Oil pulling is trendy and everyone is talking about it. But it’s not just a passing fad.
Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic practice that’s been around for ages and has multiple benefits. There are many reasons to start oil pulling, and I’d like to share some of them with you today:
8 Reasons To Start Oil Pulling For Better Health:
1. Detoxifies the body
Our mouths are home to a variety of bacteria, and harmful toxins. Examples of common toxins include pollution, pesticides, preservatives added to prepackaged foods, harmful bacteria and yeasts inside the body, chronic infections, stress and negative thinking.
Many people also have amalgam fillings in their teeth which are composed of about 50% mercury.
If the toxins build up in our bodies they can cause extensive damage and disease. Oil pulling helps “pull” the toxins out and eliminates them from our system.
2. Freshens breath
Halitosis is a by-product released by bacteria in the mouth. Oil pulling helps get rid of these bacteria, giving you fresh, clean breath.
3. Whitens teeth
In my experience oil pulling is an amazingly effective teeth whitener! It works just as well, if not better, as commercial teeth whiteners (such as Crest Whitestrips) which are full of bleach and other toxic ingredients that often taste terrible and cause tooth sensitivity.
4. Helps the body manage hormonal changes more efficiently
When the body has less toxins to clean out, it can spend more energy on other important functions such as balancing your hormones.
5. Helps prevent headaches and migraines
A major cause of headaches is an overload of toxins in the body. Oil pulling helps naturally cleanse the body of these harmful toxins.
6. Removes plaque
Oil pulling helps reduce harmful bacteria (Streptococcus mutans) which cause plaque that cause cavities (1).
7. Improves skin conditions
Removing toxins from the body has a positive impact on the skin too. It can help clear acne and other skin conditions.
8. Heals bleeding gums
Oil pulling reduces inflammation overall and helps reverse gingivitis, which is inflammation of the gums.
Which Oil Should I Use For Oil Pulling?
I use coconut oil for daily oil pulling. You might like to try coconut oil too due to its many health benefits.
A reader recently asked me if there is a type of coconut oil that doesn’t have the coconut oil flavor. It’s important to note that virgin coconut oil generally has a mild flavor but if you don’t want to try this you may want to try expeller pressed refined coconut oil.
Although expeller pressed oil is refined it has the same health benefits as virgin coconut oil. And the refining process used to make the expeller pressed is all-natural so it is not harmful to you like other refined products can be.
Also know that you don’t have to use coconut oil to do oil pulling.
You do want a high-quality, pure, organic plant-based oil. Coconut oil is one many people use, but you can also use sunflower, olive, sesame, walnut, avocado, black cumin seed and others.
Can you guess America’s number one New Year’s Resolution year after year? If you guessed losing weight you’re 100% correct!
So what is the best way to lose weight and keep it off?
Many believe the key to weight-loss is burning more calories than you eat. But many times it is not so simple. Sure, this works for some people, but often there are other factors to consider, including toxins, motivation, time, health, lifestyle, genetics, and thyroid problems.
Additionally, the quality and types of food we eat can affect whether our bodies tend to shed extra weight or hold on to those last 10 pounds.
I can relate to the weight loss ups and downs because I’ve experienced them at different seasons in my life.
After four pregnancies in six years time, with all the weight changes that come with pregnancy, plus breastfeeding all four babies, my body went through many transformations.
But being a full-time mama to four kiddos under the age of six didn’t leave time for anything outside of prepping and cleaning up after meals, changing diapers, reading to, cuddling and playing with the babies and caring for their needs 24/7.
And I would do it all over again because our children are precious to me and I cherish those times we spent together when they were little.
Being intentional about fitness and eating right was easier when we had our first two babies, but after that it became such a juggling act that most days I was happy to get a shower and brush my teeth. Maybe you can relate? And a good night’s sleep did not come until later.
I would try to fit in the occasional walk or run and eat healthy as much as possible. But it was a challenge. Some days more than others.
But my story is just one of many examples of challenges we face in life that can make it harder to stay healthy and maintain a healthy weight.
Sometimes we simply need tools to help us meet our goals. If you’re trying to lose weight and have plateaued or just need a boost along your weight loss journey here are some tips that can help accelerate your weight loss.
18 Ways To Lose Weight Faster:
1. Drink a glass of water before each meal.
Our bodies function more efficiently with plenty of purified water. Drinking water helps with the digestion process. The general recommendation is to drink 8 8-ounce glasses per day, or 2 liters, but depending on your size and activity level you might need a slightly different amount. Also, adding lemon to your water can give you some pretty amazing health benefits. To learn more about lemon water you may want to read: 9 Surprising Benefits Of Lemon Water.
2. Include protein with your meals and snacks.
Protein can help you lose weight naturally by reducing hunger pangs and boosting your metabolism.
3. Fill up on fiber-rich vegetables, fruits and other foods.
Eating plenty of fiber fills you and may cut your appetite. Examples of high-fiber foods include:
Did you know that not getting enough sleep can cause you to gain weight? Sleep deprivation disturbs your body’s balance of the hormones leptin and ghrelin, which regulate hunger and fullness.
