Putting a heaping spoonful of oil in your mouth does not sound like the most pleasurable experience, but the oral health benefits of oil pulling with coconut oil may be enough to overcome this hurdle.
Used for centuries as an Indian folk remedy, oil pulling has only recently been in the health spotlight due to extremely positive studies and rave reviews.
What Is Oil Pulling?
This is one of the most dead simple things you can do to improve oral health as well as remove toxins from the bloodstream.
Simply put about 1 tablespoon of oil in your mouth and swish it around for 20 minutes. Then spit and brush your teeth, voila you just successfully had your first oil pulling.
As to which oil is best, you can use many. The most popular are sunflower oil, sesame oil, extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil. The advantage to using coconut oil besides its much more mild taste is that coconut oil pulling has the added benefit of Lauric Acid, an effective antimicrobial that aids in ridding your body of bacteria and viruses.
The sensation of having a large amount of oil in your mouth certainly takes some getting used to, but after a few days it should become no big deal.
How Oil Pulling with Coconut Oil Works
There are tons of bacteria in your mouth, this is no surprise. These bacteria cause bad breath, gingivitis and tooth decay, building up on the teeth in the form of plaque. Streptococcus Mutans are the main contributor to plaque buildup and cavities making them especially important to rid your mouth of.
Bacteria forms a film on your teeth that builds up in the form of plaque and leads to all sorts of nasty things including tooth decay and bad breath. While everyone has a certain amount of plaque on their teeth at any given time, it is important to keep it in check and ensure it doesn’t get out of hand.
Oil pulling works by dissolving the bacteria in the oil sloshing throughout your mouth, once you spit the oil out you are also spitting out the harmful bacteria that lingers on and between teeth even after brushing. Each time you perform an oil pulling it rids your mouth of more bacteria and reduces plaque buildup considerably.
Ridding Your Bloodstream of Toxins with Oil Pulling
Many toxins are oil soluble and not water soluble, meaning they won’t dissolve in water and need to be carried through the our mucus membrane through fats. When you swish oil around in your mouth for at least 20 minutes you are giving your body a chance to filter some of these toxins out of the body. Because our mucous membrane is so thin in the mouth it means the proximity to the bloodstream is closer than almost anywhere else on the body, making it an ideal place to pull toxins out of the blood in a non-invasive manner.
By performing Oil Pulling with Coconut oil you are not only enhancing oral health by ridding the bacteria from the mouth, but also ridding the body of many toxins carried through the bloodstream.
How to Oil Pull and What to Expect
It is important to remember this is a process that takes a commitment of at least a couple of weeks before any notable benefits. Slowly leaching toxins from the bloodstream and ridding the cumulative bacteria in the mouth yields immense benefits when practiced daily.
Get 1 tablespoon of your desired oil (coconut oil in this case)
Place in your mouth first thing in the morning
Swish and Slosh the oil around in your mouth and between your teeth for 20 minutes
Spit the oil out
Brush your teeth
It is best to do this when you won’t be speaking, often people place the oil in their mouth just before a shower, spitting it out after they are done and continuing on to brush their teeth afterwards.
After performing this routine once daily for a couple of weeks you should notice improved oral health. This means brighter, whiter teeth as well as better breath. Continued use of oil pulling will help prevent cavities and gum disease as well as help rid your body of harmful toxins that are otherwise very difficult to expel.
There you have it, once you get over the initial offputting sensation of a mouthful of oil sloshing around your mouth each morning you are set. Improving oral health with the added bonus of detoxifying your body, a craze that has hit the western world by storm as of late. Give it a try and let us know your favorite oil and your experience with oil pulling.