Sum­mer smil­ing

Matamata Chronicle - - Farming -

This time of the year is of­ten the start­ing point for body and skin regimes to en­sure ‘‘beach selfie awe­some­ness’’, but have you thought about your smile?

Ap­ple­cross House Den­tists prin­ci­pals Dr Ankush and Dr Swati Ba­jaj say now is the time to pre­pare and that more op­tions are avail­able than ever be­fore.

‘You don’t have to travel out of town for ad­vanced treat­ments now,’’ said Ankush.

‘‘Here at Ap­ple­cross we can whiten your teeth in­of­fice or with a take-home kit, cre­ate ce­ramic ve­neers and re­align loose den­tures.

‘‘Some­thing new we are of­fer­ing is Aligner or­thodon­tic treat­ments. Th­ese are great for both kids and adults be­cause they can­not be seen as they straighten teeth. If you have been afraid to grin come and talk to us – the smile you have been dream­ing of is ab­so­lutely pos­si­ble!’’

Swati also en­cour­ages ex­am­i­na­tions and cleans be­fore the fes­tive sea­son, es­pe­cially for teens re­turn­ing home from univer­sity or poly­tech.

‘‘If a check-up and clean is due, or per­haps a tooth is mis­be­hav­ing, call and make an ap­point­ment now. Noth­ing ru­ins a great hol­i­day like toothache,’’ she said.

Ap­ple­cross House is lo­cated at 1 Meura St and of­fers plenty of park­ing and wheel­chair ac­cess.

Cash, cheques, eft­pos, Visa, Master­card and Q-Card are ac­cepted.

To make an ap­point­ment, call 888 8835. Healthy eat­ing. Not in­ter­ested? Why give up salted caramel, creme brulee, spicy chorizo or triple-cooked pota­toes in duck fat?

Nu­tri­tion sci­ence has moved on from the 99.9 per cent fat-free, fat-pho­bic era to a more mod­er­ate ap­proach that in­cludes a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of nutrige­nomics, or eat­ing ac­cord­ing to your ge­netic blue­print.

There is more than one way to have a healthy diet and there is a per­sonal eat­ing style that can keep you healthy, en­er­getic and feel­ing great yet still in­clude foods you love. The best news? You can make your eat­ing healthier with­out re­ally notic­ing.

Eat what you love

Some foods can el­e­vate our mood by in­creas­ing sero­tonin lev­els in the brain, such as pasta and bread (com­fort carbs); tryp­to­phan-rich dairy milk, yo­ghurt and cheese; and choco­late, which lights up plea­sure cen­tres in the brain more than sex, some say. Ac­cept­ing that there are no ‘‘bad’’ foods, that it all comes down to how much and how of­ten, helps cre­ate a healthy re­la­tion­ship with food.

Eat with all your senses

We eat with our eyes as much as with our nose and taste­buds. Re­search shows the

You’ve prob­a­bly heard you need time for your brain to catch up with your stom­ach.

Sure, you may slow down at a long Sun­day lunch but how of­ten do you eat on the run, in the car or ‘‘al desko’’?

Es­tab­lish a meal­time mantra, such as al­ways sit­ting down to eat and stick to it.

Make ev­ery mouth­ful count

Avoid skip­ping meals and go­ing hun­gry. Blood-su­gar lev­els drop, headaches start, tem­pers fray and fa­tigue sets in mak­ing us likely to suc­cumb to snack­ing, lured to the high-fat, low-nu­tri­tion con­tents of bis­cuits. Eat reg­u­lar meals.

Plan your meals from the ground up

Plant foods are the true health pro­tec­tors but they are also a sneaky way to sat­is­fac­tion. Veg­eta­bles, in par­tic­u­lar, can plump up the vol­ume of food on your plate, with fewer to­tal kilo­joules. Those with high wa­ter con­tent, such as leafy greens, zuc­chini, beans, cu­cum­bers, cap­sicum, bras­si­cas and mush­rooms do this the best.

Driz­zle on the good oils

Make the switch from bad fats to good and healthy oils over but­ter and duck fat that is high in sat­u­rated fat.

Go with the grain

An­cient whole­grains of­fer su­pe­rior nu­tri­tion and im­prove bowel func­tion, im­mu­nity and over­all health.


Smile: The team at Ap­ple­cross House are ready to help you have the best smile pos­si­ble.

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