Hello Dr. Phillips,
I know you’re very busy regarding your business and your practice, and I would like to know if you could answer a few questions regarding Zellies xylitol. I’ve been on your system for over one year now and have had great results, but their a few concerns regarding the use of xylitol and the effects it has on me. Here are the questions that I have for you:
I have been diagnosed with Fructose Malabsorbtion and Avocado allergies which fall under the Birch Tree allergy. I cannot really eat fruit or sugar alcohols which seem to cause digestive problems even in small amounts. I believe when I ingest xylitol (Zellies mints, gums and granules) after eating and in between meals, it’s somehow prevents me from absorbing the nutrients from my meals. I’ve noticed ever since I have been using xylitol some of my fingernails have become flat with vertical lines which my doctor has said my be due some type of malabsorption. My question is this, do I have to ingest xylitol to be effective or can I use it like a mouth rinse similar to ACT mouthwash. Example: use a couple of packets of Zellies granules in 16oz of Fiji Water and use this throughout the day as a mouth rinse, holding the water solution for 3-5 minutes in my mouth mixing and swooshing it with my saliva and then spitting it out, instead of ingesting it? I don’t eat anything acidic and my saliva is usually 6.8 to 6.9 ph and I only drink Fiji Water as my only liquid throughout the day. I really don’t want to give up using xylitol to protect my teeth, as I have seen great results, any information or your opinion would be great!
I would seriously doubt that xylitol has any impact on your condition – since the body makes 15 grams of xylitol during the metabolic process each day. However, if you prefer to make it into a solution – rinse and spit – that will work just as well.
I am assuming your physician has put you on good probiotics. Maybe down the road you can start adding a tiny bit of xylitol back into your diet. It is a good “prebiotic” food – and my experience was that it has many general health healing properties.
You must do what you feel is best for you – but yes, your teeth will be happy however you use xylitol. Remember that oral health has a huge impact on general health – so that keeping your mouth healthy with my system would be wonderful for all your health concerns.