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My Magic Mud: Charcoal that Whitens your Teeth

My Magic Mud: Charcoal That Whitens Your Teeth

My Magic Mud

A year ago, if someone would have asked me what first comes to mind when I hear the word charcoal, I would have said something along the lines of “a grill” or “ a cookout”, but today, the first thing that I think of is toothpaste, specifically My Magic Mud ®; an activated charcoal, fluoride free toothpaste.

Created by Jessica and Justin Arman, My Magic Mud was first developed in Jessica’s kitchen as a solution for her daughter who had incredibly sensitive teeth susceptible to cavities.

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Image Courtesy of My Magic Mud

The ingredients:

  1. Coconut shell charcoal
  2. Calcium bentonite clay
  3. Organic mint extract
  4. Organic orange peel extract.

Although they seem simple, these ingredients all play a significant role in the toothpastes performance. The coconut shell charcoal is activated though a scientific process and then used to draw out bacteria and toxins from your teeth’s pores. The calcium bentonite clay strengthens enamel and boosts your mouth’s immune system. The organic mint extract acts as a natural anti-inflammatory and the organic orange peel extract is a natural tooth whitener. When all these ingredients are combined you have a messy, but wonderful toothpaste.

Justine states “We believe in natural alternatives to toxic chemicals. Fluoride isn’t needed for strong, healthy teeth, especially not in our drinking water.” Since we tend to swallow toothpaste, fluoride goes through your intestines. Even worse, according to the Global Healing center, Fluoride is one of the most dangerous chemicals known to man.

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Image Courtesy of Les Jay

My Magic Mud is also vegan, cruelty free, gluten free, non-GMO. If there was ever a charcoal toothpaste to try, this is it, especially since it is dentist recommended.

So why is Charcoal good for you?

It has detoxifying strengths like being able to grab onto everything ranging from dangerous chemicals to dirt and oil. Though limited medical research has been conducted, activated charcoal is a form of carbon which is a rebirth of ancient medicine techniques along with being used in African tribes as a form of teeth cleaning. Charcoal attaches to everything it crosses paths with, like stains, tartar, bacteria and even viruses.

Our Giveaway

Interested yet? Good because we are giving away 1 peppermint toothpaste and an activated charcoal whitening  tooth-brushing powder away. These products retail for $29.98, but you have a chance to win it for free here on @hauteandholistic. Make sure to follow @mymagicmud for a chance to win.

Love and light,

H and H

Journaling to Relieve Stress and connect with your Mind and Soul

Journaling To Relieve Stress And Connect With Your Mind And Soul

Right now with the hurricane ready to barrel down on all of Florida I thought I would share this post in hopes that people would read it before their power went out. If you are reading this some other time or place, the practice of journaling can help you in times of stress and help you connect with you mind and soul and relive free flowing anxiety.

Journaling

There are many ways to connect with your mind, heart and spirit, especially in times of hard ship. Journaling is a way to engage the creative spirit within you and get out what is called “free flowing anxiety”. I myself have used this during times throughout the last 20 years and I encourage my patients to use this exercise as well. You do not need to be a world class writer to journal. In fact, I keep a picture journal instead. Next to my bed is a lovely Italian paper journal. In a bedside drawer I keep a pair of scissors, glue stick, and pages of magazines, newspaper or even greeting cards with images that I love or resonate with an emotion that I might be feeling at the time. These images sometimes have relevant text written on it and sometimes no text at all. It only takes a few minutes to cut out images and glue them into the journal. I will write a few words that expresses what I am feeling or just leave the montage of photos without any words.  This exercise has become so popular that my daughter, who was young when I began this process, regularly requested to make a journal page with me, especially if she was  home sick or if something emotional in her life has happened. It is amazing to look back through the pages of the journal and reflect upon life’s passages.

Journaling Keeping a journal helps free your mind. You can write, use imagery and if you’re really talented keep many thoughts in your journal. With the hurricane on the way, I will be using this opportunity to write without distraction and hope channel what is deep in my subconscious mind. I encourage all of you who are down here  in Florida to do the same in the hours we won’t have power or  those who may just feel lost in this difficult time.

Dr. Elizabeth Trattner

 

Hangovers: How to Avoiding Ruining your Holiday Weekend

Hangovers: How To Avoiding Ruining Your Holiday Weekend

With Labor Day Weekend coming up, Haute and Holistic wanted to share some tips on how to prevent a hangover, something many people will be facing in the days to come. Here are my tips and tricks to avoid the dreaded hangover.

I am always amazed by the number of patients who show up to their appointments with hangovers, especially around a holiday. If patients could take a few preventive steps before hitting parties, they most likely would wake up on the right side of the bed and not in the toilet.

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Image courtesy of Vladislav Muslak

The first tool is simply eating a healthy meal prior to going out. Make sure to eat both health fats like avocados, nuts or olives and fiber such as apples, vegetables or whole grains to delay transit time in the digestive system. Having both fiber and fat will keep your stomach full and keep you from getting completely smashed, which can happen on an empty stomach. Plus, by eating a good meal beforehand you are less likely to eat junk at parties (always a plus). Alcoholic drinks contain approximately 150 calories per drink and that doesn’t include mixers. These empty calories can quickly add up. After a season of parties, eating healthy meals prior to heading out may save you 5-10 pounds.

