Oil pulling is trendy and everyone is talking about it. But it’s not just a passing fad.
Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic practice that’s been around for ages and has multiple benefits. There are many reasons to start oil pulling, and I’d like to share some of them with you today:
8 Reasons To Start Oil Pulling For Better Health:
1. Detoxifies the body
Our mouths are home to a variety of bacteria, and harmful toxins. Examples of common toxins include pollution, pesticides, preservatives added to prepackaged foods, harmful bacteria and yeasts inside the body, chronic infections, stress and negative thinking.
Many people also have amalgam fillings in their teeth which are composed of about 50% mercury.
If the toxins build up in our bodies they can cause extensive damage and disease. Oil pulling helps “pull” the toxins out and eliminates them from our system.
2. Freshens breath
Halitosis is a by-product released by bacteria in the mouth. Oil pulling helps get rid of these bacteria, giving you fresh, clean breath.
3. Whitens teeth
In my experience oil pulling is an amazingly effective teeth whitener! It works just as well, if not better, as commercial teeth whiteners (such as Crest Whitestrips) which are full of bleach and other toxic ingredients that often taste terrible and cause tooth sensitivity.
4. Helps the body manage hormonal changes more efficiently
When the body has less toxins to clean out, it can spend more energy on other important functions such as balancing your hormones.
5. Helps prevent headaches and migraines
A major cause of headaches is an overload of toxins in the body. Oil pulling helps naturally cleanse the body of these harmful toxins.
6. Removes plaque
Oil pulling helps reduce harmful bacteria (Streptococcus mutans) which cause plaque that cause cavities (1).
7. Improves skin conditions
Removing toxins from the body has a positive impact on the skin too. It can help clear acne and other skin conditions.
8. Heals bleeding gums
Oil pulling reduces inflammation overall and helps reverse gingivitis, which is inflammation of the gums.
Which Oil Should I Use For Oil Pulling?
I use coconut oil for daily oil pulling. You might like to try coconut oil too due to its many health benefits.
A reader recently asked me if there is a type of coconut oil that doesn’t have the coconut oil flavor. It’s important to note that virgin coconut oil generally has a mild flavor but if you don’t want to try this you may want to try expeller pressed refined coconut oil.
Although expeller pressed oil is refined it has the same health benefits as virgin coconut oil. And the refining process used to make the expeller pressed is all-natural so it is not harmful to you like other refined products can be.
Also know that you don’t have to use coconut oil to do oil pulling.
You do want a high-quality, pure, organic plant-based oil. Coconut oil is one many people use, but you can also use sunflower, olive, sesame, walnut, avocado, black cumin seed and others.
If you’ve never done oil pulling before, you may want to read How To Do Oil Pulling For Better Health. It explains exactly what to do.
I hope this list of 8 reasons to start oil pulling for better health encourage you to try it for yourself and reap the health benefits!
Have you ever tried oil pulling? What results did you notice?
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