The modern diet is sorely lacking in many of our most essential nutrients and our stressful and busy-but-sedentary lifestyles don’t help us feel great either. Add in all the toxic substances that we are exposed to on a daily basis along with a lack of proper sleep, and you have a recipe for health disaster. Even if you think you feel ok right now, the consequences of an unhealthy lifestyle will eventually catch up with you.
Here at All About Smiles, we want to help. We offer nutritional counseling and can help you choose the supplements that are most important for your particular health needs and lifestyle. We have also partnered with a number of integrative medicine practitioners, including chiropractors, acupuncturists, nutritionists, physical therapists, physical trainers, massage therapists, sleep centers, and a health coach to help you easily and conveniently get on the path to ideal health.
But while you are learning to add more raw foods to your diet, how to create delicious smoothies and juices, and how to detox from toxins, we want to suggest four important vitamins and supplements you can easily add to your diet for an immediate improvement in your well-being – and to protect your teeth and gums!
Vitamin C – Sure vitamin C can boost your immune system, but it can also help your body produce more collagen, burn more fat, heal wounds, help block damage from free radicals, and even protect your heart. A lack of vitamin C will also show up in your oral health – this vitamin helps your body maintain and repair bones and teeth.
Vitamin D3 – It might be called a vitamin, but D3 is actually a hormone that we get primarily from the sun. Now that we understand how much we need to protect our skin from the sun, most Americans are dangerously deficient and never realize it. Vitamin D helps our bodies fight infections such as colds and flus, it influences our immune systems, builds stronger bones, protects our hearts, reduces our risk for cancer, and improves muscle function, among many other benefits. It seems that Vitamin D3 can also help prevent cavities and gum infections.
Vitamin B12 – Stress is one of the primary factors in modern life, and chronic stress can really deplete us which can lead to feelings of lethargy, depression, low metabolism, and more. Introducing vitamin B12 through B12 shots, sublingual drops, or tablets can greatly improve your feelings of well-being. It lifts your mood and energy level, improves your memory, benefits your heart, helps with digestion and metabolic function, addresses adrenal fatigue, and supports the maintenance of a healthy cardiovascular and nervous system. It is also great for your hair and skin. Here at All About Smiles, our Wilmington dentists also recommend B12 for periodontal disease – the lower your levels of B12, the higher your risk for tooth loss and gum disease! In short, B12 is a powerhouse when it comes to looking and feeling good.
It is important to remember that not all vitamins and supplements are the same. Most of the vitamins you find in the drugstore are not bioavailable, which means your body can’t absorb and use them. Don’t throw your money away on useless supplements. Talk to your healthy-living team at All About Smiles to find out which vitamins and supplements we recommend.
It all adds up to better health, smile, body, and spirit!