What most of us think of as good everyday hygiene, may actually be causing inflammation which causes accelerated aging.
No worries, though, because with one simple change you can avoid the nightmare component to this healthy habit.
When my son was young and began brushing regularly he began getting canker sores. At the time, we thought maybe he was drinking too much orange juice, or eating too many grapefruits, so we cut all that out but saw no improvement. We were constantly putting salves and tinctures on his sores to ease his suffering. Then one day the canker sores stopped and never came back.
Fast forward to last week when I read information on toothpaste ingredients that can cause canker sores and even mouth cancer. (this is major inflammation which causes accelerated aging) That’s when it dawned on me that I had switched the whole family to the Trader Joe’s Fluoride Free toothpaste and that is exactly when my son’s canker sores went away and never came back.
Here is a list of ingredients you want to avoid when buying toothpaste.
- Fluoride – is very toxic. Studies published in the Journal of American Dental Association confirm fluoride as a toxic substance that actually destroys teeth, especially those of developing young children and babies. At Harvard University, researchers identified a link between fluoride and bone cancer. The FDA even requires a warning label on all fluoride toothpaste. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 6. Did you know that if a 2 year old eats 42% of a tube of fluoride toothpaste it could cause DEATH! With all the fancy kid flavors, you can see how this could easily happen.
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate – is a detergent found in most toothpaste, dishwashing soaps, and body washes. It dries out the protective mucous lining in the mouth making it more vulnerable to canker sores and even cancer.
- Triclosan – An antibiotic and antimicrobial agent used in dishwashing soap, hand soap, deodorant, toothpaste and mouthwash. In 2009 the Canada Medical Association banned this ingredient due to the increasing bacterial resistance due to the overuse of antibiotics. Studies also show that triclosan exposure significantly impacts thyroid hormone concentration.
- Artificial Sweeteners – Saccharine, Aspartame, Nutri-Sweet, Splenda have all been linked to cancer. Canada has banned saccharine.
When it comes to toothpaste, you must read labels. I was shocked to read the Tom’s toothpaste label and see that while it was fluoride free they do use sodium lauryl sulfate. The Trader Joe’s all natural no fluoride toothpaste is a safe choice.
Mix equal parts baking soda with coconut oil and put in a small container with a lid and keep in your bathroom. Coconut oil is naturally anti-bacterial and anti-viral.
The Ageless Beauty Report, information that gives you the power to make age less choices.