29-May-2017 18:30:00

Glow from within - the best foods for your teeth and skin

You really are what you eat... and it's true that beauty comes from the inside out. Being mindful of what you put into your body can have wonderful effects on your overall health, but especially on your teeth and skin. Knowing which vitamin boosting foods to add to your diet can give you that inner glow that so many desire. 


One of the first areas to decline when your diet is less than ideal is your oral health, according to the American Dental Association (ADA).  Use this healthy foods list to improve your diet and the health of your mouth.


Leafy Greens

Leafy greens should be on any healthy food list. They're jam packed full of vitamins and minerals while also being low in calories. Leafy greens such as kale and spinach also promote oral health. They're very high in calcium, which builds your teeth's enamel. They also contain folic acid, a type of B vitamin that has numerous health benefits, including possibly treating gum disease in pregnant women, according to MedlinePlus

Looking for ways to add these to your diet?  Try adding spinach to your salad, put kale on your pizza, add pak choi to your stirfry or throw them all into a smoothie! 



While it is recommended to steer clear of most sweet foods if your trying to look after your teeth, there are some exceptions. Fruits, such as apples, might be sweet, but they're also super high in fiber and water. The action of eating an apple produces saliva in your mouth, which rinses away bacteria and food particles. The fibrous texture of the fruit also stimulates the gums. Eating an apple after a meal can even tide you over until you have a chance to brush. Pack either a whole apple or apple slices in your lunchbox to give your mouth a good scrubbing!



Almonds are great for your teeth because they are a good source of plant based calcium and protein while being low in sugar. Enjoy a quarter cup of almonds with your lunch, add a handful to a salad or roast some and add to a stir fry. 

Better yet, dip your apples into some almond butter! 



Eat your skin beautiful! Make sure to try these foods to keep your skin glowing from the inside out! 



Coconut oil is full of Vitamin E, which is about the most moisturizing and nourishing thing you can give your skin. Vitamin E combats skin-aging free radicals, protects skin from sun damage due to UV-sunlight-generated free radicals, and holds in moisture to make your skin appear younger and more supple.

Coconut oil can also be used as a natural teeth whitener and is great for your oral health. 



Jam packed full of vitamins A, C,  E, and monounsaturated fats, avocados assist in keeping skin soft, supple, and super moisturized.  They’re not only good for your eyes, heart, brain, and skin, but they even contain amazing regenerative properties that help fight cancer.

Slice them up in a salad, put them on top of your morning eggs, or cut in half, drizzle in balsamic vinegar and eat with a spoon! 



Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! We can’t say it enough. With our bodies being made mostly of water, this one seems like a no-brainer but it’s the one people tend to overlook the most. Being one of the cheapest and most effective ways to get beautiful skin, drinking your eight daily glasses will not only flush your skin of toxins, but keep you looking vibrant, young, and radiant.

Water also strengthens your teeth and keeps your mouth clean! Water too boring? Try a watermelon ;) 


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