I’ve been debating on when I should write this post, however, I’m pretty sure now is the proper time for it. I wanted to make sure that I knew all the tips/tricks as well as benefits before I told you about this “tend” that has been sweeping bloggers all over. I’m not one that tries things because others do and it’s the “cool” thing to do. However when I read about Oil Pulling, I was instantly intrigued.
Remember my post on Dancing Your Way Through 2013? Well consider this post my healthy post of 2014. :) With the previous post, I talked about losing weight and how much better I feel. I have still kept the weight off and I’m super proud of it. I think when I last weighed myself (I only do it about every 3-5 months), I had lost about 21 pounds in 3 years. For myself and my body, that’s a HUGE relief and I can honestly say that I feel so much better. My wallet is smaller because I’ve basically had to buy all new clothes; but I do feel better. :) I’m not as strict as I used to be. I still count my calories and try not to go over a certain amount, but I’m in no way depriving myself of that brownie or chocolate chip cookie. :) I have however been able to tell that my body can no longer handle soda, ice cream is a *treat* unless I eat small amounts of it, and I pretty much only drink ice coffee and water. I’ve also come to like healthy snacks, veggies, and fruits way more than I ever did.
So all in all, counting calories, watching what goes into your body, and trying to live healthy really does work. I’m living proof! However, even though I lost weight, I still needed to be *healthy*. What does healthy mean to me? Feeling good, not having to go to the doctor/dentist all the time, not getting colds/flu, etc. I have horrible…or I should say…I had horrible teeth. I used to get sick all the time; I haven’t had a cold for 3 years. And last time I went to the doctor for a physical (because I hadn’t had once in YEARS), he asked WHY I was there and pretty much told me I’m 100% healthy. Now, I can’t say that this thing called “Oil Pulling” has helped me out with ALL of those aspects, but I have noticed a HUGE difference in a lot of things and the results were REALLY quick. I’m talking, I started noticing a change within 1-2 days.
What is Oil Pulling?
After doing all kinds of research before I attempted this *trend*, I found out that oil pulling has been around for years. It’s actually known as an ancient Ayurvedic technique that involves swishing oil in your mouth for no more than 20 minutes (and yes the time does make a difference). The concept of it is pretty simple: the oil pulls harmful bacteria, fungus, and other toxins out of the mouth, teeth, gums, and even throat as you swish. The toxins pass through the salivary ducts into the saliva; essentially, oil pulling draws out the disease and harmful elements from the body and eliminates them through the mouth. These toxins and bacteria attach to the oil and saliva that you eventually discard. Discard the oil; remove the toxins.
Why do I like the Oil Pulling process?
- It helps improve your oral and overall health.
- It whitens teeth.
- It strengthens your gums/teeth/jaw.
- It helps with sensitive teeth.
- It prevents cavities an gingivitis.
- Fixing loose teeth
- It prevents for bad breath.
- It prevents dryness of the lips, mouth and throat.
- It helps ease the symptoms of acne and other skin care issues.
- It helps headaches and migraines.
- It helps with sleep issues.
- It clears out your sinuses.
- It may reduce symptoms of bronchitis.
- It helps with breathing issues.
- It reduces the symptoms of allergies.
- It helps with general oral pain.
- It assists with hormonal imbalances.
- It reduces inflammation of arthritis.
- It helps with gastro-enteritis.
- It helps support normal kidney function.
- It helps ulcers and diseases of stomach and intestines, heart, blood, liver, lungs, and women’s diseases.
- It helps improve vision.
- Aids in reducing pain.
- It helps detoxify the body of harmful metals and organisms.
- It helps diseases of nerves, paralysis, and encephalitis.
- It also increasing the metabolism.
