Do Multi-Vitamins Fight Tooth Decay?
Synthetic vitamins, and foods with synthetic vitamins added, offer little real benefit to your body. Synthetic vitamins are made with cheap substances and are not in a biochemical form that is easily absorbed by your body. As a result, most supplemental vitamins do little good and put quite a bit of internal stress on our organs. There is a reason why nature provides us with plant and animal food, and that we cannot live just by eating dirt or rocks. Our bodies view the synthetic vitamins as toxic substances that need to be rapidly eliminated. Hence the unusual odor or color of urine you may notice after consuming multi-vitamins. However when someone is very deficient in certain vitamins, even low quality vitamins can help. A stalk of celery or a serving of greens has more absorbable vitamins and minerals than a bottle of synthetic vitamin tablets)”
There are a handful of good vitamin supplements on the market. They will be made from whole foods. This keeps vitamins in a form that is recognizable and absorbable by your body. If you need to use a vitamin supplement, I recommend looking for a vitamin that does not have any type of sugar added, and a vitamin made as close to nature as possible using plants or herbs. Standard Process® makes many food-based nutritional supplements. They are generally not sold to the public but are available through many health care practitioners, particularly chiropractors and naturopathic doctors. One product from Standard Process® is called Bio-dent®. The ingredients include bovine adrenal, bovine spleen, bone meal and calcium lactate. I have seen amazing results with this vitamin, but unfortunately not everyone gets excellent results with it.
There are other trace mineral supplements from the land and the sea. One example is shilajit which is an asphalt-like, mineral-rich pitch, or tar. Fulvic mineral deposits are from plant life that has been broken down millions of years ago. Consult with your health care practitioner to discover if these are right for you.
A friend of mine thought eating large portions of tofu was a good idea. In a short time her hair began falling out and her skin turned pale. Soy contains plant hormones that need to be disabled through a careful fermentation process, which tofu does not undergo. High levels of phytic acid in soy reduce the assimilation of calcium, magnesium, copper, iron and zinc. Phytic acid in soy is not neutralized by ordinary preparation methods such as soaking, sprouting, and long, slow cooking. High phytate diets have caused growth problems in children. Fermented soy products, such as special fermented soy drinks (not available in the store), natural soy sauce, miso and tempeh can be acceptable. However, use fermented soy with care and awareness.
Soy milk contains enzyme inhibitors and excess estrogen. I have read of a fermented soy drink that can cure cancer, but this is not the same as the cheap, denatured, anti-nutrient-rich and overly processed soy products sold in grocery stores.
Store-bought rice milk and other nut milks may contain large amounts of grain and nut anti-nutrients like phytic acid. Although it may not say it on the label, rice bran may be the main ingredient of some rice milks.
Nut and seed milks may also contain high concentrations of plant toxins.
Nuts are highly prized by native groups for their oils, and can be made at home. Yet homemade milks may contain highly potent anti-nutrients or plant toxins if they are not thoroughly cooked.
If you are a rice milk or nut milk lover, make it at home yourself. Use recipes that use cooked ingredients, or involve heating or fermentation. Do not settle for cheap imitations.
Tomatoes, potatoes (but not sweet potatoes or yams), eggplant, goji berries, and peppers of every sort fall into the nightshade category. Nightshades contain calcitrol. The amount of calcitrol varies for each particular nightshade. Calcitrol is a hormone that signals our body to use calcium from our diet and it can easily lead to too much blood calcium, thus calcitrol can imbalance our calcium to phosphorous blood ratio. This can easily lead to tooth decay. Symptoms of too much blood calcium can include tooth decay on top of the teeth, or excess calculus deposits. Too much calcitrol from nightshades can also lead to calcium deposits in the body. This is one reason why nightshades have been connected with chronic pain or inflammation such as joint or back pain. The effects of nightshades may be canceled by other foods in your diet such as calcium, or vitamin D, but I am not certain. If you are struggling with tooth decay and cannot seem to stop it, then try taking nightshades out of your diet.
White potatoes typically contain moderate amounts of phytic acid. They are members of the nightshade family. White potatoes can be included in a diet that will prevent cavities. They are not crucial to remove from your diet, but for some people, removing the potato might make the key difference. Due to their nightshade characteristics potatoes may in some way contribute to tooth decay in an imbalanced diet.
A better alternative to modern potatoes are yams and sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes do not contain any of the anti-nutrient phytic acid. Yams contain a small amount of phytic acid. The only problem with sweet potatoes or yams is that they may be too sweet for individuals with blood sugar sensitivities. Taro root and yucca (cassava) contain a significant amount of phytic acid. This may explain why some cultures ferment these roots or convert them into beer. By and large, sweet potatoes, yams, or other tubers like taro root, and yucca are excellent staples to include in a healthy tooth-decay-prevention diet. They go together marvelously well with fats and proteins.