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Can Your Dental Health Benefit from the Alkaline Diet?

Everyone knows that brushing and flossing are inevitable steps in proper oral hygiene. But there are many other factors that can also affect your dental health, and your diet is most definitely one of them.
While many people avoid candies because of their high sugar content–which plays a significant role in the creation of caries and other dental problems–few people are aware of the negative impact that sour (or acidic) foods might have on your teeth.

What Do Acidic Foods Do to Your Enamel?

Healthy saliva pH levels are usually between 6.2 and 7.4. This means, depending on the individual, that mouth pH varies in the range from slightly acidic through neutral to slightly alkaline.

However, the food and drinks that we consume can decrease or increase these levels. The acids found in the food actually cause them to drop down, meaning that your saliva becomes acidic. If they fall below 5.7, they can temporarily soften your teeth enamel.

Some foods (especially sour candies) have pH that is close to the level of battery acid. It takes your mouth at least half an hour after consuming such an acidic meal to restore its natural neutral pH, and the enamel to harden again. But if you constantly eat foods that lower your mouth pH, your teeth never get a chance to recover and permanent enamel demineralization occurs. This often leads to cavities, caries, gum recession, and tooth hypersensitivity despite regular brushing and flossing.

Actually, brushing might even aggravate the problems if you do it straight after lunch. The action of brushing is a means for mechanically removing the damaging plaque, but it can also wear away your softened enamel.

How Can You Prevent the Damage?

Because pH levels are a critical factor in the enamel erosion, the solution is to alkalize your mouth regularly and help the natural remineralization process that your teeth are constantly subjected to.

The easiest and most efficient way is to drink ionized alkaline water. Consuming alkaline foods and avoiding highly acidic foods is another way. While highly acidic foods destroy the protective outer layer of teeth, high-alkaline foods neutralize their effect in your mouth.

Even after consulting with teeth whitening specialists in Chatswood, we can be assured that: “Alkaline food can protect your teeth. The good way to go about your dental health is to lower acidic foods intake. This also reduces the necessity for teeth whitening.”

What is more, ionized alkaline water is a holistic approach to your overall well-being.

Check out this video from Chanson Water USA’s Facebook profile.

What Constitutes an Alkaline Meal?

Any food with a pH equal or higher than your mouth pH is considered alkaline. Most fruits and vegetables fall on this side of the scale, but leafy greens, roots, onions, and cruciferous vegetables are particularly alkaline. Chicken soup and salty nuts also have pH values of 8.5 and higher. You can eat soybeans and tofu freely, and spice your meals with cinnamon, or curry. In general, eating foods that stimulate your saliva glands makes your mouth water and also has an alkalizing effect.

It may come as a surprise to you, but citrus fruits are classified as alkaline as well. This has to do with the fact that the alkalizing properties of certain foods are not determined by their taste, but rather by how they are metabolized. Lemons and limes may not be alkaline in nature (they contain citric acid), but when they are broken down by our body they produce an alkaline response.

On the other side of the scale are foods that you should avoid. Definitely eliminate sugar and alcohol.

Wine, for example, has a pH of 2.2 or lower. Breads, fish and meats are all very acidic as well. And so are eggs and dairy products. Although, goat milk makes an exception, since it is slightly alkaline. Skip ordinary black and green tea, as well as coffee, and rather stick to herbal varieties, such as chamomile or mint tea.

Be the change. Take steps to ensure your well-being comes first. Alkaline ionized water and alkaline diet are an amazing way to normalize your dental health. However, like with any other diet, do your research and don’t go to extremes. Alkaline diet may be extremely difficult to follow. And that’s completely fine. In the end, you can decide what aspects of this particular diet you want to follow. Never stress about it.

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Emma LawsonEmma Lawson is a passionate writer, online article editor and a health enthusiast. In her spare time, she likes to do research, and write articles to create awareness regarding healthy lifestyle. She also strives to suggest innovative home remedies that can help you lead a quality and long life.
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Alkaline Meal Plan Series – Day #30

We have curated over 800 alkaline recipes on our Pinterest board and are now curating full day meal plans in this alkaline meal plan series for those who want to eat alkaline but don’t know where to start.

Remember to soak all produce in 8.0-8.5 pH Chanson alkaline ionized water for 10 minutes for best results as well as to use 9.5 ionized alkaline water whenever water is called for in a recipe including to boil with.

