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Xylitol Glossary of Prevention and Benefits
|Xylitol, a relatively new, natural preventative is relatively unheard of by the public, yet it affects our lives on an everyday basis. In fact, we are more familiar with it than we know-at least our bodies are. Our bodies produce about 15 grams of xylitol on a daily basis, and yet most of us do not know how beneficial it is to our bodies.
Only recently has Xylitol been used as the dominant ingredient in preventative solutions and medicines, but it is about time we understood what xylitol is and what it can do for us. In an effort to familiarize mothers; families; business men and women; and everyone with eyes, ears, mouth, and nose; with xylitol, I have formulated this article into a glossary of xylitol, its preventative power, and its other benefits.
Xylitol looks and tastes exactly like sugar. It is a crystalline substance found not only in the human body but also in most fruits and vegetables. But it is totally sugar free. Its benefits are confirmed by doctors and dentists, and the FDA has placed it in its safest food additive rating. In addition, xylitol continues to receive endorsements from national and international dental and medical associations.
Xylitol has been found so beneficial that it has been made the leading ingredient in chewing gum, nasal spray, and often as a sugar substitute or a sweetener.
Because xylitol naturally keeps bacteria from settling on sensitive tissue in the ears, nose, mouth, and throat, it is ideal for prevention of common problems experienced by children and adults alike.
Often bacteria really begins working in our mouths shortly after we eat, consuming sugars and producing acids which create dental caries and tooth decay, leaving a cavity close to the gums in the enamel of the tooth.
Simply using chewing gum not only with xylitol, but with xylitol as the leading ingredient prevents bacteria from eating at the teeth, keeping your teeth safe between brushes and flosses.
We may not know how much sugar is in everything we eat. Think about breakfast cereal, which is one of the most common breakfast foods for both children and adults. In the rare circumstance a cereal does not contain sugar, we may add it or have sugar in our coffee and tea instead. For the entire day that sugar in our mouths is preyed upon acid-producing bacteria. Even a xylitol natural sweetener will provide the preventative power your mouth needs throughout the day.
Another common problem is caused by post nasal drip. The fluid that drains from the nose often builds in the sinuses or the throat, creating the perfect breeding ground for sinusitis or sinus infection. A simple sinus headache, created by sinus pressure, may be on of the first sinus infection symptoms you notice. The nasal congestions may build to the point of experiencing more than just pressure and headaches. Nasal problems may lead to sinus surgery.
In addition to having a nasal problem or a sinus problem, an ear problem may also arise. The ear and the nose are connected by the Eustachian tube, which is also susceptible to fluid collection, especially with allergies or after bathing or swimming. Normally the fluid drains into the nose, but it sometimes gets caught and builds up, causing various forms of otitis media or ear infection. The adult ear infection and inner ear infection are other forms of otitis media and develop in similar ways.
The infections cause swelling and a terrible ear ache may form as the first ear infection symptom. We may not realize how simple prevention really is. We are used to washing our hand before every meal and when ever they get dirty in order to avoid germs and bacteria. Since bacteria can settle in our ears, nose and throat at any time, the use of a xylitol nasal spray on a regular basis is just as important as washing our hands in order to prevent the afore-mentioned symptoms and infections, including an upper respiratory infection.
Because xylitol is sugar free, and because of the way xylitol is absorbed so slowly by the body, and only partially used, it contains 40% fewer calories than other carbohydrates-perfect for those concerned about net carbs.
Diabetics do not have to be deprived of sweeteners in their food. Sugar free sweetener helps to keep blood sugar low. In addition, xylitol helps influence low sugar alcohol levels. As you can see, xylitol is good for more than an earache.
New benefits and clinical studies will continue to surface, and a xylitol education is an important part of prevention. After all, prevention is the best medicine.
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