Overall, health is all about balance. With that in mind, when you eat balanced meals, you know it. You can feel it. The right balance of nutrients not only makes your body run more efficiently, but it protects your body’s cells for the long haul. This goes for all parts of your body, including the mouth. The mouth, your smile – and ultimately your overall health – are about balance and knowing how to attain it.
The balance in foods comes down to the pH level. All foods have it. Low pH foods have high acid levels, while high pH foods are alkalinizing and better for you. The more acidity you intake, the more loaded your mouth is with bacteria – which ultimately causes plaque, decay and bad breath. The sad truth is that the average American eats mostly acidifying food, with minimal alkalinizing intake. You want to aim for the complete opposite: the right balance between the two should be 75% alkalizing foods, and 25% acidifying foods.
One of the main reasons Americans’ diets are so highly acidic is the overabundance of protein we eat. Protein fuels the acid in our saliva. By making a conscious effort to swap out meaty meals for vegetarian options just a few times a week; you can help create a healthier, balanced environment for your teeth and gums to thrive.
Ultimately, what you intake is what can leave your mouth feeling and looking healthy. The top 10 best foods you can put in your mouth are: asparagus, beets, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, celery, lettuce, kale, onions, and spinach.
In the end, if we focus on the daily rituals that help us maintain balance, both for the mouth and the total body; we will be smarter, healthier, and happier in the long term.