Have a heart! Everybody’s got one and this month it’s time to show yours some love. Remember, a healthy heart can begin with a healthy mouth. Here are some tips to give your heart the gift of optimal oral health, relieve stress, and a delish (and easy!) heart-healthy recipe.
How a Healthy Mouth Helps Your Heart Health
One of the most important things you can do for your heart health is pay attention to your oral health. It’s true, a healthy body starts with a healthy mouth, and it makes sense because your mouth is the gateway to your body. Harmful bacteria naturally occupy our mouths and can lead to plaque, cavities, gingivitis, and periodontal disease. If you have a small cut in your gums or on your tongue – bingo! That plaque can affect your systemic health. Why take the chance?
“The link between inflammation and periodontal disease has been established….”
Dr. Eric Goulder, board-certified cardiologist
How it Works
It’s effortless to optimize your oral health with an all-natural oral-care probiotic. Simply dissolve one ProBioraPlus® or ProBioraXtra® mint in your mouth before bed (and at least 30 minutes after you’ve rinsed with mouthwash), and let the magic happen. Each mint contains ProBiora3® , a patented strain of positive bacteria, and as it dissolves it repopulates the positive bacteria that colonizes on tooth and gum surfaces and crowds out harmful bacteria. This process naturally produces a byproduct of hydrogen peroxide that gently whitens teeth. As an added bonus, you’ll also enjoy fresher breath!
According to Dr. Eric Goulder, board-certified cardiologist and partner with the Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Center of Central Ohio, the underlying cause of heart disease is inflammation. “There is definitely a relationship between coronary disease and the underlying inflammatory process,” he says. “Because the link between inflammation and periodontal disease has been established it is critically important to optimize oral health.”
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Now let’s lessen stress. It’s not good for your heart, your blood pressure, or your mental health. The next time you feel overwhelmed, exasperated, or angry, take a stroll. Prioritize a walk every day. Even a five-minute saunter can help clear your head and lower your stress levels, which is good for your health.
Eat Healthy (and enjoy it!)
Enjoy heart-healthy dishes. There are lots of free resources for heart-healthy recipes including options for breakfast, entrees, appetizers, and even desserts. Here is an easy, delicious recipe from the Mayo Clinic for artichoke dip – yum!
Serve with raw vegetables or whole-grain crackers.
- 1 can (15.5 ounces) artichoke hearts in water, drained
- 4 cups chopped raw spinach
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme (or 1/3 teaspoon dried)
- 1 tablespoon fresh minced parsley (or 1 teaspoon dried)
- 1 cup prepared unsalted white beans (or half a 15.5-ounce can of unsalted white beans, rinsed and drained)
- 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup low-fat sour cream
- In a mixing bowl, combine the ingredients. Transfer to an oven-safe glass or ceramic dish and bake at 350 F for 30 minutes.
- Serve warm and enjoy!
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by ProBiora.
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