Homemade Toothpaste – Self Dentistry

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In this video, Daniel Vitalis talks about the benefits of homemade toothpaste and how to prepare it using inexpensive ingredients that are able to both detoxify the body by absorbing pollutants, and thoroughly clean our teeth.

Make Your Own Toothpaste for Detoxification & Self-Dentistry

Daniel explains that this toothpaste is based on zeolites, which are micro-porous minerals that work on a chemical level, by attracting and retaining positively charged molecules, like radioisotopes from radioactive decay, or heavy metals and other carcinogens. This means that zeolites can absorb a wide variety of cations that can be passed through our stool. He later also mentions that the zeolite powder can be replaced with bentonite clay (which is easier to find) for a similar result.

Daniel further explains that in order to prepare this toothpaste at home, all that’s needed is water and a fine zeolite powder, with the consistency of flour. He insists that the powder needs to be very fine, so as to avoid damaging the teeth and gums. Daniel also mentions Jameth Sheridan’s zeolite powder as a possible zeolite source for homemade toothpaste, while recommending the commercially available Oralive toothpaste from Ascended Health, for similar results.

When using regular toothpastes that contain fluoride and other unhealthy compounds, we are advised to spit out the the contents of the mouth, after we are done brushing. The zeolite-based homemade toothpaste however, works differently, and since it doesn’t contain any toxic substances, it can and should be swallowed, thus allowing the zeolites to continue working inside the body! Brushing this way on a regular basis allows the body to constantly detoxify, and it prevents the accumulation of new toxins.

To whip up the toothpaste, Daniel advises us to take a small, 250 ml jar, pour a couple of spoonfuls of zeolites in it, and then mix in just enough spring water to give it the desired consistency – that is the consistency of a thick paste that can be used to brush teeth. Unbelievably simple, isn’t it?

Daniel assures us that this paste alone can work wonders on our teeth, however, if we’re looking to enhance the homemade toothpaste, he recommends that we add in several drops of the product called Thriving Healthy Gums, which is produced by Living Libations for Surthrival.

This all natural product contains essential antimicrobial oils of rose, peppermint, clove, oregano, cinnamon, sea-buckthorn, tea-tree and thyme, and it’s amazing for gum-health. The toothpaste will now also have a better consistency, as the oils help it stick together. Daniel advises us to put a lid on the jar, to avoid having the toothpaste dry out, although he prefers storing his toothpaste in a dark Miron glass bottle that protects the contents from UV radiation.

Lastly, Daniel Vitalis reminds us to check out some of the scientific research done on the effects of zeolites, and how they interact with radioisotopes. After the Chernobyl fallout in 1986, zeolites were often used to mitigate the symptoms of radiation poisoning in children. Since they are entirely non-toxic, we can also use zeolites today to achieve similar results.

Learn More About Self-Dentistry With This Guide From Living Libations

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How to detox from drugs at home

man looking in broken mirror

This is a sound approach for detoxing from just about anything, from the comfort of your home.

Rather than make you read the whole page to find the solution, the answer is: you can detox by simply stopping everything that you eat, smoke, drink, and apply to your skin & hair, and by then making cleaner, healthier choices.

Now, that’s a full onslaught of detoxification. Is that what you want? Probably not, because unless you “cheat” the detox systems with colon hydrotherapy (encourages much more detox through the colon, rather than allowing it to absorb back into the bloodstream), then this process will likely be very uncomfortable. So, it depends a great deal on your reasons, tolerance, and so forth.

But you certainly need to stop consuming what it is you want to detox from, and start including nutrient-rich foods into your diet that can help with repair

At any rate, the simplest approach is to stop what you eat currently, and consume cleaner foods. Now, the more absorbable, and nutrient rich the foods are, the more cleansing (and potentially uncomfortable), the detox will be. That’s where your tolerance level comes into play, or the desire to go the route of colon hydrotherapy. So, unless you build a colonics machine in your basement, this will take you out of the home. Your call. People go to colon hydrotherapy clinics (click for some in your area) for all sorts of reasons… to cleanse dairy, meat, sugar.. or because they heard it helps them heal from disease.

How to detox from drugs at home

Here are steps:

1) First is to stop what you are trying to detox from (provided of course that you are certain that’s the way to go, or check with your doctor perhaps, don’t do it just because it’s written here)

2) I would recommend drinking “green juices”. You ever see the show “The Cleaner”? That’s what that guy did to help people with detox. Green juices are nourishing and cleansing. Here are some recipes for green juices.

