Have you ever thought about your spit? If you’re like most people, you probably haven’t at all, except for when it becomes annoying (like when you exercise and might have too much of it).
But your spit, or your saliva, to be more exact, is really something you should know a little bit more about. That’s because it’s not just water; it’s an actual indicator not just of the health of your mouth, but the health of your digestive tract. That’s because saliva isn’t just water. It’s enzymes and proteins, minerals and antibacterial compounds.
It helps to balance out the pH levels in your mouth, which in turn protects your teeth. And it also can help to heal wounds and get rid of nasty food chemicals. What more should you know about how your saliva functions and how you can make sure it keeps doing its job?
This graphic explains it.