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Would you like to have healthy gums?
Would you like to maintain your gums in a healthy condition?
Would you like to improve the health of your gums?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are on the right page.
Many people would like to have healthy gums, because they believe that this will eliminate
unsightly bleeding gums or gum pain and perhaps costly dental treatments. Or possibly,
it could even mean never needing dental treatments. Does this seem like wishful
thinking for you? If it does, then read what you can do to change your unhealthy gums to
gums that are as healthy as possible, just by following a simple nutritional principle.
How do you know if your gums are healthy or sick?
Gum disease is an infection of your gums and the bone surrounding your teeth. You can
usually recognize when you have sick gums, or gum disease, because you will notice you
have bad breath and swollen gums that bleed, especially when you eat or brush your
teeth. Bleeding from your gums, called gingivitis, is usually the first sign of gum
disease. Typically, you won’t have any pain. The problem is that gum disease can
penetrate and spread into the bone around your teeth. It can take a long time for this to
occur. When this happens, we call the gum infection, chronic gum disease or
chronic periodontal disease.
Does this describe your gums? If you answered yes, then you are like most people,
because the majority of people suffer from one of the different stages of gum disease.
However, unlike many people, you should congratulate yourself for having sufficient
curiosity and motivation to read this page and to learn how to improve the health of your
On the other hand, when your gums are healthy, they are firmly attached to each tooth by
what is called the periodontal (meaning around the tooth) ligament. This attachment is
strong and tight enough to prevent any germs or their toxins from getting through, and
any body fluids from getting out. You can usually recognize when you have healthy
gums because your gums will be pink, firm, and never bleed or hurt with routine
brushing, flossing, or when chewing food.
Does this describe your gums? If you answered yes, then pat yourself on the back for
taking better care of yourself than most people. Did you notice that to have healthy
gums you must take better care of yourself, and not necessarily better care of
your gums? If you want to know why, please keep on reading.
So what kind of nutrition, foods, and diet do I need for healthy gums?
If you want excellent health for your gums, you must understand and follow a
simple principle. This guiding principle will make it easy for you to know if you
are using the right kind of nutrition, foods and diet for your gums. Although this
three part article is about your gums, everything that is discussed below applies
as much to your teeth as to your gums, because your gums and your teeth
function together as one organ or body part. Wherever gums are mentioned,
your teeth are included. So here is the principle:
EVERYTHING YOU ARE EXPOSED TO IS EITHER A COMPLEMENT OR AN INSULT TO
The purpose of this first section of a three part
series is to introduce you to the nutritional benefits
of consuming all natural, organic foods,
incorporating a diet based on these foods into your
lifestyle, and using all natural, organic, whole food
sourced supplements to help you keep your gums in
a healthy state. Other lifestyle recommendations
which will improve the condition of your gums are
also included. You may find that some of the holistic
advice on this page contradicts conventional
wisdom about health and disease. It is hoped that
you will recognize the value of this information and
apply it to your life.
Healthy Teeth 'n' Gums
The statements and information on this website have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration
and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. The body's ability and power to heal
depends upon the totality of diet, nutrition, lifestyle and environmental factors. No claims for the cure of any
disease is intended, or implied. Always consult a health care practitioner when dealing with disease states.
Do you believe that your body is an integrated whole organism? If you answered
yes, then it follows that the only way you can successfully treat, heal or cure
disease, and thereby create health in any one part of your body, including your
gums, is by healing your whole body. And the only way to heal your whole body is
by increasing your exposure to complements and eliminating or reducing your
exposure to insults. If you do, this will naturally create both a sound body and
healthy gums. There is no other way. That is the essence of holistic, whole body,
The purpose of the rest of this page of part one is to introduce you to the complements
that support healthy gums. Parts two and three discuss the insults. To sum it up, if you
want healthy gums, you must develop healthy habits which make your whole
body healthy. You can’t have one without the other.
Please click here to read about all natural, organic supplements that
complement your whole body health.
