What is Oil Pulling?

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The traditional Indian oral health practice of swishing oil in the mouth is gaining traction in the West.

Oil pulling therapy is a traditional Ayurvedic remedy that helps heal a number of ailments ranging from toothache to heart disease. It is particularly useful for getting rid of dental problems and maintaining adequate oral hygiene. The process works on the ROOT CAUSE and helps body in its healing process, hence takes significant amount of time in giving you the desired results. The time it takes depends on an individual. Hence people. don't expect a MAGIC PILL kind of treatment overnight.

Simply put, oil pulling is an inexpensive and harmless process that involves swishing a vegetable oil in your mouth for 15-20 minutes. The therapy should be followed in the morning, on an empty stomach.

But at least as far back as 500 B.C., oil pulling – as the practice is called – has been an important part of Indian traditional medicine.  In the ancient Ayurvedic text "Charaka Samhita," which dates back to around 500 BC, the practice is called Kavala or Gandusha, and is said to cure some 30 systemic diseases such as headache, migraine, eczema, diabetes and asthma. The premise is that the oil “pulls” toxins out of the body. As well, it has been used extensively for whitening teeth, preventing tooth decay, treating bad breath, bleeding gums, dryness of throat, cracked lips and for strengthening teeth, gums and the jaw.

So although science hasn’t proven the practice to be the cure-all as Indian tradition suggests, at the very least it does seem to provide some positive benefits for the mouth.

If you’re interested in trying it, you can use a few different types of oil; most people use sunflower, sesame, or coconut oil. When you wake up, drink a glass of water and place about one tablespoon of oil in your mouth. Swish it around for about five minutes when first starting the practice, and work your way up gradually to 20 minutes, which is the recommended amount of time. After oil pulling, spit out the oil. Do not swallow the oil as it is hopefully full of bacteria, toxins and pus that are now not in the mouth! Rinse well with warm water. Warm water seems to clean the mouth better (my opinion). and then, brush your teeth well with natural toothpaste to make natural toothpaste to make sure any remaining bacteria is killed.

It is believed that this simple process removes germs and bacteria from the mouth. In fact, oil pulling combats bad breath, relieves toothache, reduces inflammation, whitens your teeth, heals sensitivity, treats dry mouth, removes yellow/white coating from tongue, cures cracked lips, eliminates bleeding gums, fixes loose teeth, and prevents and heals cavities.

I personally do this with coconut oil and brushing blend each morning before breakfast. Coconut oil is naturally antibacterial and has a milder taste than other oils and is my personal preference!

Personal Development: "The Plan”

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As we all know, our results are only as good as our plan. My mentor, Mr. Shoaff, taught me that it’s not what happens that determines the major part of our future, because what happens, happens to us all. Instead, he taught me that the key is what we do about it. If we start the process of change by developing a plan, doing something different in this next year than we did the previous year, it won’t matter how small those efforts start.

Start doing different things with the same set of circumstances—the ones we’ve always had and cannot change—and see what miracles occur. If we start the miracle process and change ourselves, then everything changes. And here’s what is interesting: the difference between success and failure is so subtle. Let me explain by giving you my definitions of failure and success. Here it is: Failure is a few errors in judgment repeated every day. The man says, “Well I didn’t walk around the block today and it didn’t kill me, so it must be okay.” No, no, it is that kind of error in judgment that after six years has him out of breath and panting as he walks from his car to his office. You can’t make those kinds of mistakes; it will end up costing you.

Now, here is my definition of success: A few simple disciplines practiced every day. Do you see the distinction? A few disciplines. Here’s a little phrase we’ve all heard: “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” And my question to you is, “What if that’s true?” How simple and easy is that plan?

The fact is, when you look at successful people, you will almost always discover a plan behind their success. They know what they want, they work out a plan that will get them where they want to go, and they work their plan. It is the foundation for success. We as humans have the unique ability to effect change in our lives; it is through our own conscious choice when we engage in the miracle process of personal development that we are able to transform our nature and our lives.

