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10 Food/Drinks That Cause Yellow Teeth and 6 Easy Ways to Whiten Teeth

10 Food/Drinks That Cause Yellow Teeth and 6 Easy Ways to Whiten Teeth

If you thought that darker-colored food and drinks would have little or no effect on discoloring your teeth, think again! The experts tell us that if any fruit or drink can stain a white T-shirt, then it can be just as disastrous for your white teeth.

Any acidic food or drink is likely to cause your teeth’s enamel to wear away. The enamel is the gleaming-white coating on your teeth that keeps them shining, until you get old and/or consume too many colorful foods and drinks. The next layer is called dentin, and that is always a shade less white. The secret is to avoid these acidic substances. If you do eat or drink them, rinse your mouth with water afterwards. This will limit the damage, somewhat.

Here are 10 foods and drinks to avoid and six ways to limit the damage and help you keep your teeth gleaming white.

1. Red or white wine

Not just red wine as you would expect, but also white wine is not ideal for keeping those teeth white. The reason is that they both contain tannins, which are really yellow and brown polyphenols and can leave a dirty footprint on your teeth. Rinsing your mouth with water after a cup of wine would alleviate the problem.

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2. Coffee

You cannot get a darker liquid than this, so the effect on your white teeth is less than great. One solution is to use more milk in it if that does not spoil the taste.

3. Teas

Strong black teas may be just as stimulating as a cup of coffee but they also have the same disastrous effect on the color of your teeth. Experts say that opting for herbal and lighter-colored teas may help.

4. Balsamic vinegar

Dark,sumptuous and great for staining teeth. The good news is that if you use it on salads or spinach, these tend to lessen the drastic effects.

5. Curry

Wonderful taste! But the colors of curry will leave your teeth a bolder shade of yellow if you indulge in these exotic spices all the time. Spinach will protect the enamel of the teeth so an Indian dahl with spinach may be perfectly justified.

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6. Tomato sauce

Who can resist tomatoes in pasta sauces and other dishes? Well, if you cannot, your teeth may begin to appear darker. It is not just the color of tomatoes but also the fact that they are highly acidic. Again, one solution is to have spinach in the same meal.

7. Berries

Raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries are full of healthy vitamins and other life-enhancing nutrients. The only problem is that they are highly colored and will leave their mark as they tend to stick to your tooth enamel. So next time after eating berries remember to drink some water.

8. Colas and sodas

The problem with these is their dark color, but there is additional trap. If they are very cold, teeth will tend to contract and that makes them more porous so they will absorb more color. The same goes for very hot liquids like coffee and tea. The best way is to avoid cola because cola itself is not healthy at all. Only drink it once in a while if you really like it.

9. Soy sauce

You may have to limit your intake of soy sauce if you want to keep your teeth sparkling white and worthy of a dentist’s testimonial. Most commercially available soy sauces do not use fermented soy as that takes too long to make. They go for a faster, cheaper option which uses soy proteins with hydrochloric acid. This type of chemical soy sauce is not great for white teeth. Try to taste the original and natural flavour of food next time before you dip it into soy sauce.

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10. Beets

Beets have a lot going for them. They are full of great vitamins and minerals. The only problem is their dark-red color which will definitely stain your teeth. Rinsing with water afterwards can help limit the damage.

6 Easy Ways to Whiten Your Teeth

1. Brush your teeth immediately?

Why have I put a question mark here? The reason is that after consuming all those acidic and highly colorful foods mentioned above, the tooth enamel is softer and weaker, so vigorous brushing will further damage it. Experts say that it is better to wait about half an hour before brushing your teeth.

2. Don’t forget your tongue

Your tongue accumulates a lot of waste matter which, if left there, will continue to discolor your teeth. If you want whiter teeth, it is better to brush your tongue on a regular basis so that you are removing this toxic dump!

3. Use apple cider vinegar (ACV)

This is a double-edged sword as it is rather acidic so it can potentially damage the tooth enamel. But if you rinse your mouth really well, then brush with your regular toothpaste, you will probably see some good results. Most people say that you have to do this consistently for about a month.

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4. Apples, celery, and cauliflower are great

If you are fond of very colorful fruits such as berries, it is always a good idea to eat an apple to finish off your fruit snack. Apples are great to bite on, are a light color, and act as a detergent to keep your teeth white. As you chew on an apple, it acts as a sort of toothbrush by scrubbing your teeth gently. Pears are just as good. As regards veggies that are just as useful, go for carrots, celery and cauliflower. Check out the other tooth-whitening foods here.

5. Drink water after eating citrus fruits

When you eat oranges or other citrus fruits, try to rinse your mouth with water immediately afterwards as this will rinse away all that acid.

6. Everyone needs their dental hygienist

Whether you opt for getting your teeth whitened by a professional or not, a visit to the dental hygienist or dentist just for teeth cleaning is a great way to keep those teeth sparkling white. Removing plaque and giving teeth a thorough cleaning every six months will help you keep that great smile impeccable!

Have you any tips to pass on which are useful in keeping teeth sparkling white? Let us know in the comments below.

Featured photo credit: Smile / Rupert Taylor-Price via flickr.com

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Last Updated on May 21, 2020

The Top Fad Diets That Are Actually Worth the Hype

The Top Fad Diets That Are Actually Worth the Hype

You have probably seen enough fad diets to last a lifetime. Many have become popular overnight and left just as quickly.

