HEALTHY TOOTHPASTE- whiten your teeth WITHOUT toxins

I want to share with you my healthy toothpaste recipe I have been using for 10 years on myself and also on my children’s teeth.  It will clean your teeth in a superior manner, whiten your teeth without chemicals, and brighten your smile! It only has four, easily found ingredients.

I originally designed this toothpaste to avoid using the toxin laden common toothpastes. Most, if not all common toothpastes contain many toxic ingredients. Your mouth is made of highly absorbable tissues. So what you brush your teeth with is readily absorbed into your blood stream and affects all your body systems and your health. I will discuss a couple of toxins commonly found in toothpaste and then share my healthy toothpaste recipe with you. Lastly, I will comment on the benefits of using this fantastic, healthy toothpaste.

Triclosan, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), Aspartame and fluoride are all harmful chemicals found in common toothpastes today. There are many other chemicals found in toothpastes also. Triclosan is an antibacterial that has been linked with endocrine disruption, antibiotic resistance and cancer. SLS is a surfactant. Surfactants cause the foaming to occur and is linked to canker sores and skin irritation. When SLS is manufactured, it can be contaminated with a carcinogenic by-product. SLS is an insecticide and can have toxic effects to marine life also. Aspartame is used to sweeten toothpaste. It is converted to formaldelhyde in your brain and other sensitive areas in your body. It can cause great tissue damage and is linked to headaches, weakness, vertigo, memory problems, numbness, neuritis etc. The last chemical I wish to mention is fluoride. It is a major risk factor for horrible dental fluorosis (ironic isn’t it?)- especially in children as they tend to swallow alot of the toothpaste.

Nutritional Balancing is all about reducing our toxin exposure, and gently eliminating the toxins within our bodies. Why not avoid all these unwanted chemicals in common toothpaste which are doing your health harm? Perhaps you could try the following homemade healthy toothpaste that is so good to use. Your mouth feels cleaner than it does after using common toothpastes. Your breath is fresh. And it tastes good. Here’s my recipe:

 

Sari’s Healthy Toothpaste:

Ingredients:

12 tbsp sodium bicarbonate (bicarb soda)

2/3 tsp of salt

8 tsp glycerin

10 drops peppermint essential oil

Place the bicarb and salt into a small glass jar and mix. Add the glycerin and peppermint oil and mix well, being careful to get all the bicarb/salt from the corners at the bottom of the jar. Put the lid on.

If you are the only one using your new healthy toothpaste, dip your tooth brush into the jar and pick up a small amount of the paste. Lightly wet your tooth brush and brush away! If multiple people are using the tooth paste, get some paste onto a teaspoon and then dip your brush into that.

Do not use this toothpaste for your baby’s teeth as it is too abrasive. Once children are 3 or 4 they are old enough to use it. If you brush your teeth too vigorously you could harm your tooth enamel. It is important to brush your teeth using the correct technique. Wriggle your toothbrush from side to side in a small space (vibration like), rather than using big sweeping motions across the whole length of your row of teeth. Make sure you concentrate on the area where the gum meets the teeth as this is where the bad bacteria enjoy being.

Benefits of this homemade healthy toothpaste:

Bicarb soda is a natural antibacterial and has a pH of 8.3. This alkaline pH helps our mouths have a more alkaline environment which helps the good bacteria thrive. A more alkaline mouth environment means a less acidic environment. And acidic mouths cause dental decay. Bad bacteria flourish in acidic environments of ph5.5 or less. It is highly effective at killing Streptococcus mutans which is a significant contributor to tooth decay.

Bicarb soda is a gentle abrasive which removes stains from your teeth and whitens them without using toxic chemicals. Salt is also has a gentle abrasiveness.

Glycerin is a water-soluble, non toxic, viscous and hygroscopic fluid. This lovely viscous quality ensures your toothpaste has a toothpaste-like consistency! Your mixture will not freeze or become too watery over time with glycerin. It is the perfect carrier for your tooth paste.

Peppermint essential oil combats bad breath and is a potent antiseptic. It also is adds a wonderful flavour! Existing patients can order peppermint oil under Patient Login.

