I was spending a long weekend with friends recently. They’re used to my somewhat unusual health habits, so when I put a spoonful of coconut oil in my mouth one morning and started swishing it around, I got some quizzical looks and amusing comments.
Oil pulling is an age old Ayurvedic process that is designed to heal and detoxify the body of various ailments from oral health to treating many diseases. Oil pulling attracts germs and bacteria to pull them out of your mouth. Oil pulling therapy can be done with many types of oil such as, coconut or sesame oil. The best time to pull is first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. Simply put the oil in your mouth and swish around and pull it through your teeth for about 15 minutes. When you’re finished spit it out. Don’t swallow it as the oil is full of bacteria and germs.
I’ve been pulling for about a year. The first thing I noticed was that my teeth felt stronger and they were definitely whiter. Damn, that’s a good start. Nothing like a shiny sexy smile. I was hooked so I wanted to learn about other hidden benefits. Here’s what I learned.
Oral Health-All disease starts in the mouth. Oil pulling cleans your mouth especially the gums by easing inflammation. It freshens the breath, whitens the teeth and helps prevent tooth decay and disease.
Beyond the Mouth-Many holistic practitioners tout oil pulling for a variety of health concerns.
-Reducing inflammation from arthritis.
-Reduces nausea and gastro intestinal ailments.
-Supports organ function.
-Reduces allergy symptoms.
-Helps correct hormone imbalances.
-Soothes a hangover after alcohol consumption.(Good to know ).
-Detoxifies the body of harmful metals.
-Removes harmful bacteria and allows healthy bacteria to flourish.
It’s easy and cheap-I pull in the shower to save time and avoid interruption. A spoonful of oil costs less than any vitamin and has more benefits.
Multiple scientific studies support the benefits of oil pulling, and with any health process I urge you to do your own research and see if it’s right for you. If you want to learn more check out the book, “Oil Pulling Therapy” by Dr. Bruce Fife.
I recommend oil pulling as part of my health coaching program. If you want to learn more health tips, “Click Here” for your complimentary “Empower Your Health Strategy Session.”
I’m pulling for you! Have a healthy day.