Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic practice that is used to promote oral health.
It also rids the body of accumulated toxins and pathogenic bacteria by drawing them through the tissues of the mouth.
As Simple as a Swish
Part of the appeal of oil pulling is its simplicity. All you will need for this technique is 1 tablespoon of organic, cold pressed oil. The best type of oil to use is sesame but coconut, olive, almond or sunflower oil all work too.
Oil pulling is best done first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. The technique involves swishing the oil slowly around your mouth for 15 to 20 minutes without swallowing it.
Throughout this procedure the oil will become white and thick as it absorbs toxins and harmful bacteria through the tissues in the mouth. At the 20 minute mark promptly spit out the oil so the toxins don’t start to be reabsorbed by your body.
Once you have discarded the oil you will want to rinse you mouth with water or brush your teeth to remove any remaining residue.
A Mouthful of Benefits
The oral health benefits of oil pulling include:
- Whitens teeth
- Freshens breath
- Improves gum health
- Decreases your susceptibility to dental cavities
- Reduces gingivitis
By removing toxins from the body oil pulling also allows for a more general type of healing. Health problems of all types can improve including asthma, skin problems, migraine headaches, diabetes and chronic fatigue.
Although oil pulling is a very simple technique it can provide an array of health benefits. So give it a try today and see the difference it can make in your health.
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Dr. Jesse Chappus is a chiropractor with a passion for helping people reach their optimum levels of health. He writes a health blog at drjessechappus.com/blog where he regularly shares information on a variety of health topics. Dr. Chappus specializes in nutrition and is an advocate of a whole food, plant-based diet.