Another great tip I tell my patients is to rotate a huge glass of water between each drink. This will slow patients down and keep dehydrating effects of alcohol at bay. I also suggest avoiding dark colored alcohol like whiskey and red wine. Instead, stick with light colored alcohols like vodka, white wine, tequila and gin because they contain fewer chemicals called congeners, which can leave you with a splitting headache.  Avoid add-ins like sour mix, which pack in preservatives that can make a hangover even worse and sugars that spike your blood glucose, then send it crashing leading you to crave more alcohol. Be aware of mixing diet drinks and alcohol. Research has shown that sugar substitutes may speed the absorption of alcohol into the bloodstream. My preference for alcoholic drinks is clear alcohol or Aperol which is a digestif and very low in sugar.

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Image courtesy of Lucas Pimenta

If you have over indulged, when you return home try to drink some coconut water or Gatorade that will replace electrolytes depleted by alcohol.  My suggestion, drink at least 8 oz because alcohol dehydrates the system. Try to do this the minute you arrive home.

Lastly, if you were too drunk to take precautions the night before and wake up the next morning with your head splitting open, try the coconut water or the Gatorade trick before breakfast.  You should also include eggs, bananas and fruit in your morning menu. These foods can help replenish electrolytes and other substances your alcohol-ravaged body needs.

Most importantly, be safe this Holiday Weekend.
~Dr. Elizabeth Trattner

*This article was originally featured on Prevention.com for 7 Ways To Prevent Hangovers*

 

Happy National Relaxation Day

Happy National Relaxation Day

It’s National Relaxation day!  There are many ways to relax and quickly recharge your body, mind and spirit.

The easiest way to relax is for readers to plan a day trip somewhere outdoors with bad cell phone reception or taking all apps off their phone and restoring them after their trip. This effect has begun picking up speed in 2010 after Dr. Todd Braver, a neuroscientist and neuropsychologist at Washington University went into nature with four other colleagues to understand how the brain is over taxed my heavy use of technology.  These scientists found that being outside in nature can refresh the brain and also increase attention and focus. Read more here

Haute and Holistic Living

Another way to reset your body is with soaking in salt. I have traveled extensively to some of the saltiest places in this part of the world in both southern Bolivia and Northern Chile into the Salt Flats. These incredible places have salt and other minerals in the ground and your body literally feels different after being in nature and in the salt which has a very grounding effect. The beach is an incredible place to relax as well. The combination of being in nature and the salt water has a positive effect on the mind and body. If you can’t make it to the beach, I highly recommend soaking in salt baths. One of my favorite product lines is Little Moon Essentials that makes organic bath soaks for almost anything that is bothering you. It is a way to bring nature into your bathtub.

National Relaxation Day

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Another way to relax is to turn off your television. I only have one in my home and only watch it for movies for the most part. It is rarely on and never in any of the bedrooms of my home. Unfortunately, almost everything is toxic on television, especially the news and reality television.  By taking a day a week to unplug and relax it will have a cumulative effect on the body.

 

I am off to the beach today! Have a great day today and don’t forget to take time for yourself!

Happy National Relaxation Day! Much love, Dr. Trattner and the H and H team

Taking Care of your Whole Self

Taking Care Of Your Whole Self

Hello to our lovely H and H followers,

Our very own, Dr Trattner was featured in Life and Beauty Weekly for Body and Soul about ways to take care of both your body and soul.
Read more: 6 Ways to Take Care of Your Whole Self | Health | Life & Beauty Weekly http://www.lifeandbeautyweekly.com/feature/health/body-soul-6-ways-care-whole-self/index.html#ixzz4nhlEZzgn

If you think of health as simply swapping apples for cookies or getting a flu shot, you’re only seeing part of the picture.💭💡 Complete wellness means maintaining balance in body, mind and spirit -which is not always easy to do if you’re the kind of person who puts themselves last in line for TLC. “As women, we tend to take on more than we can chew,” says Elizabeth Trattner, an integrative health expert in Miami, Florida. “No one wrote the handbook on how much should women juggle.” Take control of your well-being and care for yourself with these wellness tips.

Care for Your Spiritual Side

Get out in nature: To best feel spiritually fulfilled, step outside at least once a day to see the beauty in the natural world. “What happens is that you’ve disconnected from things around you,” says Trattner. “Whether it’s the woods, the ocean, a lake or even a flower shop, by being in nature you’ll feel the powerful effects of harmonizing with nature.”

Make it work by: leaving your electronic devices at your desk — or at least turned off — during your outdoor time. You can’t truly immerse yourself in nature if you’re distracted by a screen.
Learn how to meditate: No matter what your religion or belief system, daily meditation can help you connect with your spiritual self. It can also help you find deeper purpose and meaning in your life.

For more information please visit http://www.lifeandbeautyweekly.com/feature/health/body-soul-6-ways-care-whole-self/index.html# or email hauteandholistic@gmail.com. To learn more about the creators behind Haute and Holistic check out the About Page.

Love and light,

H and H

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