Eating For Healthy Teeth 1

I regretfully┬ánoticed that after having my┬ásecond baby, my teeth were ├╝ber sensitive and sometimes hurt…ouch!┬áA┬ávisit to the dentist indicated┬áthat my teeth needed a few small fillings. This was very┬ástrange 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 & Whittakers 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┬ábio-availability of these minerals and vitamins were good.

Why was their diet better than ours?

Because in comparison,┬áour diet┬áis high┬áphytic acid┬á(an anti-nutrient) which┬áprevents absorption of vital minerals particularly iron, zinc, magnesium and calcium (yes, lots of people lack these minerals┬ánowadays…).

Here in┬áthe peak of winter, 32% of New Zealanders are Vitamin D deficient. Not only are we vitamin & mineral deficient, we are┬ápreventing further absorption of these essential nutrients┬ádue 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┬á(phew).

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