To book a personalised consultation with Sari please contact me today!

I would love to hear your comments and stories regarding making and using your own highly effective and tasty healthy toothpaste!

Smile with those newly whitened teeth you have, knowing you are doing the health of yourself and your family good.

Happy healing!

Sari.

THREE IMPORTANT CHANGES TO MAKE FOR YOUR KIDS (and your) HEALTH IN 2018

 

You love your children more than anything and want what’s best for them. Today I want to share with you three things you can do differently for your children in 2018. These three things will significantly improve their health NOW and in the years to come. These will help every cell in their bodies function much more optimally and help them grow and develop in a much more efficient and superior way than before. Children are so special and they deserve the correct nutrients so their bodies can grow as designed to, and so they can reach their genetic potential.

3 CHANGES TO MAKE FOR YOUR KIDS

  1. Remove empty carbohydrate snacks from their diet and replace with nutrient-dense snacks.

Remove biscuits, potato chips, lollies, white bread, fast food burgers, chips etc from your children’s diets. These are full of sugar, chemicals and grains that have had all their good nutrients taken out of them. They are hard on digestion, often causing all sorts of issues from constipation to eczema.  You can still pack the following suggestion sinto lunch boxes, all your school mums out there! By removing empty carbohydrate foods, you are also opening up more space to give your child lots of great, much needed nutrients!

Replace with quality protein to help with every area of their growth, such as

  • Chicken drumstick
  • Boiled egg
  • Lamb chop
  • Bowl of yoghurt

OR Replace with quality whole carbohydrates to give them much needed minerals such as selenium:

  • Blue corn chips
  • Other veggies chips (you can easily make these yourself also)

AND/ OR Replace with a bowl of veggies for loads of minerals, vitamins and the best quality fibre.

  • Steamed frozen peas with butter or yoghurt
  • Steamed veggies such as a corn cob, or carrot sticks etc with butter or yoghurt.

2. Change their sugary carbohydrate breakfast cereal to high quality, real, highly nutritious foods to keep them full for longer. Some suggestions:

  • Boiled or poached eggs with vegetables
  • Bowl of frozen steamed peas with runny eggs on top
  • Sardines mixed through mashed sweet potato
  • Silverbeat quiche (this can be made in advance and eaten cold- yummo!)
  • Scrambled eggs with veggies

3. Eliminate all drinks except good quality spring water or carbon-filtered tap water.

Most drinks are full of refined sugar, rotting kids teeth and their insides. Even fruit juices are full of natural fructose which rots the teeth also. Kids (and adults) need much more water than they are getting. Think of each cell in their bodies as either grapes or sultanas. You want body cells to be big, plump, hydrated grape-cells, not shrivelled up, dehydrated sultana– cells. The latter does not allow nutrients to get into the cells so they can work properly. The sultana cells also do not allow the waste that the cell generates to get out of the cell and out of the body! GO FOR GRAPE CELLS! Get them to drink plenty of good quality water, between meals.

  • Buy convenient sized spring water from your local supermarket and pop a straw in for the little tackers to drink throughout the day.
  • Buy a carbon-filter to filter your own tap water.

These three changes will honestly make such as big impact on your children’s health. Put one into practice each week over the next 3 weeks and you would have formed some great new habits with your kids, just in time for the beginning of the school year! Watch your kids grow and blossom and excel at school next year. Your kids will thank you for it in years to come.

If you are serious about getting your kids happy, healthy and thriving, then a Nutritional Balancing program is perfect! It will balance your child’s body chemistry so that every cell is working optimally. Minerals are the building blocks of our bodies. If there is too much of something and not enough of another, things start to go wrong and not work properly. Even if your child is not a sick child, they may suffer from behaviour issues, skin problems, digestive discomfort etc. Balancing their body will ensure these seemingly small issues are resolved. Check out the Nutritional Balancing information and get serious about your family’s health. Sign up for Sari’s Natural Medicine Nothing But Health Tips on the side panel on the website to receive health tips direct to your inbox.

Contact me for a tailor-made personalised health care plan for your child or yourself today!

Happy healing!

