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Oral and Gut Health

Oral Health

Holistic dental health goes beyond just taking care of our teeth and gums; it encompasses the connection between oral health and gut health. Research has shown that there is a strong link between the two, highlighting the importance of maintaining both for overall well-being.

Oral health plays a crucial role in our overall health. Neglecting it can lead to various dental issues such as cavities, gum disease, and tooth loss. However, what many people don’t realize is that poor oral health can also have an impact on our gut health.

The mouth serves as the gateway to our digestive system. The bacteria present in our mouths can travel down into the gut through swallowing, influencing the balance of bacteria in our digestive tract. This is true for pathogens in the sinuses as well for individuals with chronic post-nasal drip. This imbalance can contribute to digestive problems and even systemic diseases.

In the pursuit of optimal oral health, it is essential to consider a holistic approach that goes beyond just brushing and flossing.  Incorporating additional practices such as using a waterpik, tongue scraping, oil pulling and gargling can greatly enhance your oral hygiene routine.

Oil pulling, a traditional Ayurvedic technique that involves swishing oil in the mouth to improve oral hygiene. Oil pulling has been found to have numerous benefits for dental health. It helps remove harmful bacteria from the mouth, promoting a healthier oral microbiome. By swishing oil around the teeth and gums, it can help reduce plaque buildup and prevent cavities.

Waterpik, also known as a water flosser, is an effective tool that uses a stream of water to remove plaque and debris from between your teeth and along the gumline. It reaches areas that traditional flossing may miss, providing a thorough clean and reducing the risk of gum disease.

Tongue scraping is another important practice for holistic dental health. The tongue harbors bacteria that can contribute to bad breath and oral health issues. By gently scraping your tongue with a tongue scraper, you can effectively remove bacteria buildup and improve overall oral hygiene.

Gargling with saltwater solution is yet another beneficial habit. This helps to reduce bacteria growth in the mouth, reduces inflammation, freshens breath, and promotes healthy gums.

Dentalcidin Oral Care

To further enhance holistic dental health, products like Dentalcidin have emerged as effective tools. Dentalcidin is a natural antimicrobial solution specifically designed to support oral health. It contains botanical extracts that target harmful microbes while maintaining a healthy balance of beneficial bacteria in the mouth.

By incorporating oil pulling and products like Dentalcidin into your oral care routine, you can take proactive steps towards achieving optimal dental health. Embracing this holistic approach not only promotes a clean and healthy mouth but also contributes to overall well-being.

In addition to incorporating holistic dental practices as mentioned in this article, adopting a balanced diet rich in whole foods like fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and probiotics can help support a healthy gut microbiome while providing essential nutrients for optimal oral health.

By recognizing the connection between oral health and gut health, we can take a more comprehensive approach to dental care. Prioritizing both aspects will not only result in healthier teeth and gums but also contribute to overall wellness from within.

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Athletes and Gut Health

Surfer Athlete

Understanding the connection between athletes and gut health is crucial for optimizing their performance and recovery. Stool testing has emerged as a valuable tool in this field, providing valuable insights into an athlete’s digestive system and overall well-being.

Athletes rely on their bodies to perform at peak levels, and a healthy gut plays a significant role in achieving optimal performance. The gut not only aids in the digestion and absorption of nutrients but also influences immune function, inflammation levels, and even mood.

Stool testing along with Micronutrient Testing allows athletes to identify any imbalances or issues within their gut microbiome. By analyzing the composition of bacteria, parasites, yeast, and other microorganisms present in the stool sample, athletes can gain valuable information about their digestive health.

Addressing any imbalances or dysfunctions found through stool testing and micronutrient testing can lead to improved recovery times, enhanced nutrient absorption, reduced inflammation, and ultimately better athletic performance. Athletes who prioritize their gut health may experience:

Increased energy levels

Optimal recovery time

Reduced gastrointestinal distress during exercise

Improved overall well-being

In conclusion, incorporating stool testing and micronutrient testing into an athlete’s routine can provide valuable insights into their gut health. By addressing any imbalances or issues identified through this process, athletes can optimize their recovery process and enhance their performance on the field or court. Prioritizing gut health is not only beneficial for athletes but for anyone seeking to achieve optimal physical well-being.