3) Optionally, find a colon hydrotherapy clinic in your area.

For the greens, you can just buy some from the local grocery store. However, without concerning yourself too much about it, I will list the ways to get the most cleanest/healthiest (potentially), down to the “OK” options.

  1. Local/wild greens (get a book first though)
  2. From YOUR organic garden
  3. From a local organic food delivery service
  4. From the local/organic food market or grocery store
  5. From YOUR non-organic garden, or any other non-organic sources available

It’s up to you. How clean do you want to be? It is suggested that even a little bit cleaner is advantageous to the body.

As for equipment, you will need a juicer. If money is no object consider the Norman Walker juicer, or the Green Star. Otherwise you can make do with a blender + strainer, or any of the cheaper juicers on the market.

Alright, best of luck with this! If it’s important to you, you can find a way 🙂

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Best Raw Dog Food

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It’s difficult to pin down what the best raw dog food available is because there are so many new raw dog food brands popping up which makes it hard to keep track. One method of determining the most popular is to look at the top selling products from a very large, very popular marketplace. Below are the top choices we have come up with based on our own findings, coupled with top selling products… taking into account refunds as well.

January 23, 2017 Update: With the increasing supply of raw dog food becoming available, following the latest research of what is healthy and what isn’t, you may want to check out the list HERE based on real-time ratings and results.

First, let’s talk about the elusive BARF diet for dogs. BARF stands for Biologically Appropriate Raw Food. Bones And Raw Food diet for dogs has also been used to define BARF.

The BARF diet is essentially about feeding pets (dogs and cats) a diet that is closer to their evolutionary diet. An important note about the BARF diet is that it is designed to mimic and not duplicate natural raw dog food. In other words, BARF feeders aren’t to take their dogs hunting each day, it is suggested that they either make or buy raw dog food. The BARF diet consists of raw meaty bones (like chicken, pig and turkey necks), raw minced fruits and vegetables, and maybe even grains on occasion.

Why Switch To Raw For Dogs?

Switching dogs to organic raw diets can lead to results, similar to the results humans see, such as:

  • Shinier, softer, healthier hair
  • Brighter eyes , cleaner ears and improved skin
  • Fresher breath
  • Natural hydration
  • Smaller and more biodegradable stool
  • Increased vitality and energy
  • Heart and muscle strengthening
  • Improved immune system functions
  • Reduced medical expenses

Let’s have a look at some of the top raw dog food suppliers. These suppliers were chosen because they are careful about the ingredients and processing in the foods that they provide for our pets, and they provide mostly organic foods.

View an entire list here – sorted by top reviews

Freeze Dried Raw Dog Food

Fresh Is Best

Freeze-dried dog and cat treats:

>> Whole Duck Heart Treats
>> Turkey Giblet Treats
>> Alaskan Salmon Treats

Product Features:

  • Raw, human grade or freeze dried.
  • 100% grain-free.
  • Perfect for training, treats, or meal supplementation.
  • One bag equals one pound of raw product.

Nature’s Variety

Consider Nature’s Variety Raw Instinct line of dog food. Check out the raw Instinct products by clicking here.

Freeze-dried raw small bites for both your canine and feline friends:

>> Lamb Formula
>> Beef Formula
>> Venison Formula
>> Chicken and Turkey Formula

Product Features:

  • Raw and freeze dried.
  • Grain free.
  • Resealable 2.9 oz. bag.
  • Made with fresh raw meat and fresh raw ground bone.
  • Rapidly freeze dried to remove the moisture and retain the healthful benefits of raw food.
  • Cold processed from meats and organs, freshly ground raw bone, fruits, vegetables, sprouts, nutritious oils, wild game bird eggs, natural vitamins, and chelated minerals.
  • Naturally rich in easily assimilated vitamins and amino acids, beneficial antioxidants, natural digestive enzymes, probiotics, and essential fatty acids.
  • 95% meat, organs, and bones with a portion of these coming from certified organic sources.

