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Live Foods Can Keep You HealthyImage Courtesy of: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raw_foodism

Live Foods Can Feel You Snapping At Their Heels

In this article you will learn:

1) How Do Live Foods Begin Digestion

2) How Can Live Foods Clean Your Teeth Naturally

3) How Will Live Foods Cut Stinky Breath

 

 How Live Foods Begin Digestion

In my opinion, the healthier foods overall, tend most often to be the partially cooked and raw types of foods. As you eat raw foods especially vegetables you will release enzymes from the cells that make up the vegetables. These enzymes aid in the chemical reactions, which result in digestion. Your body also releases its own enzymes in response to chewing. Amylase enzymes are released to break down starches into sugars, and lipase enzymes are released to begin fat breakdown. These enzymes will also help to digest any food you your have eaten previously and have not yet swallowed. Including the food leftovers hiding in crevices and recesses around your teeth.

The act of chewing live or raw foods primes the body for the rest of the digestive process. As you begin to taste your food during chewing your stomach gets ready to receive it by releasing hydrochloric acid. The act of chewing also signals the pancreas to get ready to release enzymes into the small intestines as well as bicarbonate.

Live foods are great for living healthy, but there are some great supplements you could use as an alternative. These supplements work in the same way, to clean your teeth and get rid of stinky breath.

How Live Foods Clean Your Teeth Naturally

Chewing firmer foods also stimulates copious saliva flow. The more saliva produced the less likely that residual food would cling to the teeth.

Raw foods have an amazing range of firmness from soft grapes to hard carrots and other root vegetables. The harder foods will clean teeth as you chew. The more firm the food, the more chewing it requires to be easily digested. And the more you chew the more likely soft carbohydrate food materials clinging to the sides of your teeth can be displaced. So the act of chewing firm foods can actually reduce residual dental plaque (bacteria growing on leftover foods).

Now when you look at your teeth in a mirror after a meal you’ll probably still have a good reason to rinse your mouth immediately. It’s likely you’ll find lots of bits and pieces of foodstuff left on your teeth.

Vegetables, however, are much lower in sugar content than the carbohydrates in bread, crackers, cookies, and cakes. So if they displace the clingy carbohydrates from your teeth, you have moved in a positive direction. Rinse at a minimum. Brush if you can.

How Live Foods Cut Stinky Breath

Garlic and onions are a major cause of offensive breath odor because they contain high concentrations of sulfur compounds that are particularly noxious. Scientific studies indicate that most of the offensive odor emanates initially from the mouth and then later from the gut. No surprise here. There are foods that will attack sulfur-based compounds on contact.

Mushrooms are known to have positive benefits controlling stinky sulfur compounds. The Champignon also known as the Button mushroom or White Button Pizza mushroom is readily available in most grocery stores waiting for you to add it to your diet. Enjoy it along with your garlic and onions may reduce your offensive breath.

Whole milk is significantly more effective than water in its deodorizer effect on sulfur compounds in your mouth. Food scientists recommend consuming milk during the eating of garlic to aid in deodorizing the sulfur compounds.

Parsley-A Great Natural Breath Freshener

Ever wonder what to do with the piece of parsley that is placed on your plate to make the rest of the food look good? It’s part of the presentation of your meal, but it is also great to help mask food odors. Go ahead and pop it into your mouth and chew it up completely at the end of your meal. It’s a great natural breath freshener.

Green leafy vegetables such as cilantro, basil, and spinach can also be eaten raw and will have a similar effect on breath odor. Whether it is the deodorizing effect of chlorophyll in the leaves or other enzymes released during chewing or polyphenols the result is the same, a major reduction in breath odor.

And according to nutritionist David Grotto, author of The Best Things You Can Eat, cherries and lettuce have similar properties. I would opt for the highly colored varieties of lettuce as opposed to iceberg lettuce, which contains little nutrition.

Foods Loaded With Polyphenols Are Great Breath Deodorants

Green tea extract, loaded with polyphenols, is also found to be very effective for removing stinky sulfur compounds causing bad breath. And live foods also contain varying amounts of polyphenols and polyphenol-based compounds, which act very similar to the chemicals, found in green tea extract. Usually the more highly colorful the vegetables selected, the greater the polyphenol content.

Even after all of this food choice encouragement, if you really want to stay ahead of your peers, it still pays to rinse, brush or find another way to clean your teeth as soon after a meal as possible.