Alkaline Meal Plan – Day 30:

Breakfast

Pear Avocado Smoothie

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lunch

delicious detox soupDelicious Detox Soup

 

 

 

 

Snack/Appetizer

mexican cucumbers with chile and limeMexican Cucumbers with Chile & Lime 

 
Dinner

zuccnini avocado quesadillaZucchini Avocado Quesadilla 
 

 

 

Side Dish

southwest quinoa patties with avocado cream sauceSouthwest Quinoa Patties with Avocado Sauce

 

 

 

 

Dessert

raw coconut lime cheesecakeRaw Coconut Lime Cheesecake 

 

 

 

 

 

TIP: If you get hungry in between meals you can snack on pre-soaked almonds or a green juice. And remember to drink half your body weight in Chanson ionized alkaline water daily.

Alkaline Meal Plan Series – Day #29

We have curated over 800 alkaline recipes on our Pinterest board and are now curating full day meal plans in this alkaline meal plan series for those who want to eat alkaline but don’t know where to start.

Remember to soak all produce in 8.0-8.5 pH Chanson alkaline ionized water for 10 minutes for best results as well as to use 9.5 ionized alkaline water whenever water is called for in a recipe including to boil with.

Alkaline Meal Plan – Day 29:

Breakfast

tropical avocado smoothie Tropical Avocado Smoothie

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lunch

smashed white bean and avocado clubSmashed White Bean and Avocado Club 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snack/Appetizer

thai spice crispy edamameThai Spice Crispy Edamame

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dinner

sesame crusted avocado spring rolls with almond dipping sauceSesame Crusted Avocado Spring Rolls with Almond Dipping Sauce

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Side Dish

chilled spring avocado cucumber soupChilled Spring Avocado Cucumber Soup

 

 

 

 

 

Dessert

frozen coconut mango popsFrozen Coconut Mango Pops

 

 

 

 

 

 

TIP: If you get hungry in between meals you can snack on pre-soaked almonds or a green juice. And remember to drink half your body weight in Chanson ionized alkaline water daily.

Alkaline Meal Plan Series – Day #28

We have curated over 800 alkaline recipes on our Pinterest board and are now curating full day meal plans in this alkaline meal plan series for those who want to eat alkaline but don’t know where to start.

Remember to soak all produce in 8.0-8.5 pH Chanson alkaline ionized water for 10 minutes for best results as well as to use 9.5 ionized alkaline water whenever water is called for in a recipe including to boil with.

Alkaline Meal Plan – Day 28:

Breakfast

strawberry avocado bliss shakeStrawberry Avocado Bliss Shake 

 

 

 

 

 

Lunch

fresh summer rollsFresh Summer Rolls with Basil, Avocado, Kale and Spicy Garlic Peanut Sauce 

 

 

 

 

 

Snack/Appetizer

spicy quinoa stuffed avocadoSpicy Quinoa Stuffed Avocado

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dinner

Vegetable Cutlet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Side Dish

baked garlic broccoli Baked Garlic Broccoli

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dessert

raw green avocado kale ice cream Raw Green Avocado Kale Ice Cream

 

 

 

 

 

TIP: If you get hungry in between meals you can snack on pre-soaked almonds or a green juice. And remember to drink half your body weight in Chanson ionized alkaline water daily.

Alkaline Meal Plan Series – Day #27

We have curated over 800 alkaline recipes on our Pinterest board and are now curating full day meal plans in this alkaline meal plan series for those who want to eat alkaline but don’t know where to start.

Remember to soak all produce in 8.0-8.5 pH Chanson alkaline ionized water for 10 minutes for best results as well as to use 9.5 ionized alkaline water whenever water is called for in a recipe including to boil with.

Alkaline Meal Plan – Day 27:

Breakfast

Raw Breakfast Energy Porridgeraw breakfast energy porridge

 

 

 

 

 

Lunch

picnic salad with creamy cilantro dressingPicnic Salad with Creamy Cilantro Dressing

 

 

 

 

 

Snack/Appetizer

marinated avocados Marinated Avocados

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dinner

raw green avocado wrapsRaw Green Avocado Wraps

 

 

 

 

 

Side Dish

black bean cakes with avocado cream sauceBlack Bean Cakes with Avocado Cream Sauce

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dessert

mango coconut chocolate puddingMango Coconut Chocolate Pudding

 

 

 

 

 

TIP: If you get hungry in between meals you can snack on pre-soaked almonds or a green juice. And remember to drink half your body weight in Chanson ionized alkaline water daily.

