled, it can lead to heart disease, kidney disease, stroke and blindness. DASH can also lower LDL (bad) cholesterol.

Starting the DASH diet is easy, but make these changes over a few days to give your body time to adjust.

  • If you eat one or two vegetable servings a day, add another serving at lunch and dinner. Add a serving of fruit as a snack or at one meal each day.
  • Have three low-fat or fat-free milk servings a day.
  • Eat whole grains for added nutrients.
  • Choose three ounces of lean meat at a meal and limit lean meats to six ounces a day.
  • Have a vegetarian or meatless meal for two meals each week.
  • Choose foods with less than five percent of the daily value of sodium. Foods with 20 percent or more are considered high-sodium foods.

 

THE RIGHT INGREDIENTS

By preparing food at home, the average person can save money and calories.


Frequently, when I ask my patients what kind of snacks they eat or drink, they will include some of the more common sodas.  Then, very quickly they will say, “But I drink diet soda, or I use sugar substitutes in my ice tea,” ect…  I’m sure they are doing something they feel is good for them, so they either don’t have all that sugar in their drinks or so they will not gain so much weight.

If you are like these patients, after reading the following article by  Mark Hyman, MD you just might change your way of thinking!

If you saw the recent 60 Minutes segment by Dr. Sanjay Gupta on the dangers of sugar you might be scared off the sweet stuff for good.  It causes heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and cancer and it makes super bad, super dense, super dangerous cholesterol particles.   The data is pretty strong on this.  Scientists even locked kids in a hospital, fed them sugar and measured their blood every 30 minutes.  It didn’t take long for things to turn bad inside.

But if you are thinking that diet soft drinks or artificial or even natural sweeteners are the answer for getting off sugar, think again.  Diet drink consumption has increased 400 percent since 1960.  It may or may not cause cancer, but the evidence is mounting that it leads to weight gain rather than weight loss.  Those who consume diet drinks regularly have a 200 percent increased risk of weight gain, a 36 percent increased risk of pre-diabetes or metabolic syndrome, and a 67 percent increased risk of diabetes. A study of 400 people found that those who drank two diet sodas a day or more increased their waist size by five times.

Seems you can’t outsmart Mother Nature.  Tricking your brain into thinking you are getting something sweet plays dirty tricks on your metabolism.  Artificial sweeteners disrupt the normal hormonal and neurological signals that control hunger and satiety (feeling full).  A study of rats that were fed artificially sweetened food found that their metabolism slowed down and they were triggered to consume more calories and gain more weight than rats fed sugar-sweetened food.

In another alarming study, rats offered the choice of cocaine or artificial sweeteners always picked the artificial sweetener, even if the rats were previously programmed to be cocaine addicts.  The author of the study said that, “The absolute preference for taste sweetness may lead to a re-ordering in the hierarchy of potentially addictive stimuli, with sweetened diets . . . taking precedence over cocaine and possibly other drugs of abuse. “

The use of artificial sweeteners, as well as “food porn,” the sexy experience of sweet, fat, and salt in your mouth, alters your food preferences.  Your palate shifts from being able to enjoy fruits and vegetables and whole foods to liking only the sexy stuff.

My advice is to give up stevia, aspartame, sucralose, sugar alcohols like xylitol and malitol, and all of the other heavily used and marketed sweeteners unless you want to slow down your metabolism, gain weight, and become an addict.  Some may be worse than others like aspartame that is what we call an excitotoxin that can cause neurologic symptoms like brain fog, migraines or worse.  And some may just give you bad gas because they ferment in your gut, like the sugar alcohols (anything that ends in “ol” like xylitol).  Others like stevia, which comes from a South American plant, may be slightly better and could be enjoyed from time to time, they all keep us yearning for more and more – so our brains get confused, we eat more food and we get fatter.  There are ways to cut cravings by naturally balancing your blood sugar.

So if you want something sweet, enjoy the real thing from time to time.  But stay away from fake sugars or fake food or factory made science projects of any kind.

