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8 “Health Drinks” That Wreck Your Teeth




Could the choices you make regarding the beverages you drink, choices you thought were supporting the health of your body, actually be harming your teeth? 

You eat nutritious foods. You exercise regularly. You get restful sleep. And, you’ve even traded in unhealthy beverages for healthier options. 

But, just how healthy are those supposed “health drinks” for your teeth? 

There are so many drinks that are marketed as healthy:

  • Some are enhanced with vitamins and minerals. 
  • Some are healthy compared to the beverages they are claimed to be an alternative to. 
  • Some contain probiotics powerful in promoting the health of your gut. 
  • Some boast benefits in the area of physical performance (before, during, and after).
  • Some have been lauded for their benefits to your health for decades. 
  • And, some are fairly new but boast some powerful claims.

And, it’s true that some of those can indeed prove beneficial to certain aspects of your overall health, but how do they stack up in regards to the health of your teeth? 

Many beverages that are considered ‘healthy’ can wreak havoc on your teeth…even your mouth as a whole!

And, the last thing you want to do is consume something that you think is beneficial to one aspect of your health but turns out to be hindering your health in another way…here, your teeth.  

So, what liquids make the list? 

Below are 8 of the top ‘health drinks’ that we’ve found to be detrimental to the health of your teeth. 

1- Fruit juices

Fruit juices are often thought of as healthy drinks, especially for children. 

They are generally seen as healthy alternatives to sugary, artificially colored, and flavored sodas. But, are they really any better than chugging down a pop or any other non-carbonated sugary drink marketed for children (you’re not off the hook here either, adults)?

The sugar content in fruit juices, even those labeled “all-natural” or “100% juice” is extremely high. 

And, sugar is a mortal enemy to your mouth. 

Your mouth is filled with bacteria, and like those in your gut, they are needed. But, also like the bacteria in your gut, you don’t want that mixture of good and bad bacteria in your mouth to tip the scale towards the bad guys. 

Sugar does just that!

Sugar feeds the bad bacteria in your mouth and on your teeth. This increase in bad bacteria creates an acidic environment that erodes the enamel on your teeth and causes tooth decay. 

2- Vitamin Water

Vitamin water is a popular drink touted as healthy. Come on, it says vitamin right in the name! It’s full of vitamins and minerals, and it’s…water! It’s surely not on this list, right?

One problem with vitamin water is that it, too, is loaded with sugar. But, since we just went over those ill effects in reference to fruit juices, I’ll spare you the repeat.

The second problem with this ‘health drink’ is its acid content. Unfortunately, vitamin water isn’t alone here. But, its acidity, in particular, rivals stomach acid. 

Consuming acidic drinks can lead to permanent dental erosion where your teeth lose their structure due to what is known as chemical dissolution from the acids in these types of drinks. 

3- Sports Drinks

I figured we might as well move on to sports drinks now since they are a killer combo of the last two drinks. 

But, athletes use these drinks all the time, so they’ve got to be beneficial, right?

Though they’re often praised for their electrolyte content, promising to replenish needful glycogen and regulate body fluids often lost during vigorous exercise, these drinks can wreak havoc on your teeth! 

As far as sugar, an average 20-ounce bottle of one popular sports drink has a whopping 36 grams. 

The same brand has a pH level of 2.4. As far as the pH scale is concerned, the lower the number, the higher the acidity. 

The enamel on your teeth begins to dissolve at a pH of 5.3. 

In other words, maybe pouring the cooler on the coach’s head is better than drinking the stuff! 

4- Sugar Free

To clear things up right off the bat, we’re not referring to naturally sugar-free beverages like water, tea, or coffee. 

Here, we’re talking about sugar-free varieties of sodas, vitamin waters, sports drinks, and other beverages that are marketed as, and thought to be, a healthier option than their sugar-laden counterparts. 

Many folks reach for these types of beverages thinking they are making a healthy choice, but what can these drinks do to your teeth?

