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:
8 Reasons To Start Oil Pulling For Better Health:
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.[the_ad id=”1217″]
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.
Which Oil Should I Use For Oil Pulling?
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.
How To Do Oil Pulling:
- Put 1 or 2 teaspoons (or up to 1 tablespoon) of oil in your mouth. If you use coconut oil, because it is solid at room temperature, you may need to chew it a bit at first to help to get it in a liquid form.
- Swish the oil in your mouth for 20 minutes. I set the timer on my phone so that I don’t have to keep checking the clock. This way I’m able to get other things done while I’m swishing. The swishing needs to be hard enough to pull the oil through your teeth, but not so hard that it causes you stress or jaw pain. Using a gentle swishing movement is perfect! While you’re swishing make sure not to gargle or swallow any of the oil! Doing so would put the harmful toxins back into your body.
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- Spit the oil out in the trash. Do not spit in the sink because this could cause your plumbing to become clogged (and that would not be good!).
- Rinse your mouth out with water, swishing well. Repeat until oil is gone.
- Brush your teeth well.
- Look in the mirror and enjoy your clean, white smile!
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!