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I have dry mouth when I sleep at night.

Dear Terry, “I have dry mouth when I sleep at night. In fact, it causes me to get up at night to drink water. My dentist says that it is a contributing cause of cavities that have developed at and below my gum lines. What would you recommend to eliminate or reduce the dry mouth? Thank you.” — Mark H., Cincinnati, OH

Dear Mark, Dry mouth can be greatly improved with omega-7 fatty acids. I recommend trying Sea buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) oil. The fruit of the sea buckthorn, a hardy plant native to Europe and Asia, has been called a “nutrient bomb” because it is so rich in flavonoids, vitamins, and other beneficial compounds. The seeds contain exceptionally high omega fatty acids, including the rare Omega-7 fatty acid (palmitoleic acid). There are excellent studies demonstrating the ability of sea buckthorn oil, when taken internally in softgel capsules, to reduce excessive mucous membrane dryness. I would suggest taking 1,000-2,000 mg daily. When looking for a sea buckthorn product, make sure it contains BOTH the seed oil and pulp. While both extracts are healthy, only the pulp contains omega-7. Believe it or not, there are sea buckthorn products on the market that contain absolutely no omega-7 fatty acids! So this is definitely a case of buyer beware.

You may also want to consider adding some natural, concentrated plant oils to your daily regimen. I would recommend Cinnamon, Thyme, Clove, and Oregano oils – some of nature’s most powerful antimicrobial ingredients to help boost your natural defenses. I suggest taking a total of 75 mg of these oils. Swish the oil in your mouth for 15-20 seconds. You can either swallow the oil at the end or spit it out. Do this twice daily, particularly after flossing and brushing your teeth.

Make sure to choose concentrated plant oils that are approved for internal use. Unlike essential oils used for massage and aromatherapy, these plant oils are tested and “fingerprinted” based on specific molecular makeup, species, marker compounds, purity and safety for internal medicinal use. The extraordinary potency of these tested plant oils allows for relatively low doses, but very powerful health benefits.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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