Detoxify With Natural Toothpaste

By: Dr. Michael Lam, MD, MPH; Justin Lam, ABAAHP, FMNM


Support your health with a natural toothpasteStarting to incorporate more natural products into your daily routine can be a very rewarding experience. They are safer for your body and more gentle as well. Natural toothpaste is a wonderful and easy-to-make substitute for products that are often full of chemicals and can have high levels of toxicity. Exposure to different toxic substances over time can lead to health issues ranging from high inflammation to a poorly functioning stress response. This is why maintaining low toxicity levels is so important.

What’s Wrong with Traditional Toothpaste?

Detoxification is an important aspect of overall health. Reducing chemical and toxin exposure is a key part of helping your body detoxify and avoid health issues stemming from toxic overload. The concept of detoxification is a natural medicine approach to alleviating many health issues and limiting exposure to chemical toxins. Natural toothpastes have fewer toxins than the traditional variety.

It is important to consider hygiene products because of how frequently we use them. Brushing your teeth is an everyday activity that occurs multiple times a day as well. This means ongoing exposure to fluoride, triclosan, and sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), just to name a few.

While these chemicals all have their purpose in helping you clean your teeth, they can also have long-term negative effects on the body.

Fluoride can accumulate over time in your body tissues and cause endocrine dysfunction. This can lead to fatigue and neurological disorders, although the full extent of its damage is not known.

Triclosan is normally added to toothpaste to help fight plaque and gum disease. However, there are also possible links to antibiotic resistance and thyroid dysfunction over time.

The risks might not be worth the benefits when there is natural toothpaste to use instead of commercially manufactured products. There isn’t a silver bullet that can solve all of your potential problems with high toxicity, but making the choice to start with simple changes can go a long way towards helping your overall health.

Toxicity in Toothpaste Could Affect Adrenal Function

How a natural toothpaste is less toxic than an over the counter toothpasteWith the high levels of stress and toxicity in today’s world, many people suffer from what’s called Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome (AFS). This condition could be caused by stress and anxiety or an unhealthy diet. AFS occurs when the adrenal glands, located on top of the kidneys, are overworked and unable to recover fast enough to keep up with the demand placed on them.

AFS is directly related to the NeuroEndoMetabolic (NEM) Stress Response that the body uses to combat negative stimuli, whether emotional or physical. The adrenal glands are the main workhorse of this response to the challenge of stress. The NEM comprises several systems that work together, beginning with neurotransmitters, leading to hormone release, and resulting in physical response. When the NEM is triggered on a frequent basis, it can result in AFS, because there is so much pressure put on the adrenal glands during the process.

The adrenal glands have the task of helping to regulate blood sugar levels, cardiovascular activity, cholesterol uptake, and digestive health. When you put all of this together, unhealthy adrenals are a big impediment to feeling well. AFS contributes to lethargy, anxiety, brain fog, and can also have a negative effect on inflammation and chronic health problems.

But how does natural toothpaste come into the picture? The answer is simple. Toxicity has a negative impact on AFS recovery, and most commercially available toothpastes contain a host of toxic chemicals.

There is no way to completely eliminate our exposure to toxins, but it’s important to limit the toxic contact that we have.

Even though everyone suffers from some level of toxic exposure, it’s important to choose a starting point to get on the path to detoxification. Natural toothpaste is a great place to get started when you’re looking for a way to begin cleansing your body.

It is important to note that everyone is at a different level of physical health, and in some cases where AFS is advanced, recovery will not be easy. If you think that you have entered into an advanced stage of AFS and are concerned about how to best approach recovery, please contact your healthcare professional to ensure that the changes you are making are the best choices for you. You can never be too careful when tackling major health issues like AFS.

How to Make Natural Toothpaste

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup baking soda
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp peppermint extract (or 15 drops peppermint essential oil)
  • filtered water

Preparation Instructions:

  • Mix baking soda, salt, and peppermint
  • Add water very slowly until desired consistency is met

Safety and Concerns

A Natural toothpaste with a safe amount of baking sodaOne of the first things that people are concerned about when considering natural toothpaste is whether the baking soda will be abrasive for their teeth. Surprisingly, baking soda has been found to be less abrasive than traditional commercial toothpaste. That’s good news for everyone because baking soda is very inexpensive and works wonderfully for cleaning teeth. Using a small amount and mixing with a bit of water in the mouth can also help avoid abrasiveness.

Another common concern is with the safety of using essential oils in toothpaste. This is reasonable because essential oils are not meant for consumption and can be dangerous when consumed. Even though you aren’t eating the toothpaste, that doesn’t mean that you won’t be getting any of it into your system. While essential oils seem to be a better health choice for trace levels of exposure than chemical ingredients in traditional toothpaste, you can make up your own mind. If you don’t feel like essential oils are a good choice, you can always use peppermint extract for cooking or forego the mint altogether.

Finally, and most importantly, people want to know if it works. It does. Some people contend that it works even better than store-bought toothpaste. There is no increase in cavities or in any related complications from using the natural alternative cited in this article. However, if you are concerned, you could always ask your dentist.

Please note, however, that everyone is different, and just because this works for one person doesn’t mean that it will necessarily work for you. There are also special cases where people have doctor recommended toothpaste for a specific oral health condition. Make an educated and informed choice when making changes in the care of your teeth. Oral health is extremely important, and poor oral health is related to chronic illness as well as heart disease. Make sure you choose what’s best for you.

Conclusion

Even though this natural toothpaste recipe is a great start to detoxification, it’s not the only way. To rid your body of toxins, you need to consider a dietary approach as well as lifestyle changes. However, this is important to implement if you are attempting to recover from AFS and need to clean out your system.

This isn’t a fad or rarely used item. Natural toothpaste is something you can use for the rest of your life. At the very least, you will know one toxic substance isn’t going into your body on a daily basis. That will be a great thing for you mentally and physically so that you can look to the future with positivity and hope.

 
© Copyright 2017 Michael Lam, M.D. All Rights Reserved.


Dr. Lam’s Key Question

Children are even more susceptible to toxic exposure than adults. For this reason, kids get the same benefits from using natural toothpaste as adults, but it makes more of an impact in kids. Switching to natural toothpaste can help the whole family.


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