5 ways I keep my teeth white and my gums healthy!

Well, hello dear folks, I’m coming to you today with these wonderful ways I keep my teeth white and my general oral health on point! I get asked a lot about it, so I thought I’d share and no I’ve never had them whitened. #smiles

 

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1: I do oil pulling once or twice a week minimum. This is the best way to keep your teeth white and your gums healthy as well. It involves swishing a tablespoon of oil in your mouth on an empty stomach for around 20 minutes. This practice draws out toxins in your body, primarily to improve oral health but also to improve your overall health.

 

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I usually do it with coconut oil but I also do it with sesame seed oil which is also good for our teeth and gums health. Plague/ tooth tartar is fat soluble which is why oil pulling works as it makes it softer.

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P.s.  Sesame seed oil has a nutty taste to it, so you might not like it.

If you want to know more about it and find out about my experiences, click at the link below.

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2: I make a tooth paste using baking soda and coconut oil which is absolutely the bomb! Baking soda has whitening properties and is normally added to a commercial toothpaste.

Here’s how:

  • Mix 4 teaspoons of banking soda powder ( not banking powder) and
  • 2 teaspoons of raw & unrefined coconut oil

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  • Mix them well until they give you a paste, which will look like this:

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I use this paste twice a day either on it’s own and/or mixed with a normal toothpaste. It has a salty taste to it, so you might be better off mixing it with a normal toothpaste.

If you want you can also add activated charcoal to your baking soda and coconut toothpaste. This works but it also stains the sink. You can do it for the first 7 days and then carry on with your oil pulling and the other methods. You don’t necessarily need this. But if you insist, GO AHEAD!

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3: I make a mouth wash with black pepper, cinnamon and Himalayan salt ( even sea salt is ok to use). Mix all of the ingredients with warm water and it’s ready to use.

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 I love love love this mouthwash. It’s all natural, chemical free and no alcohol but it works better than Listerine. Guaranteed! plus your pocket will thank you.

Learn how to make this here: That Homemade mouthwash for healthy gums!

 

4: I floss at least once a week: This can be a daunting experience but it needs to be done. There just isn’t any other way! 😦 

If your teeth bleed a lot when you brush, you simply need to floss like there is no tomorrow. I’m not gonna lie, sometimes I do forget and they used to bleed but since I started oil pulling and using the electric tooth brush, using my mouth wash they are in a much better condition. Make sure you use the mouth wash during flossing though.

5: I use electric tooth brush. Now I know what you’re going to say, ” but, Bersi it’s too expensive” and I’ll say; Come on now,  if you see it as a long term investment, then you’re still winning mate.

Trust me! I used to say that to myself too and I have used Oral B Pulsar forever ( cos’ I used to get them on sale all the time and they were cheap, until they were not anymore); but it was  and still is battery operated and I got tired of buying them over and over again. The only solution was electric tooth brush and trust me,  I never regretted it.

My first experience: At first I bought the Superdrug brand cos’ I wanted to see if I was going to like it first. I thought it was good until I used Oral B Pro 600. #bestdiscoveryEver

LET ME TELL YOU!!! it is the best thing ever. It’s just the BOMB and I think everyone should have it. I bought mine on sale for £24.99 from Superdrug.

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Please Note: Do not brush too harshly and avoid pressing it too hard. Just place it on your teeth and let it slide gently. you’re just there to guide it through and lead it where you want it to go.  #NotaRocketScience

Teeth. Soooo needy! 🙂

Hope these tips will inspire you and make you smile 🙂

As always with Love- Bee xoxo

 

Women of our generation!

The world we live in today is funny, emotional, corrupt, heartless, demanding, damaging, bloodsucking…etc The list is endless; and we have to fight for what we believe in otherwise we’ll get killed. We have to really stand up and protect ourselves and fight for dear life. Especially if you’re not an ass kisser like me. It doesn’t get easier. Today, we have two worlds and two generations fighting for what they believe in and never agreeing on one thing and we’re stuck in the middle. Because though we are one, we come from different times and generations. And one thinks their way is better than the other.

