There is SO much buzz around oil pulling right now! Celebrities are tweeting about it and everyone has a friend of a friend who swears by it. But what exactly is it and is it worth all the hype?
Oil pulling comes from Ayurveda, which is a system of alternative medicine that originated in India thousands of years ago. Ayurvedic medicine contains many holistic and simple recommendations for balancing the body and promoting good health. One of these simple practices is oil pulling, which Ayurvedic texts claim can cure diseases ranging from allergies to migraines!
So what exactly is oil pulling?
Traditionally, oil pulling is done by gently swishing oil around the mouth first thing in the morning, kind of like mouthwash. This is said to stimulate hunger and prepare the digestive system for breakfast. Its also said to bind toxins and bacteria and pull them out of the body improving oral and overall health.
Does it work?
Studies have found that oil pulling reduces the number of Streptococcus mutans and Candida albicans bacteria in the mouth. These bacteria have been linked to gum disease, tooth decay and bad breath. Whats great about this is that oil pulling naturally reduces these bacteria without some of the harsh additives of mouthwash. Most mouthwashes contain synthetic colouring agents and many use ethyl alcohol that can actually damage gums. Additional benefits of oil pulling that Ive experienced is a decrease in tooth sensitivity, less plaque build-up and noticeably whiter teeth. So, while theres no evidence that oil pulling will cure diseases, theres a lot that shows its great for the health of your mouth and the health of your mouth is definitely linked to your overall health (like flossing regularly reduces your risk of cardiovascular disease).
If you want to reduce plaque, clean teeth, prevent cavities, freshen breath, whiten teeth and improve gum health.
Heres the best way to try it:
Thats it! Simple, cheap and way better than the weird stuff in mouthwash.
With oil pulling, its like most good health routines, its best to do it regularly to notice the benefits. So, heres your challenge - Get yourself some organic coconut oil, pull every day for 2 weeks and see if your mouth feels better.