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Athletes and Altitude

Altitude

A Naturopathic approach to preventing adverse symptoms during endurance competition at elevation.

Altitude can have an impact on the overall well-being and performance. Higher elevations mean lower oxygen concentrations in the atmosphere. Athletes who are not yet adapted to the change in lower oxygen concentrations could present with symptoms such as headache, nausea, insomnia, light-headedness, brain fog, anorexia and more seriously, altitude sickness.

Those who live and/or train at high altitude are better adapted to the lower oxygen concentrations. The physiological adaptations that occur when training at altitude are a performance advantage for the endurance athlete. 

For those athletes who are not yet adapted to the higher altitude, below is a list of strategies to mitigate the potential adverse symptoms associated with competing at high altitude.

Gradual Ascent

The best strategy to prevent high altitude sickness is a gradual ascent to promote acclimatization. Once above 2500m (8,202ft), the altitude at which one sleeps should not be increased by more than 600m (1,968ft) in 24 hrs. and then an extra day should be added for the acclimatization for every increase of 600m to 1200m (3,937ft) in this altitude. For purposes of competing in Mammoth, CA (7,900 ft), it may be a good strategy to find accommodation in Bishop, CA, approximately a 45 minute drive at lower altitude.

The best strategy to prevent high altitude sickness is a gradual ascent to promote acclimatization. Once above 2500m (8,202ft), the altitude at which one sleeps should not be increased by more than 600m (1,968ft) in 24 hrs. and then an extra day should be added for the acclimatization for every increase of 600m to 1200m (3,937ft) in this altitude. For purposes of competing in Mammoth, CA (7,900 ft), it may be a good strategy to find accommodation in Bishop, CA, approximately a 45 minute drive at lower altitude.

Training Technologies: Oxygen and Hydrogen

 

Exercise With Oxygen Therapy

Training strategies such as intentionally lowering oxygen concentrations will allow the body to adapt to the higher altitude by signaling the kidneys to produce a hormone called erythropoietin. This may be accomplished by training at elevation and sleeping in lower elevations. If one does not have access to training at elevation, it is possible to mimic the training at altitude with technologies such as the EWOT. 

EWOT stands for Exercise With Oxygen Therapy.  It is an oxygen device which connects to your breath and acts on the body’s physiology by alternating between oxygen-rich gas (~95% oxygen) to a lower concentration oxygen gas. This is similar to exercising at an altitude of 12,000 feet (~13% oxygen). By alternating between high and low oxygen concentrations, you’re able to simulate a high-altitude workout in short bursts (30 seconds).

Exercise with Oxygen Therapy

H2 Hydrogen Inhalation and Drinking System

Molecular hydrogen has been shown to achieve a number of important benefits. It can improve athletic performance because, via passive diffusion, it quickly reaches subcellular compartments and helps protect proteins, RNA, DNA, mitochondria and cell membranes from damage.

Molecular hydrogen

Herbal Support

 

Ginkgo Biloba

Ginkgo Biloba has been used prophylactically to prevent headaches at altitude. The mechanism of action is unknown. It may block inducible nitric oxide; an antioxidant oxygen radical scavenger; may block platelet-activating factor. Gingko Biloba must be used in caution in pregnant women and individuals on antithrombotic agents.* Studies show, “Ginkgo biloba prevented acute mountain sickness during a gradual ascent to 5000 m and reduced both the symptoms and the incidence of acute mountain sickness by 50 percent during an abrupt ascent to 4100 m.”

When taken prophylactically, 4-5 days before the event, likelihood of headache will decrease.

Gingko Biloba

Cordyceps

Cordyceps has been traditionally used in Asia for strenuous, high altitude activities and as an immune tonic. Additionally it is known for its antioxidant support, DNA-protecting properties, and lung-supporting effects, Cordyceps also supports an engaged and balanced immune response. Cordyceps supports energy, stamina and endurance, promotes healthy respiration, kidney function, brain health with aging and more. Dosing for high altitude varies. Some individuals may start 1 month prior to their high-altitude event at around 2000mg  three times per day. 

Cordyceps

References:

Hackett. “High-Altitude Illness.” New England Journal of Medicine, vol. 198, no. 1, 1928, pp. 50–50, https://doi.org/10.1056/nejm192802231980115.

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