Today we have a lot of people leaving their families behind and starting their journey on their own to see where life might take them, but this comes with a big sacrifice. There’s a lot of people like me who left their families back home and moved to a different continent with a different culture and tradition trying to follow their bliss and have a better life. My journey has been nothing but challenging and I’m grateful for the hardships I went through cos’ it really made me appreciate how far I’ve come, how I see life  and where I’m headed. All the people I met and the troubles I’ve overcome made me wiser, kinder, better and stronger. Amen to that!

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When people move in groups, I stayed in my lane,  I didn’t mind being a loner because I knew where I was headed. It never did bother me. I did my own shit, dressed like I wanted, never really followed a crowd. I was always in a different space and place. I stayed true to myself, been hurt too many times and vowed to never hurt anyone I encounter on my journey. I moved on purpose. Everything I did, I made sure I did out of love and care.. Of course, I made mistakes but they only made me sharper and focused. I always found ways to feed my soul, did what I had to do to survive, I was there for the people who needed me, not because I had to, but because I wanted to. Just for love. Nothing else. But in the process of it all I lost myself. I was a servant and I still am. Because I believe that’s why I’m here. To serve humanity. But I completely lost myself because I thought I didn’t matter and since I was always the strong one, I ignored myself, because I thought I could do it all. Which is absolutely a massive mistake. But on the good side, I thought myself to be humble, kept my feet on the ground and stayed grounded. So many times I fell and got back up again. As the new generation and time got me thinking; I always tell myself, I got to do better, I have to be better than I was yesterday, I need to grow and move elegantly through life.

 

Meanwhile;

my grandmother and my mother’s generation is different to mine. They lived in a time where arranged marriage is acceptable and the highest achievement in life is to get married and have kids.  And all they could think of is for me get married and have kids. It feels like all my achievements in life, my ambitions and dreams, the way I am, how far I’ve come, my struggles and all that I am is never enough and is so not appreciated. I find myself growing apart from my family because I know I’m a disappointment to them. Regardless of how hard I tried to make them see my point of view, I will never succeed and they will never understand. And I will never understand their way of life either. Two generations who come from one land fighting for what they believe in but no one is winning.

We live in different times and ages. If a woman refuses to live the life that’s planned for her, she gets disowned by her parents because she said no to live the life they want for her. Their best line is” we know what’s best for you and we want you to be happy”. Wait, hold up! Did I say I’m sad? And you may have known me when I was little but 15 years later, I’m a different person. They need to understand their version of what’s best for us in their eyes might not actually be the best thing for us. They need to allow people to move on at their own pace, let them live life the way they want to and just let them be. And if we don’t obey we get disowned? What ignorance. It really breaks my heart to see that women of our time and age are not appreciated for who they are without a husband and kids. Life is more than that. Open your eyes.

 

Maybe this should sum up what women of our age are like:

we are the women of our time. We struggle, we fight, we overcome. We might need to work twice as hard to get where we want to get to, but even then we still never give up. We shouldn’t! We simply can’t! We’re stronger that we’ll ever be. We are the women of our time and generation! And we’ll always rise!

DEAL WITH IT!

Rice water toner for shrinking pores, moisturising and cleansing skin!

No rose water? No problem! We can now use rice water as a face toner/cleanser!

That’s right you heard me right! Rice water is a great substitute for your regular toner and helps in reducing the size of the pores on your skin. It made my skin so clean and super smooth, my skin glows after I use it; and it definitely helped my pores shrink too. I love eating rice and I guess my skin loves it too. Happy days 🙂

There are 3 different methods to make it:   boiling, fermenting and no-boil quick method. I use the no boil quick method and I sometimes use the boiling method as well when I want to add in extra flavours or things- in this case orange peel.

You’ll need:

A cup of any rice and 2 cups of water. I use brown rice and the beauty of it is that you get to choose the type of rice you want to use. *wink* *Wink*

Instructions:

No boil quick method: First rinse the rice with about a cup of water to remove any dirt or impurities. But don’t over clean it- just rinsing it once is enough. If you wash it out properly, you’re going to lose all the goodness we’re after. STOP IT! Once you rinse it, place the rice in a bowl and cover with a cup of water. Let the rice soak for about 45 minutes. Swirl it around every 5 minutes until the water turns cloudy. Done!