So, what are some good ideas on developing a plan that will work well and take you to the finish line powerfully and in style? Here are some major points to keep in mind:

Develop the Plan for You. Some people are very detail-oriented and they will be able to follow an intricate plan closely. Others are a little more freewheeling and aren’t really “detail” people. That is okay too. In all the years of my speaking to audiences worldwide, people have asked the question, “What plan is the right plan?” And my answer: the plan that fits you—your plan, the one you develop that is unique to you and for you. You see, each of us is unique and motivated by different factors, and you’ve got to develop one that is right for you and fits you. Some plans will not be as intricate as others, but we all must have a plan, along with goals in that plan, to move us along the program. If you are a free spirit type, don’t tell yourself you are going to spend two hours a day with a book and tapes and journal. It probably won’t happen and you will get discouraged. Whatever your personality, your strengths and your weaknesses, develop the plan around them! This is not a one-plan-fits-all proposition.

Establish Times to Spend Working on the Material. It may be every Sunday night. It may be 20 minutes each morning. It may be in the car listening to the CDs every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Whatever it is, set the times and do it. In your step-by-step plan, put down points that you can accomplish every week. They should be specific and achievable. Develop the discipline and take those steps every day, which will move you closer to your goals and where you want to be.

Keep a Journal. Take notes. It may be on paper, it may be on a micro-recorder. Mr. Shoaff taught me not to trust my memory, but to write it down, to find one place to gather the information that effects change. And that advice has served me well all these years. Record the ideas and inspiration that will carry you from where you are to where you want to be. Take notes on the ideas that impact you most. Put down your thoughts and ideas. Brainstorm with yourself on where you are going and what you want to do. Record your dreams and ambitions. Your journals are a gathering place for all the valuable information that you will find. If you are serious about becoming wealthy, powerful, sophisticated, healthy, influential, cultured, unique, if you come across something important, write it down. Two people will listen to the same material and different ideas will come to each one. Use the information you gather and record it for further reflection, for future debate and for weighing the value that it is to you.

Reflect. Create time for reflection—a time to go back over, to study again the things you’ve learned and the things you’ve done each day. I call it “running the tapes again” so that the day locks firmly in your memory so that it serves as a tool. As you go through the material in this plan, you will want to spend time reflecting on its significance for you. Regularly set aside time. Here are some good guidelines for times to reflect: At the end of the day. Take a few minutes at the end of each day and go back over the day—who you talked to, who you saw, what they said, what happened and how you felt, what went on. A day is the piece of the mosaic of your life. Next, take a few hours at the end of the week to reflect on the week’s activities. I would suggest at least a half hour. Also during that weekly time, take a few minutes to reflect on how this material should be applied to your life and circumstances. Take a half day at the end of the month and a weekend at the end of the year so that you’ve got it so that it never disappears, to ensure that the past is even more valuable and will serve your future well.

Set Goals. Your plan is the road-map for how you are going to get to your goals, so you have to have them. Of all the things that changed my life for the better (and most quickly), it was learning how to set goals. Mastering this unique process can have a powerful effect on your life too. I remember shortly after I met Mr. Shoaff, he asked me if I had a list of my goals, and of course I didn’t. He suggested to me that because I lacked a set of clearly defined goals that he could guess my bank balance within a few hundred dollars… and he did! Well, Mr. Shoaff immediately began helping me define my view of the future, my dreams. He taught me to set goals because it is the greatest influence on a person’s future and the greatest force that will pull a person in the direction that they want to go. But the future must be planned and well-designed to exert a force that pulls you toward the promise of what can be.

Act. Act on your plan. What separates the successful from the unsuccessful so many times is that the successful simply do it. They take action; they aren’t necessarily smarter than others, they just work the plan. And the time to act is when the emotion is strong. Because if you don’t, here’s what happens: it’s called the law of diminishing intent. We intend to act when the idea strikes us, when the emotion is high, but if we delay and we don’t translate that into action fairly soon, the intention starts to diminish, and a month from now it’s cold and a year from now it can’t be found. So set up the discipline when the idea is strong, clear and powerful—that’s the time to work the plan. Otherwise the emotion is wasted unless you capture the emotion and put it into disciplined activities and translate it into equity. And here’s what is interesting: all disciplines affect each other; everything affects everything. That’s why the smallest action is important—because the value and benefits that you receive from that one little action will inspire you to do the next one and the next one.

So, step out and take action on your plan, because if the plan is good, then the results can be miraculous.

~ Irene Lungu ~

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Getting out of debt isn’t easy, but when you make that last payment and become completely debt free, the overwhelming relief and freedom you gain from accomplishing such a huge feat can make it all worthwhile.

