In an interview in the Michael Peres Podcast, health coach Aimee Tariq discusses the importance of the oral microbiome and how one can maximize their health by keeping it healthy and balanced.
Tariq became a bestselling author at the age of 23 with her book “A Life with Health.” She was recently ranked #2 by Forbes in their Top 20 Entrepreneurs list. After suffering a near-death experience for having a heart that would beat faster than 200 beats per minute, Tariq took charge of her life and made health a priority. She now shares her knowledge through her books and social media accounts.
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The missing piece
Tariq is currently writing another book, “Panic! Germs And The Truth Inside American Mouths,” together with Dr. Gladys McGarey, the creator of the word “holistic” and the pioneer behind the whole holistic movement, and Dr. Nicholas Meyers, president of the International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine.
The book aims to make more people aware of the importance of the oral microbiome. “A lot of people don’t realize that the problems in our mouth can affect everything and anything,” Tariq says.
Tariq defines the microbiome as “basically a community of microorganisms, for example bacteria, it includes the good and the bad bacteria.” “When there is an imbalance that’s when problems arise,” she adds.
According to Tariq, an imbalance of the oral microbiome can lead to a number of health issues including chronic fatigue, pregnancy complications, and even diabetes. Taking care of the oral microbiome can, therefore, solve many of our health problems. “This can be the missing piece to many people’s puzzles,” she says.
Although the microbes throughout our bodies are vastly different, they are actually related. “The oral microbiome is related to our gut microbiome,” according to Tariq. “It can even be considered the extension of the gut.”
She adds that the oral microbiome affects the gut microbiome, particularly in how the saliva breaks down food and how we absorb vitamins. And though having pathogens in the mouth may not automatically make people sick, Tariq warns that they can make their way into the bloodstream and stomach and create problems.
How to achieve balance
Tariq emphasizes the importance of keeping a good balance between the good and the bad bacteria in the mouth. “When your microbiome is balanced and a newly introduced pathogen comes inside of it it may not make you sick,” Tariq says. “But if your microbiome is disrupted and imbalanced and already has issues such as inflammation…exposure to the same pathogen has the potential to make you sick. “
Practicing good oral hygiene is important but Tariq warns of using strong oral care products that may contain toxins that can kill both the good and the bad bacteria in the mouth. She recommends choosing a natural prebiotic toothpaste. As for mouthwash, she says a simple saline solution would suffice. Tariq also recommends oil pulling with coconut oil.
Towards the end of the podcast, podcast host Peres also shared some tips on how to achieve healthy homeostasis. He recommends following a fiber-rich plant-based diet, eating fermented foods like kimchi and kombucha, consuming prebiotic-rich foods such as onions, rice, and garlic, consuming probiotic-rich foods such as yogurt, choosing foods rich in polyphenols and antioxidants such as nuts, coffee, and green tea, including collagen in the diet, and limiting sugar intake to deprive the bad bacteria of food.
Peres also reminds everyone to be mindful when it comes to taking antibiotics. While recognizing that the discovery of antibiotics is one of the biggest health breakthroughs in the history of mankind, he also warns that misusing and abusing antibiotics can cause an imbalance in the microbiome. He reminds people to use antibiotics only when needed and as prescribed by a doctor.
Click here to listen to the full episode on The Michael Peres Podcast.
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