The boiling method: You can also boil the rice to extract rice water. All you need to do is boil the rice using more water than you would normally do. Once it starts boiling take out the excess water, let it cool and use. This rice water will be very concentrated, so make sure to dilute it with plain water until it is just slightly cloudy.

Fermenting method: this is where you get to leave the rice soaking overnight. I tried fermenting it and boy is it a long process or what. FORGET IT!

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Mine has that yellow-ish look as I put orange peel in it. I boiled the orange peel with the rice for 5 minutes and this is what gives it that orange color.

How to use it:

Dip in a cotton pad into the rice water and gently massage your skin with it for a minute. Use this every day- morning and evening after you wash your face. You can also use it to cleanse your skin after you use a mask. Don’t worry if you skip a day. I do it too.

Storage: you can store it in a fridge for up to a week and make sure you shake it well before using it. I keep mine for 7 days maximum. Please bin it after day 7, it starts to smell funky and I don’t trust it.

Benefits:

Rice water also has moisturising, antioxidant, and healing properties that help to improve circulation, prevents or fade age related spots, and ease inflammation to give you healthy, better moisturised and clear skin. As long as it’s left on the skin, rice water is even believed to offer mild protection from the sun.

Orange peel:

The abundant vitamin C and anti-oxidants in orange peels prevent your skin from getting too oily or dry. When applied to skin, they also work as a toner, removing dead cells and dirt and tightening pores.

Warning!

Although it’s generally okay to eat the skins of fruits, I advise only doing so with organically farmed fruit. Why? Most farms spray insecticides to keep pests away. These insecticides remain on the fruit skin and may even penetrate deep into the flesh of the fruit. When consumed, the effects can be ugly, especially for children. Organic fruits have a lower risk, though you should still make sure to thoroughly wash them before consuming.

After you’re done with the rice, you can still make a good dish out of it. Don’t throw it away.

Quote of the day!

Abundance is not the absence of scarcity; it is the presence of abundant mentality.”
Debasish Mridha

Back problems and Yoga!

Well, hello dear folks

Recently I have been experiencing a back pain and I’ve noticed this only happens when I go on holidays. The reasons could be endless but I suspect it could be because I stop stretching and exercising at all, apart from walking endlessly trying to discover as much as I can. I hear you say walking should be enough for exercising but it’s not good enough as you only move the same muscles and forget about the rest. Common sense!!! I love site seeing too. Good! I hear you say, but it could also be a problem if you don’t rest up properly and don’t do your stretching. My love for walking and site seeing didn’t marry up properly without stretching. Usually I do yoga in the mornings before going to work and if I start feeling back pain I stretch like there is no tomorrow, but carefully as I don’t want to pull any muscles out of their resting place. *sigh*

Yoga is one of the best things that I have ever discovered. It’s well underrated and underestimated. I discovered that the perception of it is very wrong. Though it comes from the Buddha, it doesn’t necessarily mean you worship Buddhism if you practice yoga; and this is what most people think. Another perception is that yoga is just sitting down pointing your fingers and humming. WRONG! I thought the same, before I actually discovered the real deal. Not only it’s good for stretching, but it also helps with your core strength and with toning up. It thought me how to breathe, how to balance, listen to my body and relax.

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I went to see a doctor as the pain was excruciatingly painful; and guess what she told me to do? Stretching! That’s right. You guessed it or not.

The reason why I wanted to share this is ‘cos I wanted everyone to get used to stretching and exercising even if it’s a little bit. Don’t ignore your body! If exercising is a bit boring for you and you’re not cut out for it- then dancing is always an option as you move every muscle of your body and is the best exercise one can get. If dancing is out of question, then you either need to think about it or find something else you can do that can move your muscles. You don’t have to spend hours doing it- 30min a day is enough. If dancing isn’t good either, well then- you need help!

