Whiten Teeth Naturally by Oil Pulling


Oil pulling is a method of swishing oil around in your mouth in order to detoxify your body. Among the many purported beneficial things oil pulling does for the body is making your teeth whiter and stronger. I can say from personal experience that oil pulling really is an effective way to naturally whiten your teeth, strengthen your gums, and improve your overall oral hygiene.

Whiten Teeth Naturally by Oil Pulling

Your teeth won't look significantly whiter immediately. It will take patience and oil pulling at least once a day for several days before you see results. If you're a heavy coffee or tea drinker, or smoker (which is ironic, if you're interested in salubrious living), it will take even longer. However, it is a far superior and healthier method of whitening your teeth than going to the dentist. Not to mention, cheaper.

From my personal experience, after oil pulling for a week, my teeth became noticeably whiter and brighter. Being an avid coffee-drinker myself, I noticed some stubborn minor stains around the edges of my teeth also disappeared over time. My gums also felt a lot healthier, and I could definitely feel how much more firmly rooted my teeth were in my bite. I've read that oil pulling even helps promote the re-mineralization of tooth enamel, which would also contribute to stronger and white teeth. I don't know if this has been the case for me, but I have definitely felt the tiny spaces between some teeth become tighter after I began oil pulling. This may have been a result of either the re-mineralization or stronger gums, or both. Oil pulling is also a great way of flushing out stubborn plaque or debris that floss isn't always able to get to.


I currently oil pull for about 20 minutes once every 1-2 days, which isn't very often, compared to others. I've read that some people are able to oil pull for an hour at a time, two or three times a day! But don't worry, you don't need to make that big a commitment in order to obtain whiter teeth the natural way. Try doing this just once a day, and you'll find you will eventually have whiter teeth. You'll also have stronger, healthier gums, something that no dentist can do for you.

If you'd like to know more about oil pulling and how to do it, click here!

How to Make Ginger Tea


Ginger is one of those wonderful herbs that is filled with things that are beneficial to the human body, and is also commonly used to relieve all sorts of illnesses and discomforts. It has natural anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antiseptic qualities, among many, many other beneficial characteristics. It is also great for increasing the body's blood circulation by relaxing the blood vessels, relieving headaches, easing stomach aches, combating nausea and motion sickness, and reducing menstrual pain. I could go on and on.

Still, not everyone enjoys ginger, and even for those who do, it can still be rather difficult to incorporate in your diet all the time. This is why I'm posting a recipe for ginger tea, which tastes great and is an easy way to get a regular intake of ginger.

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You'll Need:

- ginger root
- drinking water
- brown sugar (optional)

Directions:


How to Make Ginger Tea1. Cut up a piece of ginger root into about a half dozen thin slices (or more, if you like your drink very spicy).
 
2. Pour 2-3 cups of drinking water into a pot, and add the slices of ginger.









How to Make Ginger Tea
3. Bring the water to a boil.















4. If you like your drink sweet, turn off the heat, and add two tablespoons of brown sugar. Feel free to add more or less, depending on how sweet you like your drink.










How to Make Ginger Tea
5. Pour the mixture into a mug (you may want to strain out the ginger slices), and enjoy!
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This is a very comforting drink to have on a cold day, or if you just need a little pick me up. Ginger tea can be quite potent, so don't be surprised if you feel more energized after drinking it!

Benefits of Drinking Water


Everyone knows drinking enough water is good for you. But why is it good for you? How much should you be drinking per day? And how can you make sure you're getting enough?

Benefits of Drinking Water

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How much should I be drinking per day?

Most people have heard that you should drink at least eight glasses of water per day, but in truth, there is no one standard. Everyone is built differently, has different health conditions, activity levels, metabolic rates and live in different climates. It is impossible to hold everyone to the same standard.

I've read that a more accurate measurement is to try drink at least half your body weight in pounds, in ounces of water. This makes sense, since the human body is roughly 50% to 70% water (that's a very rough estimate, since it varies from person to person). This method, however, does not take into account how much sweat and urine you lose in a day.

I'm sure the previously mentioned strategy would work just fine for most people, but my personal philosophy has usually been to listen to my body. There is a reason why people get thirsty — this is the body's way of saying that it needs to take in water. Many people often ignore the feeling though, usually because they're too busy doing other things. However, it is important to respond to the signals your body is giving you, as failing to drink water when you need it won't just leave you thirsty, but can also lead to fatigue, headaches and other more serious conditions. I explain why this happens further down in the post.

How can I tell whether or not I'm drinking enough water?

The easiest way to tell is to notice the color of your urine when you go to the bathroom. A healthy person's urine should be mostly light yellow or clear in color. If you find your urine is a dark shade of yellow, or smells quite strong, then you are not getting nearly the amount of water your body needs to function at its best. However, if you're very dehydrated, you may also notice dry skin, fatigue and perhaps even hunger. Many people confuse hunger with needing food, when in fact the body actually needs more water. So the next time you feel hungry between meals, try drinking a glass of water instead of immediately reaching for the snacks.

What does water do for your body?

As I mentioned before, the human body is at least about 50% water, and it is what keeps everything running smoothly. Water helps the body digest food, distribute nutrients, regulate body temperature, flush out the toxins, and keep the rest of the organs working.

Blood is roughly 80% water, muscle is about 75%, and the brain is as much as 90% percent water. This is why it is so important to always make sure your body is hydrated, because a deficiency of water slows all of your organs down. Even our lungs need fluid from our bodies to keep the air we breathe moist and comfortable to breathe.

What are the benefits of drinking enough water?

