Tuesday 12 December 2017

Squeaky clean: the latest hygiene fads

Gwyneth Paltrow
Gwyneth Paltrow

V steaming

Thanks to Gwyneth Paltrow, V-steaming has hit the mainstream. Fans of this intimate cleansing technique, which originated in Korea, sit on an open-seated mini-throne over a steaming brew of Chinese herbs in the hope of reducing stress, fighting infection and improving fertility. "If you're in LA, you have to do it," says Gwyn.

Oil pulling

This ancient Ayurvedic practice involves swishing a tablespoon of coconut oil around your mouth every morning, on an empty stomach, for a full 20 minutes. Supposed benefits include improving oral health, whitening teeth and purging the body of toxins.

Clay baths

For the ultimate whole-body detox, clay baths, which have origins in ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, are becoming popular again. Simply mix two cups of clean, raw, natural swelling smectite clay with water and lie back and let it do its job.

Activated charcoal

Want whiter teeth? Thanks to the natural adhesive qualities of activated charcoal, this jet-black paste will remove stains from the likes of tea and coffee, and reveal a brighter smile in minutes. Taken internally in capsules, it's also a well-known remedy for digestive ailments.

Colon hydrotherapy

From dead cellular tissue to impacted faeces, you'd be surprised what could be clogging up your colon. Fans of colonic hydrotherapy, where the bowels are cleansed with warm purified water via a tube up the rectum, claim it boosts energy, clears the skin and can even help with weight loss. Both Oprah Winfrey and Madonna are converts.

Tongue scraping

For superior oral hygiene, using a tongue scraper is now considered as essential as a toothbrush in some circles. From improving the taste of food to aiding digestion and supporting the immune system, aficionados say all it takes is a daily scrape with this inexpensive little tool.

Apple cider vinegar

Who knew a kitchen pantry ingredient could have so may uses? Killing foot odour, removing dandruff, clearing up skin blemishes, according to Dr Oz, organic apple cider vinegar is the latest weapon in the ultimate personal hygiene arsenal. You can even add a spoon to a glass of water to help soothe digestive troubles.

Irish Independent

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