If your sugar-free drink still contains caffeine, and you don’t counteract the effects of caffeine by upping your water intake, this can lead to dehydration. 

When you aren’t properly hydrated, your saliva production is compromised and can lead to dry mouth. 

Saliva plays a crucial role in keeping your mouth from becoming too acidic, and as we learned earlier, an acidic environment in your mouth leads to dental erosion. 

Maybe you’re thinking, my preferred sugar-free beverage isn’t caffeinated, so this doesn’t apply to me. 

Unfortunately, caffeine isn’t the only concern here. Most of the artificial sweeteners that make up sugar-free drinks contain chemicals that soften the enamel on your teeth.

Softened enamel can actually be “brushed away” leaving your teeth vulnerable to cavities as the inner layer of the enamel has been exposed. 

5- Diet Drinks

Just the word diet insinuates that you’re doing something to either improve your health (through nutrition), or you’re replacing a higher calorie version of the food or drink. 

While diet beverages cut down calories, and this generally means cutting out sugar, there are definitely pitfalls with these drinks when it comes to your teeth.

Concerning soda, the diet versions do just as much damage to the enamel of your teeth, causing it to both weaken and dissolve. 

In fact, one study found that diet and sugar-free sodas caused slightly more dental erosion than even regular soda. After two weeks, the findings showed regular soda had caused tooth enamel to dissolve at 2.8mg and diet soda caused 3 mg of enamel erosion. 

6- Dairy Milk

I know you’re shocked at this one, but I promise you’re not being punk’d. 

Though milk has been hailed as the healthiest of drinks, specifically for your bones and teeth, due to its calcium contents, the lactose that is also found in dairy milk can actually harm your teeth. 

Lactose is a type of sugar, there’s no way around it. And, like any other sugar, lactose increases the level of acidity in your mouth, which causes demineralization, damaging your teeth.

7- Kombucha

Okay, this one hurts y’all. Besides being a favorite, kombucha just packs some big gut health benefits by being loaded with probiotics. 

So, I suppose we’ll just have to heap this one into the milk pile then, both being praised for their healthy components, yet potentially causing harm in your mouth. 

In the case of this slightly bubbly, vinegary beverage, acid is the culprit yet again. 

Kombucha is considered to be highly acidic which can wear away the enamel on your teeth, and in the case of this probiotic ‘health drink,’ can lead to a loss of minerals from enamel erosion and tooth sensitivity. 

8- Flavored Water (and sparkling water)

Hydration is key, right? Some health and fitness experts recommend drinking half of your body weight in ounces of water per day. 

Heck, even the popular trainer and P90X creator, Tony Horton will tell you, “Drink your water, people!” 

So, we do! And, to achieve our healthy hydration goals, we often add flavor to the water we drink via powdered, 0-calorie mixes, lemon or lime wedges (or juice), or we opt for sparkling water.

Unfortunately, each of these additions or substitutions can…you guessed it…wreak havoc on your teeth!

Both lemon and lime are highly acidic and over time will cause erosion to tooth enamel.

Flavored mixes contain citric and other fruit acids which remove calcium from your teeth and cause serious erosion.

While unflavored sparkling water is said to not be acidic, flavored sparkling waters can contain the same citric acids, and some flavored waters have proven to be just as acidic as orange juice, causing significant enamel erosion.

Do You Have To Ditch Them All?

Okay, I have to admit, that list brought out a few “NOOOs” from me because I love my sparkling water and kombucha. 

Thankfully, we don’t have to live in a world without our favorites…primarily those favorites that are considered otherwise healthy.

Some of those items, despite the intense marketing efforts behind them, are just no good when it comes to your health, teeth, or otherwise. 

But, what about the ones that promise real benefits to your health, like my beloved kombucha for instance? Probiotics? Gut health, anyone? 

The thing is, we can sometimes take things too far. We love the taste of pizza, and so we can find ourselves overindulging. 

