Oil pulling

Remember when we used coconut oil as a cleanser?  Please see 'Coconut Oil Cleanser'-http://40plusandalliswell.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/coconut-oil-cleanser.html  Oil pulling, a technique that has its roots in Ayurveda, yoga's 'sister' science, is a way of using oils to cleanse your mouth.

Oil pulling involves swishing one to two teaspoons of coconut oil, olive oil or sesame oil around in your mouth for 10-20 minutes to 'pull' out any harmful bacteria that may lurking in your mouth.  My favourite is coconut oil but some people might be allergic to it so use another oil instead if this is the case. You then spit the oil out and rinse your mouth out with warm water. Try not to swallow any oil.  

Now oil pulling is gaining in popularity although I admit that I have been putting off trying it because I did not fancy swishing oil around my mouth.  I am now convinced however that it is well worth overcoming my initial reluctance for the amazing benefits of oil pulling.

Oil pulling helps remove Streptococcus mutans, a bacteria commonly found in your mouth and which is a major cause of tooth decay. 

Keeping your mouth free from bacteria so that your teeth and gums are healthy also helps lower your risk of heart disease and stroke.  This is because  bacteria in your mouth can lead to inflammation and gum disease which affects the blood and will over time damage blood vessels including those of your heart and brain.  Other diseases are also linked to gum disease.  These include rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer's and diabetes. Oil pulling however can actually heal bleeding gums and strengthen them.

Please note oil pulling is not a replacement for your normal oral hygiene routine of brushing your teeth.  Speak to your dentist before practicing oil pulling if you have a medical condition or other oral health problems.

1 comment:

  1. 3 Researches SHOW Why Coconut Oil Kills Fat.

    This means that you actually get rid of fat by eating coconut fat (also coconut milk, coconut cream and coconut oil).

    These 3 studies from big medicinal journals are sure to turn the traditional nutrition world upside down!


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