Bravo Raw Dog Food

Freeze-dried bites for both dogs and cats:

>> Raw Premium Chicken Breast Bites
>> Raw Chicken Liver Bites
>> Raw Salmon Bites
>> Raw Turkey Heart Bites
>> Raw Beef Liver Bites
>> Raw Venison Liver Bites
>> Raw Buffalo Liver Bites
>> Raw Organic Turkey Liver Bites

Product Features:

  • Made in the USA.
  • No additives or preservatives.
  • Made from one single ingredient.
  • 3-ounce canister.

Frozen Raw Dog Food

Pure Naturaw

Paw Naturaw is one of the top suppliers for natural raw dog food. They have a variety of products for dogs (as well as cats) using meat from animals such as chicken, turkey, beef, and bison.

>> Grass Fed Organic Bison Diet
>> Organic Beef Diet
>> Organic Turkey Diet
>> Organic Chicken Diet

Product Features:

  • Free expedited shipping.
  • They come in cases of 12 which include 12-ounce tubes of frozen raw dog food (total of 9 pounds).
  • Made from family-farmed or human-grade organic meat.
  • Includes zero grains.
  • Processed in an FDA-registered and USDA/MOSA-certified organic manufacturing facility built to LEED green specifications.

Dehydrated Raw Dog Food

Addiction

>> Addiction Raw Dehydrated Dog Food, Homestyle Venison and Cranberry

Product Features:

  • 2 pounds makes 6 pounds of food.
  • From free-range New Zealand venison.
  • High in protein, low in fat.
  • Hypoallergenic.
  • Cranberries are loaded with Vitamin C and antioxidants.
  • Raw meat, fruits and vegetables were gently air-dried to keep ingredients fresh and to naturally lock-in vitamins and enzymes.
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Contains tryptophan

Ingredients include venison, whole oats, potatoes, papayas, canola oil, cranberries, carrots, lecithin and rosemary extract.

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What do I eat on a raw food diet? More than just salads and smoothies

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We not only are what we eat, but also how we eat. Raw foodism proposes that food can be more than just a basic source of sustenance, but that it can shape our health and influence our entire lives. Most people decide to switch to a raw diet when they realize that the foods they are accustomed to consuming are actually detrimental to human health. Making the transition to a raw food diet can seem like a challenging task, especially when you’re battling addictions to the sugars, additives and trans fats that are commonly found in convenience foods. If you don’t know where to start, ask yourself just how natural and safe each item of food in your diet actually is?

To qualify for a raw diet, at least three quarters of the foods you eat should be as raw and fresh as possible. Food is considered raw when prepared at temperatures below 118 degrees Fahrenheit. Heating foods to higher temperatures leads to a loss in nutrients, coupled with chemical reactions derived from combustion that may be damaging to health. In addition, either due to food safety concerns or personal views on animal cruelty, most raw food enthusiasts are also vegans, which implies that they eliminate animal products from their diets. Some may still consume honey or raw milk to complement their otherwise plant-based diets.

However, most individuals who want to embrace the raw lifestyle start off with a vegan detoxification routine, to cleanse their bodies from accumulated toxins and enable better nutrient absorption.

Before looking at what to eat, it is a good idea to know what to steer clear of. Commercially available processed foods, snacks, sauces, dressings, pastry, ice-cream, soft drinks, alcohol, coffee, sugar, salt and boiled or roasted foods should be avoided. Nonetheless, raw veganism is actually less restrictive than it sounds. Allowed foods can usually be grouped in a few loose categories: fruits, vegetables and greens, legumes, soaked nuts and seeds, sprouts, whole grains, raw plant oils, fermented raw foods, herbs and spices, fresh juices, plus seaweeds and algae.

Fruits and vegetables can be consumed in a number of ways. While they can be eaten in their natural state, for variation most people use them to make smoothies, purees and juices. A high-speed blender, a juicer and a food processor are very useful tools in any raw kitchen. Smoothies can be consumed at any time of the day and different fruit and vegetable mixtures can make for an excellent breakfast, lunch or dinner. A filling green smoothie with lettuce, celery, banana and apple is great for slow energy release, while a refreshing summer smoothie with apricots, spinach, berries and coconut water can be an excellent mid-day snack. Moreover, numerous other delicious raw recipes make use of fruits, including lovely raw cakes and ice-creams.

