Live with the Grind or End Bruxism for Good

May 1, 2017; By Briana McDonald ( Bruxism is the medical term for tooth grinding, which usually occurs during sleep, often without the person being aware of it. During times of stress a person can grind their teeth without being fully aware of it throughout the day as a way of releasing tension. In some instances infants will even grind their teeth if they are not getting enough nutrients from mothers breastmilk. Over a period, this can lead to TMJ syndrome and the teeth can be pushed out of line or can even fall out. You can live with the grind or end Bruxism for good by getting to the root of the issue.

• Stress
• Allergies
• Nutrient Deficiencies (Magnesium may be the most important.)

Simplify Your Life
We often take on more than we can handle. A great place to start is to incorporate an activity in your day to day that is just for you. A walk in the morning, painting, journaling, or even just 20-30 deep breaths in silence to reflect before you start your day. When a challenge arises simply think to yourself “I am willing to let this be easy” and find space in the places you’ve closed off to let more love in.

Elimination Diet
Eight foods account for about 90 percent of all food-allergy reactions: milk, eggs, peanuts, nuts, wheat/gluten, soy, fish and shellfish.

Elimination diets range in terms of what exact foods are permitted and eliminated, but most will cut out all common allergens, including:
• Gluten
• Dairy
• Soy
• Refined/added sugar
• Peanuts
• Corn
• Alcohol
• Eggs, in some cases
• Usually all packaged, processed or fast foods
Most elimination diets last for about 3–6 weeks. It’s believed that antibodies — the proteins your immune system makes when it negatively reacts to foods — take around three weeks to dissipate. So this is usually the minimum time needed for someone to fully heal from sensitives and to notice improvements in their symptoms. “Even when someone may think that they already eat a healthy diet, if they still battle health issues that they can’t resolve, an elimination diet is usually extremely useful for identifying which suspected foods are truly the cause.” (1.)

Essential Nutrients
• Calcium & Magnesium- 1500-2000mg daily; deficiencies have been linked to tooth grinding
• Vitamin B5- 500 mg twice daily; reduces stress
• Vitamin B Complex- 100 mg of each; necessary for proper nerve function, be sure to use a high stress formula
• Vitamin C with Bioflavonoids- 3000-5000 mg daily; potentiates adrenal function; acts as an anti-stress vitamin.
There are three main factors that contribute to our loss of essential nutrients:
1. Chronic stress
2. Consistent toxic exposure
3. Undernourishment

The best way to combat these forces is to:
• Schedule time for relaxation – make a date with yourself, no matter what! For at least 10 minutes a day spend time doing something you enjoy
• Avoid plastics, use eco-friendly household cleaning products, opt for “green” decor for your home such as untreated natural fibers for furniture, use beauty products made with natural ingredients as most contain lead, aluminum and other toxic metals and eat organic as often as possible to avoid pesticide exposure.
• Eat wholesome foods with a variety of color. Each meal should be nourishing and should be colorful! The less color, the worse it is. Think of all your packaged foods—unless they’re treated with dyes they are all void of color; over processed, synthetic, bularky.

You can live with the grind or end Bruxism for good and take back your life. Small issues can turn into larger ones over time so it’s always best to be proactive.


2. Balch. Phyllis A. “Prescription for Nutritional Healing” The Penguin Group. New York, New York. 2010.


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