Keeping Your Body in Its Optimal Alkaline State
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Issue #3, May 2016

Eat to Alkalinize

Last month, 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.

Read on for more tips on keeping your body in its optimal alkaline state…

Is Your Gut Giving You All the Nutrients You Get?

In his research on nutrition and dental health among traditional cultures, Weston Price found that fat-soluble vitamins and good fats seemed to be the common denominator among the healthy.

anatomical diagram of intestineBut it’s impossible to get all the nutrients you need if your gut is unhealthy. And the acidifying standard American diet has a lot to do with a gut whose microbial community is out of whack – along with antibiotic use, pharmaceutical use, chronic stress, and other lifestyle factors.

Research continues to show that good physical and mental health alike depend on the health of your gut. For a person working to heal from chronic health problems, restoring gut health is often fundamental to long term healing.

  • The GAPS Diet is a great way to heal the gut. The key is eliminating foods that are hard to digest and that damage gut flora, opting for more nutrient-dense foods instead.

  • As we mentioned last time, Pharmax is a great oral probiotic. It supports good immune health and increases nutrient absorption, while creating an unfavorable environment for bad bacteria. Taking apple cider vinegar or HCL supplements with meals can also improve the breakdown of nutrients and increase their bioavailability.

  • Neither a probiotic or prebiotic, Restore is a fantastic supplement to help rebalance gut flora on the healthy side, as well as improve immune function.

  • Drink a cup of “gut tea” daily. Recipe: Boil 2 cups of water. Add 1 tablespoon each of fresh grated turmeric and ginger. Remove from heat and let seep for 5 minutes, Strain. Add the juice from half a lemon, a pinch each of cinnamon and black pepper, and stevia to taste.

  • If you have mercury amalgam fillings, get them safely removed and replaced with biocompatible restorations. According to Dr. Chris Shade, a gut can’t be fully healed when mercury is still in the teeth. The vapor they release gets swallowed or ingested, causing inflammation in the gut.

Office News...

Welcome to the World, Raelynn!

At 11:37 am on April 14 , Dr. Taylor's assistant Shelby gave birth to Raelynn - 8 pounds, 12 ounces, healthy and happy!

Congratulations, Shelby and Sean!

While Shelby takes leave for time with her little one, Brad is assisting Dr. Taylor in the operatories.

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Food Swaps for Alkalinity

There’s an important caveat to eating an alkaline diet: Just because a food is alkalinizing, it doesn’t necessarily mean you can eat it with abandon.

Case in point? Fruit. Why? It contains A LOT of sugar, and too much sugar promotes an acid terrain. In fact, some say that with all the hybridization that’s gone on, an apple today can have 10 times the sugar you’d find in a wild or heirloom variety.

Fortunately, there are great sugar substitutes, including stevia, monk fruit, Lakanto, and yacón syrup.

Likewise, most grains tend to be acidifying, quinoa being maybe the finest exception to the rule. And where flour is needed, almond flour can be a great alternative. Check out The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook, a GREAT collection of recipes. (Just make sure you use yacón syrup instead of agave for sweetener!)

Here are some more ideas for food swaps to get your diet on the alkaline side.

Shop Local, Eat Seasonally, Know Your Farmer

The kind of food you eat matters. And so does the quality of that food.

Research continues to show that, on the whole, organic food tends to have more of the nutrients especially needed for optimal health, including Omega 3 fatty acids and antioxidants. They also carry fewer synthetic pesticide residues.

Even better is organic that is local, raised sustainably, and eaten in season. This handy online tool will help you learn what’s in season when.

As for animal products, Dr. Taylor is a huge supporter of raw dairy from pastured, organic, and humane animals. “I only like supporting local farmers who treat their animals with respect,” she says, “who slaughter humanely and are environmentally conscious and sustainable.”

Here are some of the local sources we recommend:

Have favorites of your own? Tell us about them, and we may feature them in a future issue!

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