Hard seeds, nuts and beans may be difficult to digest, and therefore should only be consumed if soaked. This process can take from a little over 20 minutes to around 24 hours, depending on the soaked food item. As a result, the nuts or seeds become softer and easier to process. You can either choose to use them at this stage, or allow them a couple of days to sprout. Being highly versatile and nutritious, sprouts are a valued ingredient in a raw diet. Sprouting refers to the germination of beans, grains and seeds, which releases powerful enzymes that are thought to promote good health. Sprouted foods can be eaten as they are, mixed into salads or blended into tasty spreads (hummus, for example). Common plants used for sprouting are green lentils, chickpeas, beans, wheat and almonds

Raw organic vegetable oils are the main source of omega fatty acids in a raw food diet. Omega acids are extremely important in maintaining tissue health and supporting cellular regeneration, and that is why they should be consumed daily, in small amounts. While some people choose to take fish oil supplements, there are numerous plant sources of healthy fats, such as nuts, seeds, avocados, olives and corn. Raw oils that are commercially available include coconut oil, olive oil, almond oil, flaxseed oil, sesame oil, sunflower oil and many more.

As raw foodism acknowledges the importance of probiotics in boosting immunity and assisting digestion and the assimilation of nutrients, probiotic cultures can be used to prepare a number of foods. Kefirs, nut cheeses and fermented vegetables (pickled) are wonderful ways of implanting healthful microorganisms into your gut.

Algae such as Chlorella and Spirulina are regarded as whole foods, and are believed to have the amazing potential of improving human health. Not only are they a complete protein source, containing all essential amino-acids, but they also provide a long list of micro-nutrients, including the vitamins D, C and E, several vitamins of the B complex, selenium, zinc, iron, copper, magnesium, phosphorus, and calcium. Algae are widely viewed as nutritional supplements and can be purchased in tablet, flake or powder form.

Herbs and spices are probably more important to raw foodists than to other categories of dieters, as they can not only substantially modify the flavor of raw dishes, but they can also perform important roles in detoxification routines. Fresh thyme, basil, cilantro, dill, rosemary, mint, sage and chives are often added to raw soups, salsas, dips, dressings and smoothies. Aromatic spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, cumin, coriander, cinnamon and saffron are also skilfully employed to prepare lavish raw meals.

To aid detoxification, you can consume herbal teas, such as chamomile, nettle, lemongrass, echinacea and peppermint, with ginger or lemon. Not only do they help restore the inner balance of the body and help with relaxation, but they are also wonderful heart tonics, soothing the digestive system and fortifying immunity in the process.

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Tips for using a raw food plan for fasting

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Fasting has been appreciated, since ancient times, for its ability to purify the body and uplift the spirit. Though often attached a religious significance, abstinence from certain foods and drinks, for a predetermined period of time, is present in all cultures and under all stages of civilization. Since it has proven to be a recurring behavior in all societies, how can we use our modern knowledge about food and human nutrition to make fasting a healthier, easier and more pleasurable experience?

The first thing we should think about is that fasting can offer a break from heavy digestion and allow the body to regain its inner balance, which can boost health considerably, as well as generate an overall feeling of well-being. This makes it a very appealing endeavor, especially since modern people are still facing numerous threats to health, due to inadequate nutrition.

Nowadays, while fasting is sometimes still practiced for religious purposes, various detox regimes, that bear striking similarities to a traditional fasting protocol, are growing increasingly popular among healthy dieters, thanks to the amazing results they generate. This type of cleansing diet can help with weight loss; getting back into shape after the Holiday season, and mitigating the symptoms of heart disease, asthma and auto-immune disorders, or it can even be seen as a transitional phase to a healthier lifestyle.

There are numerous ways to fast, ranging from simple abstinence from meat and dairy products to more drastic forms where no food whatsoever is consumed. The main concern about putting yourself through a restrictive regime is that your body may be missing out on important nutrient groups that it requires to be healthy. That’s why it is important to find suitable food combinations that give you the necessary nutrients and promote your vitality. Fortunately, raw dieting offers great alternatives for individuals who seek to improve their eating habits or transition to a different eating style altogether.

Since it is already an established diet and lifestyle with countless adepts worldwide, forming an active community that is constantly sharing knowledge and experience, raw foodism can offer a wide array of eating plans, as well as tips on how to create a personalized plan that is tailored to your individual needs.

Knowing your daily dietary requirements, as well as your goals and how to get to them are pivotal matters in shaping a successful detox diet. Numerous raw nutrition experts with a multitude of delicious weekly menus come to our rescue, targeting all nutrient groups that are essential to human health, and suggesting meals that favor purging and enhance the effects of fasting. Instead of focusing on keeping track of the number of calories you eat, make sure you include diverse foods into your daily routine, and that your breakfast is the most dense meal of the day.

