(Information offered by: Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company, Connecticut General Life Insurance Company or their affiliates. Read the Article on the Mayo Clinic website.)
Our bodies are incredibly interconnected. Poor oral health can negatively impact overall health. And plenty of health conditions can hurt oral health. Improving either oral or overall health can have wide-ranging positive effects.
Conditions that can be intensified by oral health issues:
- Endocarditis - an infection of the inner lining of your heart chambers or valves
- Cardiovascular disease
- Pregnancy and birth complications
Conditions that affect oral health:
- Eating disorders
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Alzheimer's disease
- Certain cancers
How can I protect my oral health?
- Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste.
- Floss and use alcohol-free mouthwash at least once a day.
- Stick to a healthy diet, and limit sugars and starches.
- Replace your toothbrush every three months.
- Avoid tobacco use.
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Eating healthy foods helps you stay healthy inside and out. The research on the best foods for skin health is limited. However, striving to eat a healthy diet overall can help you look good and feel good. These foods contain nutrients that may have a protective effect on the skin.
Omega-3 fatty acids in fish help support the collagen in your skin, which helps keep skin firm.
- Lake trout
Nuts and oils
Plant based foods including nuts and oils offer another good source of omega 3 fatty acids.
- Canola oil
- Chia seeds
- Soy-based foods
- Wheat germ
Fruits and veggies
Fruits and vegetables rich in lycopene and vitamins C and E can help support healthy skin.
- Citrus fruits
- Sweet potatoes
Dark chocolate contains antioxidants that may protect the skin. Choose dark chocolate that’s at least 60% to 70% cocoa. Enjoy in moderation; just one small square (a few ounces) is enough.
Nourish healthy skin by choosing foods packed with essential nutrients. Try this recipe for Wild Salmon and Avocado Toast (PDF).