Top 3 Reasons Why Every Dental Professional Must Do Yoga

Top 3 Reasons Why Every Dental Professional Must Do Yoga

As you may agree with me, Dentistry can be a very busy, stressful and challenging profession. It can take its toll on the body both physically and emotionally if we are not careful. If we do not take preventative steps to maintain our health and well-being, it can negatively impact our daily productivity at work and at home. It takes a little effort, consistency, and a good support system to implement effective health habits, but a long, productive, and successful career and lifestyle is the greatest reward anyone can aim to achieve. If you think yoga is just for flexible people and may not be for you, I urge you to reconsider. Here are my top three reasons why you should start doing some yoga as soon as you can.    1. Yoga is adaptable. It is adaptable to any body and can be done in private, in between clients, or at home. You can adapt the practice to your own comfort level. There are many poses that can be done sitting or standing, even without a mat. There are some fantastic movements that are perfect for all levels and especially the dental body. There is no reason anybody can’t do some form of yoga that suits them. It is best to find a trained yoga teacher who is also knowledgeable in your field of work, someone who will know your areas of strength, weaknesses and help you to find a program best suited to your body.  2. Yoga opens the “heart centre”. Sitting in a forward bent position with elevated arms for prolonged periods closes and constricts the chest, shoulders...
31 Soul Healthy Steps For June!

31 Soul Healthy Steps For June!

31 “spring cleaning” steps you can take towards your health each day in the month of June: Water. Drink 2.2L or 8-8oz glasses of water each day, add fresh fruit for infusion. Cleanse. Cleanse away toxins and impurities the natural way. Using a synergistic blend of natural cleansing herbs and botanicals nourishes your body’s systems to help boost metabolism and energy levels. Checkout a gentle herbal-based 9-Day or 30-Day Cleanse System Stop the sugar blues. Refrain from drinking your calories in the form of sugary drinks. See the doc. Are you overdue for your annual doctor’s check-up? Book that appointment now! Know your body composition (BMI). The best tool is the bioelectric impedance analysis at your local gym. Check your blood pressure. Your local pharmacy has a blood pressure reading centre. Check with your doc if your reading is higher than 120/80. Start a food journal for the month of June. See where your diet is adequate and see where there’s room for improvement, and how you might find help or guidance. Count your steps. Buy an inexpensive pedometer and test your daily steps. It is recommended to get at least 10,000 steps/day. Your results may shock you and make you evaluate your activity level. Don’t skip breakfast. Eat a high lean protein, fibre rich & complex carbohydrate breakfast. This will give you the fuel, energy and nutrients you need for the day and reduce your chances of overeating and snacking throughout your day. Checkout a perfectly balanced breakfast shake- IsaLean Shakes. Add some coconut oil. Heart health and other health benefits reported are endless. Floss. And book your next dental cleaning if you haven’t already. Go for a hike. Follow a local hiking...
The Oral Health-Yoga Connection

The Oral Health-Yoga Connection

Studies have shown that regular yoga practice has many health benefits including decreasing blood pressure, reducing heart rate, and stress reduction. Yoga increases flexibility, strength and coordination – simultaneously and is an excellent form of weight-bearing exercise for prevention of bone loss. Yoga also targets the glands and organs of the body helping to regulate hormones that maintain bone density, which is important during menopause. These facts are important to oral health because: Our teeth are supported by the jaw bone. Maintaining good bone density helps to prevent bone loss of the jaw and therefore tooth loss. Stress diminishes resistance to infections including gum disease and abscesses, and can make you more likely to develop canker sores and cold sores. The jaw muscles and joints (TMJ) become strained and painful if you grind or clench your teeth due to stress. This is termed bruxism, and can also wear down and crack your teeth, or cause you to bite your cheeks. Many yoga poses also help with alignment of the spine and relieve tension of the jaw, neck and shoulder muscles associated with TMJ dysfunction. The Water Factor Yoga, and exercise in general encourages us to drink more water, which is a good thing for your mouth! Water is naturally neutralizing and prevents a dry mouth. More water intake means more saliva. Our saliva is actually made up of ninety percent water. We must drink adequate amounts of water daily to promote good amounts of salivary production for all of these reasons: Saliva helps us to properly chew and swallow food Saliva contains enzymes to breakdown and digest food Saliva is essential...