Good daily doses of greens blended into tasty green smoothies, soaked beans and legumes, various seeds and nuts, as well as raw vegetable oils (such as hemp oil, chia oil, and coconut oil), herbal teas and nut “milks” and kefirs, natural fruit juice for healthful enzymes that aid digestion, together with larger quantities of water, are excellent ways to fast and keep variation in your diet. While you refrain from foods that take a negative toll on your health, you can enjoy an abundance of other foods that are great for you.

In fact, much of the raw philosophy is centered around the idea that abstinence from certain foods, coupled with awareness about what we eat and how we eat it, can shape our lives on all levels. Detoxing, or getting rid of various harmful substances that have accumulated in the body during years of inadequate eating, is often recommended before any drastic dietary changes, to allow the body to fully take in the benefits that come from eating healthy. Fasting can do many things for human health, and choosing a raw approach will certainly help you make the best of it.

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Pine pollen – raw natural testosterone

pine tree and pine cone

Increase testosterone and get anti-aging benefits

Although now removed, there was once a YouTube video published by Raw Matt discussing the health benefits of the food on the pine tree and how everything about the pine tree is medicinal.

Here is a short recap of what was learned in the video…

Raw Matt explained how the pine needles have Vitamin C content to them and said that you can twist some pine needles and then fold them, and then put them into water to create a natural herbal tea. He said this can be done steamed or just raw with the water being at normal temperature.

He showed how to get the pine nuts out of a closed pine cone. You simply place the closed pine cone in a paper bag and set it next to a heat source for 2-3 days at which point the pine cone should open up and drop it’s seeds ready to be eaten.

He also talked about how to obtain the pine pollen from the pine tree. He explained that pine pollen is a high testosterone booster. It’s good for males, especially those looking to put on weight and strength and size.

To collect pine pollen you section off an area on the tree with a bag and the pine pollen will eventually fly into the bag at which point it can be eaten raw.

He also mentioned how to get at the edible bark of the pine tree which is said to contain potentially 500x more antioxidants than Vitamin C.

The pine pollen superfood – video

The YouTube video below goes more into the benefits of pine pollen…

* Every effort was made to summarize accurately what was viewed in the video, however, this is not an official transcript of the video, and we may not be held liable for any errors or omissions. Please watch the video for clarification on anything written below.

It this video, Matt (Matt Monarch this time.. different person from the “Raw Matt” discussed above) suggests that pine pollen has everything that the body needs to be deficient free.

He discusses what is in pine pollen, namely: Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, B9, A, C, E, and D. Additionally he claims it has potassium, sodium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, silicon, iron, zinc, molybdenum, selenium, maganese, copper, Omega 3, 6 and 9, protein, fiber and several amino acids, resveratrol, polysaccharides, flavenoids, co-enzymes and MSM and more.

He suggests to take it on an empty stomach for maximum absorbency.

See the different ways to “ingest” pine pollen here (not just powder form!) (also if you don’t have access to a pine tree to harvest your own, you can get a canister for less than $30).

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Electric food dehydrator

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Probably the single most important tool in the “gourmet” raw kitchen is the electric food dehydrator. Without it, certain recipes could not be prepared with only raw plant matter. Raw food chefs use dehydrators for more than just dried fruit and vegetable chips; this tool allows raw food to be ‘baked’ in a sense, to create breads, crusts, and cookies that taste great and have a texture similar to cooked food without robbing it of all the vital nutrients it contains.

Furthermore, dehydrated food lasts a long time. It is the water content in food that allows mold and bacteria to grow, and that water is removed in the electric food dehydrator. This allows fresh food to be bought in bulk without fear of spoil because it can be dehydrated and eaten now or later, reducing waste. Whether you enjoy lots of highly refined gourmet recipes or your tastes are simple and traditional, having an electric food dehydrator will enhance the lifestyle of consuming a raw food diet.

Food dehydrators work by mimicking older methods people used to dry foods in the sun and open air, except faster and in more contained, sanitary environment. There are usually heaters and fans contained within food dehydrators that work in conjunction to evaporate moisture and then remove it. The heater slowly dries the food by filling the containment unit with a low but consistent heat. Over time, as the moisture evaporates in this heat, the fan draws it out and releases it in the air outside the containment unit. This process is extremely slow, with simple dried products taking a minimum of 4 to 5 hours to prepare and more complex recipes taking as long as 36 hours to fully ‘cook’. The end result, however, is well worth the time spent.