 

Now I’d like to hear from you…

Do you drink diet soda?

How have they affected your health and your weight?

Do you use artificial sweeteners and will you continue to do so?

Please share your thoughts by leaving a comment below.

To your good health,

Robert G. Berger D.D.S.


By rgberger50
April 01, 2012
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Are your best efforts at oral hygiene not producing the expected results?

Vitamin D and teeth are incredibly important, yet almost completely overlooked in the medical field. When was the last time your dentist suggested that you might want to take Vitamin D for prevention of periodontal disease, gum disease and cavities?

Never, I'm sure.

We all hear about the importance of calcium for healthy bones and teeth, but the relationship of Vitamin D and teeth is seldom talked about, yet it is just as important.

A little over a week ago I visited my doctor for results on a blood test I took.  During our discussion he suggested taking Vitamin D for a problem I was having.  Being a very analytical person, I decided to look up Vitamin D and its benefits.  Much to my surprise, I found several articles discussing the connection between Vitamin D deficiency and teeth and disease of their supporting structures.  I will try to summarize my findings below.

How Vitamin D Deficiency Affects the Health of Your Teeth

Vitamin D is essential in helping your teeth remain anchored into their sockets.  Research has shown that people with Vitamin D deficiency are more likely to develop periodontal disease.  Periodontal disease is the weakening of the supporting tissues that anchor the teeth. This includes gums, bone, and connective tissue. Untreated, gum disease leads to redness, bleeding, and inflammation of the gums and eventually leads to tooth loss.

So what role does Vitamin D play in the prevention of periodontal disease?

Our bodies host genes that are responsible for the expression of periodontal disease. Vitamin D regulates these genes. Vitamin D acts as a controller of genes in almost every cell. When Vitamin D levels are too low, the genes responsible for a number of problems, such as periodontal disease, get switched on and allow the disease to develop.

Vitamin D has not been tested as a treatment for periodontal disease. However, sustaining proper Vitamin D levels may help prevent periodontal disease. While it does not treat periodontal disease, Vitamin D may reduce gingivitis because of its anti-inflammatory effects.

How does Vitamin D help strengthen your teeth?

People correlate strong bones and teeth with calcium. But what many people fail to realize is that Vitamin D regulates the calcium throughout our bodies.  The calcium in our teeth and bones moves constantly.  Vitamin D determines where the calcium goes.  If your calcium levels are too low, then the calcium goes into your blood stream.  If you have adequate or high levels of calcium, the Vitamin D will tell your body to move the calcium into the teeth and bones.  However, if you have a Vitamin D deficiency, no amount of calcium will go into the bones, thus causing major weakness to your bones and teeth. This result ultimately leads to osteoporosis, periodontal disease, and weak teeth!

Vitamin D and Teeth in Kids

A seriously overlooked reason to have excellent Vitamin D levels is for the Oral Health and Hygiene of children. In This Research Study they related higher levels of Vitamin D in the bloodstream of mothers to decreased cavities in their children!

 

And more research from 1973 called Enamel hypoplasia of the teeth associated with neonatal tetany: manifestation of maternal vitamin deficiency showed that infants born with vitamin D deficiency were prone to a tooth condition called 'enamel hypoplasia' that predisposes them to bad teeth for the rest of their life!

 

Also, there is a well established correlation between children Rickets and Dental Enamel Hypoplasia - a condition of faulty development of the dental enamel that allows cavities to be more easily established.

 

What is the best way to obtain proper Vitamin D levels?

Research shows that the best way to obtain Vitamin D is from 10 to 15 minutes of sunshine at least two times a week on the face, arms, hands, or back. People who live in states with minimal sunshine should eat eggs, milk, sardines, and tuna. You can also take Vitamin D supplements, but be sure to consult your physician prior to taking any supplement or medication.

If you are concerned that you have periodontal disease and Vitamin D deficiency may be a factor, call me, Dr. Robert Berger in Reynoldsburg, OH at (614) 866-3368, to schedule a consultation. My team and I want to assist you in maintaining a sunny smile!




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