Happy Saturday peeps! I have been reading about oil pulling for a while now. Is it just a health trend or is it here to stay?! Oil pulling means that you swish oil around in your mouth for 10-20 minutes. The reason to do this is that it’s believed to pull bacteria and toxins out of you body through your mouth. It’s actually a very ancient practice used by Ayurvedic medicine practitioners and has been around for over 3,000 years. I decided to do some of my own investigating and try it out for a week. The first time I did it, I found it very hard to use a whole tablespoon so I just started with a teaspoon. I found it difficult to keep swishing around the oil without swallowing it the first time, so I only lasted 5 minutes. Hey, you gotta start somewhere. 😉 I decided to make it part of my nightly routine, first I would brush my teeth, then floss then oil pull using coconut oil. I definitely noticed that my teeth got whiter, my mouth felt cleaner and the oil I spat out was dirty! Here are 3 things I learned about oil pulling.
1. It reduces the amount of bacteria in your mouth. “Coconut oil treated with enzymes found in your saliva seems to inhibit the growth of certain bacteria. No solid scientific proof that it works, but it certainly makes people feel better.” “Swishing the oil around your mouth attracts the bad bugs to help pull it off of surfaces. When you are finished swishing around the oil in your mouth, spit the bacteria-filled solution into the trash. I did feel like the oil was helping clean out my mouth and think if I was on the verge of getting sick that this might actually help.
2. It can help with headaches. Doctors say it can help with arthritis, migraine headaches, asthma, and the common cold. I definitely would try oil pulling to help cure a headache instead of popping a pill.
3. It could save a money at the dentist. There are actually so many of different types of bacteria in the mouth. Some of them are friendly but others are not. The bacteria in the mouth create a “biofilm” on the teeth which is a thin layer that they use to adhere to the surface. This is what we know as “plaque.” Having some plaque on your teeth is normal, too mush plaque can get out of hand it can cause problems, including bad breath, yellow teeth, gum inflammation, gingivitis and cavities. Oil pulling can help with some of these issues.
There are so many things we can do to improve our health, oil pulling is just one of them. We all live busy lives, and this ritual will take time to do everyday. I guess you have to ask yourself if you think its right for you and your health?! I did enjoy my week on this experiment and I do believe it is beneficial…..However, I’m not sure I will continue it on a nightly basis. But I do think that I will use this practice again some time in my future.