Anyone who has paid off significant debt will tell you that the journey to becoming debt free was a long and difficult road, paved with a lot of hard work, determination and sacrifice.

As a result, it’s completely understandable that newly debt-free people may want to reward themselves for a job well done.

The problem, however, is that if you’re not careful, it’s easy to slide back into the same spending patterns and end up right back where you started.

Getting out of debt is hard, but staying out of debt can be even more challenging.

Here are a few lessons that may help you stay on track, avoid a debt relapse and keep you out of debt for good.

Loosen up on the budget and breathe, just a little.

You’ve come a long way and now you’ve earned a little breathing room.

Don’t go crazy, but do give yourself permission to spend a little more on creature comforts (so long as you can really afford them) so that you don’t feel so deprived.

Moderation is key.

Pay with cash — or charge only what you have the cash on hand to cover.

Look, credit cards aren’t 100% bad. It’s the temptation and how we use them that can be bad. Doing away with credit cards altogether could impact your credit and your ability to leverage money.

Therefore, make a promise to yourself — especially if credit cards are a weakness for you: limit the number of cards you use to two and only charge what you know you can pay in full when the bill comes in.

Don’t splurge. Plan.

If you want to take a cruise or buy the latest HD TV, plan the purchase and save the cash upfront.

This won’t give you the instant gratification of getting what you want “right now” but if you plan it, you can still get what you want without the guilt of spending money you know you don’t have and racking up debt that will weigh you down later.

Plus, if you’ve got the cash on hand, you can still charge it, pay it off immediately, and benefit from any credit card rewards that may be available to you.

Identify your money triggers.

What is the one thing that you find very hard to resist buying? It could be the latest electronic gadget, clothes, art, vacations, eating out — you name it.

It’s the one thing you just can’t seem to stop yourself from spending money on if it’s right in front of you. These are your money triggers.

By identifying your weaknesses you can avoid impulse spending by removing the temptation — or by avoiding the temptation altogether.

Mine happens to be electronic gadgets. It seems I can’t walk into an electronics store without dropping a few hundred dollars, so I just remove the temptation by avoiding those stores entirely.

And when I do need something, I order it online to keep from having the merchandise right in front of me. It’s just too tempting for me to resist.

Redirect the money you spent on debt payments each month to savings.

After you’ve paid off all your debt, take the extra money you now have each month and continue making those same payments towards your savings instead. Every penny saved is another penny towards financial insurance for unexpected financial emergencies.

Everyone should have an emergency fund, and with the state of unemployment and the current economic outlook, the old standard of saving enough to cover your expenses for 3-6 months is now closer to 8-12 months for emergency funds.

Develop a support group of like-minded debt-free friends.

If the people who surround you make it hard to stick to your debt-free lifestyle, it’s time to create a new support group of those who will. They’ll relate with your struggles because they’ve been there too.

When your family is upset because you won’t join them on a cruise for next year’s Christmas holiday (when you can clearly charge the excursion), your support group will stand behind you and cheer you on for making the right choice, despite any guilt or pressure from family and friends that want you to “keep up with the Joneses.”

Never forget the nightmare of how living with debt felt.

The last lesson, and probably one of the most important, is to never forget the everyday stress and anxiety that you fought so hard to eliminate from your life.

You were there once, and remembering how it felt can be an incredibly effective reminder of why you continue to fight every day to make sure you don’t fall back into the same destructive pattern.

This is how you can generate a full time income with part time effort from home, online starting today!

5 Benefits Of Beetroots During Pregnancy

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Being pregnant is the most amazing experience! Ask any woman and she will never be able to find the right words to describe it. Every expecting mother is told that this is time to be healthy, happy and stay positive for what she feels is what the child will feel also physically and emotionally. There is no place for any negativity in her mind or soul!

But this is also probably one of the most difficult tasks ever. There is so much to worry about and the most common of worries is the diet to adopt. After all, these 9 months are what dictate the health of the baby in the future. Caution and care take over everything else. Here is suggestion that can add a great deal to your nutrition chart. Beetroots!

This reddish vegetable is full of nutritive powers that can bring a lot of change to a women’s health during pregnancy. Beetroot has gained numerous positive reviews with regards to this matter. And many people have awarded it a new name called ‘super food’. This name is given because of its various health benefits. Dieticians almost everywhere prescribe to include a certain amount of beetroot into the daily diet plan for pregnant women. Beetroot during pregnancy can be taken as a salad or you can even bake it or boil it along with other green leafy vegetables.

