Raising the Bar on Healthy Smiles  Raising the Bar on Healthy Smiles

23 Dec

Raising the Bar on Healthy Smiles

Tasty Cocktails Made from Wholesome Ingredients for Oral Health

According to recent studies, cocktails infused with wholesome ingredients can improve immunity and offer a tasty tonic for teeth. The next time you are looking for refreshment, seek beverages that use fruits, vegetables, grains and other super-food ingredients.

A 2010 University of Texas study showed that consuming one to two alcoholic drinks a day could increase longevity and infusing them with curative ingredients could improve immunity and may alleviate many ailments, like stress and high blood pressure.

 

Fresh Ideas for Entertaining

To share insight on creating healthier beverages, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) partnered with professional mixologists and a cosmetic dentist to create “Raising the Bar on Healthy Smiles.” This online collection of original, curative cocktail recipes benefits smiles while offering a unique twist to entertaining.The recipes were developed by mixologists Ira Koplowitz and Nicholas Kosevich, owners of Bittercube, a maker of handcrafted artisanal bitters using only ‘raw’ ingredients. AACD member Dr. Ken Banks, a West Virginia cosmetic dentist who operates his own healthy beverage company, Dr. B’s Teas, also contributed two original recipes to this collection.

 

There are numerous accounts throughout history of monks, physicians, and alchemists who were interested in distilled alcohol as a cure for ailments, so it makes sense that these great-tasting recipes could also have healthy benefits , Ira Koplowitz, co-owner of Bittercube

A Bit About Bitters

 

Introduced in the early 1800s, bitters are an amalgamation of roots, barks, flowers, and herbs extracted through high proof spirits and softened with sugar, citrus, and water. At roughly 45% alcohol, bitters are as high in alcohol content as many spirits. But unlike spirits, they are concentrated liquid spice and used only in small amounts for flavoring, in the same way you would use a vanilla extract. Originally created to cure sea sickness and stomach maladies for sailors, bitters became and are now a common ingredient in a number of tasty cocktail recipes. Once tried in cocktails, bitters literally became indispensable. In 1848, the  Dictionary of Americanisms defined a cocktail as “a stimulating beverage made of brandy, gin, or other liquor, mixed with bitters, sugar and very little water". In addition to being an essential ingredient in cocktail creation, bitters are also used to improve appetite and aid in digestion.

Today, bitters are experiencing a resurgence with craft cocktails and celebrity mixologists.
 
Selecting healthy, natural super-foods with specific functions improves the ability of our body to create that beautiful smile we all desire, said Dr. Ken Banks, AACD cosmetic dentist and contributor to the recipe collection

 

The benefits of drinking tea are well documented. Its high flavonoid content helps fight diseases like cancer and reduces risk for heart disease.
 
Source: http://www.aacd.com/smilebar Click here for full article