Summer Foods that are Healthy for Your Smile
Summer is here, which means that plenty of fresh produce abounds! No matter the time of year, you should be eating a variety of produce to supply your body and teeth with the right vitamins and minerals. But summertime makes it easier and more delicious than ever to stay healthy!
Healthy Summer Foods
It’s been shown that the nutrients in fruits and vegetables (such as antioxidants, dietary fiber, and potassium) are able to reduce your risk of heart disease and oral cancer. Below are a few of our favorite healthy summertime snacks:
- Watermelon – True to their name, watermelons are high in water content; in fact, watermelons are 92% water! This helps to dilute their natural sugars, making them very healthy and delicious. In addition to helping you stay hydrated during the hot summer months, watermelons also contain lycopene, which can protect your skin from UV Rays.
- Strawberries – Strawberries are a superfood! They’re full of nutrients and antibiotics like vitamin C, and they’ve been linked to eye health. In addition, strawberries can help to ward off bad cholesterol and can help you regulate blood pressure.
- Apples – Apples are a great way to naturally whiten your teeth by removing stains. Additionally, biting into and chewing apples will help to stimulate saliva production, which is vital to washing away harmful acids and bacteria. Eating an apple every day has also been linked to a decrease in heart disease and stroke!
- Tomatoes – Summer tomatoes are not only delicious, but they’re great for your body. Tomatoes contain antioxidants, and vitamins A and K. Tomatoes are also full of lycopene, which protects your skin from the harmful rays of the sun.
For more great tips on how to keep your teeth and gums healthy, or if you have a periodontal issue, please contact Coastal Periodontics. Our office is located in Portsmouth, New Hampshire!