When I’m at home in either Australia or France I have a bit of a routine.
And it all kicks off with my morning oil pull.
Oil what? I hear you cry.
Yup, oil pulling is actually an unbelievably effective procedure has been used for centuries as a traditional Ayurvedic remedy to remove bacteria and promote healthy teeth and gums. In fact, some observers claim it’s even more effective than flossing, and it’s one of the best ways to naturally whiten your teeth.
Oil pulling is best done with coconut oil. This is how I do it:
Make sure to oil pull first thing in the morning right after you get out of bed and have gone for a wazz — before you brush your teeth or drink anything.
Gently swish 1–2 tablespoons of coconut oil in your mouth and between your teeth for 10–20 minutes, making sure that you don’t swallow any of the oil. Talking of swallowing…
Spit out the oil in the bin (not the sink so it doesn’t clog up the plumbing… ask me how I know), and immediately rinse your mouth out with warm water (you can use salt water for added antimicrobial properties).
Finally, brush your teeth as normal. Voila, easy as that!
Next: Let’s have a tomato partay. Because then I eat my daily dose of tomato paste, yup. Is it purée with you? ?
Seriously, I never wear sunscreen, but consuming three tablespoons of double concentrate tomato paste every day is a brilliant way to load up on all the lycopene-based antioxidants that naturally protect you against sunburn etc. Unfortunately, in Britain they rarely sell it by the jar like they do in advanced countries like Aus, so when in (my former) home…
Incidentally, if you don’t relish the taste of tomato by mouth, there are other ways you can get your load. Think about it.
Wild berries (blueberries, blackberries, raspberries) also help, as will a daily dose of good quality fish oil, loaded with high potency EPA and DHA Omega 3s.
Also, I drink quite a lot of tea and coffee. It certainly keeps the wrinkles away, and a modicum of the invading grey at bay. There’s quite enough of that already, thank you.
Next: Uncle Steve’s ways of avoid cystitis, coming soon to stevepafford.com.
Steve Pafford, London