 

Sari

DEEP BREATHING FOR GREATER HEALTH AND WELL-BEING

Ah, to deep breathing is truly a wonderful thing. At its simplest, it clears your head and relaxes you beautifully.  If you’d like to decrease your anxiety and stress levels, improve your cognitive achievements, enhance your memory, improve your mood, and increase your blood oxygenation, then you better learn how to practice breathe deeply now!

 

Proven benefits:

In fact, a research study just published illustrated how primary school children’s anxiety levels were reduced, and test performance increased, by simply practicing deep breathing before their school test (Khng, KH 2017).

Another recently published research study (Perciavalle et al 2017), found that adults practicing deep breathing induced an effective improvement in their mood and stress levels. This was measured using both self-reported subjective evaluations and objective parameters such as heart rate and salivary cortisol levels.

Practicing your deep breaths is even more effective if you do it standing up! A group of researchers measured the blood oxygenation level, heart rate, subjective breathing ability, blood pressure and pain of patients who had cardiac surgery performed a couple of days prior (Pettersson et al 2015). This randomised control study illustrated that the group of patients who practiced the deep breathing standing up, had significantly improved blood oxygenation levels when compared with the sitting group. This was also the case after resting for 15 minutes after the deep breathing.

Still haven’t convinced you? Well, yet another study, published in Scientific Reports has shown that deep breathing enhances complex cognitive functions such as memory, in particular the retention of motor memories ( Yadav & Mutha 2016). After the experimental group practiced deep breathing for 30 minutes, they retained a motor skill ‘strikingly’ better than the controls whom simply rested for 30 minutes. This was true immediately after the breathing, and also 24 hours later. The experiment was repeated and it was found that there was significantly improved retention after 24 hours.

An Iranian research study (Haghani & Shariatpanahi 2011) examined medical students who were either given the task of deep breathing and stretching during their genetics class, or not. There was a significant difference between the two groups. The stretchers and deep breathers had significantly increased test achievement scores. The researchers highly recommended all classes and educational workshops include deep breathing and stretching.

 

Recommendations:

I recommend doing at least 30 minutes of deep breathing daily. And since I love to SMILE and find any excuse to do it, I recommend you smile on the exhale for even MORE health benefits. Get yourself a little alarm app on your phone and set a subtle alarm for every 30 minutes. When you hear that little ‘blip blip’ go off, take 4 big deep breaths and smile on each exhalation. Ahhhhh, how can you not be in a good mood after that?

I highly recommend you read Dr. Wilson’s article Breathing Properly for Health for instructions on how to learn to breathe deeply and properly. You won’t regret it.

Tell me your thoughts regarding Deep Breathing in the box below, and please ask me any questions you may have!

Breathe deeply, and heal happily!

Sari

 

References:

Haghani, F, & Shariatpanahi, k 2011, ‘Influence of Stretching and Deep Breathing Exercises on Test Achievement Scores of Medical Students in Isfahan Medical University, Iran’, Iranian Journal of Medical Education, vol. 11, no. 1, pp. 1-8.

Khng, KH 2017, ‘A better state-of-mind: deep breathing reduces state anxiety and enhances test performance through regulating test cognitions in children’, Cognition & Emotion, vol. 31, no. 7, pp. 1502-1510. Available from: 10.1080/02699931.2016.1233095. [29 November 2017].

Perciavalle, V, Blandini, M, Fecarotta, P, Buscemi, A, Corrado, D, Bertolo, L, Fichera, F, Coco, M, & Di Corrado, D 2017, ‘The role of deep breathing on stress’, Neurological Sciences, vol. 38, no. 3, pp. 451-458. Available from: 10.1007/s10072-016-2790-8. [29 November 2017].

Pettersson, H, Faager, G, & Westerdahl, E 2015, ‘Improved oxygenation during standing performance of deep breathing exercises with positive expiratory pressure after cardiac surgery: A randomized controlled trial’, Journal Of Rehabilitation Medicine, vol. 47, no. 8, pp. 748-752. Available from: 10.2340/16501977-1992. [29 November 2017].

