What do you get when you combine increased exposure to soft drinks, mithai, baking, and cultural stress? Health detorioration is the answer which ultimately effects healthy teeth formation leading to multiple diseases of oral cavity.
In this article, we’ll cover some strategies that can help us maintain optimal oral health throughout the holiday season.
MITIGATE SWEET FOOD CONSUMPTION TO HAVE HEALTHY TEETH:
There are several things we can do ahead of time when we know that we’re going to be exposed to all sorts of sweet indulgences.
1. EAT LOTS OF HEALTHY FATS BEFORE GOING ANYWHERE.
You may already know that eating healthy fats is one of our top strategies for supporting our oral health, so where do we get healthy fats from because healthy fats and healthy body means healthy teeth,right?
How I get more high quality fats in my diet?
If your tummy can tolerate dairy, then take the benefit and eat lots of butter in various forms. Butter from organic, pastured (grass-fed) animals is best, and the deeper the natural yellow colour the better (because more colour indicates more nutrients).
As a general rule, eat more avocados, coconut, olives and their oils. Pastured egg yolks and butter are revered in traditional cultures because they are nutritional gold (they contain lots of nutrients).
If you’re on board with traditional foods, eating plenty of varied animal products, from nutrient-dense fish like wild waters salmon and fish eggs to pastured animal meats and their organs, are fundamental to providing our bodies the nutrition they require to thrive. We are hardwired to crave fats for the deep nutrition they provide us. And remember, clear your pantry from the highly processed, fake foods of supermarket/industry (especially hydrogenated oils). They truly are a poison.
HOW CAN THIS STRATEGY HELP US PREPARE FOR A HOLIDAY GATHERING?
Having plenty of healthy fats in your system will suppress your desire for sweet foods when you’re presented with the buffet of tempting options.
2. SUPPORT YOUR INTERNAL CAVITY-RESISTANCE SYSTEM.
We know we’re going to be exposed to more sugar during the holidays (which can negatively impact one of our natural remineralization systems).
So, make sure you have enough vitamin D and plenty of vitamin K2 circulating in your system.
Among many other health-giving mechanisms, vitamin D helps our bodies to uptake calcium from the foods that we eat. Once the calcium is in our bloodstream, we need vitamin K2 to guide the calcium to where it’s needed so that it can support bone tissue, including our teeth. Sufficient K2 removes calcium from soft tissues. Good sources of MK-4 are pastured egg yolks, butter/ghee from cows on pasture, fish eggs, goose liver, yes it is a halaal bird, even organ meats from grazing animals. If you eat cheese, why not find a quality cheese made from milk from cows who graze green pastures regularly? The best source of MK-7 vitamin K2 is a Japanese fermented soy product called natto. Other more common foods higher in MK-7 are aged cheeses (particularly gouda, brie, and even some quality cheddar cheese).
3. CHOOSE YOUR SWEETS INTENTIONALLY.
Allow yourself some indulgence of good and nutritious sweet foods so you can enjoy the sweet foods you choose to eat with full awareness and zero guilt.
Yes, there may be some foods that we choose to absolutely never eat. Be clear on those that you choose to never eat, but allow yourself some wiggle room with the foods that you choose to limit or even almost always avoid.
Be gentle with yourself. And please, don’t be mean to yourself or feel guilty if you choose to eat some holiday fudge. Pay attention when eating it and you may just find that you really don’t want to eat that much of it after all.
4. MAKE YOUR OWN DISHES TO BRING TO THE GATHERING.
Help share healthier options with others in your network.
The world needs more of us to ‘live out loud’ and share our choices with others.
Will you get teased? Maybe, but maybe not. I find everyone is curious to taste what healthaholics brought.
Plan ahead and bring some pure cranberry juice and coconut water to gathering if water is not sufficient for you. This way you can navigate your awkward social situations with ease when it comes to soft drinks.
Along with healthy fats, avoid all toothcare products containing Flouride, sodium laurel sulphate, sorbitol, saccharine etc from commercial toothpaste and mouth wash.
Use Oral Care made with natural plant extracts rich in minerals and added vitamins. A plaque remover, preventing canker sores, a bacterial fighter to help with oral issues along with Tooth and Gum Serum.
In closing, we all can benefit our oral health (and whole body wellness) from increasing our awareness of and consumption of vitamin K2. We hope this helps your family along your path to living a cavity free life.