What is Oil Pulling?
Oil pulling is a practice of “swishing” oil around in the mouth in order for it to bind with harmful toxins and bacteria and pull these out of the body when the oil is spit out, resulting in cleansing and detoxification of the body. Oil pulling is an ancient therapy that originated as part of the traditional system of Ayurvedic, a system of healing that dates back thousands of years in India.
The practice of oil pulling therapy is believed to help promote general health and detoxification, especially related to oral health like that of the teeth and gums. It is an easy technique that can be practiced at home using natural, inexpensive oils and requires no doctor visits or special products, so for this reason maybe people find it useful.
What Types of Oils Should Be Used?
The practice of oil pulling involves the use of high quality “food-grade oils”, meaning the kind of oils that you could eat, such as coconut oil, olive oil, or sesame oil. The oil acts as an agent for binding and pulling away harmful toxins that are believed to live inside the mouth. It’s thought that by oil pulling, toxins can be removed from the mouth, teeth, gums, and throat and therefore the person can experience noticeable and significant improvements in health.
It is recommended to use a variety of oil that is cold-pressed, “extra virgin” and organic, like sesame oil or olive oil. These are the high quality oils that people have experienced the best results with, and they are also “food grade” so they are safe to swallow if this accidentally were to happen during the process. Sesame, olive, and coconut oil all contain essential fatty acids and antioxidants that are good for the gums and teeth.
The most popular type of oil to use is coconut oil, because it tastes much better than most other oils when tasted alone. Coconut oil, especially unrefined coconut oil, has a light coconut flavor that most people do not mind the taste of. One of the best coconut oils to use for oil pulling is any brand that is labeled “Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil”, meaning it will be100% USDA certified organic, and is cold pressed, not heated at high temperatures which may harm its beneficial nutrients. You always want to look for oil that unrefined and “virgin” whenever possible for this reason.
The best results from oil pulling are believed to be achieved when a person uses only unrefined organic oil, as they have the most health benefits and do not contains additives, preservatives or other dangerous chemicals. It is not recommended to use refined and processed oils like corn oil, soy oil, vegetable oil, canola oil and cottonseed oil.
How Is Oil Pulling Performed?
The general way to perform the oil pulling technique involves swishing around 1 tbsp. of good quality oil in the mouth for 10-15 minutes. After swishing around the oil in the mouth for approximately 10-15 minutes, the oil should be spit out and the mouth rinsed with water. It is believed that the toxins in the mouth are pulled into the oil during the swishing process, so spitting out the water and oil allows the toxins to be removed from the body. For this reason, you should not swallow the oil and water combination after, or you would be re-consuming all of the toxins and defeating the point of the “cleanse”.
Oil pulling is best done at least once daily, but can be done up to three times a day. It is best done on an empty stomach; before breakfast is the preferred time to begin.
The exact process is thought to work by the oil mixing with the saliva in the mouth, turning it into a thin, white liquid substance. “Lipids”, which are a type of fat that are found in the oil, pull out toxins from the saliva. The more that the oil is swished around in the mouth, the more it will continue to bind with and absorb toxins, so generally the longer someone can practice the “pulling”, the better results they should have.
What Are The Benefits of Oil Pulling?
Oil pulling can have multiple benefits, some of which include:
- Improved gum health
- Teeth whitening
- Clear skin
- Improved digestion
- Weight loss
- Helps restore normal sleep patterns
One study showed that oil pulling with sesame oil can boost overall oral health by significantly reducing a harmful microbe that contributes to tooth decay. Other researchers have noted that the lipids found in the oil may be able to reduce the amount of bacteria that is able to stick to the teeth and gums, and this is the reason that oral health is greatly boosted from the process. The same research has also shown that oil pulling can noticeably reduce the presence of plaque on the teeth, which makes the teeth whiter and also reduces the presence of bad breath.
Oil pulling can also help to support the body’s immune system, which keeps the body healthy and free from illnesses. Improving the immune system results in an overall healthier and more resilient body that is less at risk for developing in illnesses like arthritis, heart disease, chronic skin problems, allergies, asthma and more. With less toxins and bacteria present within the mouth, the body maintains health more easily and fights off infections, viruses, and harmful bacteria that may cause allergic reactions.
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