Benefits of Ice Water
While chewing on ice may not be the best idea in regards of dental care, nothing is more refreshing than sipping on a glass of ice water. Plus, sipping on ice water has the added perk of empowering the body to burn more calories than sipping on a room-temperature beverage.
The fact is America has an obesity epidemic fueled by unhealthy diets and inactivity. Most people solely focus on their weight as an issue of vanity, but the reality is being overweight can contribute to health issues such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, cavities, tooth decay and gum disease. The best strategies to combat extra pounds is eating a nutritious diet based on the Government's Nutrition Plate, exercising regularly and making ice water the drink of choice.
Research published in the International Journal of Obesity reports that drinking cold water has a thermogenic effect on adults (a reaction to food consumed that increases a metabolic rate by encouraging the body to produce energy or heat resulting in an expenditure of calories). The thermogenesis state triggered by sipping ice water can greatly increase the resting energy expenditure (REE) and the number of calories burned when a body is at rest (http://www.nature.com/ijo/journal/v35/n10/full/ijo2011130a.html). The hypothesis is that sipping ice water will rapidly cool the upper gastrointestinal tract, and raise the REE rate, forcing the body to burn excess calories.
Plain Water is Best
1-800-DENTIST wants consumers to know that "Choosing the Right Water, Key to Dental Health," as some options are better than others. In most cases, sipping on regular tap water is the best option as typically, community water supplies have the added dental health benefit of fluoride and it is free!
Although the market place is filled with plenty of water options, bottled water, flavored water and waters with a hint of lemon, they all pose risks to dental health. Bottled water may not have fluoride, flavored water have sugary additives that can contribute issues such as tooth decay and while lemon can help deliver some Vitamin C, the high acidic level in the fruit can cause tooth enamel erosion.
Individuals looking for additional tips on water and dental health or any other dentistry topic will get the best advice directly from their dentist. No dentist, no problem! Simply call 1-800-DENTIST, 24/7 and one of our professionally trained operators will provide you with the name of a pre-screened dentist close to home and up to the task of improving your oral health.