Coconut Oil and Your Teeth

June 4th, 2016

Cutting out toxins however possible has been my main focus in trying to live the healthiest lifestyle that I can. One product that has a lot of toxins in it is toothpaste. Conventional toothpastes contain toxins as; triclosan, fluoride, and sodium laureate sulfate (SLS). Triclosan is an antibacterial pesticide that can lead to antibiotic resistance. It is also an endocrine disruptor, which can cause the growth of various cancers, low birth weight in babies, fetal bone malformations, and the early onset of puberty in girls. Fluoride is a neurotoxin, which studies have shown to cause a serious form of bone cancer called osteosarcoma. Fluoride has also been linked to kidney damage, debilitation of the endocrine system, hypothyroidism, and cognitive damage. SLS is a chemical which has been linked to cancer, neurotoxicity, organ toxicity, skin irritation, and endocrine disruption.

Fortunately, there are other options out there. There are all natural toothpastes that do not contain any of these toxins. However, if you want something completely organic and trustworthy you can always make your own coconut oil toothpaste. Some benefits of making your own coconut oil toothpaste is that it doesn’t contain any chemicals, it is effective in killing cavity-causing bacteria, there are no harmful foaming agents, it is inexpensive, and it is easy to make.

Coconut Oil Toothpaste Recipe

  • 1 small jar
  • 6 Tbs baking soda (cleans and whitens teeth)
  • 2 packets of organic stevia or xylitol (fights tooth decay)
  • 40 drops of peppermint oil
  • 6 Tbs organic, cold-pressed coconut oil
  • 4 tsp glycerin

 

 

 


Are You Using Real Olive Oil?

June 2nd, 2016

Olive oil has many health benefits which is why it is a key component to cooking healthy meals. Olive oil is a heart healthy fat called a monounsaturated fat, which is proven to keep your arteries in good health. Olive oil has the ability to prevent strokes resulting from a clogged artery by up to 70%. Hormonal changes that occur as the result of pregnancy or menopause can cause osteoporosis. Oleuropein, a phenolic component of olive oil, fights osteoporosis and keeps bones healthy. Olive oil can regulate blood sugar levels and reduce insulin resistance, which makes it an even better diet choice than a low-fat diet for those worried about diabetes. Olive oil (in high doses) has also been linked to a lower risk of developing depression.

HOWEVER, olive oil can only positively impact your health if you are using the real thing. A sad reality is that a staggering 70% of olive oil sold in stores is not the real thing. There a few ways you can make sure the olive oil you purchase is pure.

  • Make sure it is labeled as 100% pure and organic.
  • You can get it from a local source, if you are lucky to have one.
  • Look for a seal of approval from The International Olive Oil Council.
  • Check for a harvested date on the bottle.
  • Make sure it is cold-pressed olive oil.

The Best Soup to Fight a Cold

May 18th, 2016

My son is in kindergarten and since December has come home with AT LEAST 4 different cold viruses. We usually try to fight off the nasty side effects of a cold through various home remedies. One such home remedy is good ole chicken soup. However, I like to add garlic to the soup for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. I also like to add some cruciferous greens, because they contain high doses of vitamins A and C and are also great antioxidants. Enjoy my recipe below!

Chicken Soup to Combat the Common Cold (remember to use organic ingredients to get the best results!)

2 Tbsp organic coconut oil
Salt and pepper as needed for taste
3 lbs skinless, boneless chicken breast
3 large leeks, cleaned and sliced thin
3 carrots, diced into small cubes
3 celery sticks, chopped small
6 cloves garlic, diced small
2 tsp fresh thyme, minced
2 tsp minced rosemary
2 Tbsp flour
6 cups low sodium chicken stock
4 cups of chard, kale, beet greens, all sliced
1/4 cup parsley, chopped


Emotional Health

May 18th, 2016

Physical health is indeed very important but often times emotional health is overlooked when it is just as important. Without emotional health we can become depressed and our physical health can decline rapidly. It is important to take care of ourselves emotionally but often times life can throw some real hurdles in the way that can make it very hard to remain rational and sane, especially when these life hurdles involve those we really love.

Alain de Botton has been my favorite author for almost 20 years and he does an amazing job of writing about a variety philosophical and psychological issues revolving around emotional health and well-being. He often asks us important questions and gets down to the nitty gritty of the dilemmas we face in our daily lives. In addition, he helps give insight into not only how we perceive certain situations but how others (especially those we love) perceive the same situations so we can better understand ourselves and those around us.

Recently, I went through an insanely emotional and life-altering event. I found myself not eating, getting sick, and closing myself off from everyone I loved. I isolated myself because I felt so emotionally drained and incapable of giving anyone anything more that I had of myself- at least at that time. When I started to feel a little better I began reading again and watching Alain de Botton’s School of Life videos. I came across one video that really opened my eyes about why I repeatedly find myself in this same emotionally daunting situation. I realized how to probably avoid it in the future if I really wanted to keep my sanity and emotional health intact.

Enjoy.


The Importance of Eating Organic

May 18th, 2016

If you are thinking about going organic the video below may really help you make that final leap in changing your lifestyle. Pesticides and other toxins from conventional foods accumulate in your body, which can lead to serious health risks. Eating organic for just two weeks can rid your body of most of the harmful toxins it has stored.


Got Matcha?

May 18th, 2016

I will admit that I have never had matcha and this is because my diet does not allow me to consume caffeine. However, I do know that matcha tea is a great drink for those that need caffeine in their daily lives but want something MUCH healthier and with less side effects. Learn about the great health benefits of matcha tea in the video below!


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