Healthy Nutrition for Good Dentition
Tooth decay results from imbalanced body chemistry. Unhealthy bodies cause unhealthy teeth. Teeth are built and maintained from the inside out. Teeth are not dead, static structures; they are living organs. The structure of each tooth is constantly being rebuilt from within.
This rebuilding process requires a balance of available vitamins and minerals in the bloodstream, which is supplied by a healthy diet. Without plentiful, balanced nutrition the teeth cannot maintain or rebuild healthy dental structure.
While good oral hygiene is important for maintaining oral and dental health, NO amount of brushing or flossing can rebuild decaying teeth. Healthy teeth are built from the inside out. The best place to maintain and rebuild healthy teeth is through your stomach!
Cut the junk and load up on real-food nutrients to feed healthy teeth:
1. Cut out sugar
- Sugar is toxic and pulls key nutrients like magnesium, calcium, and Vitamin C from our gut, bloodstream, and thus our bones and teeth. Avoid all refined sugars, cereal, furit juice, bakery goods, processed and/or low-fat dairy (milk, cottage cheese, and sweetened yogurts. Conventional milk is not healthy; it is high in lactose/sugar. High heat pasteurization and homogenization create de-natured proteins and free-radical fats that imbalance the body.).
- Natural sugar like honey, maple syrup, and coconut sugar are still sugar; eat in moderation only.
2. Reduce phytic acid and "anti-nutrients" by avoiding grains
- Phytic acid is an anti-nutrient that our bodies cannot break down. It must be neutralized by binding to vital nutrients like calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, and iron. This binding process makes the nutrients that are being bound to unavailable to the body. Thus, most grains act as "negative nutrition" in the body because they eliminate and destroy the body's available nutrients.
- Avoid corn (corn is a grain, NOT a vegetable), wheat barley, brown rice, quick oats, etc.
- Beans and nuts are also high in phytic acid; eat traditionally prepared, raw forms in moderation.
3. Fuel and heal with healthy fats!
- Your body needs fat daily to absorb nutrients, balance hormones, fuel metabolism and to survive.
- Your brain and cell walls are made of fat. Your body cannot maintain or restore itself without fat.
- Focus on healthy, saturated-fats from healhy, pasture-raised animals like grass-fed beef, pasture butter and organic/unrefined coconut oil.
- Egg yolks are an excellent cource of healthy fats, antioxidants and minerals. Purchase farm-fresh (local), free-range, organic eggs.
4. Just eat real food -- Food without labels
- Try to eat vegetable with every meal and not just the "picky eather, child-friendly" vegetables like peas, green beans and carrots. Go for the good stuff that is higher in nutrients like broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, kale, squash, asparagus, and other dark leafy greens.
- Eat both raw and cooked vegetables. "Eat the rainbow" for enzyme and nutrient diversity.
- Fruit is a great "sweet treat" that treats your body to taste and nutrition and should be consumed in moderation.