Alkaline Meal Plan Series – Day #26

We have curated over 800 alkaline recipes on our Pinterest board and are now curating full day meal plans in this alkaline meal plan series for those who want to eat alkaline but don’t know where to start.

Remember to soak all produce in 8.0-8.5 pH Chanson alkaline ionized water for 10 minutes for best results as well as to use 9.5 ionized alkaline water whenever water is called for in a recipe including to boil with.

Alkaline Meal Plan – Day 26:

Breakfast

raw buckwheat breakfast porridge

 

 

Raw Buckwheat Breakfast Porridge 

 

 

Lunch

rice paper veggie rolls

 

 

Rice Paper Veggie Rolls

 

 

Snack/Appetizer

baked sweet potatoes with mustard greens leeks white beans

 

 

Baked Sweet Potatoes with Mustard Greens, Leeks, White Beans & Cilantro Tahini

 

 

Dinner

mediterranean black bean burgers

 

 

Mediterranean Black Bean Burgers 
Side Dish

kale salad with cauliflower and parsnips

 

Kale Salad with Cauliflower & Parsnips

 

 

 

Dessert

figs with cashew cream and toasted coconut

 

 

Raw Vegan Figs with Cashew Cream & Toasted Coconut 

 

 

TIP: If you get hungry in between meals you can snack on pre-soaked almonds or a green juice. And remember to drink half your body weight in Chanson ionized alkaline water daily.

Alkaline Meal Plan Series – Day #25

We have curated over 800 alkaline recipes on our Pinterest board and are now curating full day meal plans in this alkaline meal plan series for those who want to eat alkaline but don’t know where to start.

Remember to soak all produce in 8.0-8.5 pH Chanson alkaline ionized water for 10 minutes for best results as well as to use 9.5 ionized alkaline water whenever water is called for in a recipe including to boil with.

Alkaline Meal Plan – Day 25:

Breakfast

herbed guacamole breakfast bowl

 

 

 

Herbed Guacamole Breakfast Bowl 

 

 

Lunch

avocado and broccoli salad

 

 

Avocado & Broccoli Salad

 

 

Snack/Appetizer

cowboy caviar

 

 

 

Cowboy Caviar 

 

Dinner

mexican pita pockets

 

 

Mexican Pita Pockets 

 

 

Side Dish

mexican quinoa and black beans

 

 

Mexican Quinoa & Black Beans

 

 

Dessert

raw vegan dessert balls

 

 

Raw Vegan Dessert Balls 

 

 

TIP: If you get hungry in between meals you can snack on pre-soaked almonds or a green juice. And remember to drink half your body weight in Chanson ionized alkaline water daily.

4 Misconceptions About the Alkaline Diet

Critics of the alkaline diet typically profess four main objections, all of which are misconceptions that are easily explained away.

They are:

1. The pH of the blood does not fluctuate widely based on the food you eat

 

True but misleading. The reason that the blood does not fluctuate is because if it does not remain at right about 7.365 pH you will die. Your body has a built-in self-correcting mechanism for when you eat acidic foods. It literally pulls alkaline minerals from your bones and muscles in order to neutralize the acid and keep you in pH balance. The problem is the damage that this self-correction can cause including bone loss, muscle loss, heart problems, vision loss, reduced energy and more.

 

So yes, eating alkaline foods will not increase your blood pH, but it will prevent your body from stealing minerals from itself because you are providing the body with a mineral reserve and reducing the amount of acidic foods you eat. When we refer to alkalizing your pH we are referring to the urine and saliva which can be tested with pH strips, not the blood.

 

2. It doesn’t matter what the pH of the food that you eat is, because your stomach acid will turn it acidic anyway

 

False. To paraphrase Dr. Robert O. Young: The stomach wall makes sodium bicarbonate (aka baking soda) to alkalize our food not digest our food. Hydrochloric acid is only produced when we eat or drink acid-forming foods and drinks and is balanced in equal proportion by sodium bicarbonate production. When we consume alkaline forming foods and drink alkaline ionized water, the body does not need the sodium bicarbonate production and thus the hydrochloric acid production is not required either!

