Eat More Beans and Less Meat
"Carbon footprint" is one of the most popular green catchphrases these days and the term represents the amount of greenhouse gases (primarily carbon dioxide) produced either directly or indirectly to support human activities. The term has become increasingly popular as those elements are charged with causing global warming. Human consciousness in thought, action and vegetarian dining are the only way to curb the damage being done and those who choose to eat lower on the food chain will make great contributions to reducing the omissions, save money and boost their dental health.
The Environmental Working Group's 2011 Meat Eater's Guide to Climate Change and Health analyzed the environment impact of 20 animal products and byproducts (such as dairy) in relation to food production, red meat, the carbon footprint and pollution at large. Popular foods including lamb, beef, cheese, pork and farmed salmon are fingered as being the worst for the planet as their production generates the most greenhouse gases and pollution as an unhealthy byproduct (http://breakingnews.ewg.org/meateatersguide/a-meat-eaters-guide-to-climate-change-health-what-you-eat-matters/).
Healthy plant based foods such as lentils, tofu, tomatoes, beans and broccoli and animal byproducts such as 2% milk and yogurt are considered the best choices for the planet and for general health. All these foods are part of the new government recommended Nutrition Plate food consumption guidelines. They are nutritionally dense and will provide individuals concerned about their dental health vitamins essential to bone health and general well being, for far less money than the expensive animal products destroying the planet.
Individuals who still want to eat beans but have their meat and cheese as well are encouraged to make better purchasing decisions regarding the type of food consumed. Salmon lovers longing for their Omega-3 fix should only eat wild caught fish gathered in American waters and fans of eating Old MacDonald's Farm should opt to eat free-range eggs, cage free chickens, grass-fed cows and lambs, pasture-raised critters, certified organic and humane meats and foods that are antibiotic, hormone and nitrate-free. Choosing these types of food products will deliver healthier and cleaner foods to the consumers and less waste to the planet.
Do Not Flush Dental Floss
Daily flossing is a must for dental health as the act of maneuvering nylon thread through teeth will remove harmful dental plaque and ward off conditions such as dental abscesses, tooth loss and periodontal disease. Individuals are encouraged to use 122 yards of the stuff annually and while the floss takes up very little space, if flushed the non-biodegradable substance will end up traveling into the oceans, polluting the water and killing sea life either by strangulation or accidental ingestion. Individuals must make sure to either purchase an all natural, non-plastic dental floss or make sure to dispose of their dental floss properly in garbage pails.
Individuals looking for more tips on how to improve dental health while maintaining a level of environmental consciousness can seek the advice of their dentist. Those lacking a dentist can find a great dental care provider quickly and easily by calling 1-800-DENTIST.com.