Spotlight: Xylitol

yesterday i went for my routine dental check up- & mostly everything was typical. my teeth are healthy & strong. but the dentist mentioned my gums were a little weak. hmm i thought. weak gums- how am i supposed to make them stronger, what kind of exercise would that entail ? totally kidding, but no really how was i supposed to strengthen them??

he suggested brushing 4x a day & flossing 2x. oh & listerine washes. ok sounded pretty standard & simple enough.

but then of course i had to take matters into my own hands & began searching holistic dental care. i came across a website explaining that a white crystalline substance that looks & tastes like sugar could potentially improve my teeth & gums- WHATTTT. it had me at- tastes like sugar, i was sold.

Xylitol. What is it? Well to me the name sounds like a strange musical instrument but that is very misleading.. it is actually an all natural substitute for table sugar.

xylitol

& the name rang a bell because at one of my crazed whole foods buy-everything-in-the-store-athon i had an employee recommend it as an alternative to the ever popular Stevia. i just so happened to buy it but once i got home with the weird named bottle I pushed it to the back of the kitchen shelf never to be seen or heard of again. Until now.

i tested it out by sprinkling it on some fresh strawberries & it was delicious ! i couldn’t believe it wasn’t sugar. well it is, but not really. Its technically a naturally occurring 5-carbon sugar alcohol found in many fruits and vegetables & produced in small amounts by the human body !

According to my research, Xylitol may reduce the risk of tooth decay. Many large-scale clinical studies have shown it to have long-lasting dental benefits. Sugar that’s GOOD for teeth- CRAY. Xylitol has 40% less calories than sugar & can replace sugar in cooking, baking or as a sweetener for beverages.

then i went over to my grandmother’s with my sister ellie. & here are some ¿cómo se dice.. spanish tips 😉

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me. my mimi. & my sister ellie.

first of all the 85 year old (still cant believe it !!!) Colombian beauty told me to:

* drink tea not coffee. (thankfully i only drink coffee on a RARE occassion) Tea,  especially green tea, contains antioxidants and compounds that can help your heart, give you energy and protect your teeth and gums.

* massage my gums with my fingers ( yes, i agree this one sounded very weird. but hey if i can have her all natural smile at that age, ill test out ANYTHING.)

* gargle salt + water ( makes your gums tighter & strengthens them )

then she threw in an added BONUS !

her easy at home way to whiten:

*baking soda + lemon – brush on teeth & leave as long as you can stand it !

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