Why Choose a Natural Toothpaste? Himalaya Botanique Toothpaste Review #momsmeet

Retaining or regaining optimal health is just a series of small steps. Removing things from your life that do not promote optimal health and replacing them with a healthy alternative. It's about doing better once you know better and doing what you can.

When I set out on the pursuit of optimal health, I was under doctor care and was regularly on antibiotics and other medications. At some point, it dawned on me that this was not health. I started researching what these medications were doing to my body. This lead me to look for alternatives. Most often these alternatives corrected or healed the root cause of the problem rather than just treating the symptom. I took on the practical philosophy of considering what my body was telling me and what that meant it needed. 

I started with looking around at the things I used daily in my life. Household cleaners, shampoo, and conditioners, body wash, toothpaste. Things that would come in contact with my skin. 

Toothpaste is used in your mouth and some gets swallowed. Reading the warning labels on conventional toothpaste, it was a no brainer that I needed to find an alternative that all ingredients were effective yet safe to be swallowed.  

So there is a warning label. What's in there that needs a warning?

1. Fluoride – We grow up thinking that fluoride fights cavities. The truth is that it can also cause a lot of problems. Fluoride is toxic in high doses and can cause teeth to become too hard and therefore brittle. It has been linked to learning disabilities and even cancer in high doses. Children often swallow a large amount of the toothpaste they brush with.
2. SLS – Sodium Laurel Sulfate is used in conventional toothpaste to make it to foam. It’s a detergent; found in many shampoos. It is a skin irritant for most people and causes canker sores to anyone susceptible to them. SLS enhances bitter tastes and is thought to be the reason why everything tastes so bad right after you've brushed your teeth.
3. Saccharin – Saccharin is used to sweeten many toothpastes and mouthwashes. It has been shown to cause kidney cancer in lab rats and is rarely used as a sweetener in foods today because of this. 
4. Triclosan - Triclosan is an antibacterial chemical approved by the FDA to help fight plaque and gingivitis. While it does prevent gingivitis, it has also been linked to antibiotic resistance and endocrine disruption. Toothpaste appears to be one of the most potent delivery vehicles for this chemical, as research found people who brushed their teeth with toothpaste containing triclosan had more than five times as much in their urine as those who did not.
5. Propylene Glycol - Propylene glycol is a type of mineral oil that, in the industrial grade, is used in antifreeze, paints, enamels, and airplane de-icers. The pharmaceutical-grade form is used in many personal care products, including toothpaste, as a surfactant. Research on the safety of propylene glycol in personal care products is lacking, although it's a known skin, eye, and lung irritant and may cause organ system toxicity. This is clearly not a substance you want in your mouth.

6. Diethanolamine (DEA) - DEA is found in many foaming products such as toothpaste. It's a known hormone disruptor and can react with other ingredients to form a potential carcinogen called NDEA (N-nitrosodiethanolamine), which is readily absorbed through the skin and has been linked with cancers of the stomach, esophagus, liver, and bladder. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) ranks DEA as a number 10 in its cosmetics database (the most toxic score) due to high concerns of organ system toxicity, contamination concerns, and irritation, along with moderate cancer risk. The California Environmental Protection Agency lists DEA as a possible human carcinogen.

7. Carrageenan - Derived from seaweed, carrageenan is a common thickening agent in toothpaste – both conventional and natural. It can also be found in foods like chocolate milk, yogurt, and cream. It has been shown to potentially cause inflammation in the intestine and possible colon tumors.

* You might assume that these chemicals in small amounts must surely be safe or they would not be on the market. Would you want just a minute amount of strychnine added to your chewing gum? Also, remember brushing your teeth is a twice a day exposure. 

There are healthy alternatives, like Himalaya Botanique, that offer effective dental care without containing harmful chemicals.

In Himalaya natural toothpaste, you will find botanically based ingredients and free of fluoride, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), carrageenan, and gluten.

Some of the key ingredients found in Himalaya Botanique toothpaste formulas:

1. Pomegranate fruit rind - has astringent, antibacterial and antioxidant properties. Recent studies have shown that Pomegranate also helps to combat dental plaque.

2. Indian Gum Arabic Tree's fresh twigs -  are used to protect gums and teeth. The bark extract has tannins which are known for their antioxidant properties.

3. Neem - has been used for hundreds of years as an extremely effective method of total oral hygiene. Neem bark possesses phenolic and antioxidant activity and also has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties.

4. Triphala - is an astringent which stops gum bleeding. Rich in tannins and phenolic compounds which possess antioxidant properties, the herb helps in healing mouth ulcers.

5. Thymol -  
thymol a powerful antiseptic derived from the plant thyme. Thymol can be found in many types of mouthwash and other dental products due to the herb's natural ability to fight tooth decay and infection while also offsetting the effects of gum disease or bad breath.

This is my kind of ingredient list! All these ingredients have been used historically and have stood the test of time. Best of all, they do no harm while making gums and teeth strong, freshening breath, removing plaque, and brightening teeth! 

I was sent a wonderful parcel from Himalaya Botanique so that I could experience their line of toothpaste myself. They included sweet gifts from Matr Boomie just for me! Thank you, Himalaya Botanique & Moms Meet!

“I received this product for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com) to use and post my honest opinions. Compensation for this post was provided and this page may contain affiliate links.”

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