 

3. There is not enough scientific research to back up the alkaline diet

 

Misleading. As a whole, there may not be a lot of research specifically about the alkaline diet, however numerous studies have shown benefits of vegetarian and vegan diets, as well as health benefits of eating certain fruits and vegetables, cutting out meat, and avoiding processed foods and artificial ingredients. So since the alkaline diet is a largely vegan/vegetarian diet high in fruits and vegetables that cuts out processed foods and artificial ingredients, how can you possibly be skeptical? It’s common sense. Natural whole plant-based foods are good for you, while processed, artificial “junk foods” are not.

 

4. There are conflicting acid/alkaline food charts so it’s impossible to know which foods to eat

 

True but not impossible. When referring to an acid/alkaline chart the one question you need to ask is if the chart is showing the pH of the actual food, or the pH of the food after it has been digested. You are looking for the latter, because you want to know what kind of effect that food will have on your body. The most common confusion over this is that lemons are highly acidic by nature, but have a strong alkalizing effect on the body due to their high mineral and low sugar content. So use a set of charts like ours which focus on the pH of the food after it has been digested, and disregard the others. Click here to get your free alkaline/acid food charts.

 

Shifting to an 80% alkaline/20% acidic diet and drinking ionized alkaline water may help you lose weight, give you increased energy, reverse major health issues including cancer and diabetes, improve your sleep and appearance, and boost your immune system. It is not a fad or a crash diet but rather a permanent shift in your eating habits for overall wellness much like a raw, vegan or vegetarian diet. Try it for yourself, and be sure to share your results!

 

Alkaline Meal Plan Series – Day #24

We have curated over 800 alkaline recipes on our Pinterest board and are now curating full day meal plans in this alkaline meal plan series for those who want to eat alkaline but don’t know where to start.

Remember to soak all produce in 8.0-8.5 pH Chanson alkaline ionized water for 10 minutes for best results as well as to use 9.5 ionized alkaline water whenever water is called for in a recipe including to boil with.

Alkaline Meal Plan – Day 24:

Breakfast

scrambled tofu & tomato brekkie

 

 

Scrambled Tofu & Tomato Brekkie

 

 

Lunch

vegan broccoli avocado soup

 

 

Vegan Broccoli Avocado Soup

 

 

Snack/Appetizer

grilled cauliflower arugula chimichurri

 

Grilled Cauliflower Arugula Chimichurri

 

 

 

Dinner

chimichurri tofu quinoa

 

 

Chimichurri Quinoa & Tofu 

 

 

Side Dish

beet and avocado salad

 

Avocado & Beet Salad

 

 

 

Dessert

lemon meltaways

 

 

Lemon Meltaways 

 

 

TIP: If you get hungry in between meals you can snack on pre-soaked almonds or a green juice. And remember to drink half your body weight in Chanson ionized alkaline water daily.

Alkaline Meal Plan Series – Day #23

We have curated over 800 alkaline recipes on our Pinterest board and are now curating full day meal plans in this alkaline meal plan series for those who want to eat alkaline but don’t know where to start.

Remember to soak all produce in 8.0-8.5 pH Chanson alkaline ionized water for 10 minutes for best results as well as to use 9.5 ionized alkaline water whenever water is called for in a recipe including to boil with.

Alkaline Meal Plan – Day 23:

Breakfast

omega museli

 

Omega Museli

 

 

 

Lunch

vegan cream of asparagus & leek soup

 

 

Vegan Cream of Asparagus & Leek Soup

 

 

Snack/Appetizer

cauliflower crust breadsticks

 

 

Cauliflower Crust “Breadsticks” 

 

 

Dinner

Ccreamy zesty avocado linguinereamy Zesty Avocado Linguine with Arugula & Lemon 

 

 

 

 

 

Side Dish

brussel sprout red pepper avocado salad

 

 

Brussels Sprouts, Red Pepper & Avocado Salad 

 

 

Dessert

raw blueberry pudding

 

 

Raw Blueberry Pudding

 

 

TIP: If you get hungry in between meals you can snack on pre-soaked almonds or a green juice. And remember to drink half your body weight in Chanson ionized alkaline water daily.