Like fashion (the return of crop tops and denim overalls) and food (hello, cronuts), personal health and wellbeing is trendy, and I’m totally 100% guilty of following along. Not the crop tops or the cronuts, of course, but there are a few health trends that I’ve recently adopted, and love. Oil Pulling. What is oil pulling, you ask? Well, it’s an ancient Ayurvedic remedy for oral health and detoxification, and it involves the use of pure oils as agents for pulling harmful bacteria, fungus, and other organisms out of the mouth, teeth, gums, and throat. Some of the reported benefits include, whiter teeth, stronger teeth and gums, aid in sleep and sinus problems, alleviation of headaches, hangovers and skin irritations.
I first read about oil pulling here, and was a bit skeptical, but because there has been so much written about the many uses for, and benefits of coconut oil, I decided to give it a try.
After more than two weeks of oil pulling, I’ve noticed that I have been sleeping better and haven’t been bothered by seasonal allergies.
Green Juice. I gave up coffee last fall and replaced my morning habit with green juice. Let’s be clear on one thing, not all green juices should be treated equally. While Evolution Fresh’s Sweet Greens is tasty, it doesn’t pack the same punch as the Green 3 from Pressed Juicery, the Suja Green Supreme, or my favorite, the Vital Greens from Washington’s own Vital Juice Co. The aforementioned green juices are a bit pricey, and definitely more expensive than a 12-oz latte, but the heath benefits far outweigh the cost. Whole Foods Markets now have juice bars in their stores and aren’t as expensive as some of the bottled juices. I guess it’s time to invest in a countertop juicer!
Water. Sounds weird, right? Of course I drink water, but not nearly as often or as much as I should. I recently read a number of articles on why you should drink more water, and why, water with lemon is the best way to start your day (thank you, Cameron Diaz, for over sharing). For the past month I’ve started drinking a lot of water and have noticed changes in my skin and energy level.
Looking for a little healthy trends inspiration? Check out The Chalkboard Mag. From the creators of Pressed Juicery, this beautiful and expertly curated site is dedicated to all things healthy, from beauty products to recipes.