Yeah, you’re probably wondering if I’ve personally experienced any of the above? YES, YES, and YES. I used to have horribly oily skin which causes my hair to get greasy as well as my face. Which in return forced me to always wash my hair and constantly clean by face. I used to also break out constantly; not so much anymore. Also, my hair is softer than ever and doesn’t get greasy as fast. My teeth feel smoother like I had just gone to the dentist (soon I go to the dentist for the first time since I’ve started and I can’t wait to hear what they say). I used to have a lot of ear aches, that’s lessened. I can’t tell you the last time I had a headache. My nose always seems clear. And I can honestly say that I fall asleep quicker at night.
How do you attempt Oil Pulling properly?
It’s REALLY easy to do, and like I said, it only takes 20 minutes. Pick an organic oil (such as coconut, sesame, sunflower, or olive), measure out 1 tsp-1 tbsp spoon and place it in your mouth. Swish for 20 minutes, discard the oil and go about your business! That’s all. Yes, it’s that easy. You only have to do it once or twice a day, and you don’t have to do it every day; I tend to skip weekends. But if I skip longer than two days, I really notice.
Simple Tips on Oil Pulling
When I found out the types of oil you could use, the only one that appealed to me was the coconut oil; so that’s the one I’ve used all along. In fact, I use unrefined organic coconut oil. I will 100% guarantee you that it DOES NOT taste like coconut while you’re swishing it in your mouth. Strange, right? Yes, coconut oil comes in a solid. It will melt if you just place it in your mouth after a few seconds; however if you don’t like the consistency, you can measure out your oil and place it in a coffee mug in the microwave for 10-15 seconds to melt the oil into a liquid. This will not hurt the process in any way.
Yes, you must go for 20 minutes. Do not go over 20 minutes because they say the bacteria will go right back into your system; so stick with 20 minutes. You’re probably wondering how you can not talk for 20 minutes? Make it happen. I only do it when no one is home, that way I’m not bothered or tempted to quit during the process. I normally swish when I’m washing my face and cleaning up around the house. The time will fly by, I promise! If you can’t handle 20 minutes, then do 10 minutes twice a day.
Yes, the oil will become thicker the longer you swish. If your mouth tends to fill up as you go, just spit a little out and keep going. Or, spit it all out and start over. You may notice your oil is foggy in color when you’ve completed the 20 minutes; say good-bye to the toxins!
They say to do it when you have an empty stomach and I can attest to that. If you do not do it on an empty stomach, you may get a queasy feeling (I have before). Also, if I’m not paying attention, and I do if for longer than 20 minutes, this will also cause me to get queasy.
Swish like you are swishing mouth wash. They say that while you’re swishing, move your chin up and down as if you’re chewing; this draws out a lot of saliva and activates digestion. Swish all over. DO NOT swallow. This is bacteria and toxins, why would you want to swallow it? When your time is up, spit the oil into a bag or directly into the trash. Do not spit the oil down the drain. Why? Because it’s OIL. It will solidify eventually and could mess up your pipes.
After spitting out the oil, floss. You know the dentist always bugs you to floss each day, well here’s your chance! After you floss, brush your teeth! Once you’re through brushing, turn the water on to *very* hot and run your toothbrush under it for 10 seconds to clean the bacteria off of your toothbrush. If you use a flossing tool with floss replacements, you may want to do the 10 second hot water trick with this tool as well.
You may find some articles that say if you have fillings or crowns, then you doing do it. However, I have both so I really did my research and I found articles saying that it wouldn’t hurt your oral set up. I’ve been doing oil pulling for about 5-6 months and I have no noticed anything wrong with my fillings OR crowns. In fact, I feel like they’re in better shape now than before.
Will it work for everyone? That I cannot say. I’m not forcing you to do this. I’m simply telling you my results and opinions concerning Oil Pulling. I’m not a doctor or a nurse; I’m just someone who has done their research and has had much success with it! Many have mentioned that some people may experience worsened symptoms before they get better, and this is a sign of healing. It is also recommended that you not give up before you have healed; Try oil pulling for at least 30 days and see how you feel. :)