You can get a great, 5-tray food dehydrator for your raw kitchen, usually, for less than $100, and sometimes for as low as $50. Popular brands and models in this price range include:

All of these food dehydrators are round and have five trays so that you can either dry different foods together or prepare dried food in bulk.

One more high-end option is the Sunbeam Excalibur food dehydrator. This model comes in 5-tray and 9-tray versions, and has a box shape. Instead of placing the heater at the bottom of the unit, Sunbeam created a rear-mounted heating system for a more even flow of heat. These appliances often run from $120 to over $200, but if you plan on using your dehydrator often and for bulk drying, they may be the better option.

 

Excalibur food dehydrator

The Sunbeam Excalibur Food Dehydrator series is one of the best on the market. Raw foodists who frequently use dehydration techniques to prepare complex raw food recipes as well as dried fruit and vegetable snacks often use an Excalibur food dehydrator because it is larger and more versatile than standard dehydrators.

Besides coming in both 5-tray and 9-tray models, the Excaliburs are distinguishable because they are built in a box shape, unlike standard circular food dehydrators. The shape is due to a rear mounted heating system as opposed to a bottom positioned heater like standard dehydrators. They are also equipped with an adjustable thermostat for further control over the dehydrating process. The advanced features of the Sunbeam Excalibur make it more costly than other dehydrators, but many people believe the price difference is well worth it.

The Excalibur is currently available in a 2000 series and a 3000 series. Both five tray (2500, 3500) and nine tray (2900, 3900) models are available in both series and they appear to be exactly the same; however, the 3000 series contains some advanced features like a heavy duty motor and higher grade thermostat and heating element. There is a slight price difference, but if you plan to use the dehydrator more than 2 times a week, getting a 3000 series model would be ideal.

Non-commercial food dehydrators do not normally compare to their commercial counterparts, but the Sunbeam Excalibur 3900 electric food dehydrator is a delightful exception. With nine trays and front loading similar to an oven, the Excalibur 3900 provides enough space to dehydrate food in bulk and even remove trays to accommodate thicker foods like raw breads recipes without compromising quantity or quality.

The square trays allow you to prepare elegant dishes and portion servings neatly and easily, unlike circular dehydrators. Although it uses a heavy duty motor to deliver consistent, even heat flow with its proprietary Turbo Charge Parallexx® Drying System, the motor is very quiet, so you can truly set it and forget it. The Excalibur food dehydrator is the cornerstone of the gourmet raw kitchen!

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My Personal Natural Oral Care Routine

Toothbrush with tiny flowers.

Many of my readers have been asking me what my routine is for natural oral care.

And to be honest, I hadn’t ever felt like I really had any sort of routine. In fact, it will likely surprise you what I do *most* of the time for oral care. And if anything, that would be more of what would be considered “routine” for me.

I will reveal that shortly.

In the meantime though… after some thinking… I realized that there are a certain number of things that I do… oral care wise, even if it isn’t every single day.

I would like to start off by saying… I do not rely on a dentist or dental hygienist to keep my oral health in check any more than I rely on a medical doctor to keep my physical health in check. I’m not convinced they are interested in the prevention or healing path, more than they are the medicine/surgery (bandage) path. Maybe I’m wrong, and I certainly cannot place all medical professionals under that umbrella.

At any rate… I take oral care into my own hands. And I will say… I have no tooth or gum pain, they look nice, and I have strong choppers, and a nice smile if I do say so myself 🙂

I think that the “routine” I follow for my health care contributes to:

  • a nice smile
  • good strong teeth
  • good breath
  • healthy sinuses
  • and fewer colds!

My MAIN Oral Care Tool

OK, I will confess. I actually brush my teeth maybe 5 to 6 times each day. But only when I am home all day (which is most of the time because I work from home).

And most of those times I don’t use any toothpaste at all… just water, and I only brush for less than a minute.

water and kitchen sink

I notice when my teeth feel yucky, and I gently brush them, and massage my gums with my medium bristled ordinary run-of-the-mill toothbrush. No expensive horsetail variety. Straight up pharmacy bought toothbrush for a buck. I change my toothbrush every 1 to 2 months. It’s not an expensive habit.

