Natural Sweet Solution for dry mouth symptoms like cracking tongue or mouth sores

Sweet and Simple Solution For Dry Mouth? Mouth Sores? Cracking Tongue?

Saliva is produced by our salivary glands and when they are clogged or not working properly, our saliva can be too acidic, resulting in dry mouth and sometimes mouth sores.

Saliva is alkaline. A good reason to be concerned about dry mouth is that when we chew our food, our saliva (which should carry a high pH), works in tandem with our teeth to break down or pre-digest our food before it goes into out stomach.

Antagonists of dry mouth may be smoking, or some medications, even allergy and antihistamines, plus sugary acidic drinks like soda, and of course acidic drinks like coffee and alcohol. We are mostly made of water and should really focus on keeping our water environment clean and healthy.

Why we should drink clean pure water ? Our body is made up of mostly water, at birth about 90%, as an adult we hover around 80% or more. If you think about stagnant water, it’s a clear picture of why we should drink clean, pure water everyday. We absorb nutrition from food and water, but today water is degraded and it is our individual responsibility to purify our drinking water for good health. Bottled water is not the answer for many reasons, and when you can purify up to a 1,000 gallons in a 4 stage $25 pitcher, or $100 countertop unit, why would you buy bottled water?

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While there may be a lot of different approaches to dry mouth, xylitol sweetened gum, mints, etc., offer a simple and natural solution to increase saliva flow naturally. You can now find many products made with xylitol over the counter at your local grocery, drug store, and of course big box stores, however most are corn based and made in China, so for the healthiest xylitol look for USA products who use domestic xylitol, made from birch trees. Basically, made in the U.S.A. to me, demonstrates a higher quality of xylitol at the same pricepoint.  Trident® Sugarless gum made with Xylitol are, Trident® fusion flavors, and Stride gum.
 
PURE Water

Hydration is Everything – Body Weight vs. Body Water

How much water should a person drink?  Take your body weight, divide by 2 and that tells you roughly how many quarts of water you are (each quart of water weighs about 2 pounds), example 100 pounds = 50 quarts. Then decide how much pure drinking water you should drink,  i.e., 8 glasses a day would be 2 quarts fresh water each day.  So if you are 150 pounds and drank 2 quarts of water a day, it would take 75 days to drink your body water, 3 quarts a day would take 50 days, ultimately having an impact on your level of hydration (cells), and water environment.

Note about Xylitol: In addition to gum, mints, etc., I like xylitol for some food preparation, especially (looks like sugar, tastes like sugar, and acts like sugar) for baking, sauces, and making berry jams. For a daily beverage sweetener I prefer concentrated stevia for making healthy drinks at home like lemonade, red tea, juice from concentrate, etc.

Dehydration, Challenges & Solutions, Plus “Bottled Water” Revealed

We need clean body fluids! 70% body, 96% blood

Without pure water and lots of it, we cannot become pH balanced! 

Dehydration could be a major underlying reason for acidity. When you are dehydrated and not feeling well (sick and tired), there really isn’t anything that will improve your condition until you re-hydrate..

Most of us already know that our body is approximately 70% water, but we may not have made the leap that dehydration stems from us needing to replace the water we lose each day, through urination and perspiration, with clean pure water.  Our urine should be clear and without odor. The color (outside of vitamin discharge that happens when you don’t absorb the vitamins) determines the level of hydration, clear you are hydrated, after that you are in some state of dehydration, which is also why we need to maintain 70% water as a standard for ourselves.

Blood is or should be about 96% water. Our blood is our river of life, and our blood, just like a river, cannot flow throughout our body properly when the water is low (dehydrated), or when our water is not as clean as it needs to be for good health.

Your entire body depends on pure water, and that’s a challenge today. You see our body was designed to receive nutrition both from water and food. Withholding, or not ingesting enough water is detrimental, but so is ingesting degraded water. Pure water with nutrition (minerals) will be a neutral pH.

Solutions for Pure Drinking Water

Bottled water is becoming less and less of an option for many reasons. Water issues (even with city water): chemicals, pesticides, bacteria, nitrates, chlorine, pharmaceuticals, and the list goes on.

Below we’ll explain how to tell if you are dehydrated, but bottom line it’s a challenge to be fully hydrated without preparing at least some of our own beverages,  especially because most of the mainstream beverage and food choices are not rehydrating, not from pure water and whole food sources, and in fact, beverages like soda and coffee are dehydrating. Fresh food carries water (more…)

CNN’s “You Have Gerd” (acid reflux) presentation..”Quell the Angry Esophagus”

Acid reflux, or in this case, GERD (really bad acid reflux), can be painful, uncomfortable, irritating and annoying, just as  we know, and as the doc on CNN explains on his video. I like his idea of lifting one end of the bed so it’s more difficult for the acid to come up, however eliminating the acid sounds like a better plan to me.

