Whiten Teeth with Activated Charcoal without Making a Mess

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist August 3, 2014

activated charcoal teeth whitening

The word is out.

Activated charcoal, also called activated carbon, is the best way to whiten teeth naturally without using conventional tooth whitening trays, gels, and strips that contain toxic chemicals that can damage tooth enamel over time and harm delicate gum tissue. Even professional tooth whitening at the dentist is not a good idea for those concerned with avoiding toxin exposure and preserving their long term oral health.

It may seem odd to use black powder to whiten teeth, but it really does work.

Activated charcoal is so effective because it aggressively absorbs tannins, the compounds found in coffee, tea, tobacco, herbal teas, blueberries, wine, spices, and other foods that stain teeth. It does not, however, lock onto minerals like calcium in our teeth which is why it won’t harm tooth enamel even if used every single day.

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Debunking the Absurd Notion of Vitamin D in Mushrooms

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist July 29, 2014

vitamin d in mushrooms

By Sylvia P. Onusic, PhD, CNS, LDN

The majority of the US population today, anywhere from 30% to 80%, are vitamin D deficient (1).

This is concerning because scientists have found that not only is it necessary for calcium absorption in order to build strong bones, but vitamin D plays a major role in many body processes such as brain development and plasticity, immunity and autoimmunity.

Vitamin D deficiency is strongly related to the development of diabetes, autism, psoriasis, tuberculosis, osteoporosis, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s Disease and cancer, even hypertension and psoriasis.

In addition, vitamin D helps to make cathelicidin which kills pathogens like tuberculosis in the body, herpes in the brain, and many others. In the research, colon cancer development is strongly linked to D3 deficiency (2).

Vitamin D has become a superhero.

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5 Reasons to Swim In Natural Waters (as Much as Possible)

by Melanie Christner, NTP, CHFS, CGP July 27, 2014

jumping into lake

by Melanie Christner, NTP, CHFS, CGP

After over two years of searching, we’ve done a happy cannonball into our new home in the Vermont mountains. Quite literally.

We just purchased the remodeled No. 6 school house in our little town. We even have the original carved schoolhouse sign from when it was first built in 1882!

Even better than the historical features (at least in the kids’ minds) are the ponds on the property, which channel the runoff of the mountain springs within the national forest around us… providing for a most excellent swimming hole.

“Swimming holes” are just what I want to talk about today. There’s something a bit magical about water, you know?

Besides the entertainment of salamanders, bullfrogs, and jumping trout – or shells, crabs, and sand castles, depending on your location – there are several key health benefits from contact with natural waters and in particular, swimming in them. Read more…

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Red Palm Oil: Healthy Fat that Rivals Coconut Oil

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist July 24, 2014

red palm oil

When it comes to tropical oils, coconut gets all of the attention.  

Smooth and slightly sweet, coconut oil has become the glamorous starlet of the health food industry in recent years. It is a fame that has been rightfully won: with metabolism-boosting medium chain fatty acids and an impressive trace mineral content, there is no denying that coconut oil is highly beneficial.

Yet there is another all-too-often ignored tropical oil that has shown tremendous promise in fighting inflammation, quelling disease, and stabilizing appetite.  If you are allergic to coconut or coconut oil, this is especially good news!

This rivaling fat is none other than the colorful and nutrient dense red palm oil.

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How to Take Probiotics for Maximum Benefit

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist July 21, 2014

bottle of probiotics

Our digestive system is home to at least 500 different bacterial species.  Ideally, 85% of the bacteria in our gut is beneficial to our health.  When the vast majority of gut flora is of the friendly variety, the remaining 15% which are pathogenic bacterial strains and yeasts are easily handled and kept under control. In fact, in a well balanced gut, the friendly bacteria can actually harness some of the pathogenic strains to perform helpful functions!

The problem is that most people today have this proportion reversed with the majority of gut flora of the unfriendly variety. This tipping of the balance in favor of pathogens occurs due to antibiotic use, the birth control pill and other meds that negatively affect gut flora, and the consumption of processed foods and high amounts of sugar which feed pathogens and candida.

The health consequences of a pathogen dominated gut are many.

Diarrhea, constipation, excessive gas, bloating, allergies, eczema, irritable bowel, inflammatory bowel, kidney stones, ear infections, strep throat, colds, vaginal yeast infections, Crohn’s disease, lactose intolerance, thrush, athlete’s foot, cancer, and on and on.

The good news is that proactive steps can be taken to rectify the situation to tip the balance back in favor of the friendly bacteria and beneficial yeasts.

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