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No, this isn’t some kind of spa-meets-dental office, but rather, something called “oil pulling,” an ancient Ayurvedic folk practice that goes back some 5,000 years. All you have to do the reap the benefits is swish one-half to one tablespoon of raw coconut oil in your mouth for about 5 minutes (some people do it as long as 20 minutes) every day, and enjoy knowing that the process is pulling out toxins and mucus from your mouth and lymph system.
Be careful not to gargle or get the mess in your throat in order to keep all that nasty bacteria from entering your system. The whole point is to get it out of your system, right? 🙂 Then, just spit the toxic gunk in either the toilet or trash so as to not clog your sink with the oil.
Hmm. Still feeling enthusiastic?
The health benefits of oil pulling
According to holistic coach Morgan Potts, who owns Moonblush Sacred Living, oil pulling promises to rid all kinds of bacteria and parasites from our mouth, loosen sinuses and can even make teeth and gums stronger due to the concentrated amount of cleaning going on in the area and the fact that the oil attracts the bad stuff like a magnet.
She says, “I have worked with people struggling with chronic sinus congestion who experienced relief unlike anything else, after oil pulling only once! Their condition improved and the congestion eventually went away completely.” Potts explains that oil pulling is ideal for people who want to boost their immune system and that it can even help those with skin conditions like psoriasis. To learn more about what she has to say about oil pulling, check out this article.
Blogger Jennifer Beckinsale engaged in oil pulling for 20 minutes every morning for 10 days. “I had been hearing about oil pulling everywhere, and I was curious,” she says, “so I figured why not.” Around day five of swishing with coconut oil, Beckinsale noticed that her teeth were becoming whiter and the eczema on her foot started to improve.
So, what do the experts think? Does oil pulling really work?
Experts weigh in on oil pulling
St. Louis, Missouri dentist Jeffrey Dalin says patients are noticing their gums don’t bleed anymore and their teeth are getting whiter. Still, he’s hesitant when it comes to doing it himself. “I haven’t had the guts to do it, but I think it’s something at least worth looking into.”
However, The Journal of Oral Health & Community Dentistry asks, “How many of us can afford to spare 10 to 15 minutes of our early morning time, to perform oil pulling, by sitting calmly and concentrating the oil inside our mouth? In the context of the present day busy lives, its very hard to accept this procedure, unless and until more studies are carried out, and the benefits are proven repeatedly.” Read more details about oil pulling analyses and conclusions from experts in this article.
Others suggest it’s hype, saying that of course anything that adds to our oral health routine will obviously make our teeth whiter and play a role in helping our overall system. People also say that toxins are more water than fat-soluble, raining on oil pullers’ parades by suggesting that would mean good ‘ole water would also do the trick.
What do you think? Have you oil pulled with coconut oil? Or do you think the only pulling going on is your leg?
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