Hay House Radio Episode Recap
- Episode Name: “The Dental Diet: Teeth, Food and Your Health”
- Live Broadcast: April 3rd, 2018 at 12:00 pm Pacific Time
Episode Summary Re-cap
Crooked teeth, cavities, and dental problems have a stronger link to your diet and health than you think!Joining Heather is Dr. Steven Lin, author of The Dental Diet: The Surprising Link between Your Teeth, Real Food, and Life-Changing Natural Health. Find out what the mouth-body connection is and why it’s the gateway to optimal health. Learn the important foods, nutrients, and mouth exercises that can improve your health.
Special Guest: Dr. Steven Lin
Dr. Steven Lin is a world-leading functional dentist, TEDx speaker and author of the International #1 Amazon Best Selling Book, The Dental Diet. As a passionate preventative, whole health-advocate, Dr. Lin focuses on the understanding of dental disease through nutritional principles. His work has highlighted that crooked teeth and the orthodontia epidemic are a diet based problem, and that it needs to be public health policy to prevent braces in the next generation of children.Join The Wellness Project by Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation, featuring Dr. Steven Lin
Dental Problems on the Rise
In the United States alone, trips to the emergency room for dental issues has doubled in the past decade. Studies show that cavities are increasing and the worldwide root canal market is expected to grow at 8% between now and 2023. As we watch these numbers soar, we are also seeing digestive issues, autoimmune and neuroimmune diseases rising globally. What is happening to our health?
Dr. Steven Lin was asking himself these questions when he took time off to travel the world and came across Dr. Weston A. Price’s book, Nutrition and Physical Degeneration on a hostel bookshelf in Turkey. As he read the book, he realized this was the missing link. In dental school, they weren’t teaching the connection between nutrition, crowded teeth, dental caries, and gut health. Dr. Weston A. Price’s work filled in the gaps and reignited Dr. Lin’s passion for a new paradigm of dentistry: the functional dentist.
What is a Functional Dentist?
In the 1930’s, Dr. Weston A. Price traveled the world for 10 years to study 14 indigenous communities around the world to identify the link between beautiful, straight, strong teeth, healthy physical health and emotional stability. His research showed that nutrition was the cause of good health, great facial and jaw development and emotional wellbeing. In fact, he found that within one generation of eating processed foods, like refined sugar and flour, health problems would arise.
His findings were documented in his book, Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, which shows pictures clearly outlining the physical changes resulting from embracing processed foods. It also outlines dietary recommendations for improving dental and overall health.
These days, dentists who practice “whole person” health, including nutrition and lifestyle – rather than just looking at teeth alone – are called functional dentists. Some dentists practice according to Weston A. Price’s philosophies and others also use a holistic approach to dentistry, with more natural practices and materials.
Dentists like Dr. Steven Lin want to get to the root cause of why something is going wrong with teeth, jaw and facial structure, airways and overall health, so that they are treating the patient, rather than just the teeth.
What is Going Wrong with Jaw Structure and Teeth?
Dr. Lin explained that your mouth is the gateway to your entire body. Crooked teeth are a symptom of a poorly developed upper and lower jaw. Your jaw bones contain not only your teeth, but also your airways, vessels and the bony structure for your brain. When you see children or adults with long, skinny faces, open mouths, circles under their eyes, and a slumped posture, you will likely find that they are breathing with their mouths instead of nasal breathing.
Mouth breathing can lead to more dental issues, teeth grinding, oxygen deprivation to the brain, poor sleep, mood challenges, brain fog, and digestive challenges.
Tongue placement is also critical for proper nasal breathing, swallowing, and jaw and airway development. Most people today don’t have their tongue in the proper place for optimal nasal breathing. On top of this, some children and adults have tongue tie, which is an extra flap of collagen that restricts the tongue from doing its job. See the end of this article to learn more about tongue tie, teeth grinding, and sleep issues related to cranio-facial development.
What About the Oral Microbiome?
Just like your gut has a microbiome – the community of good and bad bacteria that are supposed to work in harmony for your overall health – your mouth has a microbiome. A healthy mouth has a harmonious community of bacteria and the right nutrients (namely minerals) to keep your tooth enamel strong. It’s important to keep your oral microbiome strong because it travels down your digestive tract and contributes to the health of your gut microbiome. Every time you swallow, you are delivering bacteria into your gut. Keeping this bacterial community healthy is essential.
Foods to Eat and Avoid for A Healthy Mouth-Gut Microbiome
As science continues to find evidence of what creates a healthy oral and gut microbiome, and therefore, a healthy body, we see further validation of Dr. Weston A. Price’s work. And validation that our indigenous ancestors had a deep knowing about how to eat for optimal health. When you eat optimally, the nutrients feed immune system, which helps to keep your teeth, brain, and body healthy and strong.
Here are the foods to avoid:
- Sugar – especially refined cane sugar and high fructose corn syrup
- Simple carbohydrates – for example, refined flour, cereals, cake, cookies, candy, and pasta
- Refined vegetable oils and trans fats – like margarine, corn oil, canola oil, etc. These are often in processed foods.
- Processed food and fast food
- Factory farmed meats, poultry, and eggs.
Here are foods to eat for a healthy oral and gut microbiome:
- Vegetables in abundance, especially green leafy vegetables, root vegetables (carrots, beets, radish, turnip, parsnip), etc.
- Prebiotics, like garlic, asparagus, onions, leeks, dandelion greens, and banana
- Herbs, such as basil, dill, thyme, parsley, and oregano
- Fermented foods, like raw milk kefir, raw milk cheese, sauerkraut and kimchi
- Organ meats (offal), like liver, heart, and kidney
- Grassfed meats, pasture fed poultry, and pastured eggs
- Wild caught fish and seafood
- Bone Broth
- Unrefined fats, like raw grassfed butter, grassfed ghee, pastured duck fat, pastured lard, grassfed beef tallow, pastured chicken schmaltz, extra virgin olive oil, virgin coconut oil, palm oil, sesame oil
- Legumes, like alfalfa, beans, chickpeas, and lentils
- Nuts, seeds, and spices
- Fruits like avocado, cucumber, tomato and pepper
Here Are Some Articles By Dr. Lin That You Can Read For More On Mouth-Gut-Body Health
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