HEALTH TIP AND RECIPE OF THE MONTH

HEALTH TIP OF THE MONTH

OIL PULLING FOR NATURAL DENTAL HEALTH by   naturemoms.com/blog

Oil pulling is an ancient remedy used for generations in Ayervedic Medicine in India for insuring good dental health.  Oil pulling therapy consists of putting a tablespoon of vegetable oil, normally sunflower or sesame oil, in your mouth and swishing (or pulling) it around your mouth for an extended period of time, normally 10 to 20 minutes and spitting it out.

It was used to help prevent tooth decay, stop bleeding gums, ease bad breath, and help to heal a dry throat and mouth and chapped lips. Oil pulling also was used to help re anchor loose teeth and to help reduce gum disease as well as help to whiten and brighten teeth.

With the recent re surge of interest in ancient remedies for the treatment of various medical conditions, oil pulling has come to the attention of those seeking natural remedies for an assortment of medical and dental problems and there have been several studies done to determine whether or not this practice can improve dental health and the findings have been extremely positive.

In several informal studies that were conducted, oil pulling was shown to help reduce both plaque and gingivitis resulting in healthier gums and teeth. People who have tried it for 3-6 months have stated that they have fewer cavities, loose teeth have firmed back up and they see less redness and swelling in their gums. While such testimonies are only anecdotal evidence that oil pulling is good for your dental health, this evidence certainly carries weight in the absence of more scientific studies.

In addition, there have been few negative side effects reported either by the study subjects or those who have tried oil pulling on their own which means that there is every indication that oil pulling may be a safe way of treating a wide array of dental problems or simply keeping your dental health to begin with.

If you have been dealing with a build up of plaque, gingivitis, bad breath or just discolored or loose teeth that you may want to try this method and see if it works for you.

HOW TO DO OIL PULLING

First thing in the morning before eating or drinking anything, pour a tablespoon of sesame oil, coconut oil, or olive oil into your mouth and swish it around for about 20 minutes. As you swish, the oil will become thinner due to your saliva.   Keep swishing.   You will know when it is time to spit out the oil when it becomes whitish and once again begins to thicken from the germs and plaque that is being pulled into the oil.

If you find that you cannot resist the urge to swallow, spit the oil out and start again. It may take some practice until you can swish the oil long enough to complete the process.

After spitting the oil out,( do not spit out in the sink due to clogging. )   Spit into operating garbage disposal or garbage.    Rinse your mouth with warm salt water.

The oil will remove the plaque and other bacteria from your mouth and the warm salt water will help clear the oily feel that remains in your mouth.  Over time your teeth should look whiter and your gums should look healthier.  It can be dome 1-2 times weekly with good results and even daily if you have problems, such as cavities and sore gums.

Oil pulling may not be for everyone but, it is a cheap and effective way to protect your dental health.

RECIPE OF THE MONTH

CREAMY RED LENTIL AND KALE SOUP by         thehealthyfamilyandhome.com

I love this soup! It has excellent nutrition, it is absolutely delicious and takes 45 minutes to make.

Nutrition info at end of recipe.

INGREDIENTS

♦  1 1/2 cups organic red lentils (uncooked)

♦  2  3/4 cups organic vegetable broth

♦  1 can organic full fat coconut milk (13.5 ounces)

♦  3 small organic roma tomatoes (diced)( I used my canned tomatoes)

♦  1/2 large organic onion (diced)

♦  1 cup organic kale (chopped)

♦  2 TBL. organic tomato sauce

♦  1 1/2 tsp. organic cumin powder

♦  1 tsp. pink himalayan salt( I used sea salt)

♦  1-2 pinches organic cayenne pepper

DIRECTIONS

STEP 1

Prepare veggies: dice onions and tomatoes and chop kale into small pieces.

Put all ingredients (EXCEPT: chopped kale and coconut milk) into a medium sized pot, stir well and bring to a boil.

Reduce heat to simmer (low/medium) and cover to cook for 30-40 minutes (or until lentils are soft), stirring occasionally.

Remove from heat, add the chopped kale and coconut milk, stir well.

Add additional vegetable broth/pink himalayan salt/seasonings, if needed.

ENJOY!

The red lentils in this soup are an excellent source of fiber, helps stabilize blood sugar, high in folate, vitamin A, potassium and magnesium and is a good source of iron and anti-oxidants.

The onions are an excellent source for cardiovascular health, inhibits bone loss in women, reduces blood pressure and lowers blood cholesterol levels.

The tomatoes contain lycopenes which are cancer fighting agents, they are high in beta-carotene, excellent anti-oxidant, high in vitamin A and K, and high in chromium which helps control blood sugar levels.

Kale is high in iron, excellent for detoxification high in calcium, powerful anti-oxidant and contains anti-inflammatory benefits.

Pink Himalayan Salt contains 84 minerals, unrefined, unprocessed, raw, promotes stable ph balance in cells, aids digestion and facilitates better nutrient absorption, and controls water levels in the body.