We have all heard of the saying “You are what you eat”. This has been adapted to nutritional medicine philosophy of “You are what you absorb”. I’d like to take this one step further as it now becoming clear that “You are what you Host!”
Our body is not just made up of human cells. Contained on, or within, our body thrives a dynamic population of microbes that form a Meta-Organism. For every one human cell there are ten bacterial cells.
In the stomach alone there are over 500 non-human species living together in a Micro biome ecology. All of these microorganisms have evolved with the body. Each of us has a unique Micro biota that stabilises during the first years of life.
The pH of the gut, from the oral cavity to the anus, influences the type of bacteria that can thrive. Many digestive disorders are associated with a pH imbalance creating microbial disharmony, inflammation and a leaky gut.
Colonisation of the gastrointestinal tract begins immediately after birth. There has been evidence of foetal exposure to intestinal bacteria and its DNA. This colonisation is affected by the mother’s Micro biome, birthing technique and initial diet and, of course, the geographical location. It takes the first two years of life to enable full gut colonisation.
What is the purpose of the Micro biota?
Essential vitamins, nutrients, enzymes and synthesis of short chain fatty acids all originate from the gut. The excretion of heavy metals and even conversion of thyroid T4-T3 all happens in the gut. Reduction of inflammation systemically and locally is reduced when the Micro biome increases T cell production.
If the pH of the gut is altered by poor diet, antibiotics, over sanitisation, chlorinated water and toxicity, the single layer of epithelial cells known as the mucosal barrier is damaged and this leads to acute and chronic inflammation. Lactic acid from fermenting commensals in the gut then penetrates the protective gut lining.
In patients with IBS the genetic material detected in the gut is reduced by 25%. If there was a way of recolonising this gut micro flora to a healthy ecology there is a chance of improving the symptoms of all digestive disorders and, as a by-product, improve the production of all of its essential functions.
At Dental Wellness we strive to assess the resting pH of the oral cavity and also advise on beneficial types of hydration and what can have the possibility of negatively affecting the gut micro biome. A healthy oral ph is 6.8-7.2 whereas the stomach is 1-3, the small intestine 4-7.5 and the large bowel 6-7.5
If a patient has been taking antibiotics, we encourage the taking of probiotics. Recently it has been discovered that prolonged use of certain probiotics can have a negative effect on gut health. Many of the probiotics strains ferment to produce lactic acid known as D-Lactate. If the pH is acidic and gut permeability impaired then this lactic acid cross the gut barrier stimulating further inflammation.
We are now recommending D-Lactate free strains of probiotics that also have a positive effect on dental health. A D-Lactate dysbiosis has been linked with conditions such as Chronic Fatigue syndrome and even Autistic spectrum disorders.
The new D-Lactate free probiotic formulas consist of three Lactobacillus strains – Rhamnosus (HN001), Casei (Lc-11) and Salivarius (Ls-33). There has been much research on the effect of Lactobacillus Rhamnosus on the colonisation of Streptococcus Mutans in the oral cavity. This is the bacterium responsible for dental tooth decay. These capsules can be broken open and sprinkled into a baby’s mouth and are also safe during pregnancy. Without this bacteria thriving there can be no tooth decay. Dental Wellness has introduced this product into its preventive regime.
When you drink water or any other refreshment, you need to be aware of its pH level. As you can see, everything we put in to our body has an effect on the natural colonisation of the mouth and gut. This can lead to a higher risk of not just tooth decay and gum disease but also risk chronic debilitating digestive disorders.
A natural product to alkaline the body and a D-Lactate free probiotic will go a long way in helping your ailment but also reducing your risk of dental problems.
I would like to thank the Australian Society of Bioregulatory Medicine for inviting me to listen to Vanessa Hitch BSc (CompMed), ND last week to get a vital insight into the importance of the pH and Microbial Terrain.
Dental Wellness prides itself on integrating scientifically researched natural health products into its dental preventative program.