Want whiter teeth, clearer skin and more energy? Give oil pulling a go!
Mia, having a pull
Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic ritual that was used for detoxing and is something that has recently become quite popular in the modern world.
Oil pulling is done by swishing some form of organic cold pressed oil like sunflower oil or coconut oil around in your mouth for 20 minutes before spitting it out. When you swish the oil around it pulls out the bacteria that sits in your mouth. This has a very powerful detoxifying effect on the body as our mouth is home to billions of bacteria, fungi and other toxins. Dr. Bruce Fife has written a book on this ritual and you can read more about it in detail here.
I know, I know, you're probably thinking it sounds gross and crazy and weird right? I have to admit I felt very strange doing it for the first couple of days, but now I've been doing it for about 12 months and it feels completely normal to me. I am definitely reaping all the benefits: my teeth are whiter, my head feels clearer, my gums look and feel a lot healthier and I no longer have the urge to kill leading up to that time of the month.
The main benefits of oil pulling include:
- Whiter teeth
- Healthier gums
- Prevents bad breath
- Decreased PMS symptoms
- Decreased headache symptoms
- Clearer skin
- Increases your metabolism
- It has been known to decrease allergies
- Better sleep
I have also heard stories of it curing ulcers and rashes. I even read one story about a man who went back to his dentist to get a scheduled root canal and it was no longer needed as he had been oil pulling for 3 months!
How to Oil Pull
It is best to oil pull in the morning on an empty stomach as soon as you wake up. Drink a glass of water first then put about a tablespoon of oil in your mouth, coconut is probably best as it has a more pleasant taste than others. You can start by swishing it around your mouth for 2-3 minutes until you get to 20 minutes. I usually do this while I am in the shower or getting ready for work, then spit it out. Make sure you do not swallow the oil though as it will be full of toxins from pulling out all the bacteria.
So why not give it a try? You really have nothing to lose!