Have you ever heard the saying you are what you eat? Because that should scare you. 96.8% of Americans eat animal meat without even recognizing what they are putting into their bodies. Forget about Charlotte’s Web, factory farms also known as Confined Animal Feeding Operations have taken over the animal meat market. They produce mass quantities of meat for the American population to consume without a second thought to what that animal ate or it’s environment previous to the time it was seasoned and prepared for dinner. Important questions to consider when it all comes down to one simple equation: by eating them, we eat what they eat.
Animals, specifically cows, are sometimes fed wheat products despite the fact that they are biologically designed to eat grass. However, feeding cows a diet of main grain helps them to get fatter faster-pushing farmers to increase grain feed instead of grass feed in order to speed up the process. Yes, the shelves are always stocked, but how is this slight change in diet affecting your meat? When cows are not eating enough grass they are denied certain nutrients, such as chlorophyll and vitamin K1, which they convert in K2. This K2 vitamin is important for humans because it activates proteins in our bodies and helps carry calcium throughout the body as well. If the cows we eat aren’t fed a diet of main grass and instead are fed mainly grain or corn then we are not getting the high levels of K2 in our meat or dairy that we require. We are stripping the nutrients and benefits from our own food supply.
On top of that, cows are not used to a corn-rich diet, so many suffer significant health problems such as acidic digestive systems and liver abscesses. These diet-induced health problems increase the need for drugs and antibiotics in order to keep the animals alive. Bringing another issue to the surface. If animals are being fed ample amounts of antibiotics than it goes back to that simple equation. We feed ourselves antibiotics through meat which can harm the balance of our microbial colonies.
Now cutting out meat entirely might seem like a daunting and even impossible task. Instead, be selective. If you are going to eat meat, choose grass-fed or grass-finished or try to purchase from local farmers. It’s the time everyone becomes a picky eater when it comes to their meat.
The Modern American Diet is sweeping the nation leaving a trail of sugar, empty calories and increasingly common health problems in its wake. Trust me, there is nothing natural about this disaster. The M.A.D. diet is the current normal dietary behavior of those living in America. It is marginally made up of processed foods, unhealthy fats, refined sugar and genetically modified foods.
We know all the right answers for healthy eating but the majority of Americans have almost no success in implementing a healthy lifestyle. Only 1 in 10 adults get enough fruits and vegetables a day. American adults consume an average of 1,100 mg of sodium over the current federal guideline. And by 2030 it is projected that half of all American adults, nearly 115 million people, will be obese. Despite the healthy knowledge that has been ingrained in our minds, our actions do not seem to match. Why is it so hard to eat healthy?
Our symbiotic relationship with certain bacterias may have something to do with it. The bacteria in your gut actually communicates with your brain through hormones to drive your selection for different foods. To state it simply, eating a lot of bad food results in feeding the bad bacteria in your body. This helps them grow and outnumber the good bacteria which craves good food. On the flip side eating healthy food feeds good bacteria, helping it to grow and forcing bad bacteria to die. Thus a cycle, whether it be vicious or beneficial, continues depending on the food we eat. On that note, fast food companies have more than doubled since 1970. This has made processed food more available than ever before.
Despite there being a fast food option on every corner, more than 23 million Americans, including 6.5 million children live in food deserts. A food desert is an area where the closest supermarket is more than a mile away, limiting that individual’s access to healthy options. Having to go out of your way to get healthy food requires more effort, time, and money. This inaccessibility can cause people to turn to what is convenient and what they are accustomed to eating i.e. any fast food option. Habits may be hard to change but you can break the habits of you and your bacteria. Resist the processed foods and choose healthier options. You can start small, just start somewhere.
Exercising regularly is a sure way of helping your body become stronger but it doesn’t do much for the strength of your teeth and bones. There’s no detailed workout plan for those guys. That being said, there is one sure way to help make your teeth and bones stronger. And that’s through a healthy dose of food. That’s right, eating certain food is a great way to strengthen your teeth and bones.
I think it goes without saying that having weak teeth and bones is not ideal. We need both our teeth and bones to survive and if you’re asking me, the stronger the better. With that in mind, foods such as dairy, leafy greens, green tea, and carrot sticks should be staples in your routine in order to strengthen your teeth and bones.
Dairy is filthy rich in calcium. Calcium is an awesome and easy tooth and bone strengthener. You definitely want to keep dairy in rotation. In addition, dairy products have casein protein. This stabilizes your tooth enamel. Tooth enamel protects your teeth from acidic foods and beverages and cannot be regrown once it is gone. It is so important to strengthen your tooth enamel. Leafy greens are seriously underappreciated. Spinach and other leafy green vegetables are full of fiber which is wonderful for your teeth because it requires a lot of effort to break down. It also increases saliva which helps neutralize the acid in your mouth and cleans your teeth. If you’re not a fan of leafy greens, try mixing them in sparingly or eating high-fiber beans instead.
Green tea has many health benefits but one of the greatest things about it is the bacteria and antioxidants that can be found in each cup. This combination can prevent plaque and protect teeth. In addition, teas usually have fluoride in them which prevents tooth decay and again strengthens tooth enamel. Last but certainly not least, don’t forget about carrot sticks. Just like strengthening other parts of our body, giving your teeth something hard to chew on can help strengthen them. Raw veggies and fruits require a lot of chewing, a little cardio session for your teeth. In addition, this chewing cleanses the teeth and can stop plaque from forming.
Did you know that the hardest mineral substance in your body is actually your tooth enamel? Something so small yet they can definitely take a punch. That being said, your tooth enamel is not bulletproof and neglecting it can have some serious consequences. Without tooth enamel your teeth would be left defenseless and unprotected from the food and beverages you are constantly chowing down on and indulging in. We all recognize the importance of needing teeth in order to chew and get the nutrients that we need because we would not be able to eat half the food that our body requires if it wasn’t for our choppers. But do we know and understand what tooth enamel does? Do we even know what tooth enamel is? Even if you go to the dentist regularly, getting that extra knowledge about tooth enamel probably isn’t on the forefront of your mind. Although, it definitely should be.
So what is tooth enamel? Tooth enamel is the outer surface layer of your teeth. It protects your teeth and is actually responsible for the color of your teeth. The more the merrier, right? Not quite possible, tooth enamel does not have living cells so it cannot regrow. So once it’s gone, it’s long gone. That’s why it’s important to strengthen it and help it now while you’ve still got the chance. What do you need to do to protect your tooth enamel from eroding away? A lot of the time wearing down tooth enamel comes from constant contact with acid. This can be through food or beverages; the more acidic the harsher the reaction can be with your tooth enamel. In addition, it can erode due to acid produced by oral bacteria in plaque. This occurs when our oral bacteria mingles with sugars in foods and ultimately leads to demineralized of your tooth enamel.
Luckily, there are easy ways that you can protect your tooth enamel so that your tooth enamel can continue to protect you. One way is through twice a day daily teeth cleaning. That’s right, brush your teeth folks! Another way you can strengthen your enamel is by taking vitamin D and calcium supplements. These promote bone growth and will strengthen your teeth.
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