Dr. Pettit’s Tip for Healthy Living

2016 homemade cookies.Happy New Year! I hope the New Year brings with it new hope, new peace, and new opportunities for your health. Health is of primary importance. For this month’s newsletter, I want to recap on highlights of last year’s tips for healthy living.

In January , I discussed the benefits of limiting gluten in your diet. Some of us are more sensitive to this protein than others. Decreasing your intake of gluten may be the last thread you need to complete your safety net, protecting you from chronic pain. Whether the issue is with gluten or not, cutting back on foods high in gluten will reduce your consumption of other high caloric foods, such as breads, beer, and other refined carbohydrates. Replacing starches with foods like lentils and quinoa will also provide health benefits.

In February, we suggested steaming your vegetables, which allows you to maximize nutrition, while also taking care of your temporomandibular joint by softening otherwise crunchy foods. March’s tip discussed the benefits of green leafy vegetables, and the advantages of shredding your lettuce for your jaw. Then in April, we reviewed our “foods to avoid” list and discussed the reasoning behind the list.

May was home to National Brown-Bag-It Day, in which we highlighted the benefits of packing your own lunch. In June, we tapped into the benefits of hydration and water consumption. July was dedicated to the benefits of eating fish and the long-chain omega-3 fatty acids that come with them. August’s tip included the doctor’s order to give yourself permission for a relaxing getaway. Dedicated time, when properly executed, will provide a much-needed recharge. Stress hormones need a chance to re-equilibrate.

September marked a good time to think about meal planning. A little forethought can go a long way when it comes to improving our eating habits. Planning ahead will allow you to eat a wider variety of foods, encourage better nutrition and healthy food choices. The anti-oxidant benefit of berries was discussed in October’s newsletter, with special emphasis on the value of blueberries. Pumpkins were highlighted in November, and then finally, in December we discussed the health benefits of an attitude of gratitude.

At MedCenter TMJ, we are committed to optimizing the health and function of your jaw joint. We know the temporomandibular joint is critical to your overall health and well-being. Good health not only blesses your life, but the lives of those around you. Let us each make a New Year’s resolution to make healthy choices.


Nathan J. Pettit, DMD, MSD

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