Nutritional Scanning in Bountiful, UT
Because what you eat and how you digest what you eat ultimately determine the health of your mouth – as well as the rest of your body – we are concerned with your nutrition and digestion.
A key factor in the health of your gums and teeth is the number of antioxidants in your body. Antioxidants are substances in food and supplements that help the body resist degeneration. Some common antioxidants include: vitamin C, vitamin A, and vitamin E. One of the easiest ways to see if you are getting enough antioxidants into your system is by completing a blue light scan from our Everest scanner. A 90 second scan will let you see how many carotenoids are in your skin. Research shows that people who consume foods rich in carotenoids are healthier and have fewer chronic illnesses (British Journal of Nutrition, 1998).
We also utilize the Symptom Survey from Nutritec. The Symtpom Survey assesses the digestive system to see where deficiencies in nutrition exist, and helps make recommendations for their correction.
Dr. Wall encourages good nutrition and digestion. One of the most common problems with nutrition and digestion is a carbohydrate-heavy diet. Carbohydrates should be balanced with proteins and good fats. A good rule of thumb is 40% carbohydrates, 30% fats, and 30% protein for meals and snacks.Carbohydrates are essential to life, and are a critical energy source. If they are consumed alone, however, they can cause the blood sugar to spike, which places an undue burden on the pancreas and adrenal glands.
Carbohydrates balanced with proteins will create a much healthier and less stressful blood sugar profile. A balanced meal or snack will also prevent sympathetic overdrive (fight or flight response).It is important to eat 5-6 times each day, in order to maintain a healthy blood sugar level.
It is also important not to skip meals, especially breakfast. Skipping meals (unless you are fasting) places a heavy burden on the liver, pancreas, and adrenal glands. This burden then leads to an acidic oral pH, which can lead to dental decay and oral breakdown.
Some of the symptoms of blood sugar problems include: excessive appetite, awakening after a few hours of sleep (and difficult to get back to sleep), irritable before meals, feeling fatigued (relieved by eating), hungry between meals, craving candy or coffee in the afternoons.Dr. Wall subscribes to Dr. Mercola’s upside down food pyramid. More information about Dr. Mercola can be found here.