Guest post by Jennifer McGregor
The human body is complex and miraculous. From how the body is formed to how it grows, all the details are intricate and intertwined. Did you know that we have strange but true connections within our bodies? The associations are not always evident, but if you dig deeper you will find that one aspect of your health can and will affect another aspect of your health.
Taking care of your gums is important for your oral health and your overall health. Both the American Dental Association and the American Heart Association have acknowledged there is a relationship between the gums and the heart. Studies have found that people who take adequate oral health precautions are more likely to have lower blood pressure and are less likely to experience the cardiovascular effects of untreated hypertension. Also, they respond better to medications intended to lower blood pressure.
Gum disease can lead to several other health issues, such as heart disease, osteoporosis, respiratory disease, cancer, diabetes, dementia, depression, and rheumatoid arthritis. Some of the best ways to prevent gum disease are to regularly brush and floss, eat a healthy balanced diet, avoid smoking, and regularly have dental cleanings and checkups. If you’ve noticed you are showing signs and symptoms of gum disease, you should see a professional. But you can also try some natural remedies, such as swishing coconut oil in your mouth for 15 to 20 minutes, eating vegetables that are high in calcium and magnesium, or chewing on garlic.
A healthy gut equates to a healthy body. Your gut microbiome impacts your immune system, inflammation, vitamin production, and nutrient absorption. An unhealthy gut can cause or effect ADHD, diabetes, allergies, asthma, cancer, and dementia. Additionally, an unhealthy gut can impact your mood and your ability to think clearly, as well as reduce serotonin production. Moreover, it can cause headaches because bacteria goes up and into your nerves, which extend into your brain stem.
Some natural ways to prevent and treat a stomach in distress is to eliminate toxic foods, such as gluten, dairy, refined sugar, and soy. Then add healthy foods like fish, flax seed, coconut oil, and avocados. It can also help to reduce the amount of antibiotics you consume and take a daily probiotic to increase necessary gut bacteria.
Mental health is just as important as physical health, and on its own, it is deserving of attention. But a mind and emotional well-being that is uncared for can lead to numerous physical ailments. Panic disorders are linked to heart disease; depression is linked to heart attacks, allergies, and psoriasis; anxiety is linked to irritable bowel syndrome; bipolar disorder is linked to migraines; schizophrenia is linked to diabetes; and the list goes on and on. Medications may be required, but alternatively you can prevent and treat the mind, thereby lowering your risk for physical ailments. Self-care practices that help are exercising, meditating, stretching, sleeping, eating well, and practicing breathing exercises.
By taking care of one part of your body, you are taking care of the whole. Consider using a holistic approach when addressing your self-care, and attempt some safe, natural, alternative treatments for your mouth, gut, and mind. If you are experiencing one problem, don’t assume it is the root issue because it may be a symptom of another issue. Additionally, if you notice you are having a physical or mental health concern, take the time to address the other aspects of your health it could trigger.
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