I take care to touch every tooth surface gently during these “quick-but-gentle brushings” and I angle my brush to about a 45, and gently clean the front of each tooth with a downward stroke. I then brush the tops and bottoms. I then do the same on the insides, and I spit a lot and rinse the toothbrush often. So yes, I DO keep the water running the whole time! Sorry about that.

Truth be told… like push-ups for exercise, if I was allowed only one thing for oral care, it would be this. I think that toothpaste is largely overrated. I do use some natural fluoride-free toothpaste here and there (I like Tom’s brand because the tube packaging used makes it easy to get all of the toothpaste out), and sometimes I even use toothpaste with fluoride (but very rarely).

However, I do also feel that healthy food choices contribute significantly to proper oral care (and even tooth healing!).

Morning Oral Care Routine

Aside from doing the quick and gentle water brushes as described above, most every morning I also include gentle “tongue scraping” in my oral care routine. In fact, it’s often the very first thing I do.

It’s quite a nasty thing. I think that throughout the night my body pushes out some nastiness onto my tongue as part of natural cleansing. But with a few scrapes and rinses, it disappears, and my tongue looks fresh and nice again.

I never gag myself anymore by trying to brush my tongue. I use this specially designed soft-metal tongue scraper and my breath is much much better, and my mouth is so much cleaner, because of it.

Another part of my morning routine, usually in the shower and/or while brushing… I pull up phlegm and spit a lot. Gross I know! I’m glad my family loves me! This, I feel, keeps my sinuses nice and clean, and keeps me healthier as a result.

As a kid, when I had a runny nose, I would generally suck it back and swallow. Again, gross I know! And my Dad would always say…. that stuff needs to come out, not stay in. Don’t be ashamed, and spit and blow that stuff out! Blow your nose thoroughly in the morning. Clean out that gargly mucous.

All of this is helpful, in my opinion, for optimal oral care, pleasant breath, and fewer respiratory illnesses. Try it!

Tea Tree Oil as Part of a Natural Oral Care Routine

tea tree oil
I love love love using tea tree oil for tooth and gum care. And really even to treat sores like cold sores. It is an incredible tool in the bathroom!

Before starting to use tea tree oil enriched oral care products, the idea to use it as a standalone product came to me after utilizing a mixture of essential oils in a similar way as I am about to describe.

There was a time when I used to visit the dentist and at multiple visits they would tell me that the gap between my gums and teeth was widening, either from vigorous brushing or some other improper tooth care routine.

Their suggestions, like “rubber tipping everyday” never worked. In fact, nothing they suggested worked and kept trying to convince me that root canals or tooth removal was in my future if I didn’t address this issue.

Well, I decided to listen to some advice by a natural tooth care professional (which I discussed before in an older article), which suggested I apply a mixture of essential oils (expensive!) to my dental floss before use. And this worked!! I noticed a difference, and upon my next visit to the dentist they confirmed it. The gaps between my teeth and gums were tightening up.

I was going to stop going at that point, but I went a couple more times afterwards to see if everything was continuing in the right direction, although I was feeling intuitively that it was. I actually ended up switching to using just 100% pure tea tree oil instead, and I was getting the same results. I realized after that there is a natural dental floss with tea tree oil baked right in. I use either method now.

If I apply the oil myself:

  1. I just take out a long strand of dental floss
  2. The I put a drop of tea tree on my thumb and finger
  3. The I slide my coated fingers down the floss, then floss as normal

It doesn’t taste wonderful I won’t lie, but it feels so cleansing.

I also sometimes add a drop or two to my wet toothbrush and brush my teeth with it. Be careful not to add too much if following along with this idea. It can burn. I find that adding a drop or two to a wet toothbrush has been perfectly fine for me.

Lastly, I choose a nice natural mouthwash that boasts its main ingredient as being tea tree oil. It is alcohol free, tastes bad, but works well. I swish a cap full around for several minutes for maximum effect, and rinse my mouth out multiple times with fresh water. It offers such a clean healthy feeling afterwards. Sometimes I may gargle a bit (diluted) if I feel the need to kill some germs around my throat area.

Natural Oral Care Routine

As mentioned above, I don’t do *all* of the steps described below multiple times a day, or even everyday at all. In fact, I might do them once per week, or 3 times per month… just whenever I feel the need. And when I have 20 minutes to dedicate to oral care.

