June 1, 2015
Being able to eat healthy foods is one of the most important functions of a strong set of teeth. The food that you eat has an undeniable effect on how you look and feel. A set of healthy teeth is necessary for a balanced diet, and conversely, a balanced diet is necessary to keep a healthy set of teeth.
Dietary fiber, for example, provides a number of health benefits, including helping guard your teeth and gums from dangerous bacteria. But in order to eat foods high in dietary fiber, you need to be able chew. If your teeth are weakened due to tooth decay, then chewing can be difficult.
At the office of Thomas J. Feder, DDS, PC, we want to help the people of Belleville stay healthy and looking great, and eating foods high in dietary fiber is one way to do just that!
Types of Dietary Fiber
Soluble fiber breaks down in water to form a healthy gel-like substance that has been shown to benefit nearly every system of your body. Quite the opposite, insoluble fiber does not break down in water. It form a clump that attaches to food and waste to help it move through your digestive system.
Both of these types of fibers can be found in a number of fruits and vegetables, like apples, oranges, brussel sprouts, and cucumbers, as well as various whole grains, nuts, and seeds. Of course, there are a number of supplements available at health food stores and athletic outlets, but taking fiber in the form of a pill, powder, or gummy is not as healthy as eating actual foods high in dietary fiber.
How Dietary Fiber Is Good for You
Harvard University recently performed two studies on the benefits of high fiber diets. The results of both studies revealed that those who eat foods that are high in fiber as a part of their regular diet exhibit health benefits throughout their body.
Aids In Digestion – Dietary fiber helps push food through your digestive system, and it has the uncanny ability to treat both constipation and diarrhea. Fiber has also been shown to treat the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and other digestive ailments. In fact, the Harvard study shows that eating foods high in dietary fiber makes you 40% less likely to develop the inflammation of the bowel known as diverticulitis.
Regulates Blood Sugar – Dietary fiber, particularly insoluble fiber, slows your body’s absorption of sugar. This helps prevent such problems as obesity and type 2 diabetes. Foods that are high in fiber do such a good job of regulating blood sugar that the study mentioned above found people who have diets low in fiber are twice as likely to develop type 2 diabetes.
Healthy Heart and Blood Pressure – According to the study done by Harvard, men and women who have diets high in fiber are 40% less likely to have heart disease or high blood pressure. They also show high levels of good cholesterol. Insoluble fiber is especially important for heart health, so be sure to eat plenty of healthy fruits and vegetables.
Oral Health – Eating foods that are high in fiber will even help protect your teeth and gums, but only if you actually chew your food. Consuming fiber in the form of smoothies or supplements will do nothing for your oral health. Chewing high fiber foods, like apples and nuts, prompts your mouth to produces lots of saliva. This not only kick starts the digestive process, it keeps food particles off your teeth and fights the bacteria that causes tooth decay.
Visit Our Office in Belleville, IL
Eating healthy food is not just about trying to live longer, although that is great. It’s about feeling better every day. Come to the office of Thomas J. Feder, DDS, PC, and we will help you keep your teeth and gums healthy, so you can feel better.
Contact us to schedule an appointment.