The same is true with foods or drinks that claim to benefit our health.

Too much of a good thing can be a bad thing! 

So, if you do find yourself unable to live without LaCroix, for instance, keep moderation at the forefront of your drinking habits and incorporate the following to protect your teeth from the occasional indulgence:

  • Brush your teeth 30-60 minutes after consuming any carbonated “health drink.”
  • Choose water above all else, and hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! The more water you drink, the less likely you’ll be to consume these other drinks in the first place, but you’ll also ensure adequate saliva production which helps keep pH levels regulated in your mouth.
  • Consume these drinks rarely, with meals, and through a straw to minimize acid exposure.
  • Avoid citrus or fruit flavors which have been known to cause the most damage.

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Low Carb Diet May Induce Remission Of Type 2 Diabetes




Low-carb diets have been popular for some time now due to their proven substantial benefit to weight and/or fat loss. 

But, recent findings have shown that the benefits may be even greater than once believed…even inducing remission in people with type 2 diabetes. 

That’s right, aside from weight loss, improved cholesterol levels, potential boosts in brain health, and benefits to the health of your heart, low carb diets are now proving effective for diabetes patients as well. 

So, what is it about restricting carbs that brings such great benefits to those with type 2 diabetes? And, can these results be sustained long term? 

As low carb diets are often said to be difficult to maintain over long lengths of time, what can you do to ensure you don’t get burnt out?

Let’s take a look…

The Effects Of Carb Restriction On Type 2 Diabetes

The findings of a recent study have the diabetic world buzzing, and rightfully so!

Earlier this year, researchers at Texas A&M studied results from randomized trials assessing the effectiveness of low carb diets amongst those individuals with type 2 diabetes.

These studies found that participants who followed a low carb diet raised the likelihood of their diabetes going into remission by 32%.

Concerning 1,357 participants (spanning several studies), most of whom were between the ages of 47-67 and overweight or obese, those who saw such results followed a strict low carb eating regimen for 12 weeks. 

Researchers checked in on participants at both 6 and 12 months, and the greatest benefits were seen at 6 months. 

At 12 months, while some participants were still in remission, those rates were lower than the 6 month mark. 

The hypothesis is that those individuals who remained diligent in their adherence to a low carb diet saw continued benefit, while those who were less consistent lost the benefits related to their type 2 diabetes over time. 

So then, how exactly does restricting carbs benefit patients with type 2 diabetes?

Essentially, you can think of carbs to type 2 diabetes in a similar way that we think of milk to those with lactose intolerance. 

With lactose intolerance, a person’s body can not accurately process lactose. 

In the case of type 2 diabetes, a person’s body can not accurately process carbohydrates. 

So, someone who can not process carbohydrates accurately or efficiently, when consuming foods rich in carbs will experience high levels of blood sugar (consistently) and even weight gain. 

Normally, when we consume carbohydrates they get broken down into sugar. This sugar then enters our bloodstream causing blood sugar levels to rise. 

This spike then tells your pancreas to produce insulin to help your cells to absorb that blood sugar for energy (both for storage and immediate usage). 

In cases of type 2 diabetes, over time the body stops responding to that insulin which causes blood sugar levels to remain too high for too long. And, eventually that insulin production can stop altogether. 

So, for type 2 diabetes patients, eating a low carb diet decreases the strain on the body and lessens the body’s propensity to produce too much insulin. 

As eating fewer carbs helps the body to maintain healthy blood sugar (or blood glucose) levels, carb intolerance and insulin resistance improves as well.

Obviously then, maintaining a low carb lifestyle would be a crucial component in continuing to reap those rewards in one’s fight against diabetes, but many would argue this to be a difficult task. 

So, how can you successfully restrict carbs long term? 

Tips For Success While Cutting Down On Carbs

One of the biggest hurdles to successfully reaping the rewards of a low carb diet long term is the (often deemed) lack of sustainability of such diets. 

