Juicing for your smile

So this juicing thing has caught on. As a certified health nut I’m glad that more people are becoming aware of their health and the wonders that nature can do for us. Juicing is a wonderful thing along with green leafy veggies, fruits and all kinds of assorted nuts and seeds.  Just a few tips to get the most out of your health journey:    

It’s best to let digestion start where it should – in your mouth  

Fresh Juices should be held in your mouth for a few moments before swallowing (not sugary processed stuff). The reason is that your saliva contains amylase, an enzyme which starts to break down starches and fresh juices contain a majority of complex starches.

Amylase starts the digestion of starches which helps convert them into sugars, healthy sugars, which then get digested and/or used in other parts of the body.

As good as juicing and eating lots of green leafy vegetables is for you, there is one little drawback. Vegetables have a very high content of chlorophyll, a very important biochemical which is essential for photosynthesis. Very good stuff and very healthy. But chlorophyll is a pigment, a very good one, so good that it is commercially used as a dye and as a food coloring. As such it is a potent stain producing substance. Therefore, you can guess what will happen to your teeth if you consistently drink vegetable juice or eat large quantities of raw vegetables. Yup, your teeth will get discolored especially in those hard to get spaces. Oh, you’ll be healthy, but you’ll have less than an ideal smile.

This however is no reason not to partake in the healthy lifestyle. I find that rinsing 2 or 3 times with water after drinking my juice eliminates most of the accumulation of staining. Try it. When you rinse you will spit out green water. That is the stain you are spitting out. Better in the water than on your teeth.

Rinsing 2 or 3 times with water after drinking my juice eliminates most of the accumulation of staining

And if you’re really obsessive like I am, but I’m allowed cause after all I am a dentist, then you’ll carry a toothbrush with you for such occasions. You don’t need toothpaste for this, believe me. Just brush.  I recommend rinsing after drinking coffee or tea for the same reason.

So now you know, you can have an awesome body and an awesome smile.

Bon Apetit!

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