So what kind of nutrition, foods, and diet do I need to make my gums and my
whole body healthy?
The human body is a marvelously designed living organism with the ability to
grow, regulate, repair, and defend itself when given natural, high quality, full
spectrum nutrients. A well nourished body that is given the right kind of nutrition, foods,
and diet is able to resist disease, including gum disease, better than a poorly fed body.
Below is a comprehensive list of complements to your health, and the health
of your gums. From this list you will discover the right kind of nutrition, foods, diet and
lifestyle you need to make your whole body healthy, and thus, your gums healthy.
It is anticipated that part one of this series will make it easier for you to understand how
most people’s diet and lifestyle lack adequate complements to support health. The direct
consequence is that many people eventually succumb to disease. It doesn’t have to be
that way for you. Achieving superb health simply requires a daily investment in
complements, and a constant vigil to avoid insults.
Start with just one or two items from this list of basic, essential complements,
incorporate them into your diet, and then slowly make additional changes that will make
your lifestyle healthier. Limiting the foods that you eat to organic will automatically exclude
all the insults to your well-being from non-organic, conventional foods.
Another key complement, the Coenzyme Q10 supplement, contains a
highly effective form of Coenzyme Q10. Coenzyme Q10 plays significant
and vital role in the health of your gums.
You can also replace food enzymes that are destroyed by the heat of
cooking simply by taking the live enzyme supplement, and thereby giving
your cooked foods the same nutritional advantage obtained from raw
foods. And you can easily add probiotic, friendly good bacteria to your diet
with the two probiotic supplements, especially if, like most people, you
are not eating a lot of fermented, cultured foods on a daily basis.
Click here to begin traveling the road to enhanced gum health and whole
body wellness with these remarkable supplements.
- Eating one third of your daily food consumption raw, or at least a good
portion of it, because raw plant foods contain live digestive enzymes.
Cooking breaks down and destroys the naturally occurring digestive
enzymes in foods.
Digestive enzymes are critical for properly starting the digestive process,
which requires a lot of energy. The more energy it takes to digest food, the
less that is available for other physical and mental activities. The end
result is that digestion of enzyme deficient food is hard on your body,
draining it of its natural vitality, which you experience as not feeling well.
So, the energy efficient digestion which you get from raw foods is
essential for achieving and maintaining vibrant health.
Please be aware that organic milk is not the same as raw milk, because
organic milk is pasteurized, and the pasteurization process literally cooks
and destroys the live digestive enzymes found in raw milk. Furthermore,
the cows that produce organic milk may have been raised under the
regimented conditions of a factory type large scale farm, which negatively
affects the quality of the fats in the milk, rather than being exercised under
free range conditions. If you want milk that is really organic and healthy for
you, it must be raw, not pasteurized. Raw milk from cows that have been
raised and milked under modern sanitary conditions is safe to drink.
If you want more information about organic farming, go to the website of
the nonprofit Environmental Working Group at www.ewg.org.
- Whenever possible, eating foods that are locally grown or raised on small
farms. Why? Because foods that are locally grown and in season, meaning
they are picked, loaded, shipped by ground and unloaded at the food
market in one day are much less likely to lose nutrient value from the farm
to the market than are foods shipped from greater distances or from
farmers who still care for the earth, than industrial type mega sized farms
that are operated primarily as businesses. In addition, your food market
can maintain significantly greater oversight over small local farms and
- Eating and enjoying fermented foods and cultured vegetables. Some
examples are yogurt, natto and miso, (fermented soy beans), kefir
(fermented milk from mammals), and sauerkraut.
Fermented foods and cultured vegetables provide an abundance of
probiotic, or friendly, beneficial, good bacteria, which not only make
vitamins for you, they also kill unfriendly organisms and keep them out of
your gut. So probiotic bacteria contribute to your digestive and intestinal
health. Of even greater importance, probiotic bacteria improve your
immune function because they have specific, healthy, beneficial effects on
your immune system, such as increasing the number of natural killer cells.