Some fad diets, though, have actually passed the test of time and are making some headway in the nutritional world.

Outlined below are four fad diets that are actually beneficial for your health and wellness. Read on to find out why you should consider adopting one (or more) of these healthy eating styles today.

An important concept you should keep in mind is to disregard the term “diet” as it is typically used. The word diet implies the idea of restriction and removal. Instead, think of the word diet in this context as a healthy eating lifestyle.

Let’s take a look at some of these healthy eating lifestyles that have been categorized, by no fault of their own, as fad diets.

1. The Paleo Diet

The paleo diet, or ancestral eating, is simply eating the way your paleolithic ancestors would have up to 10,000 years ago, or when the agriculture age began.

The advantage now is you don’t have to do this in a loin cloth, unless you want to… The focus of this diet is proteins, vegetables, some fruits, nuts and seeds and some healthy fats.

In the paleo diet, there aren’t any grains, starchy carbohydrates, sugars, or dairy.

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How Your Health Can Change With Paleo

The paleo diet is a good way to keep your blood sugar under control. It can also have a positive effect on type 2 diabetes, and can lower your risk of cardiovascular disease.

With this healthy eating lifestyle, people have also achieved good weight loss results and boast improved energy levels. [1]

It’s not just what’s in the paleo diet that’s important, it’s what’s NOT in it. There aren’t any processed and manufactured foods, junk foods, artificial ingredients or chemical additives.

Paleo is a way of eating that gets you more in tune with your body and, therefore, can provide a lot of benefits.

2. Whole30

The Whole30 diet is relatively new and owes its popularity to social media and the #Whole30 Instagram hashtag that allowed people to share and broadcast their success with the diet.

With Whole30 you are taking 30 days and focusing on nutritious whole foods such as meats, nuts and seeds, seafood, eggs, vegetables, and fruits.

During the month you are eliminating:

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  • sugar
  • alcohol
  • legumes
  • grains
  • dairy
  • soy

Whole30 is similar to paleo, but it goes a bit further eliminating sweeteners such as honey or maple syrup.

At the end of the 30 days, you strategically reintroduce those eliminated foods back into your diet to discover any possibility of health consequences from them or even potential food allergies.

Finding Out How Food Impacts You

Most people eat the same things so often and may not realize that certain foods are causing health consequences, as they’ve become accustomed to feeling lethargic and run down.

With Whole30 you get the chance to see how these foods may have a negative impact on your body. You’ll also reset your taste buds, which may have become desensitized from processed and artificial “foods” and excess salt.

This diet will help you regain your love of food… in a healthy way!

3. The Mediterranean Diet

The Mediterranean diet has been at the top of the list as a very effective diet for some time now.

For people in countries like Italy or Greece, this has simply been a normal way of life–along with higher activity levels, sunlight exposure, proximity to water, and lower stress.

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With the Mediterranean diet, the focus is on heart-healthy foods. It looks like this:

  • Fruits & vegetables
  • Whole grains
  • Legumes & nuts
  • Replacing butter with olive oil
  • Using herbs and spices instead of salt
  • Eating fish and poultry at least twice a week
  • Moderate amounts of red wine

Help Your Heart & Overall Health With A Mediterranean Diet

Information from the Mayo Clinic shows that this diet reduces heart disease and lowers your “bad” LDL cholesterol. Studies involving 1.5 million people demonstrated that the Mediterranean diet was associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular mortality, along with overall mortality. [2]

With all these benefits, this is definitely a “fad diet” that’s worth the hype.

4. The Alkaline Diet

The alkaline diet is about changing the foods you eat so that you put your body into an alkaline state and out of an acidic state. When your body is too far on the acidic side it can result in a condition called acidosis. This can lead to issues in your body such as upset stomach, breathing difficulties, headaches, weakness and, fatigue. In extreme cases, it can result in shock, coma, or death.

The goal is to get your body in a more alkaline state, which results in overall better health. The focus is on including alkaline boosting foods such as fruits, nuts, vegetables, and legumes. You’re also wanting to reduce acidic foods such as low quality beef and poultry, dairy, eggs, grains, and alcohol.

Pros & Cons With The Alkaline Diet

The benefits that come from this way of eating is that reduction in inferior quality foods, processed items and alcohol. You may feel improved energy levels, mental clarity and even better joint health.

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People also report weight loss but again this may come from the reduction in calories from junk and processed foods but this is not a bad thing at all.

One con with this diet is that the pH value of the food you eat might not have an impact on blood pH, as your body is able to balance this pretty well on a day-to-day basis.

Follow These Fads for Better Health and Wellness

There can be a danger in categorizing things as a fad diet because fads come and go. People are always looking for the next big thing or a quick fix.

The four examples above buck that status quo. These diets, though mainstream, actually can give you benefits and aren’t going to go away anytime soon because they work.

What makes these diets special is that they boast real whole foods and the eliminate processed and manufactured junk.

The Big Takeaway:

Whatever way you choose to eat, the focus needs to be on whole unprocessed foods. Look for the cleanest, local and most natural things you can find for the benefit of your overall health and wellness. Your body and mind will thank you.

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