Oil pulling is an all-natural way to improve oral health. Although oil pulling is just now enjoying positive feedback from dental patients, it is actually an age old practice that originated in India thousands of years ago. It wasn’t until the 1990s that health experts in the Western world began recommending oil pulling as a way to naturally detoxify the body, particularly the teeth and gums. Today, many holistic dentists recognize oil pulling as a safe, easy, and inexpensive way to significantly reduce the risk of tooth decay, oral infection, and gum disease.
Most patients are shocked to learn that up to 5% of their body weight is composed of minerals like calcium, phosphorous, and potassium (i). Along with vitamins and other nutrients, minerals are essential in helping us look and feel our absolute best. When we don’t get a healthy amount of minerals each day, it becomes increasingly difficult for our bodies to perform basic functions. Over time, mineral deficiency may lead to a variety of very serious health conditions including anemia, osteoporosis, thyroid dysfunction, tooth decay, and gum disease.
It has been estimated that nearly 27 million Americans suffer with a thyroid condition that negatively impacts overall health. Such conditions may cause unexpected weight gain, fatigue, hair loss, depression, or dozens of other side effects. A reported 50% of individuals who have a thyroid condition are undiagnosed, creating the concern for greater awareness for thyroid health, function, and disease prevention.
To promote awareness for this growing health issue, Assure A Smile has created this special health report to provide an overview of what causes thyroid disorders as well as the most effective ways to keep the thyroid gland healthy.
There are 3 main types of thyroid conditions that may adversely affect your overall health: Hashimoto’s Disease, hypothyroidism, and hyperthyroidism. Each of these conditions inhibits the thyroid’s ability to produce a normal and healthy amount of thyroid hormone. It is important to always consult your physician if you suspect you may have a health condition, particularly if you notice symptoms associated with Hashimoto’s disease, Hyperthyroidism, or Hypothyroidism (as side effects may have a profoundly negative impact on physical, mental, and emotional health). After learning more about the specific condition that is affecting your thyroid health, you may learn more about the medications and natural remedies that are available to help.
In honor of National Nutrition Month, The Miami Dentist blog is happy to share part II our free radical article series. Today, I’d like to spend a little time following up this week’s guide to free radicals. In this article we’ll dive into how to implement simple dietary and behavioral changes to both prevent free radical damage, as well as reverse some of the effects.