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Easy, Healthy, Tasty, Low Acid Coffee

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Coffee has its pros and cons.  It can provide energy for your workout, antioxidants, promote weight loss, invokes peristalsis for regularity, and can be an enjoyable social event or meditative morning ritual.  However; Coffee is a stimulant, can become addictive, and when overindulged, can have detrimental health effects.  Hypertension, Osteoporosis, Disrupted Sleep, Stained Teeth, Acid Reflux, and Dehydration are common side effects of overconsumption.  Moderation is key!

Coffee is one of the most highly sprayed crops, and decaffeinated coffee is usually manufactured by using a chemical process.  So consider purchasing Organic.  Additionally, try to support Fair Trade Coffees, as the Coffee Industry is known to employ slave laborers and poor working conditions.  Sampling local and small Coffee businesses can be educational and fun.  Many offer free tastings.  The different flavors will enlighten your senses!

As for the acidity of coffee that leaches calcium from your bones and teeth, creating a bodily environment hospitable to unwanted bacteria and pathogens….there is a way to reduce the acid….It’s called Cold Brewing….There are several devices you can buy online.  But it’s inexpensive and easy to do at home without any special contraptions.

Essentially, you can soak your ground Coffee in a glass pitcher of water the night before.  In the morning, simply strain your coffee into another glass pitcher and refrigerate or heat as desired.  Your coffee will have amazing flavor with up to 75% less acid.  Please take note, the caffeine content will be stronger!

Additionally, you can compost those spent grounds or use them in the garden for acid loving plants.  Did you know that swishing with water after drinking coffee reduces teeth stains substantially?  And drinking a large glass of water will help rehydrate you afterwards.

Enjoy your cup of Joe!

 

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Coconut Oil Pulling

coconutoilCoconut oil pulling is one of the best ways to remove bacteria and promote healthy teeth and gums. Used in ancient Ayurvedic medicine, oil pulling is a popular detoxification process that is simply done by swishing a tablespoon of plant oil in your mouth for 10-20 minutes, then discarding.  Bacteria and toxins are naturally drawn to oil, so by performing this procedure when first wake, you can prevent ingesting harmful pathogens that colonize your oral cavity at night. Oil acts as a natural cleanser, lifting stains and grime from the enamel.  Here are just some of the benefits:

• Reduces plaque and tarter, preventing tooth decay, gingivitis, and cavities
• Kills bad breath, lifts stains, and whitens teeth
• Reduces bacterium including Streptococcus
• Heals bleeding gums and dry lips
• Soothes throat dryness, clears sinuses, improves allergies, and boosts immune systems
• Improves acne by reducing inflammation, bacteria, and toxins in the face
• Strengthens gums and jaw

Coconut Oil Pulling is a great choice over sesame or olive oil because it:

• Balances Hormones and Blood Sugar, Improving Energy
• Kills Candida
• Improves Digestion
• Moisturizes Skin
• Reduces Inflammation
• Burns Fat

This practice is especially beneficial for people with bridges, braces, or anyone who has difficulty flossing and brushing.

I like to perform oil pulling when I first wake, during a shower.  It’s important to discard the oil in the trash, as it can clog drains.  Flossing and brushing after help to remove all toxins, and make you mouth feel clean and pure.

For added health benefits and flavor, you can even add essential oils such as clove, cinnamon, tea tree, peppermint, or wild orange.