It’s not just your teeth that are important, its also your gums too, you can have many problems that have a negative effect on your mouth and your oral health. To enjoy your food and at the same time look after both your teeth and gums you need to take good care, especially as you age.
Taking good care is a case of regular and proper oral hygiene, you could say that some nutrient deficiencies are in fact one of the causes of tooth decay. Low levels of Vitamins, which can be stored by the body, the fat-soluble Vitamins like A and D can not only cause problems with your teeth but also your immune system and your eye health too.
The American Diet
The universal American diet that we eat, consisting of processed foods, generally low in minerals and vitamins is at the very least largely responsible for these deficiencies, and just to make it worse contain added sugars that exacerbate the situation for your oral health.
Phytic Acid – What Does It Mean
The presence of phytic acid in some foods has also the effect of contributing to the decay of your teeth, the acid is mainly concentrated in plants. This substance is made so that the plant tissues can store phosphorous.
The plants which have the acid are generally, legumes, seeds, nuts, and grains. Consuming these foodstuffs the phosphorous in them isn’t readily bioavailable, so your body can’t digest it. Then the phytic acid reduces the amount of phosphorus available from the food you eat.
How Phytic Acid Affects Nutrient Absorption
It can also bind with minerals, like iron, magnesium, zinc, and calcium, it creates a phytate, when they are bonded as phytates, then the minerals are hence not available for absorption.
It stands to reason that foods which contain a lot of phytic acids can leach nutrients from you, and affect your body’s absorption of necessary minerals from your food.
The acid can be removed from your foods by soaking legumes, grains, and nuts overnight in a solution of water and 1 tablespoon of white vinegar or the same of lemon juice.
The Five-Step Process Explained
#1 – Avoid Eating Foods High in Phytic Acid
Avoid eating excessive amounts of the foods we know are high in phytic acid (beans, nuts, seeds, and grains), to keep your body from Malabsorption of minerals and vitamins.
#2 – Eat Foods High in Nutrients
Eating foods high in vitamins and minerals can help prevent or even begin to heal some tooth decay. You should eat lots of leafy greens, vegetables, and healthy fats, like olive oil, avocado, and coconut oil.
#3 – Reduce Sugar In Your Meals
Reduce the amount of sugar in your meal to as little as you can, so sugar-rich foods, sugary drinks, sauces which contain sugars too! Don’t forget that harmful bacteria found inside your mouth feed on the sugars and multiply faster because of this. This will lead to the demineralization and decalcification of the structure of your teeth.
#4 – Practice a Technique called ‘Oil Pulling’
It is an ancient dental method, it can help improve your oral health. Just rinse inside your mouth with 1 tablespoon. of raw, preferably organic coconut oil. At first for about one minute, then build up day by day to five minutes, then up to a maximum of 20 minutes if you can. This method can, on a regular basis, also help fight headaches, gingivitis, and many more complaints!
#5 – Brush Your Teeth With Some Mineralizing Toothpaste
Brushing your teeth with fluoride free toothpaste in order to maintain good oral health is essential, this type of toothpaste is usually quite pricey, but you can make your own!
- 1 tbsp. of filtered water
- A quarter tsp. of baking soda
- A quarter tsp. of peppermint extract
- Half a tsp. of raw, organic coconut oil
- 3 tbsp. of Diatomaceous Earth Food Grade Powder
- A quarter tsp. of mint-flavored chlorophyll
Prepare your own fluoride-free toothpaste by simply mixing together all the ingredients., and brush twice daily after your mealtime, but definitely before bed time!