8 Reasons You Should Try Oil Pulling
Oil pulling is an oral health technique; the ritual of oil pulling dates back 3,000 years. This Ayurvedic tradition is also called “gundusha” or “kavala” and involves swishing a tablespoon of oil in your mouth and between your teeth for at least 5 minutes and up to 20 minutes to draw toxins out of your body and improve oral health.
Swishing longer improves results. Use a variety of extra virgin organic cold pressed oil, such as sesame, olive, sunflower or coconut oil. Be sure not to swallow the oil after swishing; you don’t want to ingest the toxins that you’re trying to remove. After spitting out the oil, brush your teeth with a fluoride-free toothpaste and rinse your mouth out with water.
Take it slow at first. While you will see more dramatic results the longer you swish, it can be tiring and tedious. Work up to 20 minutes, but start with 5. And it’s recommended that you use coconut oil. While any of the above-mentioned oils will help improve your oral and overall health, the lauric acid in coconut oil has antimicrobial agents which provide an extra punch.
That’s all there is to it! Simple, right?
This process naturally removes toxins and cuts through plaque with no negative side effects. It may be surprising that such a simple daily ritual could dramatically transform your health for the better. But if you think about it, it makes sense. The microorganisms in your mouth are mostly single cell and encased in a lipid membrane. Lipids are fats so, when these microorganisms encounter the oil, which is also a fat, they bond to each other, making it easy to remove them along with the oil when you spit it out later.
Fungi, bacteria, toxins, and viruses are all concentrated in the mouth. The oil cleans these invaders out before they can infiltrate further and cause any damage. Fewer harmful invaders to your system means a stronger immune system with less inflammation and stress and, therefore, improved overall health.
Not convinced yet?
Here’s a list of 8 serious health benefits to oil pulling.
1. Whitens Teeth
Extra virgin organic cold pressed oil naturally contains inti-viral and antibiotic properties that will keep your teeth cleaner and brighter. You can throw away those chemically formulated teeth whitening strips which are likely to contain toxic ingredients such as aspartame, tar, bleach, benzene, and aluminum. Oil pulling is equally effective without introducing dangerous toxins into your system. After just two weeks, you’ll be able to notice the difference. Your gums and tongue will look pinker and healthier and your smile whiter.
2. Detoxes The Body
The mouth is the gateway to the rest of the body. You can effectively achieve a full body detox by removing any lingering bacteria, fungi, viruses, toxins and parasites through regular oil pulling before they get a chance to spread throughout the body. The by-product of these unwelcome invaders is toxins that can threaten your immune system and lead to inflammation or even illness. Oil pulling is a simple method for keeping these toxins in check. You’ll be amazed by the difference in your overall health after just a short time of oil pulling.
3. Prevents Gum & Mouth Diseases
Many harmful conditions are caused by a buildup of bacteria. Oil pulling can help prevent diseases of the mouth and gums such as gingivitis, cavities, and bleeding gums. Cavities are directly caused by unchecked, harmful bacteria. Inflammation of the gums, or gingivitis, is your immune system attacking itself, specifically the bacteria in the plaque in your mouth. Not only does oil pulling reduce plaque and bacteria, but coconut oil is an anti-inflammatory and will, therefore, help to ameliorate symptoms that have had time to develop.
4. Reduces Headaches
Did you know that retention of toxins in the body can lead to migraines and headaches? A headache is one way that your body is telling you to slow down and take more care. Research has shown that toxins and other tissue irritants in the nervous system can be a major contributor to migraines and tension headaches. It’s a good thing that you can use oil pulling to reduce toxins and bacteria, thereby alleviating the symptoms of headaches and migraines.
5. Reduces Halitosis (Bad Breath)
Nobody wants to have bad breath, but most people don’t know how to effectively combat it. You can eliminate bad breath by reducing the bacteria in your mouth. Bacteria in your mouth produces gases and chemicals which lead to halitosis. Studies have determined that oil pulling can be as effective as store-bought mouthwash.
6. Keeps The Skin Clear
You can dramatically improve the health and appearance of your skin by removing toxins from your system that would otherwise infiltrate the bloodstream. Testimonials from those who try oil pulling for two weeks claim that this daily process improved the following conditions: eczema, acne, psoriasis, and rashes. With oil pulling, you can visibly shine with improved health and well-being.
7. Promotes Oral Hygiene
Oil pulling promotes overall oral hygiene by removing bacteria which can lead to cavities, tooth decay, and bad breath. Studies have shown that oil pulling removes the Streptococcus mutant bacteria and other harmful microorganisms and reduces plaque which leads to gingivitis. There are few other things you could do that would lead to such far-ranging benefit to your oral health.
8. Supports Healthy Kidney & Liver Function
The liver and kidneys are the organs responsible for filtering toxins out of your body. By removing toxins and bacteria before they can infiltrate your body, you are supporting optimal kidney and liver function. If you have a poor diet or are exposed to a high concentration of environmental toxins, then your kidneys and liver will be particularly overtaxed. Give them a much-needed break and try oil pulling.