Did you know that approximately eighty percent or your immune system is
in your gut? That’s why an abundance of probiotic bacteria from fermented
and cultured foods are needed there for your immune system to function
optimally. One way you can be sure that you are getting an abundance
of healthy probiotic bacteria is to take all natural, organic probiotic
supplements. There are excellent ones offered on this website.
- Including in your diet the all natural, organic supplements recommended
on this website. They are a major complement that will create a
recognizable, positive impact on your health and the health of your gums.
For example, your body needs significant amounts of natural vitamin D to
boost resistance to infections, such as gum disease. Did you know there is
evidence that vitamin D deficiency is the likely reason for being
susceptible to infections from seasonal flu viruses? The adult stem cell
supplement, which is rich in natural vitamin D, makes it easy for you to
raise your vitamin D to protective levels.
To make your gums and whole body healthy you must increase your intake of
complements to your well-being by:
- Consuming foods and drinks, including fruits and vegetables that are
organic, whole grain, unprocessed, unpasteurized, and preferably raw.
Whole grain foods provide you with essential amounts of insoluble and
soluble fiber, necessary for the health of your gut and protection against
colon cancer. Organic plant foods are more nutrient rich, especially with
minerals and vitamins, than their non organic counterparts, and they
generally taste much better. To obtain the maximum nutritional advantage
of these foods, chew each mouthful completely before swallowing.
It may be helpful to know that foods along the walls of a supermarket, are
generally healthier than the packaged, processed foods you pass on
shelves on the inside aisles. However, the safest way to buy is to learn
from this website how to be selective, regardless of where the food is
Organic crops are also much better and healthier for you than
conventional crops because they must be grown with no chemical or
synthetic pesticides and herbicides, without genetically modified or
bioengineered genes, and in soil that has not been contaminated with
petroleum based or sewage sludge based fertilizers. Organic products
cannot be irradiated and they cannot contain preservatives, flavor
enhancing chemicals or traces of heavy metals and other contaminants
beyond tolerances set by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Organic
livestock must have access to the outdoors and cannot be given
antibiotics or growth hormones.
You can distinguish organic produce from conventional fruits and
vegetables because organic produce will have an identifying label or tag
which has five numbers, always starting with the number 9. Organic
packaged foods are identified by an organic label from one of several
reputable certifying agencies or organizations. The United States
Department of Agriculture (USDA), which has a reputation for its high
organic standards, and Quality Assurance International (QAI), a private
corporation, are two such certifying agencies.
It’s also helpful to know that:
- Products labeled “100 percent organic” must contain only organic
- Products labeled simply as “organic” must contain at least 95 percent
- Products that say “made with organic ingredients” cannot have
fewer than seventy percent organically produced ingredients.
- Eating fish that live in a wild environment, and are not farmed. Farmed fish
are treated with chemicals and fed non-organic processed foods that also
contain chemicals. When you eat fish, you get everything that’s in the fish.
Wild fish are rich in omega-3 fats that are just plain good for you and your
heart. The best wild fish are fatty ones like salmon, herring, mackerel, trout
and sardines which are rich in omega-3 fats containing eicosapentaenoic
acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).
- Wild fish are a great complement to your health, as long as you avoid fish
that are often high in mercury, like tuna and swordfish. In general, the
larger the fish, the more mercury it is likely to contain.
Some other foods, primarily plant seeds and their oils, contain the omega-3
fat alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). Common flax (linseed) and canola
(rapeseed), are examples. ALA does not provide the same health benefits
as EPA and DHA, because ALA in your diet must first be converted in your
body to EPA and the conversion is limited.
- Eating poultry, animals and livestock that have been raised under organic
conditions and fed only organic foods. Eating poultry, animals and
livestock that have been raised under natural, organic free range
conditions and fed only organic foods has two distinct advantages for your
health. First, you avoid chemical pesticides and herbicides, antibiotics and
growth hormones that get into animals when they are raised under non-
organic conditions, and second, the saturated fats in animals raised under
organic, conditions are both essential and healthy for you. If you are a
vegan, you can obtain a similar health benefit when you consume organic,
saturated vegetable oils, like coconut oil.
