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Xylitol to the Rescue!

Posted by Musashi Wednesday, April 21, 2010 7:05 AM

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Just thought I would drop some advice for reducing tooth decay today. Here are a few simple steps that can possibly save you thousands on dental expenses. First I have to note the disclaimer first, LOL:
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Now that the legal jargon is out of the way, let's get into it. First off, tooth decay is actually a disease cause by bacterial metabolism. The bacteria consume sugar, and produce acid as a by product. This acid eats away at the enamel and eventually the teeth causing dental caries most commonly cavities. Now that we understand this situation, let's figure out how we can protect ourselves from this acidic incursion.

The first thing I would advise is reducing sugar intake(thanks, Captain Obvious). If the bacteria do not have a food supply (or minimal food supply). Then metabolism and acid production is minimized as well. Secondly, if you're addicted to sugar like most Americans, I would recommend supplementing the sugar with an all natural sugar substitute that's actually great for your tooth and mat reduce the risk of tooth decay all together! Xylitol is just as sweet as sugar and is a 1:1 replacement. Xylosweet, made by Xlear, is an all natural 100% xylitol sweetener contains nothing else unlike most other sweeteners.

For more information on Xylitol please visit Xylitol.org and Xlear.com

Triclo-what?! vs. Xylitol

Posted by Musashi Tuesday, April 20, 2010 12:31 PM

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Good Afternoon All! I was reading over some new dental information released recently and came across something I HAD to talk about! Its called Triclosan, you may or may not have heard of it. Its typically found in household cleaners as an antibacterial agent and a dental study recently bragged about its antibacterial characteristics for mouths. Sounds like a good thing right? Wrong, I did a little research on this stuff and evidence has mounted that it is contaminating people and the environment, and could result in a new breed of deadly 'super bugs' (bacteria capable of resisting antibiotics). The environmental regulatory agencies in Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark have all voiced concern about the chemical. And the United Kingdom is having it removed from their shelves indefinitely. Canada is currently working on getting legislation passed to have it removed as well.
Now let's weigh in on the all natural alternative, Xylitol. Xylitol comes from cornstalks and birch trees and has been around for over 100 years, you may recognize it as one of the ingredients in your chewing gum. Xylitol helps prevent cavities in two ways. The first, it prevents the acid producing bacteria(that break down tooth enamel) from adhering to the teeth. As a result the bacteria move down the digestive tract and out of the body. The second, the bacteria that remain try to ingest the Xylitol, but get indigestion (for lack of a better term), and some starve as a result.
I've read some concerns about Xylitol being 'toxic for dogs, so what's it doing to me' scenarios. Since it seems to be publicized more and more, I'll address this as well. Dog's livers aren't 'built' to process sugar alcohols like Xylitol, consequently they may go into hypoglycemic shock as their body pours insulin into their blood stream to manage the five carbon sugar alcohol. A simple analogy is that dog's digestive tracts cannot handle the variety of items that we consume just as we cannot eat the same things that they consume.
So it looks like this was a 'knock-out' fight with Xylitol as the Xlear(clear, the industry's known Xylitol Expert) winner.

Lenni and Lexi Birthdays!

Posted by Musashi Sunday, April 18, 2010 8:09 PM

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Today I was in invited to take a few at shots at Lenni's and Lexi's birthday party out in West Jordan. A beautiful Spring Sunday made for a great setting : ]

Just Say No to Aspartame

Posted by Musashi Tuesday, April 6, 2010 7:21 AM

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I came across this new video that is finally moving the aspartame carcinogen link from 'urban legend' status to a clinically researched and PhD supported theater. This long overdue! In addition to being in all those addictive sodas (which I don't drink anyway : ]), aspartame has also been added to a number a sugar free gums claiming to clean your mouth because they have Xylitol in them. Spry gum by Xlear is the only Xylitol gum with an effective amount of Xylitol in it. Not only that Spry gum does NOT contain ANY aspartame. So next time you want to 'keep your dirty mouth clean' reach for the all natural, aspartame-FREE, Spry gum. If you aren't very familiar with Xylitol checkout Xylitol.org.