From a natural health perspective you would look at the root issue “acidity”, and begin to resolve that with “alkalinity”, however that does not preclude targeting an issue say for example GERD or acid reflux. Targeting a symptom to resolve it or ease it up, is essential as you begin to get your body back into balance. Getting back into balance is the key, because once in balance symptoms begin to fall away.

Personally,  if I had acid reflux I’d opt for the simple remedy of taking a  teaspoon of Living Clay in 3-4 oz of water(tasteless essentially) stir until dissolved, and I’d drink it.

Why? Because Calcium bentonite (also known as montmorillonite) clay is a type of volcanic ash that has extraordinary absorption of acids and toxins. It first adsorbs, meaning attracts the acids/toxins, then absorbs, so essentially the clay acts like a sponge, not releasing the acidity but expelling it through normal elimination. Along the way it will do the same to the other toxins throughout the digestive and elimination systems.

Living Clay can be used in countless ways for many reasons. Primarily, and aside from the wonderful minerals, etc.,  it carries a very high negative charge, while acidity or toxins carry a strong positive charge. Thus, similar to how a magnet works, the two attract one another.

The powder form of this clay can be made into a paste (and it’s also available in paste and liquid form), added to liquids, etc., in fact I wrote a printable document explaining all the ways we use Living Clay, from sprains and strains, to back pain, neck pain, headaches, acne, skin conditions, detoxify baths/soaks, foot baths/soaks, all the way to thickening agent for (made at home) fresh salad dressing and more! PS Incredible facial and back mask!

So why wouldn’t someone try clay? Afterall we are made of the minerals of the earth and the waters of the ocean. Such a simple remedy, yet so effective it’s become an anchor not only as a target remedy  for many issues, but  truly foundational for pH balance and passive cleansing all year-long.

Lab Tested for purity.

Sea Salt Cleansing by S Leong

Nasopure

Checkout  Nasopure Nasal Washing, it’s the simplest salt water nasal washing process I’ve ever encountered! We love the ease, but we love the benefits more! If something is easy to do, we will do it more often – nothing beats Nasopure!

We are primarily salt water, almost like the ocean, 70% average, with some dirt/clay, mineral elements of the earth, and like the earth 30% mass.

The basics of pH Balance or homeostasis should begin with our body elements, salt, clay, pure water. We want our 70/30 ratio to be pristine for optimal performance.

Many of our symptoms can be overcome with the basics of (unbleached) sea salt, montmorillonite, calcium bentonite clay, and hydration.

Obviously elimination is central once the basics are met, so here’s an easy way for elimination with salt. (more…)

Jiaogulan Tonic, Tea, Capsules (gynostemma pentaphyllum)

Jiaogulan questions answered!

Jiaogulan is known for its anti-aging, energy-boosting, antioxidant and adaptogen health benefits.* 

There are many questions that come up about Jiaogulan:

  • How long has it been in the U.S.? How does Asia use this herb?
  • Which is the best form for bio-availablity? (Tonic, capsules, tea?) And which is  most cost effective short term and long term?
  • Jiaogulan is referrenced as a cell adaptagen and antioxidant, but what is a simple explaination of a cell adaptogen, and what are antioxidants (and how do these two actions help our body)?

These are the questions I’m attempting to answer  in this posting, and if you have a true interest in the healing properties of Jiaogulan, I suggest you go to the Jiaogulan Webpage I’ve dedicated to this amazing tea for all the tests, details, and even medical results. It’s quite something! Remember the premise of our body is to ingest food and water, and that in Asia, the traditional form of medicine is herbal and the alternative form is our traditional – interesting to say the least.

*WHAT IS A CELL ADAPTOGEN?

Adaptogens are natural substances that help the body to overcome particular stresses put on it by stimulating the body’s own self-regeneration process. They are plant substances that regulate body processes and improve overall health by supporting the body’s systems particularly the immune system.

*WHAT IS AN ANTIOXIDANT?

Best description I’ve heard is that “by the very nature of the word, “antioxidant” = “anti-acidity”. Therefore, it makes sense that anti-oxidants inhibit oxidation. 

link to Jiaogulan 

Jiaogulan, (pronounced jee-oW-goo-lan), which has its’ roots in 13th century Chinese manuscripts, has a listing  in the Holistic texts as the       Herb of Immortality.

The history is that in the latter half of the 20th century, China found a sector of the population naturally aging to well over 100 years old, and one common element was the regular intake of  the herb/tea Jiaogulan.

How long has Jiaogulan been in the U.S.?

It’s worthy to note that Jiaogulan found its way to the United States several years ago, contrary to what you may read, and you can find it  at any progressive (or in this case regressive – LOL) natural health practioner or store. We’ve been carrying at YourNatureStore.com for quite some time and it warners a good audience, those that order do re-order, and that’s the “results” driven nature of Jiaogulan tea/capsules.

