Oil pulling is an amazing health ritual I try never to forget. Simple, easy and clean, oil pulling is one of nature’s most efficient ways to detoxify the body. Why?

It has so many benefits that whole books have been written on the topic, but here are my TOP  REASONS for making oil pulling a part of YOUR morning routine:

1. Detoxes the body

a. Keeps the skin clear
b. Reduces headaches
c. Increases energy

2. Promotes oral hygiene

a. Can reduce harmful bacteria in the mouth
b. Can reduce plaque and gingivitis
c. Can reduce bad breath
d. Can help with receding gums
e. Whitens the teeth
f. Strengthens teeth and gums (bleeding gums)
g. Relieves gum and tooth sensitivity

Oil pulling is mentioned in the Ayurvedic text, Charaka Samhita, [2] where it is called Kavala or Gandusha, and is claimed to cure about 30 systemic diseases [3].

Given that inflammation can cause all sorts of health problems, it does make sense that reducing inflammation in the gums and mouth could lead to benefits for overall health as well.

How does it work?

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In the oral cavity, there are different types of bacteria that normally exist in the mouth. Streptococcus mutans and anaerobic bacteria are the initial colonisers of the tooth surface, and play a major role in the establishment of the early biofilm community.

These microorganisms are present in dental plaque, are naturally present in the oral cavity, and are normally harmless.

However, failure to remove plaque by regular tooth brushing means that they are allowed to build up in a thick layer and cause dental disease [4]. The immune system is constantly fighting these troublemakers.

If our immune system becomes overloaded or burdened by excessive stress, poor diet, environmental toxins and such, these organisms can spread throughout the body causing secondary infections and chronic inflammation, leading to any number of health problems.

Microorganisms inhabiting the mouth consist of a single cell.

Cells are covered with a lipid (fatty) membrane, which is the cell’s skin. When these cells come into contact with oil, “a fat,” they naturally adhere to each other.

Toxins are pulled from the body the very first time you try oil pulling. One of the first cleansing symptoms you will experience is an increased flow of mucous from your throat and sinuses. Mucous drainage is one of the body’s methods of removing toxins.

People use different types of oil such as sesame and sunflower oil, but these oils both have omega 6 fats that are pro-inflammatory, and most of us have too much of these in our diet as it is.

Coconut oil is preferred because 50% of the fat in coconut oil is comprised of the bacteria fighting ingredient lauric acid.

Lauric acid is very well known for its antimicrobial actions; it inhibits Strep mutans that are the primary bacteria that cause tooth decay. With that in mind, it should be no surprise that recent studies have shown the benefit of coconut oil in the prevention of tooth decay.

How to do oil pulling:

•Swish the oil gently in your mouth similar to sucking hard candy. If your jaw starts aching after five minutes, slow down. You’re working too hard!

The oil needs to be swished around long enough for it to turn a milky white, which indicates that the bacteria has been “pulled” off. After roughly 20 minutes the solution is filled with bacteria, viruses and other organisms.

•Do not swallow the oil while swishing. If you find it hard not to, you likely have too much oil in your mouth. Spit it out and try again with a smaller amount.

• Once you have finished pulling, spit the solution into the trash. Do not discard the oil in the sink or down the toilet because over time the oil may build up and clog the pipes.

•Rinse your mouth with water and spit it out.

As we all know, the mouth is the gateway to the body.

“When you consider the fact that a clean mouth may have between 1,000 and 100,000 bacteria on each tooth, and those that do not have a clean mouth may have between 100 million and a billion bacteria on each tooth, surely oil pulling cant hurt? says Chicago cosmetic dentist Dr. Jessica T. Emery.

I know the immune system would appreciate a little coconut oil as part of a regular routine. We all want to do what we can to function at the optimal level of health.

I truly believe that there isn’t a more natural preventative rinse than oil pulling with coconut oil. When you consider the harsh chemicals in most mouthwashes, it makes the practice particularly appealing to me.

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[1] Books

“Oil Pulling Therapy. Detoxifying and Healing the Body Through Oral Cleansing” by Bruce Fife
“Coconut Cures”, by Bruce Fife
“Coconut Oil Miracle” by Bruce Fife

[2] http://www.charakasamhita.com

[3] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3131773/

[4] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dental_plaque

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