If you have trouble winding down at night, try taking a hot bath or shower. How much sleep should you be getting? The average adult needs 7-9 hours of quality sleep per night.
5. Only buy healthy whole food.
Stay away from pre-packaged foods that have a long list of ingredients. A long ingredient list usually indicates many artificial additives, preservatives and other harmful chemicals which can wreak havoc on our bodies.
Nuts are a great on-the-go snack and fill you up. The healthy fats in nuts keep you satiated. My personal favorite is pecans. They’re so rich and delicious! Other healthy options include walnuts, almonds and pistachios.
9. Drink whey protein.
It has many health benefits and keeps you feeling full for a long time. Just make sure it is all-natural and does not contain harmful sweeteners, like Splenda or Aspartame.
They can fire up your metabolism, causing you to burn more calories.
Salsa, curry, peppers, horseradish and many Asian stir fry recipes contain plenty of heat to spice up your taste buds.
11. Chew your food well before swallowing.
We’ve all heard this before but it works, so it’s worth repeating. Chewing your food well takes more time which gives your brain time to process feeling full. This allows you to eat what you need but not more.
12. Eat your meals on a small salad plate instead of a typical dinner plate.
If you’re like most Americans, including myself, you tend to fill your plate with food. So if your plate is smaller, it makes sense that you’ll be eating less.
13. Keep a food diary.
Writing down everything you eat makes you more aware of your caloric intake, as well as whether you’re eating enough fiber, protein, and essential vitamins.
My favorite way to keep track of what I eat each day is myfitnesspal.com. I use the app on my phone. I also love that it syncs with my Fitbit so I don’t miss anything important.
14. Avoid white foods, such as white flour, white sugar, white bread and white rice.
They can dramatically alter your blood sugar and cause weight gain (which, of course, is the opposite of weight loss).
15. Drink green tea.
It has substances that cause fat cells to release fat, especially with exercise. How cool is that? Plus, green tea is so refreshing and delicious! I have a cup each afternoon.
Also, Kombucha is fermented green tea. I just learned how to make it and am loving this flavorful, probiotic-rich tea!
16. Include full-fat foods in your diet.
This includes grass-fed beef, nuts, coconut, eggs and avocados.
And don’t worry, studies have proven that (despite what we may have been told for years) eating saturated fat does not make us fat and does not cause heart disease (1).
In case you haven’t heard a low-fat, high-carb diet is bad for you and has been repeatedly proved ineffective (2, 3).
17. Drink coffee!
It speeds up your metabolism and causes you to burn more calories (4).
Before getting Lyme disease 5 years ago, then recently learning I have several MTHFR gene mutations (which essentially make it more difficult for my body to detox) I wasn’t intentional about detoxifying.
I made healthy choices, but detoxification was not part of my daily routine.
However, now that I know the cumulative effect of the environmental toxins, medications, pesticides and preservatives I’m making better choices in an effort to heal and strengthen my body.
Maybe you’ve had a similar experience?
What Is Detox?
Although detoxification (detox) might be thought of as trendy, the process of cleansing the body has been around for centuries, influencing many cultures. Both Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Ayurvedic medicine include methods for removing toxins from the body. (1)
According to Dr. B.J. Hardick,
“Toxins have been a known problem from the very beginning of medicine and healing.”
Whether you realize it or not, your body is exposed to all sorts of toxins every day. From pesticides on fruits and vegetables to breathing in environmental toxins.
So, how can you detox your body from these harmful substances?
And is detox something you can do once or twice a year and call it good?
Actually, the best approach is making it a part of your normal routine, making a lifestyle change.
And although this might sound a bit daunting at first, here are fifteen simple strategies to help you detox naturally. Many of them are easier than you might expect.
Ways To Detox Naturally
1. Drink Lemon Water
Drinking lemon water has many surprising benefits. Lemons are full of vitamin c, fiber and antioxidants. In addition to detox, these include healthy skin, an enhanced immune system, heart health, healthy weight and a reduced risk of many types of cancer.
Deep tissue massage releases toxins. Just make sure to drink plenty of water to flush the toxins out of your system afterwards!
5. Drink Green Tea
Green tea is not only delicious and antioxidant-rich. The naturally occurring polyphenols in green tea fight free radicals in the body and promote liver detox.
6. Try Intermittent Fasting
Intermittent fasting promotes cellular repair through a cleansing process called autophagy. When our diets are poor this wears out our cells, particularly the mitochondria, which need to be replaced. Intermittent fasting gives the body time to focus on this essential cleansing process.
When you work out it helps flush toxins out of your organs and muscles. Even if you don’t have time for a long, intense workout session, a gentle walk, yoga or even simple stretching of the large muscle groups can free up toxins.
Taking a daily probiotic supplement introduces good bacteria into the gut.
Eating yogurt and fermented foods such as kimchi and sauerkraut and drinking kombucha (fermented green or black tea) are all probiotic-rich.
These products can promote good bacteria and kill off bad bacteria. By balancing the bacteria in the gut you can get rid of many toxins.
