Autoimmune, Microbiome, And Our Mitochondria. Or...Why I Don't Use Toothpaste.
Thank you for asking, and yes, we are settling into our new lives here in Japan very nicely. We almost have our apartment set up and ready to start living life again. :)
Yes, taking care of my husband’s mom is wonderful but also has its challenges. She is already at stage 2 Alzheimers, which saddens me because it is preventable. But she makes lousy life choices, and therefore she is paying the price...and so are we...
She, as many people do, lives her life without thinking of the consequences of her decisions. She stays inside all day, rarely gets any exercise, and eats junk all the time. So much so that now that we are here, feeding her great food, she doesn’t like it.
Why, you ask? Because when we feed the bad microbiome in & on our bodies, the foods they like, they win out over the good guys and actually influence us to make bad life choices. So, yes you are being controlled by your microbiome!
Bacteria is a single-cell life form that interacts INTIMATELY with our immune system. (Heads up autoimmuners) This is so very important to understand because so many adverse health conditions arise because of a mismanaged microbiome.
Examples? I got plenty of them... our microbiome affects our moods and mental health. They also contribute to the regulation of our metabolism, being directly connected to obesity and Type 2 diabetes. And it appears to play a role in our brain health.
Yes, just like what is happening to my mother-in-law!
Haha, when you say it like that it makes it sound weird, but yes, this is why I rarely use soap in my mouth.
Oh, no I do brush my teeth twice daily, but I do not use toothpaste. It's just not that important. First, have you read the ingredient list on those tubes!!!? Why would I willingly kill the immune boosting microbiome in my mouth?
The microbiome in the gut, mouth, and on our skin is the main defense system for our immune system. Without this trifecta of bacteria, we would literally not be alive! This is how vital our microbiome are!
Let’s get a bit geeky for a bit, shall we?
45% of the guts microbiome is the same microbiome found in our mouth, this is because when we swallow they make their way to our digestive track. So, not only does your mouth provide your body with energy derived from the food we eat, it also provides your body with immune boosting microbiome.
Our microbiome talk to the brain resulting in numerous health benefits. The gut’s microbiome produces almost 90% of the serotonin we need. But one of their astonishing tasks is they manufacture small molecules that float through the bloodstream (like on a tubing expedition) controlling which genes are turned on & which are turned off.
Read that again!
So ask yourself this: do you want the good guys in control of your genes or the bad guys?
We are told that most of the diseases we suffer from are genetic. But some amazing scientists are going beyond that established assumption and are discovering that it is really our environment that is triggering all the issues, through an area of science called epigenetics. Our genetics just determine in what way our cellular dysfunction will manifest.
Another fascinating discovery, and speaks to the importance of the our microbiome, is that it includes a family of microbe that makes Vitamin B12!? Yes, when we have a healthy microbiome we don’t need to spend our hard-earned money on supplements. So in this one conversation, I’ve saved you a ton of money because now you can stop buying toothpaste & a supplement! :)
God’s design is perfect; it is us who turned away from what He provided!
In true confession, I didn’t go cold turkey from toothpaste to no paste. I stopped buying the store bought poison and started to make my own. I used that for a couple of years before transitioning off of it altogether.
Yes, it does take a bit of getting used to and honestly the element I missed the most was not having that minty fresh feeling in my mouth. What I found interesting, however, was after managing my mouth's microbiome I no longer have morning breath, a sticky tongue, or fuzzy teeth when I wake up. My mouth feels as clean in the morning as when I went to bed.
So, the more I learn, the better I do and the better I do the longer this autoimmuner will stay in remission!
Good question. Let’s first explore what makes a mouth unhealthy and then how to fix it.
I think by now we all know that simple sugars and carbs do considerable damage to our health. But do you know that damage starts in the mouth?
These types of foods change the climate in our mouth, and that has an impact on our health. But couple that with using toothpaste and you now have a double whammy that weakens our immune system. And as an autoimmuner, we need to do all we can to keep that from happening!
When you use mouthwash, either antibacterial or just the regular stuff made with alcohol, you are killing off both the good guys and the bad guys. Then you eat junk, processed food, and you are now populating your mouth with the bad guys. How? Because they thrive on simple carbs and sugars.
When it comes to the population in our mouth we get the most benefit from eating... now don’t roll your eyes, I know you’ve heard this a million times, but it bears repeating! Eat fresh, clean, local fruits and veggies, eating wild-fermented foods, and foods that are high in fiber.
But don’t depend on conventionally grown wheat and corn products for that fiber, because they have been sprayed with Glyphosate. You can read about the evils of that here and here. But remember earlier when I warned against antibacterial mouthwash? GMO products are patented as an antibiotic! So that alone should keep you from eating conventionally grown produce!
But another reason to avoid GMO grown food-like substances is that the fiber-to-carb ratio in GMO’s are out of balance with how our food was originally created. These ratios are abnormal and therefore difficult for the body to handle and can trigger our immune system.
But there I go again getting off topic. In my defense, it is difficult to stay on one specific element of our health when everything is connected! This is something we all need to keep in mind.
My point is that nothing we do is in a vacuum! Absolutely everything we do will affect us at a cellular level! We are cellular beings, so we must, in every choice we make, consider how it will affect our mitochondria! Modern lifestyles can disturb and upset the natural balance of our oral microbiome, and therefore all our microbiome!
This is my ultimate goal in having these conversations with you! For you to see the inter-connectivity of our environment with our health. This may seem intimidating, but it is really very simple.
Get back to what God created for our health, and we will improve!
So elementary, but yet so vital!
We all are going through quite a health journey because of our autoimmunes, and we won’t always “get it right”. But we will get it, and I want you to know I’m here for you! I’ve been through it and I’ve reached the other side. I am now living a revitalized life. I encourage you to join the Facebook group Autoimmune Survival to stay in the conversation. I am there for support and questions. I hope to see you there!
It’s important to understand that implementing small changes, like this, into your life can bring significant improvements in your health, as every little step brings you that much closer to your health goals. I suffered from an autoimmune for years, but by implementing habits like this, I am able to participate in life again.
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