Better Health Naturally

by Vicki Moser, CTN

Digestion

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digestion.gifDid you know that digestion begins in the mouth?  Your saliva contains enzymes that digest carbohydrates, turning them to sugar in your mouth.  That is, it will if you chew.  You should chew your food until it is liquid and easy to swallow.   In our society we take a bite, chew twice then wash it down with a big gulp.  There is no food grinder in your stomach, only in your mouth.  

          Did you know that your mouth is the strongest part of your body?  The amount of pressure exerted by your jaws and teeth is tremendous.  That is why it is not a good idea to grind your teeth at night.  That is very hard on your teeth and gums.  Also, the pressure and function of chewing causes the release of certain chemicals in your brain and stimulates brain function.  If you only eat mush, not only will your body not be fed, but your brain is not being properly stimulated.  Eat whole, healthy foods that require plenty of chewing to break down the fibers of the plants. Your mouth is very important for your overall health.  So, what is the best way to take care of it?  I brush my teeth with a mild, perfume and chemical free soap.  Cavities are caused by bacteria being caught between your teeth and a film that will develop over your teeth from foods.  Tooth paste really does not remove that film and most toothpaste contains toxic chemicals.  

          If you have strong odors of a bad taste in your mouth, chances are there is infection somewhere.  Self-check by applying pressure on your gumline top and bottom on both sides.  If there is swelling and soreness, there is infection trapped below the tooth.  You can use essential oils applied topically over the swelling several times a day to kill out the infection.             

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Written by cosmicallybeffudled

January 4, 2008 at 4:18 am

Posted in digestion

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