The Gatekeeper

Your mouth: The Gatekeeper to Nutrition

By Alison Logee, RDH, Ayurvedic Practitioner

Good nutrition is the building block for oral and general health. Your mouth is the pathway to the rest of your body, so if you are having trouble chewing due to sore teeth, irritated gums or tongue, your appetite, diet and nutritional status will be directly affected.

These kinds of discomforts inhibit your ability to chew well. As a result the proper break down of food will not take place, digestion will be poor and proper nutrients will not be absorbed efficiently. It is important to see your Dentist or Dental Hygienist to evaluate the state of these oral disturbances so that an appropriate treatment plan may be implemented.

In the meantime and as long as you want to support your digestive system on a permanent basis, here are a few suggestions to facilitate easy digestion and prevent the buildup of gas, (toxins): Kitchari is a mung dal and rice dish that not only detoxifies the body but is easy to digest. Cook your fruits, like a compote with no added sugar. Steam your vegetables but leave a crisp. Eat at the same time daily. Lunch should be your largest meal of the day when your digestive fire is at its strongest. Do not eat late at night, while standing, or on the run. It is also important that your previous meal has been fully digested.

Taking time to be in the moment and appreciating your food will relax your body and your digestive system will effortlessly and efficiently receive the food. Proper digestion is the foundation for a healthy body, healthy mind and healthy mouth.