Our modern diet has caused many of us to be deficient in certain minerals and our dental health can be adversely affected. Our cavities and those of our children are being linked to nutritional deficiencies. It is really important to have herbs and vitamins for healthy teeth.
Most of us assume that we are getting enough minerals necessary in our diet. That means everyone knows the importance of minerals for our health and well-being.
Much of our cultivated soil has been depleted and most of us cannot afford a completely organic diet. Combined with dietary options based on taste rather than health, it is easy to see how these nutritional deficiencies can occur.
Phytic acid blocks essential minerals
Phytic acid is a substance that is commonly found in most grains, nuts and beans. It has the ability to bind minerals in your body, like a magnet. This process removes minerals before they have the opportunity to be absorbed and deposited where we need them most.
If your family’s diet consists mainly of grains (cookies, cereals, breads, pasta, rice, donuts, cookies, cakes) or salad of raw beans or nuts and nut butters, you are likely to obtain copious amounts of phytic acid in your diet and not enough minerals for your teeth and bones to grow and stay strong.
In addition to reducing the intake of these types of foods, there are food preparation methods, such as soaking beans and nuts at night that can help eliminate some of the phytic acid before it is consumed.
Supplementation for healthy teeth
Keeping the immune system strong with antimicrobial can help fight tooth decay and prevent infections or abscesses. Popular antimicrobial include licorice, myrrh, gold seal and echinacea. Include garlic in your diet whenever possible, because it is beneficial boost your immune system and prevent infections.
Our tooth enamel is approximately 90 percent calcium phosphate.
Sources of calcium-rich herbs
• Shepard purse, Clivers, Coltsfoot, horsetail, toad, mistletoe, dandelion, banana, pimpernel and chamomile.
• Include these in your diet through teas, capsules, tablets or powders.
The body is always communicating comments to us. The trick is to learn to listen to the signals. Signs of calcium deficiency include:
• Rickets, unexplained nervousness, muscle spasms and cramps, joint pains, osteomalacia, cataracts, insomnia and tremors.
Getting enough calcium is important, but the problem of effective calcium absorption may have more to do with the lack of magnesium, vitamin D and K2. We can obtain this from the food we eat or through supplements to ensure that the calcium we are digesting is actually absorbed correctly. If any of these are missing, the body would remove much of the available calcium from the body before it can be used.
Vitamins A, C and D
If the body does not absorb enough of these vitamins, the teeth will break and loosen.
Found naturally in the Japanese fermented dish of Natto Beans, this supplement has gained a lot of attention recently. We are advised that if we take vitamin D or calcium supplements should also take K2.
It is found naturally in egg yolks and some hard cheeses; however, the amount that is said to be needed in our diet is basically unattainable unless you are frequently consuming the fermented Natto bean mixture.
K2 helps deposit minerals such as calcium in the right places in our body, such as bones and teeth, and removes excess calcium from where we do not want to deposit, such as between joints, where it can cause painful inflammation.
Always important for the care of bones, healthy teeth, skin and hair, you can add this mineral to your diet with horsetail tea.
Raw Food is also a way to improve your overall health.