Health and Nutrition

A healthy diet is very important and it is essential to understand that every individual might need different requirements. Foods that aren’t right for you can mean you’re your body carries a lot of inflammation and can suffer the consequences.

Supplements to consider adding to your diet may be :

  • Vitamin Supplements of B, C and D
  • Probiotics
  • Fatty acids like olive oil, flax oil, chia seed, pumpkin seeds and walnuts
  • Fish oil offers Omega 3s (Aim for a total of at least 1,000 mg of EPA + DHA combined)
  • Curcumin (a powerful natural anti-inflammatory)

Foods and drinks that are “good” for you include:

  • Fresh fruits
  • Fresh vegetable salads
  • Dark chocolate (in moderation)
  • Green tea
  • Fresh juices: carrot, celery and beet juices preferably
  • Fresh/cooked steamed vegetables
  • Meats like lean beef and poultry (white meat only)
  • Fresh fish

Processed food or anything that has been significantly altered are not good for our health. These items include: bread, cereal, instant oatmeal, pasta, crackers, granola bars, pretzels and chips.

Avoid foods that contain sugar (candy, desserts, cookies, donuts, pastries, ice cream, sugary drinks, tea, Gatorade, juice, energy drinks and fried foods. They can cause gases that settle in joints. Beware that sugars can be hidden and although the foods mentioned obviously contain sugar some other foods are not so obvious.

Recommended Reading

Dr. William Davis describes the positive outcomes of thousands of patients that he put on ‘wheat free’ diets.

Dr.Weston A. Price (1870-1948) embarked on a mission to discover the factors that lead to dental decay and physical degeneration that he observed with patients in his dental practice. To find answers Dr. Price traveled all over the world and studied the teeth and physiques of the isolated “primitive” peoples. Dr. Price found people with the beautiful straight teeth no decay and strong bodies as well as people with strong immune systems were those peoples in isolated groups who maintained a native diet of unprocessed whole foods. Dr. Price studied these foods closely and found them to be rich in minerals and vitamins.

Stress Control

If stress is uncontrolled, it can result in mental breakdown, nervousness, illness, teeth grinding, clenching and other parts of the body to malfunction. Today about 85% of hospitals are filled with stress-related disorders like heart attacks, strokes, stomach disorders, asthma and chronic pain.

At the TMJ and Sleep Therapy Centre we will give you tips on how to help decrease your stress levels.

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