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THIS WAS MY APRIL FOOLS JOKE FOR APRIL 2015
I hope that you can take this post for what it is, joke and satire. I wrote this post as my April Fool's Day (2015) joke to you, because this is my own PERSONAL blog and I have a sense of humor most of the time, but you don't get to see it. Normally I am writing about serious topics, but for one day a year, I chose to let loose and write with a bit of comedy and humor. I had the BEST time writing this post and I hope you have a good chuckle reading it! Part of being hippy is having a good time doing what you're doing!
We've all heard that dogs lick their wounds to clean and heal them, but have you thought about utilizing those natural healing and antibacterial benefits in your daily oral care routine? It may sound crazy, but canine saliva has been utilized for centuries, in healing all sorts of oral care issues, from canker sores to cavities, and everything in between.
Canine saliva contains bactericidal benefits
Saliva in most mammals has shown to contain elevated levels of a peptide hormone called EGF, that has shown in studies to drastically enhance skin wound healing. Though you might imagine your dogs saliva to be absolutely disgusting, some studies have shown canine saliva to be a lot cleaner than you might think! There have even been a few studies done on the effectiveness of canine saliva's bactericidal properties, towards certain bacterial strains including Escherichia coli, Streptococcus canis, coagulase positive staphylococcus, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
Healing benefits beyond oral hygiene
Canine saliva has a pH of roughly 9, whereas human saliva's pH ranges from 6.5-7.5. This difference in acidity, may be the reason canine saliva is slightly more bactericidal than human saliva, making it a great addition to your own oral cleansing routine. There are other benefits to oil-pulling with canine saliva, it has also been known to:
- boosts your immune system – exposing your body to extra antibodies helps to boost your immune system, keeping you healthier when everyone else around you is not! Combining this with unrefined coconut oil really amps up the immune boosting properties!
- reduces inflammation in your body – In one study done using both real canine saliva and synthetic EFG, the real canine saliva was capable of reducing inflammation in the liver as well as topically on the wound. This is helpful against arthritis as well as many other inflammatory conditions.
- increases your serotonin levels and therefore your love of exercise, helping to raise your attitude towards mundane workouts. Heck, you will be just happy to play catch with your best friend, let alone run around the block in circles!
Add canine saliva to your family's oil pulling routine?
Some dogs drool enough saliva for several dogs, while other dogs don't salivate as often and might need help getting their salivary glands going. If your dog can drool on command, GREAT! Collect the saliva and mix 1/2 tsp. of it into 1 Tbsp. unrefined coconut oil. Use this mixture to perform your daily oil pulling routine. If your dog constantly has cotton mouth, here are some of my favorite tips to get those glands glistening:
- Make your dog sit, and hold a raw steak approximately 1 foot above his head. It should only take a few seconds of dangling this tasty morsel above his head, to get his tongue salivating enough for collection. If you are not willing to use your favorite steak, hot dogs can work just as well, as long as your dog isn't a picky eater. Beware of dogs that aren't great at staying in place when holding raw meat above their head.
- 1 tsp. of peanut butter is always a surefire way to get any dog drooling. It also provides plenty of entertainment watching them stick their tongue out repeatedly while licking it off the roof of their mouth. Be sure to wait until the peanut butter is completely eaten before collecting saliva (you don't want peanut butter in your coconut oil!). If you have a nut allergy, this option should be avoided!
- If all else fails, no dog can turn down a good raw bone! Allow your dog to gnaw on the bone for at least 5 minutes, before removing the bone and collecting saliva. Some dogs do not like their bones to be taken away, caution should be used with the bone removal!
PS…APRIL FOOLS!!! Happy April Fools Day! LMAO
While writing this post, I did embellish the truth for the sake of the joke (I am definitely NOT using canine saliva in my oil pulling routine), but I learned something that IS true, along the way. The links that I shared pointing towards studies done on the antibacterial properties of canine saliva, are true. It seems that canine saliva is a lot like human saliva, but with a higher amount of immunoglobulins A, making it slightly to somewhat effective against several strains of bacteria including staph. I thought that information was interesting, and in the heat of an emergency if I need my dog to lick my wound, who knows, I might take advantage of his natural antibacterial wound cleansing abilities! As for oral healthcare….I just don't think I could do it….lol!
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