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.
Can you guess America’s number one New Year’s Resolution year after year? If you guessed losing weight you’re 100% correct!
So what is the best way to lose weight and keep it off?
Many believe the key to weight-loss is burning more calories than you eat. But many times it is not so simple. Sure, this works for some people, but often there are other factors to consider, including toxins, motivation, time, health, lifestyle, genetics, and thyroid problems.
Additionally, the quality and types of food we eat can affect whether our bodies tend to shed extra weight or hold on to those last 10 pounds.
I can relate to the weight loss ups and downs because I’ve experienced them at different seasons in my life.
After four pregnancies in six years time, with all the weight changes that come with pregnancy, plus breastfeeding all four babies, my body went through many transformations.
But being a full-time mama to four kiddos under the age of six didn’t leave time for anything outside of prepping and cleaning up after meals, changing diapers, reading to, cuddling and playing with the babies and caring for their needs 24/7.
And I would do it all over again because our children are precious to me and I cherish those times we spent together when they were little.
Being intentional about fitness and eating right was easier when we had our first two babies, but after that it became such a juggling act that most days I was happy to get a shower and brush my teeth. Maybe you can relate? And a good night’s sleep did not come until later.
I would try to fit in the occasional walk or run and eat healthy as much as possible. But it was a challenge. Some days more than others.
But my story is just one of many examples of challenges we face in life that can make it harder to stay healthy and maintain a healthy weight.
Sometimes we simply need tools to help us meet our goals. If you’re trying to lose weight and have plateaued or just need a boost along your weight loss journey here are some tips that can help accelerate your weight loss.
18 Ways To Lose Weight Faster:
1. Drink a glass of water before each meal.
Our bodies function more efficiently with plenty of purified water. Drinking water helps with the digestion process. The general recommendation is to drink 8 8-ounce glasses per day, or 2 liters, but depending on your size and activity level you might need a slightly different amount. Also, adding lemon to your water can give you some pretty amazing health benefits. To learn more about lemon water you may want to read: 9 Surprising Benefits Of Lemon Water.
2. Include protein with your meals and snacks.
Protein can help you lose weight naturally by reducing hunger pangs and boosting your metabolism.
3. Fill up on fiber-rich vegetables, fruits and other foods.
Eating plenty of fiber fills you and may cut your appetite. Examples of high-fiber foods include:
Did you know that not getting enough sleep can cause you to gain weight? Sleep deprivation disturbs your body’s balance of the hormones leptin and ghrelin, which regulate hunger and fullness.
If you have trouble winding down at night, try taking a hot bath or shower. How much sleep should you be getting? The average adult needs 7-9 hours of quality sleep per night.
5. Only buy healthy whole food.
Stay away from pre-packaged foods that have a long list of ingredients. A long ingredient list usually indicates many artificial additives, preservatives and other harmful chemicals which can wreak havoc on our bodies.
Nuts are a great on-the-go snack and fill you up. The healthy fats in nuts keep you satiated. My personal favorite is pecans. They’re so rich and delicious! Other healthy options include walnuts, almonds and pistachios.
9. Drink whey protein.
It has many health benefits and keeps you feeling full for a long time. Just make sure it is all-natural and does not contain harmful sweeteners, like Splenda or Aspartame.
They can fire up your metabolism, causing you to burn more calories.
Salsa, curry, peppers, horseradish and many Asian stir fry recipes contain plenty of heat to spice up your taste buds.
11. Chew your food well before swallowing.
We’ve all heard this before but it works, so it’s worth repeating. Chewing your food well takes more time which gives your brain time to process feeling full. This allows you to eat what you need but not more.
12. Eat your meals on a small salad plate instead of a typical dinner plate.
If you’re like most Americans, including myself, you tend to fill your plate with food. So if your plate is smaller, it makes sense that you’ll be eating less.
13. Keep a food diary.
Writing down everything you eat makes you more aware of your caloric intake, as well as whether you’re eating enough fiber, protein, and essential vitamins.
My favorite way to keep track of what I eat each day is myfitnesspal.com. I use the app on my phone. I also love that it syncs with my Fitbit so I don’t miss anything important.
14. Avoid white foods, such as white flour, white sugar, white bread and white rice.
They can dramatically alter your blood sugar and cause weight gain (which, of course, is the opposite of weight loss).
15. Drink green tea.
It has substances that cause fat cells to release fat, especially with exercise. How cool is that? Plus, green tea is so refreshing and delicious! I have a cup each afternoon.
Also, Kombucha is fermented green tea. I just learned how to make it and am loving this flavorful, probiotic-rich tea!
16. Include full-fat foods in your diet.
This includes grass-fed beef, nuts, coconut, eggs and avocados.
And don’t worry, studies have proven that (despite what we may have been told for years) eating saturated fat does not make us fat and does not cause heart disease (1).
In case you haven’t heard a low-fat, high-carb diet is bad for you and has been repeatedly proved ineffective (2, 3).
17. Drink coffee!
It speeds up your metabolism and causes you to burn more calories (4).
Oil pulling is an excellent, natural practice to upgrade your oral health. I only wish I had known about it sooner!
After years of searching for the best teeth whitener, enduring tooth pain associated with typical whitestrips, whitening lamps, gels and abrasive toothpastes (not to mention the cost of buying all these products) I’m happy to find a simple cost-effective solution.
One of my favorite things about oil pulling is that it gets my teeth whiter than any of these products ever did! Not to mention the other amazing health benefits oil pulling provides.
The process is simple.
So, if you’ve ever wondered if there’s a better option keep reading and I’ll share a tip I’ve learned that’s simplified and improved my oral health in many ways.
