Exercise alert: could you be harming your dental health?

Many studies indicate that endurance athletes have a higher risk of dental problems due to drinking sugar-laden sports drinks and breathing through their mouths. Sugar feeds bacteria that promote tooth decay, and sports drinks contain lots of sugar. Breathing through the mouth causes a dry mouth condition, which reduces the flow of saliva. This allows bacteria to thrive and do their damage.

Drink water! Add some lemon or lime for vitamins and minerals, as well as for the alkalizing effects. See my recipe for a Homemade Electrolyte Sports Drink on www.learningtobehealthy.com. Practice breathing through your nose. If your nasal cavities seem dry, you may need more water and essential fatty acids.

Solstic Energy is a healthier alternative to energy drinks. It contains guarana, a natural source of caffeine, green tea extract, ginseng, natural lemon, mandarin orange, and pineapple flavors, and stevia. You just empty the contents of a packet into 14-16 ounces of cold water and mix. This product is not recommended for children under 18 years of age, or those sensitive to caffeine. Find it at www.learningtobehealthy.mynsp.com.

Keep learning to be healthy!
Lisa Hernandez, Certified Nutritionist
1 Corinthians 10:31–“Whatever you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for God’s glory!”

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