Yadav, G, & Mutha, PK 2016, ‘Deep Breathing Practice Facilitates Retention of Newly Learned Motor Skills’, Scientific Reports, vol. 6, p. 37069. Available from: 10.1038/srep37069. [29 November 2017].

 

NUTRITIONAL BALANCING HOLIDAYS TIPS

‘Take rest; a field that has rested gives a beautiful crop’ -Ovid.

If now’s the time for you to rest and have some fun (when isn’t that the time?) then this blog may be for you! You have been doing Nutritional Balancing for a little while now and are feeling so much better that you decide to go away on holidays! Once you have got into your Nutritional Balancing (NB) ‘Spa Routine’ at home, the next challenge is to maintain this routine whilst you are away from home. Depending on how long you will be away, and where you are going, will dictate how appropriate each of the following NB Holiday tips are.

My family of 6 has successfully traveled whilst all maintaining our Nutritional Balancing schedules. It can be done! And we’ve had lovely relaxing, fun times away together whilst doing it.  I have used each of the following tips in different circumstances with good effect. You can do it too!

Here is a list of suggested tips to help you continue on Nutritional Balancing whilst you are away on holidays, or with work. I hope this helps minimise any overwhelming feelings regarding travelling on a NB program.

SUPPLEMENTS

  • Take a bottle of each of your prescribed supplements with enough tablets inside to get you through. If your body chemistry has been changing a lot lately, then take a bottle of any others that you have recently been prescribed. In the event that your body chemistry does change whilst you are away, the last thing you want is to be without those supplements! You can take a big sigh of relief if I make a prescription change and you have the correct supplements with you.

DIET

  • Take your organic fresh vegetables, including juicing carrots with you. Or, work out where the closest Organic Green Grocers is to your accommodation, and the hours they open, and purchase once you arrive.
  • Take some blue corn chips for easy snacks or ‘NB nacho’ style meals. They are sold at Coles around Australia, but perhaps not in smaller areas. I always take lots with us (yes we do fit all of this food and 6 persons worth of stuff in our car!)
  • Chose accommodation that has the required space in the fridge and freezer.
  • Cook up anything that you can freeze and take with you. There is definitely room to compromise on NB when on holidays. One compromise we make is taking cooked frozen quiche for breakfasts, cooked frozen thick soups for lunches, and cooked frozen vegetable muffins for snacks. Cook up big batches of chicken/ lamb/ beef casseroles with loads of vegetables. Freeze and take with you.
  • If you have a large family and your accommodation only has small saucepans and steamers, then take your large one with you. It is very time consuming having to steam vegetables in batches. You can fit corn chips or other food/ items into your big saucepan when you pack it, to maximise space.
  • Take the required amount of frozen organic meat with you in an esky, or find out ahead of time if there is somewhere to purchase it near where you’ll be staying.
  • You can also choose to compromise and eat the best meat that local butches or supermarkets have to offer, instead of organic meat.
  • Purchase frozen peas or frozen vegetables from the supermarket. This makes a quick and easy steamed vegetable breakfast and helps get those 6-9cups of cooked vegetables in! Add butter, sea salt, herbs or spices to your liking.
  • When eating out, choose dishes that comply with food combining. Choose either protein and vegetables, or starch/carbohydrate and vegetables. Ask for double or triple serves of the cooked vegetables. For breakfasts, the egg options are usually best, or go for a carbohydrate. You’re unlikely to get many vegetables in though! Steaming frozen vegetables is your best option.
  • In small motel rooms, microwaves are usually available, or you can pack your electric steamer and use that to cook your vegetables.
  • You can also take a supplement called EndoVeggies to help mitigate your decrease in vegetable consumption. Please discuss this with me prior to your trip.
  • For your daily carrot juice you can take your juicer with you. Either purchase or pack your juicing carrots. You can buy organic bottled carrot juice in some areas.

WATER

  • You can choose to pack a carbon-filter jug with you and filter the tap water.
  • You can purchase bottled spring water throughout most of Australia.
  • If you are travelling in the outback, drinking any safe water is appropriate.

