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I will continue to practice what I want to see happen in my life. I will be patient and know that all is coming.

   
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What is Oil Pulling and Its Benefits

Got a dirty mouth? Try oil pulling. What exactly is oil pulling? Let’s just simply say it is an ancient Ayurvedic method for detoxing the mouth and body and provides an overall healthy oral atmosphere. Below are wonderful benefits from regular oil pulling (and many benefits go beyond the mouth):

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Bursting Your Bubble. Chewing Gum Dangers

Some experts argue that this is the most toxic substance in the supermarkets today. Most everyone has tried it and many even have an addiction to it. I am referring to chewing gum. And since its commercial sale debut in 1848 by John Curtis in the state of Maine, its popularity has exploded, and with that, the way the chewing gum was manufactured. The ancient Greeks and Mayans chewed resin and sap gums made from trees, which were very natural. Cut to modern day flavors which are made from synthetic materials that are not so great for the mouth, digestive system and body, such as, aspartame, BHT (to maintain freshness and increase shelf life), titanium dioxide, calcium casein peptone-calcium phosphate, plastics, elastics and fillers (which are part of the gum base) and other preservatives and artificial colors/flavors. Let’s learn a few reasons why some may say chewing gum, even the ones “4 out of 5 dentists recommend chewing to prevent cavities,” is not so healthy for the us.

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The Harmless Kiss and the Common Cold

Science says that people kiss so they can taste and smell a mate’s potential health, and gauge their compatibility. Science also says that there are more than 500 different germs that could be transmitted in a single kiss. When we detect pheromones and the passion is high, most people are not weighing the health risks of saliva swapping. According to an article published by the Journal of American Dental Association, saliva, intimate kissing, the sharing of food, utensils, or toothbrushes, are also huge periodontal disease carriers and put children and adults at risk for disease.

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Too Much of a Good Thing? Not So Good Afterall.

We have all heard and probably repeated the middle of the road saying, “Moderation is key” to ourselves and others when it comes to eating bad, eating well, engaging in risky behavior or even using habits that seem healthy. But can diving into cyclical habits of the far extreme (or just too much for one’s body to handle) always yield a positive reaction, when what we are doing seems at first good for us and healthy?

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Anti-Aging and Anti-Inflammatory: Silica

There is a popular Chinese saying that if one eats a plentiful amount of seaweed and sea vegetables, the hair grows stronger, thicker and blacker (which is always heavily sought after for Asians, as black voluminous and thick hair was a sign of beauty and youth). Though sea vegetables do wonders for the body and hair, there is another mineral Mother nature created that is often overlooked and not talked about as much—silica. Silica is a trace mineral that strengthens the body’s connective tissues – muscles, tendons, hair, ligaments, nails, cartilage, and bone – and is vital for healthy skin and bones.

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Xylitol: Cavities & Gum Disease in Children and Adults

Clinical studies show that supplementing a normal diet with regular consumption of Xylitol (xylitol chewing gum 2 times a day) is beneficial for teeth. In fact, daily use of xylitol by chewing gum containing at least one gram of xylitol or sprinkling a few grams of xylitol on top of cereal or chewing the granules in the mouth, for instance, prevents bacteria from creating the acids that damage teeth.

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9 Natural Ways to Whiten Your Teeth

Our society has become almost obsessed over making our smiles perfect. The quest for white teeth has created a constantly growing multi-billion dollar industry in the toothpaste isle and in dentist offices. Certainly we all know some of the teeth staining culprits: coffee, tea, red wine and some soda. But did you know that there are many common foods that can actually help whiten your teeth over time? They’re not as thoroughly effective as professional teeth whitening products—but they are cheap, effective and natural. And that should leave you smiling

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Biological and Holistic Dentistry: A Natural and Comprehensive Approach to Mouth Wellness

New research and new diseases are prompting some dentists to question the wisdom of traditional dental materials and dental procedures. These dentists practice what is called holistic or biological dentistry.

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Natural Teething Remedies for Babies and Toddlers

It is extremely difficult to see your child in pain when he or she is teething, but it is an inevitable milestone that each parent has to face. It is part of the growing pains of being a baby, and a parent, and each person will begin the teething process at a different time. Teething symptoms may include irritability, drooling, biting or gnawing, cheek rubbing, diarrhea, fever or insomnia. Fortunately, there are natural steps to help ease your child’s pain.

Most children start teething from the fourth or fifth month: about the time they are switching to solid foods. Preemies will start later than other children, but this is an upside: you might get a chance to sleep through the night before the teething begins!

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