To start, here is a short video I made describing 8 Healthy Benefits of Oil Pulling:
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Health Benefits Of Oil Pulling
detoxifies the body
improves skin conditions
heals bleeding gums
helps reverse gingivitis
prevents, and even reverses, tooth decay (amazing, right?!)
How To Do Oil Pulling
Put 1 to 2 teaspoons (or up to 1 tablespoon) of oil in your mouth. If you’re using coconut oil you may need to chew it a little at first to help it dissolve because it is solid at room temperature.
Swish the oil in your mouth for 20 minutes. Make sure your swishing is hard enough to pull the oil through your teeth, but not so hard to cause stress or jaw pain. A gentle swishing movement is perfect. 🙂 When you’re swishing make sure you do not gargle or swallow any of the oil!This would put the harmful toxins back into your body.
Spit the oil out in the trash. Do not spit in the sink. This could clog up your plumbing.
Rinse your mouth with water, swishing well. Repeat until all the oil is gone.
I hope you enjoyed the video and learning more about the health benefits of oil pulling! If you decide to try it, please share your experience below. Once you get in the habit of doing it, it becomes a habit, like anything else. I usually do it when I’m getting ready in the morning so it’s part of my routine.
I hope you’re able to try this natural practice that’s been around for ages. When you experience whiter teeth, fresher breath, reduced plaque and cavities (as well as the many other benefits) it truly does compel you to continue.
Have you tried oil pulling? What changes have you noticed?
Please share below in the comment section. I love hearing from you!
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For several months, just like Avril Levigne, I felt like I was dying.
I went from being a healthy and active young mom to 4, to being barely able to walk a few yards to my mailbox. Everyday tasks such as taking a shower and getting dressed became incredibly difficult.
And it all happened so fast.
I realized I had taken my good health for granted, something I’ll not do again.
I was soon able to empathize with friends and family who also were dealing with chronic pain and chronic illness.
Because now I was living it too.
The multiple doctors and specialists I went to couldn’t figure out what was causing my rapidly deteriorating symptoms.
Because of this, I was untreated for 18 very long months.
What Is Lyme Disease Anyway?
When Lyme bacteria, or Borrelia Burgdorferi, has free rein over your body for this long without being treated the damage can cause destruction to every organ and system in the body. This includes the heart, brain, neurological and immune systems.
Lyme is called “the great imitator”. This is because the symptoms are like so many other diseases and conditions. These include Multiple Sclerosis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, Sjogren’s syndrome, and many others.
I repeatedly asked the doctors if my illness could be due to the tick bites I got at my home after being in the tall grasslands and forest area behind our house. I became extremely sick shortly after discovering the ticks and thought this was something that should definitely be investigated.
Unfortunately, I was told, “You can’t get Lyme disease in Missouri.”
At the time, I was naive to believe that doctors are usually right. Of course, like the rest of us, they are only human.
And, out of necessity, I’ve learned how to advocate for myself as a patient.
I started doing my homework.
And asking the right questions.
The teacher in me. And the life-long learner that I am…It didn’t take long to figure out that, in this case, a wait and see approachwas not appropriate.
With Lyme disease it never is.
I persisted in my quest for answers. Finally, the proper tests were given that proved they were tragically wrong.
You can indeed get Lyme disease in Missouri. And I had it.
Suffering With Lyme Disease, YouTube & Forgiveness
I did in fact have Lyme and another potentially deadly tick-borne illness, tularemia.
Since then I have met many caring physicians who are indignant when they hear I was given the run around for so long without proper treatment, especially when the doctors knew I was bitten by ticks and my health continued to go downhill so quickly.
At the time, my primary care physician simply told me that I had “tick fever”. (I was never clear about what that is.)
Later, I returned to this doctor because I wasn’t getting better. I was, in fact, getting much worse. He said I looked stressed (perhaps from the constant pain and insomnia?).
Then he suggested I watch a youtube video about the benefits of walking.
In my naivety, and my strong desire to do everything possible to get healthy, I did as he instructed. Unfortunately, I was unable to walk further than my driveway due to severe air hunger, heart palpitations and extreme weakness and fatigue….all symptoms of Lyme disease!
I don’t believe these doctors meant to harm me even though going so long without a diagnosis did just that. I believe they wanted to help me and were doing the best they knew how with the knowledge and tools they had.
I do, however, hope that these doctors (and all medical professionals) make concerted efforts to learn more and keep up on the latest about Lyme disease so others don’t have to suffer needlessly too.
If this happened to me it could happen to you or to your loved ones. And I would never wish this horrible disease on anyone! That’s why it’s important to me to share with you to help prevent other people from going through what I, and thousands of others, have.
Finding A New Normal After Lyme Disease
Although life is very different for me now, I’m finding a new normal and constantly working to learn more and become as healthy as possible.
I’m thankful for a supportive family and friends.
In some ways life is actually better because I’ve learned to slow down and bask in the moment. Whereas before I was always multitasking, running from one event to the next.
I’m learning to live in the moment. 🙂
Although I lived a pretty healthy life before, I’m much more conscious of making healthy choices now.
I’m more in touch with my body now. I (usually) don’t push past my limits like I used to. (Bad habits are hard to break.)
I also try to better deal with stress in my life instead of ignoring it.
Healing has been a gradual process. But I’m thankful for every gain and positive change that has occurred.
I’m not well, but I’m stronger than I was a year ago. And that’s definitely a positive in my book!
Suffering with Lyme disease, then finally getting a diagnosis has been a prolonged and painful process. But God has brought me through and strengthened me through the suffering and trials, and He can do the same for you.
If you have a chronic illness, don’t give up!
Do you have a chronic illness? Can you relate? What tips can you share to help others?
Please share your comments and questions below in the comment section. I love hearing from you!
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