Having said that though, we also need to watch what we eat and be careful about our diet. I have realised HEALTH IS THE BIGGEST WEALTH! I think this was a wake-up call for me. Don’t underestimate it. Spend a little cash on your wellbeing. Go crazy! don’t be shy! Go to sauna or have a SPA day if you can. Instead of spending it on alcohol or a big night out- spend it on your health. See it as a long term investment. You will see you’ll feel better and refreshed after and money well spent too. The bottom line is you need to treat your body with respect- if not then it won’t respek ( with Ali G’s voice) you back.

Quote of the day

No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path– Buddha

Peace and Love! till next time 😉

Epsom salt!

Dear readers, as promised here’s some facts and my personal experiences on Epsom salt and why we should always have it at home and use it. Epsom salt is not actually salt but a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate.

Epsom salt is a miracle I’ve discovered by accident. I was just looking to get any type of dead sea salt as I’ve read it’s good for our health and skin too, but instead I found Epsom salt and boy do I love it!!! So far, no regrets and money well spent.  It has so many uses and benefits but we’re going to focus on health today.

 Here are some health benefits of the miracle salt:

·         Relaxes the nervous system

·         Cures skin problems

·         Soothes back pain and aching limbs

·         Eases muscle strain

·         Draws toxins from the body

·         It boosts magnesium levels- will talk about magnesium next time

·         Reduces pain and inflammation

How I use it?

There’s different ways of using Epsom salt:

1: On a damp skin you can start rubbing a handful of Epsom salt gently ( don’t be too harsh on the skin). Leave it until it dries which takes about 2 minutes. Your skin will look ashy so don’t be alarmed by it. Then was it off. This process easily removes dead cells helping your skin look healthier and feel softer. You will feel a little itchy until it dries, but it will go away as soon as you wash it- so be patient, it’s not burning your skin.

2:  You can make a body scrub as shown below. All you need is about 4 tablespoons of epsom salt, 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, 1 tablespoon of olive oil and a lemon/lime zest with or without the juice. Massage it on your skin gently and rinse after 2min. Your skin is going to thank you for this.

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3: You can have a bath with it or even add a bit of baking soda for extra muscle relief after a workout. Trust me, this is one of the best things I’ve ever discovered. I soak for about 30minutes and the skin does not get wrinkly at all. I take a glass of water with me to drink when I have my bath. Make sure you finish your water, you might feel dizzy if you don’t hydrate yourself when you come out. You’ll need about 2 cups of the salt for your bath. If you want to add the baking soda to it, first you need to transfer your 2 cups in a large plastic container then add boiling water and gently put about 2 tablespoons of baking soda. Be careful of the reaction as it gets fizzy. After it’s nicely mixed pour it on your bath water. You can add essential oils if you want to make your bathing experience extra special and relaxing. Lavender oil is perfect for this purpose and also if you’re having trouble sleeping at night.

4: You can soak your feet in it- the easiest way to absorb magnesium and keep your feet and body healthy. You will need about half a cup for this.

I’ve noticed that my skin gets softer and much more smoother after I use it. I’ve learned that we can absorb magnesium through our skin which most of us have deficiency of and I get so relaxed and feel very light after my bath. All the above 4 methods are effective but my favorite one is number 3. Some people also drink it but I’m not there yet.

Every time we work out, our muscles hurt; especially if we haven’t exercised in a while. But recently as soon I finish my work out I’ve been taking Epsom salt baths with baking soda and the next morning the pain is almost non- existent. No limping anymore, which means you can get back to your gym the next day if you wish to depending on how you feel. But remember not to abuse your muscles. 

 Where do I get  mine?

I bought my first bag from a health store. I paid £4.50 for one kg but I went on amazon and bought 10Kg for £15- it don’t get any cheaper than that. Enjoy!!

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Note: You should not take Epsom salt baths if you are pregnant, have exposed cuts or burns on your skin, or are severely dehydrated. People who suffer from cardiovascular disease should first consult a doctor before taking an Epsom salt bath. 

Till next time, love and peace 🙂

Quote of the day:

 Don’t underestimate your health, because without it you can’t accomplish much- Bersi