8 Reasons To Start Oil Pulling For Better Health

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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.

Related: 15 Simple Strategies To Detox Naturally

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 fewer 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, preventing future headaches and migraines.

Related: Migraine Buddy: THE App For People With Migraines

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.

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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!

Here is our favorite coconut oil. It’s high quality and affordable:

Related: 81 Uses For Coconut Oil

Have you ever tried oil pulling? What results did you notice?

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    1. Hi Carol! Thanks so much for sharing this! I’m happy you’re seeing whiter teeth from oil pulling. It really is a great benefit.

      So glad you stopped by…hope to see you back soon!

  1. I have never tried oil pulling before and I’m glad you shared a link on how to start and how to do it all. It does have a lot of benefits that I’m sure my body will thank me for!

  2. I’ve never tried oil pulling but the health benefits sound amazing. I know coconut oil does so many good things to our body. Should try this!

    1. Hi Lori, Beautiful name, by the way! 🙂

      I’m so happy you’ve tried it before! It’s okay if you miss a few days (or weeks). I’ve been there too. To me it’s so worth the small amount of effort it takes, and I agree…it works!

  3. I have heard of oil pulling but I have never tried it myself. I had no idea that it had so many great health benefits. I may have to try this myself.

  4. I have never tried oil pulling(actually I never heard of it before). This is definitely something I am going to look into further, especially the migraine aspect of it.

  5. Add Turmeric to that dollop of coconut fat. Whitens teeth even more and more. After, brush your teeth with water to remove yellow coloring. Remove stains around the mouth with a smidgen of coconut fat.

    1. Thanks for sharing this, Jackie! Turmeric is great, isn’t it? I definitely have to add this to my oil pulling regimen!

      Thanks so much for visiting my blog. Please come back soon!

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