Whether it's because you want to look and feel your best, avoid sick days and optimize your personal performance, or because you're looking forward to becoming a parent in 2018, Dr. Panahpour has several practical suggestions for everyone with a new year's resolution to become as healthy as possible.
- NOTE: Learn more information about each of these suggestions and find other recommendations for becoming as healthy as possible in Dr. Panahpour's book, "The Good Dentist."
1. Follow a natural diet.
Dr. Panahpour recommends the Weston A. Price diet (dietary guidelines are published on the Weston A. Price Foundation website).
Dr. Panahpour also resonates with Dr. Peter D’Adamo’s approach in his book "Eat Right for Your Blood Type." Dr. D'Adamo emphasizes four different diets for the four different blood types, each with a specific relationship to different types of food.
2. Take supplements.
Given the lack of nutrients in commercial factory farmed food, Dr. Panahpour recommends taking a few high quality, whole food supplements every day. "Our systems adapt to foods and supplements, so shift your diet and supplements every season, because your immune system loves to be challenged," Dr. Panahpour said.
Pro Tip: Find Dr. Panahpour's specific recommended supplements in the final chapter of "The Good Dentist."
3. Sanitize your toothbrush daily.
Your toothbrush can be a haven for the bad bacteria you’re trying to get rid of by brushing your teeth in the first place. Instead of allowing these bad bugs to potentially re-infect your mouth, choose a toothbrush that uses ultraviolet purple light (UV) plasma technology; when you snap the lid shut, the UV light shines on the toothbrush head, killing the bad microbes.
Sanitize your toothbrush daily
Dr. Panahpour recommends Violife UV Sanitizer brushes that use ultraviolet purple light (UV) plasma technology to kill bad bacteria left in your toothbrush head daily.
4. Exercise daily, sweat regularly.
Exercise is one of the fundamentals of good blood circulation, oxygenation and lymphatic flushing. For a healthy mouth and body, you have to exercise and move your whole body on a regular basis.
5. Check your pH monthly.
Did you know that you would never get a cavity if the pH in your mouth never went below 5.5?
Dr. Panahpour recommends every few weeks using a pH testing paper to check the pH of your urine and saliva first thing in the morning when you get up. The ideal pH for healthy teeth is 7.0.
If you have a pH of 5.5 or 5.0, you are going to run into problems with your teeth. In addition to making your teeth more susceptible to bad bacteria, If your pH is that low, your body is probably pulling minerals from your teeth and bones.
Checking your pH at home can help you recognize when your diet has become too acidic, or when you have become mineral depleted, in time for you to do something about it.
6. Find a well-trained holistic, biological / systemic dentist.
Most health-conscious people know they should pay attention to the quality and the source of the food they eat, but most are not aware of the benefits of being just as careful in choosing the materials and techniques used in their dental work.
More information and other recommendations for becoming as healthy as possible can be found in Dr. Panahpour's book, "The Good Dentist."
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