Even registered dieticians and nutrition experts agree that cutting carbs long term can be difficult…but certainly not impossible! 

So, what tips do the experts give regarding low carb success? 

1- Slow And Steady Wins The Race

Low carb diets can be highly restrictive. And, one mistake that many make is to dive headfirst into the deep end…no looking back. 

While such ambition is admirable, dietary restrictions of any kind that are fast and furious often fizzle out before they finish. 

Therefore, the experts recommend an approach with a slow beginning. 

Dr. Minisha Sood, an endocrinologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City advises her patients to “start with one meal at a time.” 

Dr. Sood recommends beginning with dinner as the meal to tackle first: “Aim to lower carb intake (at this meal) by about 50% by swapping out unhealthy, starch-packed carbohydrates for healthier sources such as healthy grains or lentils.”

From there, you can then begin to make similar healthy swaps at lunch, then breakfast, and snacks. 

2- Stay On Track Through Tracking

Keeping a food diary or journal to keep track of not only what you eat, but how those foods affect your body is a proven method to help you stay on track. 

I know that many people don’t like the idea of tracking food long term, but consider doing so as you begin your low carb eating regimen to see how your body reacts to various foods, track your gains in energy, and keep you motivated. 

In time, you may find that you don’t need to track as often. And, you can always drop or pick up this healthy habit as needed. But, in the beginning, keeping track is a great way to foster success. 

3- Talk To Your Doc

Keeping your physician in the loop when dealing with type 2 diabetes is very important. 

Your doctor or specialist knows your situation and can recommend a plan best suited to your needs. 

As different carbs affect different people in different ways, your doctor or a nutritionist can guide you to the best choices for your specific needs. 

4- The Buddy System

As with any diet or healthy eating plan, there’s often help in numbers. 

In fact, studies have shown people are more successful at adhering to dietary changes (and losing weight) when they have the support of a friend or buddy. 

Sticking to any diet long term is difficult, but having a support system along the way can increase your chances of long term success. 

5- Variety Is The Spice Of Low Carb Life

While there are plenty of delicious low carb food options available for breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks, not experiencing a variety of those options can hinder your ability to stay low carb long term, thereby missing the benefits to be had (especially regarding type 2 diabetes). 

Many cultures have eaten low carb diets for centuries, so…we can do it…we’ve just got to stay out of boring ruts when it comes to our food choices. 


Studies have proven that low carb diets can cause type 2 diabetes to go into remission. 

The only problem is, these results aren’t sustained long-term (post 12 months) if patients do not remain on a low-carb diet. In other words, at this point, research suggests that low-carb eating needs to become a lifestyle to reap long-term healthy rewards. 

So, if you have type 2 diabetes, consider talking to your doctor (first and foremost) about how a low-carb diet may benefit your condition. 

Then, once you get the green light and some direction from your physician or specialist, don’t forget to ease into this style of eating, keep track of your food intake and progress, incorporate a variety of foods, and enlist the support of a friend for long-term success. 

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Top Nutritionists Share Their Secrets to a Healthy Diet



Maintaining a healthy diet is essential for overall well-being and longevity. But with so much conflicting information out there, it can be challenging to know where to start. To help cut through the noise, we spoke with some of the top nutritionists in the industry to get their expert advice on how to eat for optimal health. Here are their top tips and secrets to a healthy diet:

1. Focus on whole, unprocessed foods
One of the most common pieces of advice among nutritionists is to prioritize whole, unprocessed foods in your diet. This means choosing foods that are as close to their natural state as possible, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and lean proteins. Processed foods, on the other hand, are often loaded with added sugars, unhealthy fats, and preservatives that can contribute to weight gain and chronic diseases.

2. Fill your plate with colorful fruits and vegetables
Fruits and vegetables are packed with essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber that are crucial for overall health. Nutritionists recommend filling at least half of your plate with a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables at every meal to ensure you’re getting a wide range of nutrients to support your body’s functions.

