When it comes to our health, it's not occasional binges or cheat days that make the difference; what we really need to keep a watchful eye on are the products we put on our bodies and the foods that we eat every day. The small things we do every day over a lifetime have an incomparably larger impact on our health than the things we do once in a while.
Below are some great ideas for small adjustments to your daily routine that could be a real difference maker in your health down the line...
The ingredients in most store bought deodorants are deplorable, the worst offenders being parabens and aluminum. My wife and I tried several natural deodorants from various stores, but none of them worked - at all. I finally found a way to make really great deodorant at home and it's super easy!
After trying several mixtures floating around out there on the web, I finally settled on using the following 3 ingredient mixture for our deodorant:
(this is enough to make about one 2.5 oz. bar for these containers)
5 tbsp. Shea Butter
3 1/2 tbsp. Baking Soda
20 drops Essentail Oil of your choice, we like to use Lavender
Melt shea butter in a glass jar or double boiler, stir in baking soda and essential oil. Let mixture cool for 3-4 hours, just until it begins to harden, then give it one last good stir before pouring into deodorant container. Allow to fully harden at room temperature for another few hours before use. Avoid the temptation to refrigerate this, as it may make the mixture stick to the container.
My first foray into questioning conventional knowledge on oral care was when I read the book Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, by Dr. Weston A. Price. Dr. Price shows that not only is conventional toothpaste harmful to us (especially our children), but brushing our teeth may not even be necessary at all. While I don't advocate not brushing, I do think that the importance of brushing teeth has been way overblown.
According to Dr. Price, and my family's own experience, cavities and other dental problems are the result of poor diet and malnutrition, not the result of poor oral hygiene.
Think that's a stretch? Look into it for yourself. Start by reading the above referenced book, then doing your own research on the topic, and as always be sure to check who is publishing the information you read and why they are publishing it.
As for toothpaste there is a long list of harmful or toxic ingredients that are commonplace in most store bought varieties. The most egregious chemicals found include fluoride, glycerine and triclosan. If you are still on the fluoride bandwagon, then it's time to get off. Do the research and wake up! Start by reading this article that outlines the origins of fluoride in our water supply. This is especially important for children, as fluoride has a whole host of negative side effects on the developing brain, including lowering their IQ by as much as 10 points! Glycerine adds a coating to the teeth, making it much more difficult for mineral reabsorption to take place, and triclosan is a cancer causing cleansing agent that has so far been banned from all hand soaps in the U.S., but still finds its way into many conventional toothpastes.
So what is the best toothpaste to use? Well, the best is often the easiest and this case is no exception. To make the toothpaste we use you'll need:
1 cup Coconut Oil
4-6 tbsp. Baking Soda
20-30 drops Essential Oil of your choice - we like Peppermint
2-3 small packets Stevia powder (optional, we don't use it)
Melt coconut oil in a jar or double boiler. Mix in baking soda and essential oil, then let sit at room temperature for 6-8 hours or overnight. Mix thoroughly again before first use.
The taste of this toothpaste takes some getting used to, as most of us are used to the super sweet and minty store bought stuff. I've come to not mind it at all, and I started both of our kids on it from day 1, so they have no complaints. My daughter tried regular toothpaste at grandma's house once, and she said it was terrible!