Previously, we looked at practical things you can do at home to keep your teeth healthy and whole. Of course, all these things are a boon to your overall health, as well.

Fundamental to both is creating an alkaline environment in the body.

pH spectrum

Frankly, this is a task most of us would do well to undertake. The modern American lifestyle is one that tends to promote an acid environment – and acid means chronic inflammation and the host of ills that follow when this normally beneficial immune response is made to work overtime.

Chronic inflammation is one of the common denominators that links periodontal (gum) disease with systemic problems: heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer’s, rheumatoid arthritis, kidney disease, erectile dysfunction, and more.

How to start turning it around? Step one: Better nutrition.

  • Eat more alkaline-producing foods and good fats, including pastured butter, coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, and others.

  • Juicing is great for alkalinity! One of Dr. Taylor’s favorite recipes: cucumber, celery, wheat grass, broccoli (or other) sprouts, lemon, ginger, other green veggies, ½ beet for sweetness. Here are 10 more amazing recipes to try!

  • Drink alkaline water (though not with meals, as it’ll dilute stomach acid, which you need for optimal digestion). This is living water, excellent for both delivering nutrients to cells and removing water-soluble waste from them. You can find it in bottles at health food stores/organic markets (opaque bottles are best), or you can invest in an alkalinizing system to install in your home.

  • Take a good multivitamin and trace minerals every day. Our favorite brands are Lucky Vitamin Perfect Family and ConcenTrace Trace Mineral Drops.

Of course, keep in mind that these are basic guidelines. Everyone is different. So seeing a doctor to discuss diet specifics and proper dosing is a good idea.

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