Yes, I love eating, and as you can tell from my last post, I have braces, which can make one of my favorite actions in life a frustrating and daunting task, sometimes. But, fear not! As I’m sure you could have guessed, I have ample ideas to help keep those chompers clean with or without the braces. It’s not always convenient to carry around some type of oral sanitizing device with you, but a tasty treat can both cleanse your palate–and your teeth–whilst satiating your cravings.
Let me break it down for ya!
What’s the What:
This could be you before, after and between all meals!
Chewing & Saliva: I know, I know. I told you that if you have braces you’ll have to give the nay-no to crunchy foods, but that’s mainly if you’re BITING into those crunchy foods. So, chomp away, with mighty conviction knowing that with each bite you’re helping to reduce plaque build up on your teeth by minimizing food particle build-up on and around your teeth. What is more, with every bite you will be producing more saliva, which in turn will help to balance the pH in your mouth. [Ideal oral pH = 7.3 or 7.4] There are strips you can buy to test this. A dry mouth = highly acidic = gum recession and bone loss. Additionally, you will increase your nutrient absorption if you’re properly masticating your comestibles.
Breath & Decay: Bacteria can breed easily in our mouth and is cariogenic– meaning the bacteria that spreads in our mouth can cause decay. This bacteria not only leads to decay but once festering in your mouth, can cause unpleasant breath. In regards to matters of hygiene, the sitch in our mouth may be more like a stench, and this is for various reasons outside of what I’m going to expound upon today in this blog. Just know that if your gut is unhappy, or unbalanced in the proper bacteria–those that help keep a healthy gut–then you may or may not see repercussions of that unhappy gut displayed in your breath. Also, some foods that we eat will overpower our senses with strong odors, while others go unnoticed. Furthermore, if you’re out with a loved one and they’re eating garlic and onions, take a bite, then you’ll become foul breath buddies for the night. Alternatively, if you know you’ll be consuming a culprit bad breath edible, see the list of the yummy-time chow below to follow-up a meal.
Between Meals & Characteristics: What’s less manifest in the dental health realm is implementing proper saliva inducing properties between meals. One thing is for sure, consuming fermentable carbs [see below] will surely lead to decay and, again, an improper balance in your oral pH. Moreover, carbohydrates that cling to your teeth begin the process of something that’s almost like an acid wash over your teeth and gums. Stay away from the sticky carbs or IMMEDIATELY rinse your mouth out.
What to Look Out For:
Fermentable Carbs [keep these to a minimum if you have or suspect you have certain intolerances like lactose, fructose, fructans, and sorbitol]: dairy, apples, watermelon, pears, wheat, brussels, avocados
Foods that help increase saliva: citrus (lemon, lime, grapefruit, orange), xylitol gum, room temperature or mildly warm soup, lemon juice in water
Post-Odorous Breath Inducing Foods: cinnamon (try mixing a shake of cinnamon with hot water and drink it like tea, add stevia or xylitol for sweetening), spearmint and mint (if you have these herbs readily available, either place a couple of leaves in your mouth and suck, then chew and swallow, concentrating on the back tongue area, or make a nice, fresh tea). Also, try chewing on a sprig of parsley (if this sounds strange to some of you, and you’re more the type to throw away that ‘garnish’ on your plate, save it just once until the end of your meal, chew it up, and see if it works).
Whenever Eats: apples, pears, tomatoes, celery, nuts, jicima, radishes, cucumber, strawberries (assist in cleansing and mild bleaching), green tea (if you can handle caffeine), spinach & lettuce (reduce staining)
It’s important for us all to keep in mind how fastened our dietary choices are to many aspects of our life, and this includes our dental health. I find this topic very interesting so thanks for letting me share with you. And remember…bite responsibly!