DAILY HABITS

  • Try to maintain your gentle walking, stretching and the spinal twist. Perhaps some gentle walks and stretching at the beach would be pleasant!
  • Maintain your good sleep habits with perhaps a night off here and there to stay out late if you desire.
  • You can still maintain your meditation, deep breathing, relaxation and reflexology and your morning and evening Nutritional Balancing ‘Spa Routine’ with the odd night off.

SAUNA

  • This is the one thing we do not take with us! I do not even take a single red heat lamp, though others have with success. Before you leave, find out where a close sauna is, ideally a NIR, however gyms often have FIR ones that will do the trick whilst you are away. Many resorts also have saunas and some offices if you are on a working trip.
  • You can safely skip saunas whilst you are away. Upon resuming once you’re settled back home, just ease back into it, depending on how long you stopped for. Discuss this with me and I will advise accordingly.

ENEMAS

  • Pack your enema kit and your ground coffee beans. It is much easier to not grind your beans while you are away! You can of course, purchase your ground coffee beans whilst away too.
  • Most bathrooms have somewhere to hang your bag. I haven’t enough room to take my yoga mat, so I just lie on towels on the bathroom floor. Once there was not enough room for that, so I used the hallway between the bathroom and the toilet! Where there’s a will, there’s a way!
  • If you are unable to do your enemas and are worried about your bowels, discuss this with me and I can adjust your digestive enzyme and other supplement dosages.
  • GB3 and Betaine HCL and pepsin will kill most organisms that you may unknowingly ingest!

Lastly, please remember I am only an email away! If you become unwell or have a healing reaction whilst on holidays, please let me know! The only thing worse than suffering in silence, is suffering in silence whilst holidaying!

Please ask me if you have any questions regarding your next trip away and Nutritional Balancing. There are many options to assist you to keep up your good healthy habits, minimise any unwanted symptoms, and have a fantastic time away!

Happy Holiday Healing!

Sari.

 

ALL THINGS CARROTS!

ALL THINGS CARROTS!

Carrots are tasty, sweet and extremely good for you. Eating cooked carrots is far more important than drinking the juice, however drinking the juice does provide you some yummy benefits.

This article focuses on all things carrots, just to give you a boost in your carrot- consumption- motivation!

Carrots are so nourishing because they contain high levels of a very useable form of calcium and other minerals such as potassium. They also contain Vitamin K, B vitamins, bioflavanoids, and anti-oxidant substances such as carotene. The carotenes are what give the carrots their gorgeous colour and it is converted into Vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A is exceptional for eye health, and proper immune system function.

Few other foods contain as much calcium as carrots do. Dairy is a great source however the pasteurisation and homogenising destroys most of it. Raw dairy is preferable.

Research has shown that carrots lower blood cholesterol, decrease risk of several types of cancer, aid in eye health and digestion, and promote weight loss.

Carrots do so much good… but I ask you: Why did the carrot get an award? Because he was out standing in his field!!

Please cook and juice your (preferably organic) carrots. Do not eat them raw, as the tough fibre makes it very difficult for your body to extract the many beneficial minerals. The cooked fibre feeds all your good bacteria in your gut, improving your overall health and decreasing your risk of illness. Cooked and juiced, the humble carrot helps to alleviate constipation and keeps you using your bowel regularly.

 

The best ways to enjoy your carrots:

  • Cooked via pressure cooking. Chop carrots and place in pressure cooker with a small amount of water depending on how many carrots you are cooking. Cook for 5-7 minutes.
  • Cooked via steaming. Cut up and then place in steamer basket over some water in a saucepan. Steam for 30-40 minutes until the fibres have turned soft. Place some butter on top and serve. Drink the water or add it to your stock pot.
  • Cooked via roasting. Cut carrots and place in baking dish with a little olive oil and cumin seeds. Roast for 1-1.5hours at 180C.
  • Juice them alone or with a small amount of greens such as kale, silverbeat, spinach or parsley.
  • Feed them to your babies/ young children after simply mashing the cooked carrot up.
  • Eat carrots either alone as a mono-meal, or with a variety of other vegetables. Due to their sweetness, they go well with vegetables that aren’t so sweet, such as turnips and rutabagas. They combine well with a protein such as lamb, chicken, eggs, sardines or cheese. OR they combine well with a complex high quality carbohydrate/ starch such as quinoa, millet, amaranth, rice or blue or yellow corn.

