How Being in Shape and Having a Healthy Mouth Correlate

Homeostasis:

to maintain internal equilibrium even when outside forces are acting against the organism

When one part of your body is not functioning at its optimal level, it may hurt other parts of your body. This goes to explain why maintaining a healthy set of pearly whites helps your overall health! That being said, humans should still engage in healthy exercise and maintain a good dental hygiene routine to keep your physical and mental health in shape.

Why it’s important to keep a healthy lifestyle

Maintaining an active lifestyle is key to longevity. With an active lifestyle people report higher levels of happiness and decreased levels of stress. Going out into the world, breathing the fresh air and getting your blood pumping has many benefits. Here in sunny Southern California, many fitness gurus conduct training sessions in the morning on the beach. The sand helps add a secondary element to the training that is hard to mimic in a closed off gym. Others prefer more low-impact training sessions like swimming or elliptical trainings. StreetStrider, a standing mobile elliptical bike, is at the forefront of bringing the popular low-impact elliptical out into the streets. For those over 45, it is best to also do low-impact activities to prevent injuring joints.

The Importance of a Healthy Smile

It is quite important to brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss regularly. However, to my surprise I found that not a lot of people floss, some even go to bed without brushing their teeth. Having a good oral cleansing routine not only helps ward off bad breath, but also plaque, cavities, and the deterioration of your teeth. Additionally, there may be one more important reason to brush your teeth. According to researches, if a person has gum disease it may increase the risk of more serious healthy conditions, even some affecting the heart. These serious health problems included, but were not limited to heart attacks, strokes, poorly controlled diabetes and scarily enough preterm labor.

This brings us back to our homeostasis lesson above. If a person does moderate exercise 3-5 times a week, it will benefit them in the long run. A lot of people say they don’t have “time”. However, think back to the last time that you watched a television show. You probably didn’t stop after the first or second one. If you swap out one television show every other day, and instead engage in a low impact activity to begin with you will get into the habit of working out. With certain models of the StreetStrider elliptical bicycle, you can also convert it to a stationary bike. This leaves you with no excuse since you’ll be able to work out in the comfort of your home!

Now, don’t be a statistic, brush your teeth, don’t forget to floss, and get moving!