If you’ve read our latest e-book on Healthy Sinuses, you have learned a great deal about how to improve sinus health in adults that you can apply to your kids’ ears. But there is another “secret weapon” that we want to tell you about.
It kills bacteria and it tastes like sugar. What could be better?! With numerous research studies backing up its positive effects on reducing ear infections.
What is it?? I am talking about xylitol. Read more about it here:
Benefits of Xylitol
- Helps decrease the incidence of dental caries/cavities
- Fights plaque buildup and neutralizes plaque acids on teeth
- Reduce rates of ear infections in children
- An ideal sweetener for diabetics and those with candida
- Doesn’t raise insulin, disrupt blood sugar imbalance or feed yeast overgrowth like table sugar
- Increases satiety
- May promote bone health
- 40% fewer calories than sugar
- Made of birch bark and corn husks.
Preventing Middle Ear Infections
Consuming eight to ten (1 tsp) grams of xylitol per day led to a 30% decrease in ear infections (otitis media) in children after two to three months of use.7 Xylitol was well tolerated by the children. Researchers believe that xylitol used regularly helps inhibit the growth of Streptococcus pneumoniae as well as the attachment of both pneumococci and Haemophilus influenzae to the nasopharyngeal cells, thus helping to prevent infection
Fighting Tooth Decay
Xylitol may be one of the most valuable natural ways we have to help maintain healthy teeth. Cavities are formed when the wrong bacteria are allowed to grow in our mouth. Regular sugar needs to be avoided for healthy teeth and gums, because sugar feeds the bacteria that destroy our teeth. Xylitol, however, does not feed these bacteria. What’s more, xylitol interferes with many of the destructive elements that cause cavities.
To read the full techsheet click on this link: Xylitol Techsheet
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5. Salminen, The Effects of Xylitol on the Secretion of Insulin and Gastric Inhibitory Polypepetide in Man and Rats. Diabetologia, 1982. 22.6: p. 480-482.
6. Shafer, R.B., et al., Effects of xylitol on gastric emptying and food intake. Am J Clin Nutr, 1987. 45(4): p. 744-7.