Fitness & Health

What is Oil Pulling?

By September 19, 2017 No Comments

Oil pulling was something I heard about through my circle of friends a few years ago when it seemed to be all the rage and trending around my Facebook newsfeed. I have not heard much about it lately but decided to make it a part of my morning routine because of the plethora of benefits that it provides.

I had been searching for ways to naturally whiten my teeth and remembered that whiter teeth were one of the benefits of oil pulling. Or so they say. So I decided to give it a go and test it out for myself. It’s only been a few weeks but I feel like it’s working. I should have taken “before and after” pictures or something but I didn’t. I guess you’ll just have to take my word for it!

I subscribe to Darren Hardy’s “Darren Daily” text each morning and decided to use his morning message my trigger for my oil pulling. His text usually comes through around 7 am. By this point, I have already completed my morning yoga practice, meditation, and am preparing to get the kiddos ready for school. So I grab a spoonful of coconut oil that sits on my kitchen counter, put it in my mouth, and start swishing. When I first started I would only do about five minutes or so. I was able to work my way up to twenty minutes in no time.

If you’re just starting out I would recommend using a teaspoon over a tablespoon and making sure that the oil is liquefied. It takes some getting used to at first and if you have to chew the solidified oil you might gag yourself. Be sure to facetime me if you go for it because I’d love to watch your reaction!!!

Spit. Don’t swallow.

Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic technique. You basically swish oil in your mouth for 5-20 minutes to help improve your oral and overall health. When you swish it around in your mouth bacteria gets stuck in the oil and dissolves. This is the main reason you want to be sure to spit it out in the trash after you’re done. You definitely don’t want to swallow all of the bacteria that you’re trying to get rid of. Or clog up your pipes!

I prefer coconut oil but you could also try sesame, sunflower, or olive oil. Coconut oil also has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties.

I’m not certain of any scientifical studies that prove these benefits but they seem legit to me. Afterall, coconut oil is magical right? I just know that I love how squeaky clean my mouth and teeth feel once I’m done. You can definitely use the Google to research on your own. These are the main benefits that I was initially drawn to.

  • Whitens teeth
  • Strengthens teeth & gums
  • Prevents cavities & gingivitis
  • Detoxifies the body
  • Prevents bad breath
  • Prevents cracked lips
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Clears up sinuses
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Relieves headaches

If you try it let me know how it goes. If you’re like me, you might enjoy the twenty minutes not having to answer anyone’s questions or phone calls. It can be quite relaxing!

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