Healthy Nutrition Choices for Your Mouth and Body

What we choose to eat makes a huge impact on our health, good or bad.  The good news is, we are in control.  Now we just have to know what to choose.  Even with a degree in Nutrition, I get confused by all of the info on diet out there. I loved reading The Dental Diet by Australian functional dentist, Steven Lin. I feel it really explained the effect nutrition has on our mouth and the overall break down of our health.

Here are a couple of takeaways about diet and key nutrients to start implementing today for a healthy smile and body. Dr Lin’s book is based largely upon the research of Dr. Weston Price. He recommends ancestral eating, which includes consuming unrefined, unprocessed, whole foods that have been around for thousands of years.

Start Eating:

  • Wild meat (grass-fed, local, organic).
  • Organ meats (especially beef liver).
  • Fish and seafood (wild-caught).
  • Chicken and eggs (pasture-raised).
  • Lots of Fruits and vegetables (local, seasonal, organic).
  • Nuts and seeds (organic, especially almonds, cashews, brazil nuts, and sunflower seeds).
  • Traditional fats (butter, lard, tallow, olive oil, coconut oil, grass-fed and cold-pressed).
  • Dairy (grass-fed, raw, full fat, organic).
  • Bone broth (ideally homemade from grass-fed meat).
  • Grains (organic and freshly ground.)

When we get to focus on what we can add to our diets sometimes we get less resistance from the little voice in our head. However, if you are ready to add healthy choices and remove sickly and inflammatory ones you can start with the list below. 

Stop Eating these “modern foods”:

  • Sugar in all processed forms (ie. corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, agave, maltose, dextrose, fructose, rice syrup)
  • Processed Grains (ie. all-purpose flour, graham flour, cornflour, and rice flour, as well as all foods made from them)
  • Vegetable Oils and Refined Seed Oils (ie. corn, canola, sunflower, soybean, cottonseed oil, margarine)
  • Processed dairy, corn, and soy.

He also discussed three key nutrients that can be taken in supplement form for consistency and potency to help keep our teeth and gums healthy and our immune system functioning optimally.  

  • Vitamin A: Retinol form, an animal source; Supports bone development through cell turnover and with vitamin D, activates growth and development of genes through the body.
  • Vitamin D: Specifically, D3, an animal source; helps the body absorb calcium, the building block of the skeletal system, and activates thousands of genes that influence the body right down to cell growth and differentiation. It also plays a role in the innate and adaptive immune response. 
  • Vitamin K2: Also an animal source (Vitamin K2 MK-4); the bone development support factor for vitamins A and D that activate the proteins to direct calcium into the right places. It has also been shown to block pro-inflammatory mediators in the body. * MK-7 Vitamin K2 is sourced from fermented foods. 

Making food and supplement choices that will support your body’s health and help prevent illness is an empowering decision to make for you and your family.  The more I understand why I am making a change the more likely I am to stick with it. I highly recommend Dr. Lin’s book if you want to take a deeper dive into the research.  We are here to support you any way we can. Also, I have found some great supplements that incorporate his recommendations. Click the link for recommendations and discounts from Dr. Chrissy’s site.

-Check out Dr. Stamm’s video Making Healthy Choices

All my best,

Dr. Heather Stamm