Make sure that any organic beef you eat comes from cows that have been
allowed to free range outside on grass, rather than having been fed grains
such as corn. This is true even if the corn is organic. Cows are healthiest,
and so is their meat, when they free range outside on grass.
- Using packaged foods that are either certified organic, or contain only all
natural ingredients. If a product is labeled all natural, make sure it doesn’t
contain ‘natural flavors’ and the manufacturer clearly states that their
product contains no genetically modified ingredients. In part two of this
series you will find an explanation of why natural flavors and genetically
modified ingredients are unhealthy for you even though they are allowed
by the Food and Drug Administration to be considered as natural. You can
avoid this problem by buying organic foods.
- Drinking plenty of plain, non-fluoridated water. Adequate water is
necessary for proper hydration of your body, which is essential for
flushing out toxins. Water that has been filtered through a reverse
osmosis filter is virtually free of all chemicals, including fluoride.
Fluoride is a poison, whether it is in the water naturally or it is added to the
water in the misguided assumption that it will stop cavities in your teeth. It
doesn’t. If your dentist tells you that fluoride in drinking water is beneficial
because it stops cavities, your dentist hasn’t read all the science,
including a study published in the Journal of the American Dental
Association that clearly states that fluoride in drinking water has no
systemic benefit. In other words, swallowing water with fluoride is useless
as a means to control cavities.
In addition, you will need to:
- Wash your hands regularly using plain, all natural or preferably organic,
soap and water. When your immune system is strong enough, it is capable
of fighting off viruses or other germs, even if they enter your body.
Washing your hands provides an extra barrier of protection. If you must
use a hand sanitizer, make sure the only active ingredient is alcohol,
because germs don’t become resistant to alcohol.
- Exercise regularly, and consistently. Besides the well known cardio
vascular benefits of aerobic exercise, it will help you get rid of poisons
already in your body by activating your lymph system, which will transport
toxins in your body for excretion through your skin. Aerobic exercise also
contributes to a slightly alkaline internal environment in your body that
disease provoking germs cannot thrive in. Exercising outdoors when the
sun is high in the sky will enable you to produce much needed vitamin D3
from sunshine on your exposed skin. Engaging in a combination of aerobic
exercise and weight lifting exercise will make your whole body fit.
- Breathe clean air. While this may seem obvious, finding it is sometimes a
challenge. Moving to a new location, changing jobs, and quitting smoking
are some suggestions. Make breathing clean air a priority.
- Finally, get sufficient sleep and preferably avoid stressful situations as
much as you can. If you can’t avoid stressful conditions in your life, then at
least manage them.
There are numerous techniques for doing this. Chiropractic adjustment
and yoga are two of them. Finding caring and fun relationships both at
home and at work can work wonders. Transforming your work into
something meaningful that you love doing is a fantastic stress breaker.
Belief in G-d creates magic in your life!
By doing these things, you will help create an internal, slightly alkaline, health
promoting environment in your body which will make your immune system very
strong and your gums healthier than they are now.
What if you are not sufficiently motivated to consistently apply the lifestyle
recommendations described above?
You can still protect yourself by simply adding highly nutritious, whole food supplements to
your diet. These special supplements enhance the health of your gums by strengthening
your immune system, boosting resistance to infection, encouraging re-growth of your jaw
bone, and promoting healing of your gums. It’s a great solution for making your gums
as healthy as possible.
Dr. Gilbert’s writes about his personal experience with these highly nutritious all natural
whole food supplements on the Home page of this website. He discovered that the
supplements helped him significantly improve his health. Naturally, that meant his gums
also stayed healthy. Dr. Gilbert would like to share his success with you.
Would like to find out how all natural supplements may help you? Click here and fill out
the form for a free, no obligation nutritional consultation with Dr. Gilbert. He will be
happy to answer any questions you may have.
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