After last week, you know a bit more about the oral microbiome. So what? What does that mean for your life today?
A lot, actually. In addition to what the microbiome tells you about what’s happening in your body, it can also prevent unwanted ‘guests’ from entering.
Today, we look at how your oral microbiome could impact the Covid virus and, most importantly, how we can all improve our oral health, which impacts our health in general.
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Action Ideas (Ideas to get ya thinkin’. Not medical advice)
Since Covid-19 seems to transmit most easily via the respiratory systems, the nose and mouth is our first line of defense. The obvious thought is that an unhealthy microbiome wouldn’t have the resources to fight off invaders. While this is true, there’s another possibility I didn’t consider.
Unhealthy enzymes can alter the mucosal surfaces in our mouth, allowing for adhesion and colonization of pathogens. In other words, not only would our first line of defense not be great at defending, it might become a good host to the Covid virus and other unhealthy microorganisms.
I can’t say that if your oral microbiome is healthy, you’ll not get Covid or other viruses, bacteria or germs that are spread via the respiratory system, but I also don’t see a downside of being healthier.
Ways to support your oral microbiome.
- A more plant-based diet/alkaline foods, especially greens.
- Hydrate properly.
- Taking oral specific probiotics. Some that showed up in research are: Pro-Dental, ProBiora Health™, Oral Care probiotics, and Biogaia Oral Probiotics ProBiora3®. No research was done to see if their claims were correct. They are listed here as a possibility for you to further investigate.
- Teeth and tongue brushing twice a day.
- Regular dental visits.
- Consuming healthy fats to reduce plaque.
- Saliva helps to wash out the acid.
- Oil pulling (swishing one tablespoon of a high quality, cold pressed oil around your mouth. Then spitting the oil out) The theory is that as the oil is swished around the mouth, it reaches all the little crevices of the mouth, and because many toxins are fat-soluble, they are attracted to the oil and then removed. Many oils, such as coconut oil, sesame seed oil and olive oil are antimicrobial.
- Acidic foods and drinks. Here is a chart for more specifics.
- Sugar/processed foods. Oral bacteria converts sugars into acid.
- Strong mouthwash that kills good and bad bacteria.
- Smoking and vaping.
To keep saliva flowing and to aid regulation, try our chewies. We have a number of different styles to suit you.
That was a mouthful of information to ponder! I trust we offered it in a ‘tasteful’ manner for you to consider.
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P.S. Next week we wrap up July (I need more summer!) with a look at hearing and introduce a special offer for you to win a set of Vibes hi-fidelity earplugs and cord.
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Join us next week when I share my experience using them in an open-air concert and while jackhammering.
P.P.S. Last week we talked about our oral microbiome. Interesting that the oral microbiome of someone on the autism spectrum is so unique, some feel it could be used to diagnose autism.
However, please note: it’s a correlation. We don’t know if ‘A’ causes ‘M’, ‘M’ causes ‘A’, or if something completely different impacts both.