Eating for healthy teeth, bones & digestion – episode 1

I regretfully noticed that after having my second baby, my teeth were über sensitive and sometimes hurt…ouch! A visit to the dentist indicated that my teeth needed a few small fillings. This was very strange to me considering I keep in generally good health and have had only a couple of fillings in my adult life.

Much research later I discover that the lack of sun and phenomenal amounts of highly processed grains we eat (yes, even the brown stuff) is creating this. You can’t just blame Lindt & Cadburys for tooth decay.

How are you supposed to stay healthy when your porridge/weet-bix for breakfast, wholemeal pasta/brown bread for lunch and brown rice/quinoa/beans for dinner are causing more harm than good?!

Did you know that sugars and refined carbohydrates can cause not only imbalance blood sugar but increase cholesterol?

The tantalising cheese and meats dripping with saturated fat in our diet are not necessarily the problem.

Enter the Weston A Price philosophy; he was a dentist who travelled the South Sea Islands looking for vegans but found cannibals instead. He noticed that these isolated peoples with abundant natural fats and minerals in their diet glowed with health, were very fertile and had no tooth cavities despite not brushing nor flossing their teeth.

Three main factors attributing to this were a diet with:

  • Adequate minerals
  • Adequate fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E & K)
  • The bio-availability of these minerals and vitamins were good.

Why was their diet better than ours?

Because in comparison, our diet is high phytic acid (an anti-nutrient) which prevents absorption of vital minerals particularly iron, zinc, magnesium and calcium (yes, lots of people lack these minerals nowadays…).

Here in the peak of winter, 1 in 2 Victorians are Vitamin D deficient. Not only are we vitamin & mineral deficient, we are preventing further absorption of these essential nutrients due to the way we consume grains. More to come on this fascinating phytic acid conundrum and no, you don’t have to be a cannibal to be healthy from within (phew).

xx Ilana Sowter Acupuncture Melbourne, @Ivanhoe

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