For many of you, this will not come as a surprise, but it’s been proven time and time again that what we eat has a direct relationship to what types of bacteria are going to thrive in and on our bodies. The bacterial colonies that naturally thrive in and on our bodies change based on the foods we habitually eat. If you think about it, the whole thing makes total sense.
How did we ever think that we could eat processed, mass produced, adulterated foods and live healthy, happy lives anyway? Surely this type of confusion isn’t born out of our own common sense.
One of our friends just turned us on to a recent study of an archeological site where relatively old human skeletons were found. The bones are roughly 7500 years old. The scientists studied the DNA of the calcified bacteria (tartar) on the teeth of the human skulls found. They were able to identify how the bacteria on the teeth changed as the humans changed from a hunter/gatherer diet to an agriculturally based diet.
The research shows two major shifts in the health of our physical bodies through the past 10,000 years. Of course, those of you into the Paleo/Primal diet are all over this information, but studies show that the first major shift occurred when humans shifted from the hunter/gatherer into the ‘agricultural revolution’. Studies show an increased rate of tooth decay (which is simply a mirror of what’s happening throughout the body). Then, human health took another major step back (scientifically speaking) with the industrial revolution (what’s up with these revolutions!! 🙂 )
Here’s a quote from the article:
Professor Cooper says: “The composition of oral bacteria changed markedly with the introduction of farming, and again around 150 years ago. With the introduction of processed sugar and flour in the Industrial Revolution, we can see a dramatically decreased diversity in our oral bacteria, allowing domination by caries-causing strains. The modern mouth basically exists in a permanent disease state.”
So, what’s the solution? It’s simple in theory, really: stop eating anything processed. Like our friend Sean Croxton likes to holler, just eat real food! We like the suggestion from another internet rockstar friend of ours, Sarah Pope, the Healthy Home Economist… If you are into eating cookies, then get some whole grains, grind the flour yourself, make the cookies, and enjoy every bite because due to the amount of work that went into making them, you won’t be making cookies again for a long time (and your body will thank you for that with increased health and vitality).
What about those of us who don’t have the time, money, etc to eat only foods we produce from scratch (or are produced for us from scratch)? Every day, each of us must make a choice how we want to spend our time. Truly, time is our most precious asset. How we choose to spend our time determines who we are becoming. We’ve got to be more intentional about cooking for ourselves and our family. Yes, it takes time, but the dividends of increased health and vitality make it the best investment we know!
What one simple step can you take today to help you move in the direction of providing real food for yourself and your loved ones?
Here’s the link to the article for those of you who want the whole read.
Also, to gain a complete understanding of how to stop tooth decay and reverse cavities, feel free to download our FREE eBook, “How to Remineralize Your Teeth”.
Thank you and Aloha!
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