9. Manage Stress
When we mull stressful situations over in our mind they can create a toxic environment for our bodies. Chronic stress makes the body more susceptible to illness and disease, so it is essential to address and manage stress in your life.
Many people find that a long walk does wonders for their mental state and helps put things in perspective. Others prefer to talk to a friend of loved one. Another effective idea is to write what you’re feeling. A gratitude journal can help you keep a positive mindset, especially if you write things you’re grateful for.
10. Eat Superfoods
Superfoods including cabbage, beets, garlic, ginger, seaweed, cauliflower, flax seeds and pomegranate support the liver in eliminating toxins naturally.
11. Eat Whole Foods
Whole foods are free from artificial additives and preservatives. Examples of whole foods include fruits, vegetables, legumes, grains, nuts and seeds. These are the healthiest, most naturally detoxifying foods we can eat….which leads me to #12….
12. Avoid White Sugar, White Flour and Preservatives
(Please don’t shoot the messenger.) I know how disappointing (yet not surprising) this news is to some of us. I have had a sweet tooth since before I could talk. Just ask my mom.
But sugar has not been a good friend to us.
In addition, white bread, white rice and white pasta are considered simple carbohydrates and can be harmful for your health.
Also, foods that come in boxes and packages tend to have lots of preservatives and additives that add to our toxic load. We are can stay at our healthiest when we focus on eating whole foods and foods closest to their natural form.
13. Prioritize Sleep
Setting aside plenty of time to sleep each night gives the body time to recover from the day’s events and recharge for what’s to come. Not making sleep a priority can have a negative impact on health over time.
14. Eat More Fiber
Include plenty of fiber in each of your meals to make sure your body is able to….ahem….keep things moving.
And that’s a good thing. The (constipating) alternative allows harmful toxins to build up in the digestive system which can negatively impact your entire body.
15. Avoid Environmental Toxins
These include smog, secondhand smoke, pollution, noxious fumes and others.
We can control our exposure to some of these factors. For example, if you work in an area with many pollutants, getting fresh air when you have a break can help reduce your exposure. And every bit can help.
But I realize some of us can’t help where we work or live so just do your best and don’t worry about the rest. (My kids love it when I say this. :))
So I recently started making videos and posting them to YouTube.
I would love it if you would follow me there at LoriGeurin
Please check out my short video below which shows 5 Easy Ways To Detox. If you find it helpful please give it a thumbs up. Thanks so much!
I hope this list and video gave you some useful ideas for how to detox naturally. You may already be doing some of them. And, if you’re like me, you might want to concentrate on improving on a few that don’t occur organically in your daily routine.
Carving out a little extra time in your day to drink lemon water and green tea, exercising, eating fiber-rich whole foods, taking probiotics, prioritizing sleep and dealing with stress are all some effective strategies to help the body detox naturally.
How do you detox?
Please leave your suggestions below in the comment section. I love hearing from you!
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Living with a chronic illness is a struggle, all the more so when the illness is not physically evident. Some people assume you’re perfectly healthy when, in fact, seemingly mundane tasks are hard to fulfill.
People living with chronic illnesses (known casually as ‘spoonies’ in a term coined by lupus sufferer Christine Miserandino, who established the Spoon Theory to communicate an understanding of what her life is like) will draw upon medically prescribed treatments to help with their condition.
The Best Superfoods for Spoonies
They may also seek natural remedies, such as superfoods. These superfoods such as garlic, turmeric, ginger and salmon can provide much-welcome relief to symptoms of chronic illnesses.
Most of them contain anti-inflammatory ingredients which relieve pain and help to prevent cancer, while some are beneficial in terms of stabilizing cholesterol levels.Indeed, the consumption of salmon can even help to fight against feelings of depression. Depression is a hidden illness which can often be experienced by people suffering from other chronic illnesses.
The infographic below from Burning Nightsidentifies seven of the best superfoods for spoonies and deals specifically with five common hidden illnesses, highlighting the best and worst foods for those concerned.
A person living with a chronic illness is likely to grasp at any remedy which can relieve feelings of pain. Consequently, these superfoods could make their condition easier to endure.
Read below to find out more.
I want to express a big thank you to Victoria Abbott-Fleming who is the founder of the chronic pain charity, Burning Nights, for sharing this excellent information and the visual featured above. Also, you can visit her website at Burning Nights.
Eating superfoods such as ginger, turmeric, garlic, berries and grapes, olive oil, hot peppers and salmon can have amazing healing benefits for people with chronic illness. As a result, the best superfoods are an excellent substitute to pharmaceutical drugs for anyone who favors natural remedies and solutions to chronic pain.
Consequently, I can tell you from personal experience these superfoods really work!
Along with other healthy choices a few months ago I started taking turmeric curcumin daily. As a result, I’ve been able to stop taking two medications I was taking daily for chronic pain from chronic Lyme disease symptoms.
Please note, don’t ever stop taking medications without talking to your doctor first.
Do you or someone you love have a chronic illness? Have you tried any of these superfoods? Please share your comments in the comment section below. I love hearing from you!