Things to Keep Out of Your Diet to Help Keep Your Stress Down
Caffeine through coffee, tea, or chocolate can increase your stress. It tells your body to produce more stress hormones, plus it increases your blood pressure and heart rate. Alcohol is another stress inducing item that can be part of your diet. It tells your body that it should create a greater amount of the same hormones you create when stressed, so it ends up making you feel the effects even more.
Refined sugar acts in much the same manner as the caffeine. We all know that sugar isn't good for your teeth, but it also increases how much stress you feel. It depletes your body of nutrients, puts your blood sugar out of whack, and can cause you to become moody. Lots of sodium is also bad for you. It increases your heart rate and blood pressure, dehydrates you (especially your mouth), and can cause you to struggle with gum disease from dry mouth.
If you want to keep your stress down, and prevent any type of extra damage to your teeth, try and avoid as much of these four items as possible. If you cannot avoid them all, avoid whichever ones you can. Talk to your dentist to find out other alternatives to keep your teeth healthy when stressed out, too. If you have any questions, or if you would like to learn more, please call us today at (714) 409-6161.