Natural alternatives to toothpaste

Part of my endometriosis healing protocol is to reduce or eliminate the use of products that have harmful ingredients. It can be a daunting task as that means replacing most products that I currently use at home. I am talking about household products and personal hygiene/beauty products. To make the process easier, I have decided to tackle 1 product at a time. So this week, I’ve researched natural alternatives to toothpaste.

I learned that the bad ingredients in commercial toothpastes are: fluoride, titanium dioxide, glycerin, sodium lauryl sulfate and artificial sweeteners.

I found this great site that lists 12 natural toothpaste alternatives:

www.livingthenourishedlife.com/2011/05/12-natural-toothpaste-alternatives

So, I am going to try these 4 options from the above list:

  1. Sea salt: dissolve sea salt in water and then dip your toothbrush it the saltwater before brushing.
  2. Coconut oil: use like you would use a toothpaste. I am going to use a raw virgin cold pressed organic coconut oil.
  3. Baking soda: mix a bit of baking soda with a little water to form a paste then use like you would use a toothpaste.
  4. I also want to try oil pulling (done on an empty stomach): you swish about 1 tablespoon of oil (cold pressed sunflower or sesame oils are recommended but some people also use raw virgin cold pressed organic coconut oil) for 15 to 20 minutes in your mouth, then spit it all out (in the toilet and not in the sink). Rinse well with warm water. Then brush your teeth using just plain water. You can read more about oil pulling here oilpulling.com

Have you tried any of the above ingredients to brush your teeth? Or have you found a commercial toothpaste that has only safe natural ingredients?

 

 

 

Naturophatic treatment of endometriosis

This is an excellent article from Dr Marianne Marchese (she has a doctorate in naturophatic medicine):

www.drmarchese.com/images/Endometriosis_Article.pdf

 The goal of naturophatic treatement include:

  • decreasing inflammation
  • pain management
  • shrinkage of endometriosis lesions/implants
  • decreasing body burden of environmental toxins
  • immune support
  • fertility support

Methods used to achieve these goals are:

  • nutrition
  • herbal analgesics – pain relief (valerian, crampbark, kava, jamaican dogwood, ginger, magnesium, calcium, white willow bark)
  • anti-inflammatory herbs and nutrients (quercetin, boswellia, fish oil, curcuma, ginger, pycnogenol)
  • natural immune support (astragalus, panax ginseng, coriolus versicolor, curcuma, withania somniferia)
  • hormonal support (I3C or DIM, flaxseed, fish oil, natural progesterone)
  • liver detoxification and cleansing

Sample treatment plan:

  • fish oil 3,000 mg of EPA + DHA
  • calcium 1,000 mg and magnesium 500 mg
  • crampbark tincture: 1/2 tsp every 3 hours as needed for pain
  • pycnogenol 30mg twice a day
  • curcuma 400 to 600 mg 3 times a day
  • panax ginseng or astragalus tincture 1/4 tsp twice a day
  • DIM or I3C: DIM 100 to 200 mg everyday, I3C 300 to 400 mg everyday
  • progesterone 100 mg everyday, 3 weeks on, 1 week off
  • diet: increase flaxseed, wild salmon, cruciferous vegetables, fruits and other vegetables; decrease ham, other red meat, dairy products, alcohol, saturated fats, sugar
  • cleanse: sauna, colonic, castor oil pack, liver suppport

Have you tried any of the supplements above? Are they working for you? I highlighted in bold the supplements that I am already taking, and will do some research on the other ones that I haven’t tried yet (as I am ttc, I need to make sure that every supplement I take is also suitable for those who are trying to conceive).

 

 

About this blog

Hi, my name is Lova. I have endometriosis, and this blog is a sort of notebook where I file all the interesting articles/studies/researches that I find about this condition. There won’t be much about conventional medicine here as my focus is on alternative medicine.

Quick background:

Diagnosed via a laparoscopy 14 years ago (stage 3 severe endometriosis)

 Conventional treatments:

6 months danazol (no pain while on it but the endo pain came back a few months after the end of the treatment)

6 months of another gnrh treatement (no pain while on it but the endo pain came back a few months after the end of the treatment)

7 years of IUD mirena coil (no pain while on it but the endo pain came back a few months after the end of the treatment)

a second laparoscopy where adhesions were removed  (no improvement in pain after this operation)

diagnosed with adenomyosis

I am now trying to conceive so cannot have any more conventional treatements (except more laparoscopies which also have their own risks of creating more adhesions, and adhesions mean more pain and more negative impact on fertility).

I am curently taking various supplements and natural remedies, and the 2 things that are working the most in terms of pain reduction are SERRAPEPTASE and NATTOKINASE.

Please feel free to contact me if you would like to share your own endometriosis story. I am particulary interested in learning about how you manage your pain and about your fertility protocol.

You can contact me by leaving a comment below.

You can read my personal blog at madebylova.wordpress.com