Keeping your body hydrated does more than keep your organs running. When everything is working right, it helps with your complexion by moisturizing the skin and increasing its elasticity, not to mention it helps flush out the toxins that contribute to acne and other dermatological problems. Water also helps you think better and work more efficiently by aiding the function of your brain and by keeping those neurons firing properly. Muscles and joints won't be so prone to cramps, sprains and aches if you drink enough water, as it helps keep these areas lubricated and limber.

Although a lot of people associate water with bloating, keeping the body hydrated actually helps you reduce weight by aiding metabolism. When your digestive tract and metabolism function efficiently, you get all the nutrients you need from food while also flushing out unwanted fats and toxins. Thus preventing putting on any unwanted weight. Drinking enough water also helps boost your energy level and immune system, which means you'll be less likely to get sick as your body is strong enough to fight off many bacteria and virus infections.

Benefits of Drinking WaterWhat happens when you don't drink enough water?

I mentioned before that failing to drink enough water may lead to fatigue, headaches, among other more serious ailments. I also mentioned that the brain is about 90% water. So it stands to reason that not having enough of water would cause your brain to function poorly. Fatigue and headaches may not sound like a big deal, but dehydration can also lead to poor bowel movements, muscle cramps, irregular blood pressure and kidney problems. In general, the body may start to suffer from a whole host of unpleasant side effects that could be easily remedied by simply taking in more water.

And everyone knows the worst consequence of dehydration is, of course, death.

How can I make sure I'm getting enough water in my diet?

It can be hard to remember to stop what you're doing several times throughout the day to pour yourself a glass of water. Instead, try always keeping a bottle or thermos of water with you. Your body absorbs water better if you spread it out throughout the day, instead of guzzling a glass every few hours. Keep the bottle on your work desk, where you can see it, and take a sip every now and then. When it's empty, refill it immediately.

Fruits and vegetables are also filled with water, so adding more of those into your diet not only replenishes the fluid in your body, but increases the amount of fiber you're consuming, which is also great for your digestive system.

If you're an active person, you may need more water than the average person, at least a glass or two. But don't forget that you're also losing electrolytes when you exercise. In this case, sports drinks come in handy (preferably the ones without sugar additives).

Is there such thing as drinking too much water?

Hyponatremia is what it's called, also known as water intoxication. It may be strange to think someone could consume enough water to drink themselves to death, but it is possible. Hyponatremia is when the kidneys can't flush out the water fast enough, which leads to the salt levels in the blood becoming too low, so the water enters the cells instead, causing them to swell. This may sound like simple water retention, but consuming too much water could cause the cells in the brain begin to swell as well. There is absolutely no room in a person's skull to accommodate a swollen brain, and that is when death becomes a likely possibility.

The symptoms of hyponatremia include fatigue, headaches, vomiting and confusion. More serious cases present symptoms of seizures, respiratory arrest and coma.

Although hyponatremia is possible, it requires taking in a large amount of water within a short amount of time without expelling it through sweat or urine. So unless you're actively consuming a lot of water in one sitting, or being forced to, you should be fine.

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Salubrious Ingredient: Tea Tree Oil


It probably comes as no surprise that I am a big fan of tea tree oil. I use it in many of my homemade bath products, including deodorant, face toner and makeup setting spray, because it has so many beneficial properties. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the wonders of tea tree oil, read on for some basic information on what it is, where it comes from, and how to use it properly.

Salubrious Ingredient: Tea Tree Oil

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What is tea tree oil?

Tea tree oil is extracted from the twigs and leaves of the Tea Tree, a tree native to Australia.

What are the beneficial properties of tea tree oil?

There are almost too many to name. Tea tree oil has antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial, antiseptic and antiviral properties, among other great things. It has properties that helps keep annoying insects away, such as mosquitoes, fleas and lice.


How can tea tree oil used on the human body?

Due to its many beneficial properties, tea tree oil can be applied to wounds to prevent infection and promote healing. This includes open injuries or even much smaller wounds and blemishes, such as acne. Its antifungal and antibacterial properties also make tea tree oil and excellent natural remedy for infections on the body. In fact, it is commonly recommended as a natural treatment for nail and foot fungus infections, and it is just as effective, if not more so, than prescribed topical medication. As mentioned before, tea tree oil when spritzed on the body can help prevent insects, such as mosquitoes, from attacking you. It also provides relief when you do get bitten.

What are other uses of tea tree oil?

For all the reasons listed above, tea tree oil solutions can be used as a disinfectant to help keep environments clean and sterile. Simply wipe down surfaces with diluted tea tree oil or spray it onto fabrics and carpets. Some people also prefer using tea tree oil with along with a base oil as a massage oil in order to ease aches and pains.

What are the dangers of tea tree oil?

Just because it's natural, doesn't mean it's always safe. Tea tree oil is quite strong, which can make it irritating to those who have sensitive skin. This is why it's important to always properly dilute the oil with another carrier oil or solution before using it directly on the body, and to test it on a small patch of skin before widespread use. This is true for almost any essential oil.

Can I use tea tree oil on my pets?

Absolutely not. And I can't stress this enough. In fact, you should never use any kind of essential oil on an animal without first doing thorough research on its effects. Animals do not react to essential oils the same way humans do, and tea tree oil can be very toxic to them, even if only absorbed through the skin.

There have been documented cases of dogs and cats experiencing poisoning from their skin being exposed to even just a few drops of tea tree oil and succumbing to seizures and other side effects. Some animal bath products tout having tea tree oil in the product, but this only means one of several thing: 1. The company has diluted the tea tree oil to an incredibly minuscule amount; 2. They are lying and there isn't actually any tea tree oil in the solution; or 3. They have actually included a significant amount of tea tree oil, in which case it is not safe for your pet to use.

In short, never use something you're not sure about on your pet. If there is even a hint of doubt as to whether what you plan to use is safe or your pet, consult a veterinarian. Then consult another. It never hurts to have more than one opinion.