We can define oil pulling as the practice of swishing oil in your mouth to eliminate bacteria and improve oral hygiene.
You can think of the practice as a more natural alternative to washing your mouth with neon green Listerine that contains God-knows-what.
I first came across the practice of oil pulling a few years ago from a friend that was really interested in the study of Ayurveda.
But let me tell you…
After seeing it demonstrated and then trying it myself a few times — swishing that clear, viscous coconut through my mouth, fighting off a gag reflex, and feeling like my mouth contained something akin to the texture of a slug — I wasn’t immediately a fan for life.
But I’ve done quite a bit of research on the benefits of oil pulling for oral hygiene, and I’ve finally come around to incorporating it into my daily self-care routine.
Me at 7.15 this morning: Swishing coconut oil around my mouth while standing in the shower shampooing my hair and rubbing body wash beneath my armpits, loving it like it was the best thing since sliced bread.
So let’s look at some of the benefits of this practice
With all the different diets circulating around the news, it can become overwhelming to determine what nutrition information is correct and what isn't.
Almost every food on the planet has been criticized by one diet or another, at one time or another — nearly leading all of us to believe that no food is healthy for us, and that perhaps we would be better served not eating at all.
Nowadays, the internet provides us easy access to all the best information on food. The only caveat it that it also provides us quick access all the worst information on food.
So the process of finding the right information sometimes requires a little research.
That said, here are some considerations that will help us determine what nutrition information we should believe:
Eating vegan is a health trend that has grown in popularity over the recent years.
Yet the decision on whether or not to eat meat is still difficult for many people.
Eating meat has some advantages…
It tastes good. And for that reason, the majority of restaurants feature it as the staple in almost all of the options on their menu.
It provides lots of protein, one of the three important macronutrients. This is especially useful for people who are looking to grow more muscle and improve their strength.
And it leaves you feeling full and satisfied. For those of us looking to lose weight, that can provide a great advantage over consuming excess carbs.
Yet eating meat has a number of disadvantages.
And not only does eating meat have a number of disadvantages, eating all animal products in general (including dairy and eggs) have disadvantages.
So let’s take a look at some of the advantages of a vegan diet and how it can actually become a quiet practical and satisfying approach to eating…
There are little things that each and every one of us can do to improve our health every single day.
One of the most important of those is actually quite simple, although I admit that it can be a little bit more expensive.
And that is... eating organic.
But today, I want to give you a handful of reasons why eating organic is totally worth it.
I also want to tell you which foods are most/least important to buy organic if you cannot afford to buy absolutely everything organic…
I want to suggest some categories of food that will help you stay healthy. Staying healthy is essential to the practice of meditation.
I've split these up into the following 12 categories: