For people suffering from TMJ, incorporating the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables into your daily diet can be a challenge. Jaw pain can make it difficult to chew most veggies. You can solve this problem by cooking your veggies until tender. However, sometimes you just don’t want a hot meal. If you want a new way to include fruits and veggies in your diet without hurting your jaw, juicing may be a good solution for you.
Juicing can introduce new ways for you to enjoy your favorite veggies. If you’re tired of soft carrots and soggy broccoli, you can pull up a recipe for juice that incorporates them. Consuming them in a new form will keep things from becoming boring. Juicing will also give you a way to enjoy cool, refreshing veggies on hot summer days.
Sending your fruits through a juicer is beneficial too. You can enjoy your fruits by chopping them into small bite-sized pieces, but chewing fruits like apples may still fatigue your jaw. During especially bad TMJ flare-ups, juicing your fruits can help you avoid unnecessary strain from chewing while giving you a menu option other than fruit puree.
Fruits and veggies bring vital nutrients into your diet that your body needs to function properly and to heal things like TMJ inflammation. Cooking foods can diminish some of these nutrients, which is why it is important to consume raw fruits and vegetables whenever possible. Juicing does not reduce these nutrients. For optimum nutritional value, you can include the pulp in your juice because most of the nutrition is contained in the flesh of fruits and veggies.
A Caution About Added Sugar
Choose your juicing recipes carefully. High levels of sugar have been known to increase TMJ inflammation. Instead of adding sugar, you can sweeten your juice using honey. You can also use fruit to sweeten some vegetable juices. Keep in mind that store bought juices often contain 30 or more grams of sugar, so it is important to make your own rather than buying mass produced juice.
Caring For Your TMJ
Jaw pain can limit what you are able to consume in a big way. Fortunately, there are nonsurgical treatment options that can help relieve your pain and prevent flare-ups. The first step of your treatment will entail studying your jaw joint using a computer called a K7 in order to determine the best course of action. A TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Neural Stimulation) unit will then be used to relax facial muscles and relieve tension in the area before your bite is adjusted. Dr. Lowrance will discuss your treatment options with you so that you can make informed choices about how to proceed with the rest of your treatment.
TMJ pain can control your life when left untreated. If you would like to take control of your pain, please contact Dr. Lowrance’s office at (361) 851-8274 for a consultation.