You will also find Jiaogulan in a variety of forms and price tags for a months supply ranging from approximately $16 to $135, true. For example the most expensive, interestingly enough is as a tonic with other juices or superberries. The least expensive is in its natural state as a herb/tea, or dehydrated in capsules.  Jiaogulan tea leaves are dried and become tiny rolled tea leaves which unravel as you place them atop of water you’ve boiled. 

Jiaogulan tea is my preference, it’s organic, originating in China, or the Chinese Jiaogulan plant however grown organically above ground in Thailand.

At the end of the day YOU decide which way you’d like to ingest Jiaogulan, but one thing to keep in mind is that Jiaogulan is an amazing herb, it’s a cell adaptagen, an antioxidant, and a total wellness plant. Known for  its’ amazing healing properties in Asia,  it’s also common to find it in Asian hospitals in a concentrated form for medicinal use, attending to weakened bodies.

One thing I keep in mind as a dedicated pHBodyBalance advocate, is that plants store their toxins in the stems and the roots, therefore the leaves will be much sweeter tasting, and the stems and roots much more bitter.

Below are more clearly defined options of how you can purchase Jiaogulan in the U.S. today.

(By the way, I find this tea very strengthening and useful when there is a need for additional nutrition, immunity, or physical strength):

1) Jiaogulan Chinese Tea Leaves (organic of Chinese origin, is available),  ingested since the 16th century, and listed in holistic texts as such throughout Asia, and used medicinally. 100grams of Organic Jiaogulan tea leaves, Chinese origin, grown organically in Thailand above ground, is $24.95 . (Recommended cups of tea vary according to condition, 1 package of this tea lasts our family approximately 2 months)

2) I am aware of a Jiaogulan Tonic, but have not yet seen how much Jiaogulan is actually used  in the tonic, or which parts of the plant itself. With many ingredients including  juices/supernutrients, there are  no stated milligrams or potency levels of jiaogulan or other ingredients. It is not stated as “organic”, and sugars are 5 grams per ounce. Described as being Chinese origin and offered at different pricepoints, best price $134.95 for 100 oz (4 bottles 25 oz each).

3) Jiaogulan Capsules (vegetable capsule), comprised of dehydrated Jiaoglantea leaves  in capsule form. Stated as 7.5-7.7% active ingredient, or 75 mg of Jiaogulan, and 1000 mg of Jiaogulan Leaf. Chinese origin, pricepoint approx $16 for 100 capsules, 2 capsules per serving.

Since Jiaogulan’s rediscovery in the 1970’s, scientists in China, Japan, Germany and the USA have conducted over 300 studies into the medicinal properties of Jiaogulan. Most of the test and research results are compiled in a book by American researcher Michael Blumert and Dr. Jialiu Liu from the Guiyang Medical College in China. The book is “Jiaogulan: China’s Immortality Herb” – noted below.

$7.95 At Amazon (limited time)
Jiaogulan: China’s “Immortality Herb”–Unlocking the Secrets of Nature’s Powerful Adaptogen and Antioxidant (Paperback)
Author Michael Blumert and Dr. Jialiu Liu

The story of the book:  Author (health related books and articles), Michael Blumert was very interested in the over 300 tests he uncovered about jiaogulan and traveled to China to visit one of the test results researchers, Dr. Jialiu Liu. Together they condensed the test results and produced a fascinating book called “Jiaogulan Book”(click and book opens in new window on your computer), on this anti-aging herb/tea, you can find it at Amazon for less than $10, and well worth the price.

In summary, Organic Jiaogulan is a treat and many feel a blessing of wellness. While it’s not a usual remedy for many symptoms, chronic symptoms, and dis-ease, it certainly is widely used in Asia.

If you are interested in learning more, please visit YourNatureStore.com and read our Jiaogulan story, test results, and more.

5 Stars To Essante Sanitizer …..as a Stain Remover

Could not believe my eyes. Paul had a sweater he pulled down from last winter’s stockpile. A beautiful baby blue and white stripe, a Christmas Gift I think. Anyway, low and behold a tea stain (or what looked to be a tea stain) right in front on the white part of the striping- the size of a silver dollar. Yikes, what to do.

Essante had just introduced their NEW Sanitizer (which is really an oxygen spray that you can use on your face as a toner (anti aging), on cuts, in the air to take out odors), and then of course on your hands, or surfaces, as  a quick and easy sanitizer. In fact I gave many of them away to the teachers this year as part of their stocking stuffer:) and of course, new moms for the diaper bags.

Anyway, digressing from the stain! I laid out the sweater, put a towel between layers and sprayed with the Essante Sanitizer – walked away, literally left it, came back and the stain had disappeared. I’m a believer!

Stabalized Oxygen works! I can tell you first hand it’s phenomenal on stains! That’s enough of a reason to buy it, but actually I also love to carry the 2 oz in my purse. With a 13 year old, 2 year old and 4 year old, life gets pretty dirty – lots of reasons to sanitze:)

Maraline