Summer has finally dawned upon us (though it may not seem entirely like it with all this torrential rain!), but nevertheless we have barbeques, picnics and holidays to look forward to and all of these can take their toll on our oral and general health.
During the warmer months we get hotter and therefore become dehydrated more easily. This in turn, means we consume more fluids than we would in the winter months. In barbeques, picnics, street parties and holidays it’s easy to indulge a little more and consume more refreshments such as fizzy drinks and juices as well as alcoholic beverages like Pimms and chilled wines.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) suggests that adults should eat no more than 50 grams (or 12 teaspoons) of sugar a day to minimise the risk of obesity , tooth decay or tooth loss. Many foods and drinks also contain naturally occurring sugars, and although these may be nutritionally beneficial foods, their sugar content should still be within our 50 grams per day limit. It’s also worth bearing in mind that artificial sweeteners are not a healthier alternative and these can still cause dental issues as well as weight gain and intestinal discomfort if consumed in abundance.
In order for you to make the most of summer as healthily as possible, here are some hints and tips that can give you a helping hand!
We’re often too busy to even remember to have a drink, but the best way to keep hydrated without reaching the point of “I’m gasping for a drink!” is to keep a bottle of water with you at all times so that you can take regular sips. Not only does this keep you more energised and alert, it also means that you’re less likely to overeat as thirst is often mistaken for hunger.
If you’re attending a barbeque or picnic on a warm sunny day, it’s all too easy to continuously reach for the fizzy drinks or another glass of wine or Pimms. Being outside with the sun beaming down on you makes you sweat faster, thus becoming thirstier more frequently. An easy tip to follow to ensure you still get to enjoy the summer treats with less of the guilt is to follow every glass of sugary beverage for two of water. This means you’ll be hydrated throughout and you’ll be cutting the calories and sugar content as the day goes by.
We can’t think of a single person who doesn’t like ice cream! However, these are packed full of sugar and should only be enjoyed once in awhile as a treat rather than every day in warm weather. If cutting back on the ice cream doesn’t sound like a good idea (we agree!) then why not consider making your own healthier version? We love using natural yogurt and fresh berries, placing them in ice-lolly moulds and freezing overnight. They’re very healthy and very delicious!
If you need a dental appointment, please don’t hesitate about contacting us. We suggest regular check-ups and hygiene treatments to prevent decay and keep your smile healthy. You can book online via our contact form for a dentist appointment in Liverpool Street or call us on 020 7377 6762.