I just finished reading Cure Tooth Decay by Ramiel Nagel. The book delves into the research of Dr. Weston A. Price, a dentist who discovered that native cultures who ate foods prepared in a traditional way had almost no incidents of tooth decay. Nagel even goes as far to say you can prevent and stop decay as well as heal your teeth through nutrition. I am currently following the protocols in the book for my own teeth as well as for my son who has what appears to be a small cavity in one of his molars.
Part of the protocol for healing your teeth includes increasing phosphorous and calcium in your diet. Certain nuts and seeds have high amounts of phosphorous in them. However, these nuts and seeds also contain phytates which binds up the phosphorous and makes them unavailable for our digestion. In order to reduce the phytates, we have to soak the nuts and seeds in an acidic medium. You can often buy soaked (or spouted) seeds at your local health food stores, or a more frugal method is to soak them yourself. I created this simple nut mix, high in phosphorous, for myself and my son to snack on and toss on salads. Don’t let the soaking time sway you from trying it.
Nut & Seed Mix for Strong Teeth
1/2 cup of raw cashews
1/2 cup of raw pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup of raw sunflower seeds
1 1/2 tsps sea salt
- Put the cashews, pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds into a medium size bowl.
- Pour enough filtered water in to cover the seeds.
- Add the salt and stir it up.
- Let soak for 6 hours. *For ideal phytate reduction you should soak the pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds for 18 hours, however the cashews should not be soaked for more than 6 or 7 hours lest they become bitter or grimy.
- Drain the nuts and seeds in a collander and lay out flat on a baking sheet. If you live somewhere warm they can air dry. You can also put them in the oven with just the oven light on to dry them out. Plan for at least 12-24 hours for the nuts to completely dry out.
- Store in an airtight container and enjoy! I like to sprinkle a little sea salt on ours and pair it with some cold, raw milk cheddar cheese cubes.
For more information on phytates and how to prepare food to get the maximum nutrition from it, check out this article.