Heal Cavities With A Grain-Free Diet

Heal Cavities With A Grain-Free Diet


I know! I hear ya. I would have never believed it myself if we weren’t living proof.


Whole Grains Should Be A Staple of A Healthy Diet = False

Here’s the short story. The Standard American Diet (SAD) consists of mostly grains, and grains don’t provide a whole lot of bioavailable nutrients. We would be in better shape if we all ate ‘that devil meat and potatoes diet’ that we’re always being accused of wrecking our health with.

The nutrients in grains are all stripped away when in their ‘white’ processed form. To make them ‘healthy’ again just eat whole unprocessed grains, right? That’s almost worse because those little plant seeds come with some serious anti-nutrients and cause damage to those with less than ideal digestion.

There’s a reason grains don’t naturally nourish our bodies.

Plants use chemical warfare as their survival mechanism. Their seeds (grains in this case) are meant to travel safely through the digestive tract of animals to be ‘deposited’ somewhere else to grow. No seeds = no future plants.

Anti-nutrients in grains inhibit our natural digestive enzymes, block iron absorption, and bind with good nutrients already in our bodies like much-needed magnesium to then carry them out of your body via the colon (hey wait, I needed that!).

Your body then has to use other vitamins and minerals to try to minimize the harm that the anti-nutrients are causing. It grabs calcium, Vitamin C, and others to neutralize the damage thus enhancing nutrient depletion.

Bacteria Causes Tooth Decay = False

With all of our dental cleanings, sterilizing mouthwashes, and flossing, why are our teeth getting worse instead of better? Bacteria contributes to tooth decay in already weakened and compromised teeth. It does not cause decay in healthy teeth.

Dr. Weston A. Price was the first person to discover this theory of healthy teeth and nutrient-dense diets. His findings have been proven time and time again by doctors, researchers, and everyday laypeople who have permanently healed their teeth.

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Our Downfall

I went on a strict elimination diet in 2008 when my daughter was 3 weeks old and limited myself to very few foods based on growing number of foods she reacted to (hence this blog’s original name: Healing Redefined and counting…).

During this time, I had my first cavity ever…five of them. Katie’s teeth were also in bad shape. My husband blamed her oral hygiene routine (the standard dentist fallback answer), but I knew there was more to it. There were too many health issues to not be all linked.

17 months into a grain-free, nutrient-dense diet and Katie’s cavities have halted their severe decay.

She can now have small amounts of raw dairy and fish, so we have started an intensive routine that uses ultra nutrient-dense foods to heal cavities. Mine are small, so I’ll work on them next.

Proper Preparation of Grains

Those of you familiar with the real food world may cry foul and note that you can eliminate many of the anti-nutrients with properly preparing grains. Yes, if prepared properly, you can remove much of the problem. Our modern methods of doing so are not thorough enough.

To reduce (not eliminate) the anti-nutrients like phytic acid, most grains need a lengthy and involved multi-step process. Different combinations of soaking, sprouting, fermenting, and roasting are the best way to make sure most of the anti-nutrients are removed.

For people with healthy guts that have no health concerns, grains can be a normal part of any diet that focuses on nutrient-dense foods. For the rest of us, they should really hit the road.

Go Grain-Free!

If you, your children, or other loved ones are dealing with tooth decay, grain-free may be the answer you have been looking for.

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Jennifer Nervo is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Reiki Master Practitioner & teacher, and Aromatherapist. Her focus is on digestive, nervous, and immune system dysfunction and the fields of functional nutrition & psychoneuroimmunology. She works with all conditions and diseases including environmental and food allergies, autoimmune diseases, multiple chemical sensitivity, diabetes, eczema, anxiety, weight loss as a symptom of dis-ease, and gut-brain disorders like autism.

When she’s not herding her small troupe of monkeys or seeing clients, her free time is packed with researching and perfecting new wellness techniques (her not-so-secret passion). Jennifer is currently a group leader for the newest class of Nutritional Therapy Practitioners out of Ann Arbor, MI, studying for the national board exam in holistic nutrition, and running a combined distance and brick and mortar practice in metro Detroit. She’s also a homeschooling suburbanite, foodie, and mama to two littles and a schnoodle.

7 thoughts on “Heal Cavities With A Grain-Free Diet”

  • Hi Jennifer,

    I recently heard about fermented CLO, and I am wondering if this form of CLO is necessary to heal and prevent cavities? We have been supplementing with purified CLO and Vit D3 all along, but just wondering if this is just as effective? Or do I NEED to go out and get the fermented version?
    Thanks! Love your site!

    • Kim,

      I don’t think it’s absolutely necessary if you are taking a high-quality oil, but I would try to make sure natural forms of Vitamins A and D are added back in instead of synthetic. Raw and fermented foods are an important part of an optimal diet, so I like the fact that the fermented cod liver oil is both and is a whole food. As soon as parts need to be added back in because they were removed during processing, it stop being a whole food for me. I try to get foods and herbs as pure and minimally processed as possible while we are healing, so don’t feel the pressure to buy the fermented if you feel the brand you buy is good quality. If you notice that it’s not working as well as you would have liked, you can try the fermented cod liver oil and see if you notice better results.

    • We were on the GFCF SAD diet for just over one and a half years. My cavities were found the day after we began making changes to a gut-healing nutrient-dense diet and all had developed between the molars within a few months. I have always been a regular flosser and was 30 at the time.

      In a recent post, I noted that Katie developed further cavities by eating too many sweets and grains during this past holiday season. Focusing on a nutrient-dense diet and removing those sweets and grains allowed them to fully heal also. She no longer has any pain when eating or drinking (it had become significant), and you can physically see where the enamel has hardened over the cavitations and turned bright white.

      The original pioneers of the ‘real food movement’ were dentists. Since they are often the first to see the results of poor health, they were the first to start looking for an answer. Weston A. Price is the most famous and his dedication has given us invaluable information and wisdom that shows us to steer clear of modern, processed foods. I highly recommend reading Nutritional and Physical Degeneration. It should be a part of every doctor’s education.

      Many dentists are now seeing the benefits of a nutrient-dense diet to the teeth and overall health of their patients and some even offer Cure Tooth Decay for them to borrow or purchase. Healthy patients = happy and loyal patients.

  • My son is four years old and has been on a grain and dairy free diet for the last two years due to his autism diagnosis. He has been doing fabulously since taking him off all inflammatory foods and trying to heal his gut. We are already doing the fermented cod liver oil as well. However, I recently noticed two small brown holes on one of his back molars, which look like the beginning of cavities. What would you suggest we do or add in to help heal them? Thanks for this post!

    • I’m so happy to hear how much better he’s doing! Healing teeth are difficult when diet is restricted, because you have to work with getting in the right foods for his deficiencies and correcting malabsorption. We like to add frozen fish eggs and frozen liver ‘pills’ to the mix and make sure to watch sugar intake. An overly acidic body will pull calcium from the bones and teeth to alkalize the blood.

      You can also increase his cod liver intake to 1 teaspoon or tablespoon a day until you notice them calcify. Try giving him digestive enzymes with it (lipase) and beet juice or beet kvass. Beets thins bile to emulsify the fat.

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