The liver and the eyes are one of the most important organs in our body. There has been an increasing concern about having good oral health but the same can not be said for the liver, at most, it is still unknown to many.
Generally, we all know a few things about the liver, such as alcohol not being suitable for it and that some diseases affect him directly, such as fatty liver, hemochromatosis, hepatitis C or Wilson’s disease. But little else.
Let us learn about the liver, what’s bad for it and also what could hurt your beautiful smile, with white and well-aligned teeth.
The liver is responsible for a series of biochemical and metabolic functions that are essential for the proper functioning of the body. Stores nutrients provided by digestion; participates in the metabolism of carbohydrates and fats; processes waste products in the blood such as alcohol, drugs, and medications to detoxify the body; and synthesizes bile and many proteins.
There is no doubt that food plays an important role in the well-being of our livers and teeth. In this way, some are very good, but others, on the other hand, very ill-advised. Next, we explain which are those, beyond alcohol, that it is better to avoid.
Here we can find a great variety of products. Especially what is known as “junk food”, with a large amount of saturated fat, such as french fries and hamburgers?
Their inclusion in this list is not only due to their characteristics, but also that they are usually accompanied by all kinds of sauces, usually very unhealthy.
Its consumption can cause inflammation in the liver, but also cause scarring in the liver, which is nothing other than what is commonly known as cirrhosis.
Carbohydrates and sugar
Although carbohydrates are essential for the proper functioning of our body, it is convenient to follow some guidelines. Foods like bread, rice, wheat flour and corn, among others, are not the liver’s best friends.
All white bread and carbohydrates should at least be taken in moderation. Also some whole grains. When the body consumes too much, insulin levels skyrocket, which can create some problems.
According to a study conducted by Duke University in the US, energy from unconsumed carbohydrates accumulates in the form of fat in the body. A part ends up inside the liver causing hepatic steatosis or what is popularly known as fatty liver.
Sodium is one of the top picks when it comes to unhealthy eating habits. This mineral is found in salt and its excessive consumption can cause fibrosis, which is the first stage of cirrhosis.
The best way to minimize your salt intake is to avoid processed foods, such as pre-cooked and deep-frozen. Special mention should be made here of the typically packaged appetizers, such as French fries, in which salt is the absolute protagonist.
Butter and red meat
Like most animal products and by-products, dairy is unfriendly to the liver, especially for those who already have liver problems. Butter is not only a dairy product, but it also contains high levels of saturated fat.
For its part, red meat, including beef and sausages, is high in saturated fat that can affect the liver. Some studies show that people who eat a lot of red and processed meat were 50% more likely to develop nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.
That’s about it for the Liver now to the teeth.
Having beautiful teeth is not only a matter of aesthetics, it also has important repercussions on our health. From digestive disorders to self-esteem problems and even an increased risk of heart attack, people with dental diseases suffer.
That is why oral health is essential and just like in the case of the liver, nutrition too, plays a very relevant role. Next, we will see what kinds of foods are recommended and which ones do not fit into a healthy diet for our teeth.
Most of us know what are foods that, if we want to take care of our teeth, we must put aside, such as sweets, sweets made of sugar and soft drinks. People who drink soda throughout the day and who have made sugary sodas their main drink have a very high risk of cavities.
Therefore, it is advisable to drink water and leave the soft drinks to take them on special occasions, or during the meal. The idea is that we brush our teeth after eating sugar and prevent it from remaining in our mouth for a long time.
Other foods are harmful to our oral health and we are not so aware of them. They are acidic fruits and carbohydrates. Eating fruit is necessary for our health, but certain fruits, such as oranges or lemons, are too acidic and damage teeth.
You have to eat them, but trying to brush your teeth after a while (never immediately because it is also harmful).
On the other side of the coin are those foods that we should include in our regular diet because they are very beneficial for oral health. Take note, and from now on try to eat more:
Fresh vegetables and fruits
although acidic fruits damage the enamel, there are others such as apples, carrots or celery that clean our teeth. In addition, fruit and vegetables, in general, provide vitamins and minerals.
Milk, cheese or yoghurt. They are high in calcium, which is the mineral that makes up teeth. In addition, the calcium in dairy products is especially good, as it adheres to the teeth, rebuilds the enamel and protects them against cavities. It also has phosphates and vitamin D.
Candy seems to be forbidden if we think about good dental health, but not all. Sugar-free gum consumed after meals helps to keep saliva in the mouth and counteracts the risk of cavities.
Green and black teas: have compounds that inhibit bacteria in the mouth.
There you have it, now you are well-positioned. You know the do(s) and don’t(s) when it comes to keeping the liver and teeth healthy. All that is left your willingness.