Benefits of Beetroot in Pregnancy:

1. Increases the iron content:

Iron is very much essential for almost every woman at any point in time but during pregnancy, it is even more so. It helps enhance the hemoglobin content of the blood. Thus, a pregnant woman is advised to consume the juice of beetroot for increasing the iron content of the body. Beetroot juice during pregnancy keeps woman from developing an anemic condition.

2. Contains Vitamin C:

Beetroot also contains vitamin C. This vitamin in turn helps the body absorb the iron present in beetroot. If an expecting mother consumes this juice throughout her pregnancy then she can surely give birth to more healthy and strong baby. But it is also recommended that before doing so one must consult their gynecologist and follow instructions according to his/her advice.

3. Improves the health of Liver:

A nutritious pigment known as the beta cyanin is present in beetroot which detoxifies the liver and blood. Beetroot, hence, helps in removing the toxins from the body, which means the fatty acids will not get the chance to get deposited in the body. A healthy liver means proper functioning of digestive system and also a fit and fine body during pregnancy. A large number of women tend to put on weight during pregnancy so consuming beetroot will suppress this tendency to a certain extent.

4. Contains Folic acid:

Proper fetal development is very important during this period. Folic acid helps in this development. Beetroot in the raw form contains folic acid which is therefore helpful in the growth of the fetus. It also helps in forming red blood cells.

5. Purification of blood during pregnancy:

This nutritious vegetable has the capability to purify blood. It also protects the child from the possible defects of birth.

Beetroot also increases the physical stamina of pregnant women to a good extent that is bonus during delivery. It is also a package of carbohydrates, Vitamin A and B, soluble fiber and also protein. Last but not the least, it helps in diminishing blood pressure.

How to consume Beetroot?

* Beetroots can be sliced and mixed with other vegetables. This can be eaten as salad which is a good option for pregnant women.

* It can also be baked in an oven and served with other roasted vegetables.

* Boiled beetroot can be served as a great healthy snack during pregnancy.

Do have beetroots during your to stay healthy!

Health Benefits of Cranberries

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When we think of cranberries, visions of the popular holiday cranberry sauce or relish is usually the first thing to pop in our mind. Most people enjoy the taste of cranberry sauce or relish.

However, this small red, tart-tasting berry comes chalked-full of many surprising health benefits that are supported by research. And many experts recommend daily servings of cranberries whether the fruit itself or the juice.

According to The World’s Healthiest Foods many cranberries are water-harvested. Water-harvesting means that the cranberries are grown in bogs and floated in water to allow for easy harvesting. For many years, water-harvesting of cranberries has been looked upon as an industry convenience. It’s simply easier to harvest berries that are floating on the surface. However, recent research has shown that the anthocyanin content of cranberries (the phytonutrients that give the berries their amazing red color) is increased in direct proportion to the amount of natural sunlight striking the berry.

If berries floating on top of water get exposed to increased amounts of natural sunlight (in comparison to other growing and harvesting conditions), they are likely to develop greater concentrations of anthocyanins. These greater concentrations of anthocyanins are likely to provide us with stronger health benefits.

In other words, water-harvesting may turn out to provide more than just harvest convenience. If it can expose cranberries to greater amounts of natural sunlight, it can increase phytonutrient health benefits that involve the unique antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of anthocyanins. Cranberries rank right at the top of the list when it comes to fruits and vegetables richest in antioxidants. As we know, antioxidants are essential to good health by combating free radicals that can damage cellular structures as well as DNA.

Most Important Health Benefits of Cranberries

1.  contains proanthocyanidins which act as a barrier to bacteria in the urinary tract.

2.  Anti-inflammatory benefits

3.  lowers risk of periodontal disease

4.  Improves immune system

5.  Lowers frequency of cold & flu symptoms

6.  Benefits cardiovascular system

7.  Antioxidant protection at the cellular level

8.  Anti-cancer benefits

9.  Benefits for breast, colon, lung & prostate cancer

10.  Digestive tract benefits

11.  Optimizes balance of bacteria in digestive tract

12.  High in vitamin C and fiber low calorie – only 45 calories per cup

13.  Can kill the H. pylori bacteria

14.  May prevent tumors from growing rapidly or starting in the first place

15.  May help protect brain from neurological damage

16.  Anti-aging properties

 

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