Nutrition has long been a topic of conversation and research for many years. More recent studies show the link between diet and inflammation including mouth-body connections. Nutrition plays crucial role in your overall health including your oral health.
Among the many books about nutrition that have been published in the last few years, Dr. Steven Gundry stands out to us at The Gorman Center for Fine Dentistry as a great resource on the topic of inflammation. Inflammation is a buzz word in the health care field and for good reason: it is a major factor in chronic disease but can be tamed by a diet low in sugar/carbohydrates and low in plant lectins.
Dr. Gundry’s newest book, The Longevity Paradox gives a detailed explanation of what lectins are and how they affect our health.
Lectins are a kind of protein that can bind to sugar, reducing the body’s ability to absorb nutrients. Lectins are thought to have evolved as a natural defense in plants, essentially as a toxin that deters animals from eating the plants. Therefore, you must think to yourself: What are they doing to my body and how can I prepare these particular plants to minimize the lectin activity? Dr. Gundry suggests we go back to traditional cooking methods from generations ago.
“I feel that Dr. Gundry, being a knowledgeable cardiologist, has a great message for our patients who are seeking to lower their overall inflammation. The combination of low lectin eating and achieving superior oral health will effectively reduce disease provoking inflammation ” said Dr. Steve Gorman.
Here are some foods that are high in lectins:
- Kidney Beans
On the bright side, some of these foods still contain health benefits when prepared properly. It is important to stay informed about what goes into your body. Here at The Gorman Center for Fine Dentistry we encourage healthy habits for our patients and if you are interested in learning more about how to maintain a healthy lifestyle and oral hygiene then we highly recommend picking up a copy of any of Dr. Gundry‘s books to gain insightful facts about improving your overall health.
Here are a few tips to help with your everyday nutrition habits to encourage a healthy mouth:
- Limit between-meal snacking. Fewer snacks mean less acid exposure for your teeth. If you snack, choose foods that are not fermentable carbohydrates (i.e. garlic, onion. Click here to get a list of fermentable carbohydrates).
- Limit soft drinks or any other drinks that contain sugar.
- Avoid sucking on hard candies or mints, even the tiny ones.
- Limit very acidic foods (such as citrus fruits) because they can make the mouth more acidic.
- Brush your teeth after meals to remove the plaque and bacteria that create destructive acids.
- Chew sugarless gum that contains xylitol. This can help reduce the risk of cavities.
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