I mostly do one or some of the steps, whatever I intuitively feel like doing at the time. If I tried to commit to doing them all regularly I think I would be wasting time, energy, and money and probably ultimately give up. I like my non-routine routine as it is.

OK… here are the steps for my oral care:

  1. Gentle tongue scraping
  2. Fresh water rinse
  3. Tea tree oil dental floss
  4. Gentle teeth/gum brushing with either: just water, water and tea tree oil, fluoride-free toothpaste, or regular ol’ toothpaste
  5. Sometimes I scrape my tooth surfaces with the tips of those personal angled flossers
  6. Thorough rinse, and possible gargle, with some good natural tea tree oil mouthwash
  7. Multiple fresh water rinsing
  8. Mucous cleaning: spitting, nose blowing… getting rid of the phlegm and loogies
  9. Sip a nice glass of room temperature water

Ahhhh…. now gimme a big mooch! I feel so fresh and so clean clean. 🙂


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Blendtec HP3A

blendtec blender

Several folks in the raw food community are often debating what the best blender to use for green smoothies and their raw meals is. It usually comes down to the top Vitamix and the top Blendtec blender. As you’ll see, the Blendtec HP3A is not only the best Blendtec but perhaps the very best blender available on the market.

The Blendtec Home HP3A blender comes with a 3 quart (or 96oz) BPA free carafe, instead of the 2 quart (or 64oz) carafe that used to be provided, and it also has an upgraded single prong blade. The blade is now 3 inches in length instead of 4 inches. The 3 quart carafe can also be purchased separately and can be put on any Blendtec base.

The larger carafe of course allows for more food to be blended at one time, it is a lot easier to clean, and because of the wider bottom and larger 4 inch blade, the blending process seems effortless, and as the Blendtec HP3A review video below shows, less oxidation occurs. It may be impossible to blend without any oxidation what-so-ever but this Blendtec stands above the other high speed blenders in that regard.

Oxidation occurs when the food contents heat up. Evidence of oxidation is shown in the color of the finished product, usually a brown color. However, the food contents are still cool upon completion when using the Blendtec.

Attributing to the minimized oxidation is likely the larger amount of space at the bottom of the carafe where the food sits. The food falls into the blade much easier and breaks down a lot quicker, not really giving the blender enough time to heat up, unlike a lot of other high speed blenders.

If you aren’t 100% sure what oxidation is, you may have seen the brown color on an apple that has sat out.. that is oxidation. It’s the rust on metal. And it has been said that when cells in our body become oxidized they become cancer cells.

Blendtec vs Vitamix

The YouTube video below shows a comparison between the Vitamix and the Blendtec. In fact there are 2 Blendtecs being demonstrated, one with a 3 quart carafe and one with a 2 quart. The demo is done by Matt Monarch and Angela Stokes-Monarch and a guest. Matt sometimes makes reference to the Blendtecs as K-Tecs but they are in fact the Blendtecs.

The HP3A Home Blender is the all-in-one appliance that makes smoothies, fresh juice, ice cream, milkshakes, cappuccinos, margaritas, soups, sauces, breads, dressings, salsas and more! It replaces up to 9 other appliances with one fast easy-to-use machine, at a fraction of the cost. This blender is essential in the raw food kitchen especially for hard root vegetables and nuts and seeds.

The HP3A we found to be quieter than the Vita mix and it weighs less. It takes up less counter space than the Vitamix. Additional specs of the Blendtec HP3A include: 3 peak horse power, 13 amps, 1500 watts and an auto-shutoff for safety.

When using the Blendtec we have found that there is no need to push down the ingredients and no need to shake the machine around. It blends on its own accord.

Blendtec Demonstration

Below is another YouTube video demonstrating the Blendtec HP3 done by Matt Monarch. As a bonus, the video also gives a recipe for a delicious energy soup (essentially a blended salad). I wrote out the recipe below the video.

Energy Soup Recipe

To prepare this soup, add chopped cucumber and zucchini to the bottom of the Blendtec carafe. Add your choice of sprouts, greens, and seaweeds. Add some avacodoes, garlic and lemon juice. The blended salad, as demonstrated in the video above remains cold (assuming your ingredients were cold) and is blended to a smooth consistency without any packing or shaking using the Blendtec HP3A home blender.