A Word on Gut Health
Probably one of the biggest stories to come out in the field of health over the past ten years or so has been the many, many ways in which gut health affects the average person.
From simple concepts such as the body’s ability to resist common infections likes colds all the way through the the growing evidence that Autism may have its roots in this vital system.
Both quantity and diversity of the gut flora are only just now beginning to be fully understood yet at the same time it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work out where it all went wrong.
The sheer lack of natural foods in the average diet and the disappearance of traditional preserving methods in favor of chemical and process based alternatives has seen a deterioration in our well being.
Sadly one of the first casualties in this war have actually been some of the tastiest!
I am speaking here of the vast range of fermented foods that have traditionally formed a normal part of our diets that have sadly disappeared.
Along with their disappearance has been a notable reduction in the variation of gut flora in our bodies and an increase in complaints related to it.
Check out the article below and take a look at the list of ferments foods you really should be adding back into your diet.
- 7 Things You Need To Know About Fermented Foods
What’s The Best Way To Whiten Teeth?
Carrying on in the slightly dental theme of this week I came across this video that gives some pretty good information on teeth whitening techniques and procedures.
Now given that this is a multi-million dollar a year industry you just know that by now it is really going to be hard to separate fact from marketing!
Check it out for some more science based information.
One of the oldest remedies for dealing with toothache is that of using cloves on the affected area.
In fact this remedy dates back centuries when it was noticed that the cloves had a mild anesthetic quality.
What probably wasn’t known at the time due to the discovery of germ actions coming much later, was that cloves also have a mild antiseptic quality to them as well.
A recent addition to the area of natural dental health has been coconut oil.
It has been discovered that there are two main benefits to using it.
The first is that it contains a specific acid (mild!) that helps enormously in breaking down tartar and removing stains from the teeth themselves.
The second one, and more in line with this article is that it acts as a very powerful antiseptic on the specific types of bacteria that tend to build up in the mouth.
In fact regular use of coconut oil can be very beneficial to overall dental health.
So for minor toothaches it is well worth trying a mixture of cloves powder and coconut oil to relieve the pain and fight bacteria.
Just remember to source organic versions of both and buy the cloves in whole form rather than ready made powder form.
That way there are more of the essential oils preserved in the cloves themselves.
You can use a grinder or mortar and pestle to reduce it to a powder.
Coffee is one of those things that seems to sawing in and out of the news on a regular basis.
One week it is going to kill us and the next week it is going to save us all from an early grave.
From poison to superfood in the blink of an eye!
Well as is often the case in situations like this the truth lies somewhere in the middle, there are good points and bad point and again, as is usual, the answer is moderation.
For a more scientific look at coffee, what it really is, how it works and what the effects of it are check the article below.
And here’s another article I found this week on coffee! Strange that coffee is represented a couple of time here this week as it is usually reserved for slow news weeks really!
This one goes a little into the actual method of preparing your daily brew and I was surprised to see that the main thrust of the article refers to, in America anyway, the new fangled “pressing” method.
Now anyone from Europe or just about anywhere else in the world would be a tad confused by that because the French Press method of making coffee is as old as the hills.
Makes me wonder exactly what method the Americans are most commonly using to brew their coffee but the tone of the article seems to suggest it is by filtering… how quaint!
Should You Swear More Often?
Hmmm.. I may possibly have to plead guilty on this one but the good news is that science is on my side!
It’s Healthy but Still Tasteless to Me!
My wife loves dragon fruit.. She tells me to eat it all the time because it is good for you and tastes delicious.
I think it has about as much flavour as a glass of water… but hey, that’s just me.
While I can argue with her on the subject of flavour there is no denying the other point which is that it is good for you. In fact it is very good for you particularly as a source of antioxidants.
But it doesn’t just stop there.
Check the article below for the full lowdown on dragon fruit.
Stand Up and Move It!
There is nothing new about the information contained in the following article regarding the benefits of moving rather than sitting for extended periods of time.
I think there have been more than enough studies to clearly show that the benefits of motion on the body are numerous and not insignificant.
However I am including this subject again this week because it really bears keeping in mind.
Our lives these days are so completely geared towards achieving motionless states that we really need to maintain an awareness of just how much each day we are actually moving.