Although it is still hot here in Austin and in general the weather seems to be tumultuous across the states and I gather that with the onset of September comes a cooler breeze and a change in the season. In an office, work-place, classroom or otherwise, a change in weather is a red flag to me that a large majority of your cohorts and peers could end up sick or convince themselves that they are sick. Although I’m not a doctor nor a natural practitioner, I have some hints and tips about how I keep myself ‘up and running’ during the worst of times and the best of times. I am of the opinion that we are (individuals) totally capable of NOT living in fear every time someone comes up with a cold or some other common illness. Our bodies shut down sometimes, but this is a sign they need to. However, for the most part, we’re capable of keeping ourselves strong and able with a whole foods diet and few pick-me-ups.
(In no particular order.)
Kick-butt tea! I make this mixture in the evenings mostly, but I double up in the mornings when I am feeling a hint of ick or a significant weather change overnight.
Peel about 1 to 1 1/2 inches of ginger and cut it into manageable chunks.
Place these pieces at the bottom of your favorite mug or tea-cup.
Put the kettle on and just before the water begins to boil.
Pour it over your chunks of peeled ginger root.
Add the juice from 1/2 a lemon and stir.
Next, add some stevia and as many shakes of cayenne pepper that you can handle.
Swirl it all together and drink.
GAAAALIC. Garlic is easily one of my favorite things to eat. Bonus for me and all of you of course, it’s loaded with bacterial fighting goodness and it doesn’t injure or disrupt our bodies’ natural flora like otc stuff . Additionally it’s anti-inflammatory, which is helpful for times of stress, exposure to radiation (possibly cancer patients) and for women during their menstrual cycle. I like to mince a clove or two (or three) up and put it on top of basically anything savory that I’m eating. Raw, lovely and potent. I also discovered this method recently.
Greens galore! Our bodies’ function best in an alkaline state, and greens are about as alkaline as you can get. Drinking greencentric smoothies and juices along with green bedded dishes and salads of verde splendor; you will be on your way to a strong and healthy body. Just remember to chew it up, even if it’s in liquid form. Producing saliva in your mouth will aid digestion where it starts, in your mouth.
Almond me up. Fights inflammation and works to ward off mean bacteria, almonds should be on your radar. I like them raw, soaked and eaten over foods, made into dips and sauces and best of all ground up into almond butter.
Orange foods. I knew there was a reason that many orange and dark-yellow tinted veggies pop up during the fall and winter seasons. The beta-carotene in sweet potatoes, carrots, pumpkin, and butternut squash (to name a few) helps protect our most aesthetic organ, our skin. Without healthy skin and a properly functioning way to excrete toxins through our skin, we’d be in bad shape. I love to roast carrots, sweet potatoes, squash and pumpkin with aromatic herbs and spices. Pumpkin purée is also extra tasty over some breakfast grains like oats, quinoa, amaranth or millet. Sweet potatoes also taste great mashed and served with a bit of cinnamon, walnuts and coconut oil. Try eating these lovely orange veggies with a fat source for proper absorption.
No direct correlation with food, but these remedies are more connected to what you eat than you think:
LAUGH and laugh often and with full heart. Comedic Moments and Films I recommend:
Liquify! Drink plenty of water daily–I would recommend an amount, but I believe going off of one’s thirst is the best method, unless your thirst drives you to anything but water–because water helps to flush out excessive waste cells and gunk that builds up in your body. Water also helps to carry oxygen throughout your body, which will in turn allow you to work at full capacity. H2O works to keep your mouth clean so extra harmful particles and bacteria don’t fester. There are many more splendid benefits of drinking water for your immune system
I hope some of this will be helpful to some of you in the coming days, weeks, months and years to come. Remember, all of our bodies are different If you have any additions to what I’ve stated, please let me know, I would enjoy hearing from you. Understand that keeping our body strong is something that should and easily can be an ongoing process. Respecting those around you, the source of your food in connection to its proper season and the quality of its nutrients is an optimum way to keep your body and mind aligned with the earth and its effects on you and those you love.
And remember…bite responsibly…especially right now. ^____-