3 THINGS TO SWAP OUT IN YOUR ORAL CARE ROUTINE

Oral care is so important, and it’s one of the top things I suggest when people ask me what to switch out from conventional to non-toxic items. Toothpastes, mouthwash, even floss can contain so many toxins and even ruin the balance of bacteria in your mouth causing bad breath and dental decay.
Toothpaste Toxins: 

Triclosan which contains endocrine-disrupting chemicals, and links to cancer and hormonal disruptions.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is what causes traditional toothpastes to foam up. The funny thing about this chemical is that its known to enhance bitter flavors, which is why you will notice foods tasting so gross after you’ve brushed (not the case with natural brands). This chemical is also a strong skin irritant, causing canker sores. It is a registered insecticide with toxic affects on marine life and the environment.

Aspartame is a common artificial sweetener found in many things, including toothpastes. First, I want to point out that when you google the word, it claims it is “medication.” Aspartame contains a methyl ester which forms methanol. Methanol in humans is really dangerous, traveling into the brain where it is converted into formaldehyde. This causes nausea, vertigo, ear ringing, dizziness, behavior changes, gastrointestinal issues, shooting pains in arms/legs, numbness, chills, memory problems, and more.

Other harmful ingredients include DEA, fluoride, propylene glycol, and microbeads. These things can cause real damage to us and the environment.

Other Toxins in Mouthwash and Floss:

Chlorhexidine, alcohol, oraldene, parabens, chlorides, and methyl salicylate to name a few. These things can damage your health, release toxins into your blood stream, cancer-causing, and even ruin the oral microbiome in your mouth.

I know that its all a lot of information to take in and can feel overwhelming, so I am going to stop there. 

When I learned about all these dangers lurking in my oral care routine, I started looking into natural products and swapped everything out. My routine is really simple, but depending on your needs there are so many amazing products out there that are natural and work really well.

Natural toothpaste swap outs: Earthpaste is a great natural toothpaste with redmond clay, essential oils, real salt, and you can get it with or without xylitol. Uncle Harry’s alkalizing toothpaste is another great option. If you are needing something more for your teeth (cavities, damaged oral microbiome) I recommend using this remineralization kit.

Natural floss swap outs: This Dr, Tung’s floss is my personal favorite. You can also find it at a natural grocery store like Sprout’s.

Natural mouthwash swap out: There are great natural mouthwash options out there (like this one) but I am really loving this Yala Mouthwash right now. I love oil pulling, something that is so great for your oral health, and this stuff makes it so much easier to do because they taste so much better than straight coconut oil! I love that Yala includes essential oils that also promote healthy teeth and gums!

A few other great oral care products:

Dr. Tung’s Tongue Cleaner

Toothbrush Sanitizer

Plaque Remover Sticks

What’s in your oral care routine? Do you oil pull? Share here or over on Instagram! For any questions, please feel free to email or DM me!

 xx, Chels

NUTRITIONAL YEAST BENEFITS & RECIPES

Good morning babes! I hope everyone had a beautiful weekend and a mindful Monday. 😉

Nutritional yeast is a big staple in my house. You might be wondering what nutritional yeast is. It is a dehydrated naturally occurring yeast grown on molasses We are all dairy free over here, and nutritional yeast is a great way to add nutrients with a cheesy flavor.

Nutritional Yeast Benefits:

– High in all B vitamins, especially vitamin B6

– Antiviral and antibacterial properties

-Good source of protein

-Aids in digestion

-Good source of fiber, thiamin, biotin, niacin, pantothenic acid, phosphorus, zinc, selenium, molybdenum.

-Low in sodium

Nutritional yeast is extremely versatile, and can be added into ANYTHING you are eating. Here are some of my families favorite ways to use nutritional yeast. And yes, my kids LOVE it!

-Add 2 T into your smoothie (you won’t get a cheesy taste, but rather enhance your smoothies natural flavors.

-Sprinkle on top of all your meals (salads, soups, pasta, veggie bowls, tacos, you name it and nutritional yeast is a great addition!)

-Use it as a thickening agent in soups!

-To make vegan cheesy kale chips.

-To make various vegan cheese and cheese sauce recipes

-Add it into homemade vegan dressings for added nutrients.

-Sprinkle on eggs and quiche.

-“Cheesy” roasted chickpeas (and veggies too!)

-Replacement for added salt.

-I can keep going on and on… but you guys, you can add this stuff into e v e r y t h i n g. And I mean that. I mean it might seem weird to put in onto of your chocolate chip cookies…. but I won’t judge you!

I also have to include these two CRAZY easy and fast recipes that we use in our family all the time. These are two of my kids most favorite foods!

Vegan buttered noodles 

-add avocado or coconut oil to cooked and drained pasta. Sprinkle in nutritional yeast, garlic salt, and pepper. I add in probably 8 tablespoons of yeast when I make this because I make a big batch!

-add in your favorite roasted veggies! Peas, peppers, celery, broccoli, and squash are some of our personal favorites!

Yeast Popcorn

-using an airpop popcorn machine, pop some fresh gmo-free popcorn!

-melt coconut oil and pour over the popcorn in small batches.

-sprinkle and stir in garlic salt, pepper, and as much nutritional yeast as desired.

-tip: for a spicy version, sprinkle on some cayenne powder!

There are a ton of nutritional yeast brands out there, and I have used a few. But after discovering that some brands add in synthetic vitamins and minerals to their nutritional yeast, I turned to Sari Foods brand. They are 100% all natural, non gmo, kosher, non toxic, absolutely no additives, and as good as can be! I recommend purchasing through Amazon here:

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Have you or do you use nutritional yeast? I would love to hear your favorite use for it! And if you are not already using Sari Foods nutritional yeast, I definitely recommend it! The Amazon price is so so good, too!

xo, Chels

TOXIN-FREE DIY DEODORANT

Aluminum, Propylene Glycol, Phthalates, Parabens. 

Just a few of the common toxins found in common deodorants. In case you don’t know why you should avoid these, or need a little refresher:

Aluminum: linked to breast and prostate cancer, and increased risk of Alzheimer’s.

Propylene Glycol: damages central nervous system, liver, and heart.

Phthalates: increased risk for cell mutation, birth defects, and hormonal problems.

Parabens: organ toxicity, birth defects, and disrupts hormones causing early puberty and increased risk of hormonal cancers.

And those are just a few.

Your skin absorbs toxins within seconds, and the harm those can cause are really overwhelming. There are some great natural deodorants out there, but for me it’s something I like to make. I have tried several natural brands, some are better than others and you just have to find what works for you.

This is a really simple recipe and only takes a few minutes to whip up. Plus, it lasts a really long time! That all makes it worth it for me to make myself. I love that I have control over the ingredients, and can adjust it where and when needed. This way I get to choose my own scent (or no scent!) too, which I love!

DIY Toxin-free deodorant

Why these ingredients?

Baking Soda is great for odor and sweat control.

Coconut Oil is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal.

Arrowroot Powder is great for absorbing moisture.

Bentonite Clay is detoxifying and moisture absorbing.

Tea Tree Oil is a strong anti-bacterial.

I hope you guys love this recipe as much as I do. It is completely natural, organic (I use and recommend using organic ingredients!) and free of any potential toxins. It really works so great, and one batch lasts a long time. I store mine in a wide mouth mason jar and use a few dabs from my finger to apply. It rubs on smooth and easy!

xo, Chels

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