Whilst on a Nutritional Balancing Program, and indeed if you are not, carrot juice is a delicious treat to enjoy.

  • Drink 300-350ml of fresh organic carrot juice daily. This is not essential on NB, however you will be providing your body with a burst of nutrients especially calcium which will speed your healing! Don’t drink more than this as you will be interrupting your digestion and unbalancing your blood glucose levels!
  • Make and drink your carrot juice as fresh as possible to gain the most goodness. It lasts well for 24 hours in the fridge. Purchasing a home juicer is worth the extra health you will obtain. There is no need to pay hundreds of dollars for a top quality juicer. The best things to look out for are cold-pressed juices, and ones that actually juice- don’t blend. You want the juice to be extracted and the fibre to be separated out. I give all our carrot fibre to our chooks!
  • You can purchase carrot juice from some health food shops, and supermarkets. Try and get one with no additives, and one that hasn’t been pasteurised for maximum benefit.
  • Please don’t give carrot juice (and definitely not fruit juices) to children under age 10. It is very sweet and young children are usually fast oxidisers and cannot handle the extra carbohydrates.
  • Drink your carrot juice 1.5 hours after a meal, and 15 minutes before a meal. The liquid will dilute your stomach digestive enzymes and inhibit proper digestion of your food if you drink it close to or with a meal. Drink it alone.

So with so much goodness, and such a lovely sweet flavour, how could you NOT incorporate carrots into your daily lives? A carrot juice a day is a great afternoon snack, and a large serve of carrots every second day will serve you and your body well.

Of course, you could make thick carrot soup. But how do you make gold soup? You put 24 carrots in it!

 

Happy Healing!

Sari

Pressure cookers and why you’ll love one

Want to learn about pressure cookers and how they can make your life much easier? Here are my thoughts on why you should invest in a pressure cooker today! Firstly, pressure cookers are a huge time saver for people on Nutritional Balancing programs.

Investing in a pressure cooker makes life much easier on Nutritional Balancing programs! The amount of vegetables required to eat each day can be very time consuming to cook, especially if you have many mouths to feed like I do!

Pressure cookers cut cooking time down dramatically- by 50% or more! And 90-95% of nutrients are retained! You can cook anything that can be steamed, boiled and braised in them. You can brown your meat first, then add all your cooked vegetables. After a few short minutes (4-6) they are all cooked. So less time, and more nutrients!

Casseroles, stews, and curries are all delicious from a pressure cooker. If you are cooking for small numbers, you can cook a big batch of vegetables and then enjoy them for your next 3 meals of the day! You can cook so many different things in them, but I concentrate on meat and veggies, or just veggies.

I have invested in a large 12L size pressure cooker. It feeds my family of 6 for one meal. The bigger the better, so that  there is less time spent on cooking/preparation throughout the day for you.

Electric and stove-top pressure cookers are available in various sizes. Search the internet to ascertain which type is best for you. Mine is a stove-top, as they don’t make electric ones big enough for my family! It is just a big pot with a special pressure lid. You can use it like a normal saucepan. The pressure builds up when you place the lid on, and then once cooked, you release the pressure through a valve. It is very safe and easy to use. It is noisy as the steam escapes, but this only lasts one minute.

Lastly, choose a stainless steel pressure cooker to avoid unwanted toxins from teflon or the like. You are working so hard to regain your health and happiness, you don’t want to add toxins back in again!

I hope this helps many of you cut down your cooking time, and therefore have more time to spend with your loved ones.

Happy Healing!

Sari.

Welcome to Sari’s Natural Medicine website!

Welcome to Sari’s Natural Medicine! I am so excited to launch this website for the general public who wish to explore how Sari’s Natural Medicine can help them. It is also, most importantly for my wonderful existing patients.

This website will develop over time, so please come back and visit often!

As always, feedback is warmly welcomed and appreciated.

Please enjoy reading.

Happy healing!

Sari Young.