What To Read This Spring: 3 Books I Recommend

by lydia on March 23, 2014

Spring has sprung and with it has come a renewed vigor for learning. One of my favorite things to do is read, read and read some more. I have a voracious appetite for reading about all things health related. Recently, I’ve made it a priority to find time and ways to fit more reading into my life. Do you love to read about health and nutrition as well? Are you trying to figure out what to read this spring? Look no further, I have a few suggestions for you. Today, I’m sharing 3 books I recommend.

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Herbal Recipes For Vibrant Health

175 Teas, Tonics, Oils, Salves, Tinctures, and Other Natural Remedies for the Entire Family by Rosemary Gladstar. I’ve had this book for awhile now (probably almost a year), and I refer to it almost weekly. There are so many amazing recipes and just about every malady you will come across as a momma is covered in this book. Seriously – you will love it. The informative sections are fabulous – I just love learning about herbs. I also would much rather use herbal remedies for my children than over the counter medicines -we haven’t used any of those in years. (not even acetominophen or ibuprofen).

The really great thing is that the herbs chosen are pretty safe for a broad range of uses and instructions on who shouldn’t use them are included as well. I try a new herb or two every month and this book has helped me to have the confidence to do so. We are all loving the benefits we are getting from this book. Even my boys like looking through it and picking out herbs/recipes to try. My 8 year old in particular is quite fascinated with herbs. Get a copy!

Cooking With Coconut Oil

Yes, even cookbooks make good reading material. I love reading through cookbooks leisurely. I find it inspiring to see others creations and reading the little insightful sections as well. Recently, I was sent a copy of ‘Cooking With Coconut Oil’ by Elizabeth Nyland, creator of the popular blog guiltykitchen.com.

This cookbook is so cute – both in size and thanks to the colorful photos. I set out to try a handful of recipes recently and enjoyed them. I really like getting new ideas, even though I have plenty of my own. This book is based on a Paleo diet template, so no dairy or grains. Over 70 recipes in all – our favorite recipe so far was the Maple-Bacon-Chocolate Chip cookies (yes, bacon in your cookies -do try it)! Anyway, I wanted to share this as a resource – great for those new to real food or Paleo and looking for family-friendly recipes. Get a copy!

Oil Pulling Therapy

Detoxifying and Healing the Body Through Oral Cleansing, by Dr. Bruce Fife. My dad recently brought this book over for me to read. We are both health geeks and share/trade books all the time. He insisted I read this book and I’m glad he did.

I’ve been oil pulling, albeit inconsistently for almost 2 years now. After reading this book, I now do it daily and even tried it several times daily for almost a week (I will try to do this more often as I can). Life can get in the way of these things though, you know?  The results were pretty profound for me – I threw myself into a bit of detox and experienced some good cleansing, mostly in my sinuses. I felt as though I was ‘pulling out a sinus infection’ if that makes any sense. My sinuses drained quite a lot even though I was not congested and I ended up expelling a lot of mucus too. I don’t recommend starting out oil pulling 3 times per day, it could be too detoxifying all at once for most people. I’m just sharing how powerful it can be. There is a whole chapter in the book with published studies and success stories.

We produce approximately 1 liter (34 ounces) of saliva a day.

One teaspoon (5 ml) of saliva contains about 2.5 billion bacterial cells.

Your mouth does not secrete saliva when you sleep. This is why sleeping with your mouth open will result in a dry mouth.  ~ from Chapter 2

Then there is the added benefit of information coming from a doctor about dental health that we do not get from our mainstream dentists. Bruce Fife covers the anatomy of the mouth, saliva , bacteria in the mouth and common oral problems. The chapter on ‘Deadly Dentistry’ might just help you make the connection to a more serious health problem you are suffering from – he believes ‘all disease begins in the mouth’. If you are someone with a lot of dental work or health conditions and interested in healing your body – I can’t recommend this book highly enough! Oil pulling alone can relieve some of your chronic health issues.

Here is one takeaway tip from the book -something I learned many years ago that has improved my health immensely, namely my sinus issues. Do not sleep with your mouth open. If you do, teach yourself not to and keep your tongue up in the roof of your mouth. If you can’t do it at first, keep practicing – use duct tape to keep your mouth shut if you have to (totally serious here). This will not only improve your sleep it will improve your health in so many ways! Get a copy!

I hope you enjoyed my little review on some of my favorite little books I’ve been enjoying! What books have you read recently that you want to share about? Let us know in the comments below….

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Barb March 24, 2014 at 6:30 pm

Natural cure for a newly discovered plantar wart? yuck!

lydia March 24, 2014 at 6:33 pm
Rebecca March 26, 2014 at 11:55 am

Does Dr.Fife mention anything about oil pulling and amalgam fillings? I’ve read you shouldn’t oil pull if you have old mercury fillings.

lydia March 30, 2014 at 1:48 pm

His theory is that they need to be removed first.

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