Oil pulling is trendy and everyone is talking about it. But it’s not just a passing fad.
Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic Indian tradition of swishing or “pulling” oil in the mouth. It cleanses and pulls harmful toxins out of the body. There are many reasons to start oil pulling, and I’d like to share some of them with you today:
1. Detoxifies the body
Our mouths are home to a variety of bacteria and harmful toxins. Examples of common toxins include pollution, pesticides, preservatives added to prepackaged foods, harmful bacteria and yeasts inside the body, chronic infections, stress and negative thinking.
Many people also have amalgam fillings in their teeth which are composed of about 50% mercury.
If the toxins build up in our bodies they can cause extensive damage and disease. Oil pulling helps “pull” the toxins out and eliminates them from our system.
2. Freshens breath
Halitosis is a by-product released by bacteria in the mouth. Oil pulling helps get rid of these bacteria, giving you fresh, clean breath.
3. Whitens teeth
In my experience oil pulling is an amazingly effective teeth whitener! It works just as well, if not better, as commercial teeth whiteners (such as Crest Whitestrips) which are full of bleach and other toxic ingredients that often taste terrible and cause tooth sensitivity.
4. Helps the body manage hormonal changes more efficiently
When the body has fewer toxins to clean out, it can spend more energy on other important functions such as balancing your hormones.
5. Helps prevent headaches and migraines
A major cause of headaches is an overload of toxins in the body. Oil pulling helps naturally cleanse the body of these harmful toxins, preventing future headaches and migraines.
6. Removes plaque
Oil pulling helps reduce harmful bacteria (Streptococcus mutans) which cause plaque that cause cavities
7. Improves skin conditions
Removing toxins from the body has a positive impact on the skin too. It can help clear acne and other skin conditions.
8. Heals bleeding gums
Oil pulling reduces inflammation overall and helps reverse gingivitis, which is inflammation of the gums.
Coconut oil is one many people use, but you can also use olive, sesame, walnut, avocado, and others. Personally, I use and recommend coconut oil due to its many health benefits.
Oil pulling has many benefits and is a great practice to add to your healthy living regimen. I want to encourage readers to give a try and see what you think. I’d love to hear from you about your experiences with oil pulling!