Staying Healthy in a Toxic World
Modern life is toxic and stressful for the body. Many of us are trying to reduce the assaults on our bodies by choosing natural products, products that not only don’t harm the body, but actively help us stay healthy. Excessively acidic conditions in the body have been linked to the common problem of inflammation, which can lead to poor health and serious disease. Keeping the body in balance is essential to health, and pH balance is part of that overall picture of health.
Acid Leads to Inflammation
When the body is too acidic, chronic inflammation can take hold, which has been scientifically proven to contribute to such serious health concerns as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, arthritis, asthma, Crohn’s disease, and serious autoimmune disorders. Inflammation, especially chronic inflammation, has serious long-term negative effects on health. The relationship between acidity and inflammation is well-proven: acidic conditions in the body lead to health problems.
Neutral pH Equals Better Oral Health
Studies show that people with salivary pH levels closer to neutral, or 7.0 pH, have fewer cavities than those with more acidic salivary pH levels. In this article, we will explore the research around how pH balance affects oral health, and how a neutral pH level like 7.0 pH may lead to greater oral health naturally.
Balancing pH Levels in the Body
The sweet spot is 7.0 pH. Pure water is 7.0 pH. Our blood needs to stay very close to that neutral pH, specifically within the range of 7.35-7.55 pH; lower or higher blood pH, even by a bit, can cause death. The body is pretty good at keeping the blood within this very tight range of pH. Other bodily fluids, like saliva and urine, can vary without causing immediate danger. But your body has to work hard to make sure your blood stays at a good balance, which means that excessive acidity puts a strain on the body. One exception is the acid in your stomach, which is close to 2.0 pH so it can digest your food. But closer to neutral is better for most parts of the body.
Acidic Saliva Can Make Brushing a Bad Thing!
Brushing your teeth when your mouth is in an acidic state can actually hurt your teeth. When acid is weakening the enamel, and you come in with a brush, you are scraping away parts of the enamel. So, brushing after eating or drinking acidic foods or liquids can lead to more cavities. Getting the balance of pH to neutral before you brush your teeth can ensure that your efforts at brushing will help, not harm your dental health.
We often think of our teeth as being eaten away by bacteria when we get cavities, but it is actually the weakening and stripping away of the enamel that allows cavities to form in teeth. If we want to avoid cavities, rather than just have our dentist fill them when they occur, we need to take care of the environment in our mouths. Eating healthier plant-based food and fewer carbs and sugars can help. Brushing our teeth regularly can help. But actively working to keep our saliva at closer to 7.0 pH will do a lot to reduce the acidic erosion of the enamel which leads to cavities.
What can you do today? Here are a few suggestions:
- Reduce consumption of sugary and carbohydrate-rich foods, especially ones that stick to your teeth
- Snack less. Frequent eating gives your saliva less chance to wash away food from your teeth.
- Check the pH of your saliva to see if it is close to 7.0
- Strive for a neutral pH in your mouth by observing when the pH gets too low
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day with 7.0 pH toothpaste
- Use products, especially oral health products, with a neutral pH and no harmful chemicals that can cause irritation or pain