Practicing good oral hygiene – brushing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing, and tongue scrapping – is just part of the equation when it comes to a healthy mouth.

What you eat has a direct correlation to your general health and well-being. So, if you think about it, it’s not really surprising that your diet would also have an impact on the health of your mouth.

It simply reinforces the fact that the body works collectively as a whole.

Did you know that your food choices can actually suppress your immune system and encourage the growth of harmful bacteria throughout your entire body, including your mouth?!

As stated in, Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body, a book written by a holistic dentist named Victor Zeines, “When your immune system is not functioning properly, your resistance to bacteria is low and what started out as tooth decay or periodontal disease can, according to new research, result in everything from heart attacks and strokes to diabetes.”

 

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Zeines explains how a diet high in sugar, dairy products, and animal fats causes the body’s pH to become acidic, resulting in a weakened immune system. Which obviously isn’t a good thing! An acidic mouth is the perfect breeding grounds for the bacteria that cause tooth decay.

If you’re experiencing dental problems, you may want to take a look at what you’re eating. This will give you an idea on what changes you will need to make, in order to create a healthy diet for you and your family.

Remember, a healthy diet supports a strong immune system, and in turn, promotes healthy teeth and gums.

I think, it’s a good idea to sit down, and write out what you eat and drink everyday, on a typical week. Do you drink coffee (loaded with sugar and cream) several times a day? Rely on frozen pizzas, canned and packaged foods for meals?

You may not realize just how much sugar, refined salt, and unhealthy fats are in foods like these! Not to mention the harmful preservatives and additives these foods contain.

It’s best to avoid such foods all together!

Things to consider as you’re figuring out ways to improve your diet.

Eating a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables: homegrown or from your local farmers markets, and food co-ops.

Wholesome organically grown grains: like steel cut oats, wild rice, quinoa, etc.

High quality sources of protein: like organic plant-based protein foods (goji berries, blue green algae, fresh sprouts, hemp seeds, etc.), grass fed and free range meats.

Healthy fats: from sources like extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, avocados, seeds, and nuts.

Because we are all unique individuals, planning a healthy diet is going to involve researching, experimenting, and trying new things. All of which can and should be fun, and will help you create a healthy diet that meets your needs (dietary, physical, and emotional) and compliments your lifestyle.

A few ideas to help you get started on a path of healthy eating.

Make healthy food switches. For instance, make the switch from white rice to wild or brown rice. Use Celtic sea salt or Himalayan salt.

Make simple additions to meals. Have a green salad with your lunch or dinner.

Prepare meals from scratch. This way you can be in control of the quality and nutrition of the food. And, avoid harmful preservatives and additives that processed foods have. For example, make your own homemade granola, instead of buying sugary breakfast cereals.

To a Healthy Smile,

Shahné

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