3. Don’t fear carbohydrates
Carbohydrates often get a bad rap, but they’re an essential source of energy for our bodies. Nutritionists recommend choosing complex carbohydrates like whole grains, legumes, and starchy vegetables over refined carbohydrates like white bread and sugary snacks. These complex carbs provide sustained energy and are rich in fiber, which helps regulate blood sugar levels and keep you feeling full longer.

4. Be mindful of portion sizes
Even healthy foods can contribute to weight gain if consumed in excess. Portion control is key to maintaining a healthy weight and preventing overeating. Nutritionists recommend using measuring cups, food scales, or simply listening to your body’s hunger cues to help gauge appropriate portion sizes.

5. Stay hydrated
Water is essential for keeping our bodies hydrated, aiding in digestion, and regulating body temperature. Nutritionists recommend drinking at least eight glasses of water a day, and more if you’re physically active or live in a hot climate. Avoid sugary drinks like soda and fruit juices, as they can add unnecessary calories and contribute to weight gain.

6. Practice mindful eating
In today’s fast-paced world, it can be easy to mindlessly eat while distracted by screens, work, or other activities. Nutritionists recommend practicing mindful eating, which involves slowing down, savoring each bite, and paying attention to hunger and fullness cues. This can help prevent overeating, improve digestion, and promote a healthier relationship with food.

7. Listen to your body
Ultimately, the best diet is one that works for you and makes you feel your best. Nutritionists emphasize the importance of listening to your body and paying attention to how different foods make you feel. If you notice certain foods cause digestive issues, fatigue, or other discomfort, it may be worth eliminating or reducing them from your diet. Experiment with different foods and eating patterns to find what works best for you.

In conclusion, a healthy diet is crucial for overall health and well-being. By following these expert tips from top nutritionists, you can create a balanced and sustainable approach to eating that nourishes your body and promotes longevity. Remember, there is no one-size-fits-all diet, so listen to your body and make choices that support your unique needs and goals.

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Inside the World of Nutritionists: An Expert’s Guide to Health and Wellness



Nutritionists play a crucial role in helping individuals achieve optimal health and wellness through proper diet and nutrition. These experts are trained to assess a person’s dietary needs and create personalized meal plans to address specific health goals, such as weight loss, improved digestion, or disease prevention.

Inside the world of nutritionists, there is a wealth of knowledge and expertise that can help individuals make informed decisions about their diet and lifestyle. Nutritionists are well-versed in the science of nutrition and can provide evidence-based recommendations on how to fuel your body for optimal performance.

One of the key roles of a nutritionist is to educate clients on the importance of balanced nutrition. This means understanding the role of macronutrients (carbohydrates, fats, and proteins) and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) in the body, and how to incorporate them into a healthy diet. Nutritionists also emphasize the importance of hydration, fiber intake, and portion control in maintaining a healthy weight and preventing chronic diseases.

In addition to providing dietary recommendations, nutritionists also offer support and motivation to help clients stay on track with their health goals. They can help individuals overcome common challenges, such as emotional eating, food cravings, and navigating social situations that may tempt them to stray from their diet.

Furthermore, nutritionists can also provide guidance on interpreting food labels, navigating grocery stores, and making healthy choices when dining out. They can teach clients how to meal prep and plan ahead to ensure they have nutritious options available at all times.

In today’s fast-paced world, where unhealthy food options are readily available and fad diets abound, working with a nutritionist can provide individuals with a roadmap to sustainable health and wellness. By understanding their unique nutritional needs and making informed choices, people can improve their energy levels, mood, and overall quality of life.

In conclusion, nutritionists are valuable allies in the quest for health and wellness. By seeking their expertise and guidance, individuals can learn how to nourish their bodies in a way that promotes long-term health and vitality. Whether you are looking to lose weight, manage a chronic condition, or simply improve your overall well-being, a nutritionist can help you achieve your goals and live your healthiest life.

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