Plant Based Diet
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By | June 12th, 2013 | Modified - January 18th, 2015

Health Benefits Of Oil Pulling

Benefits Of Oil Pulling
Benefits Of Oil Pulling

The benefits of oil pulling are awesome. First I must say that I didn’t practice very good dental hygiene when I was younger. I ate a lot of candy and a lot of junk food, and I didn’t visit the dentist often.

I did visit the dentist when a tooth decayed so badly that I had to have it pulled. So just imagine the state of my gums. I am playing catch up now, and I am doing all I can to strengthen my gums and teeth by oil pulling.

I did some searching for different ways to naturally improve the health of my gums and teeth and I came upon oil pulling. The idea behind oil pulling is simple and I already had what I needed, so there was nothing for me to lose and I gave it a try.

Oil Pulling is a method of fighting disease in Indian Ayurvedic traditional medicine that has existed for thousands of years, and traditionally sesame or sunflower oil was used. Oil pulling is mentioned in the Ayurvedic text Charaka Samhita, and is called Kavala Gandoosha or Kavala Graha, and is described as being able to improve oral hygiene and systemic diseases such as diabetes, asthma.

Traditionally oil pulling has been used to prevent tooth decay, strengthen gums, teeth, and jaws.It has also been used to treat arthritis, blood diseases, bronchitis, eczema, headaches, intestinal disorders, kidney, liver, and lung issues, nervous conditions, and ulcers.

How To Do Oil Pulling?

Oil pulling is performed by swishing oil around the mouth, without swallowing it. You swish and push the oil around the mouth and tongue, and through the teeth. When oil pulling, you will pull mucus from the back of the throat and your sinuses will clear. This action will also pull food debris, plaque, bacteria, and toxic waste from the mouth, teeth, gums, and bloodstream.

It is very important not to swallow the oil. The oil will have collected toxic waste from the body and you don’t want to introduce it back into the body. Spit the oil into the toilet and not into the sink, because the oil can solidify in the pipes of your sink and clog your sink.

After you have finished and have spit the oil into the toilet, rinse your mouth out with water afterwards to remove residual oil left in the mouth. Drinking a glass of water afterward in the morning will help to cleanse and rejuvenate the body.

I like to use unrefined coconut oil because of its antiviral and antimicrobial properties. Coconut oil contains the medium chain fatty acid lauric acid, which is responsible for coconut oil’s antiviral and antimicrobial properties, and it assists with the cleansing process.

Oil pulling should be performed for 15-20 minutes preferably on am empty stomach, and can be performed 1-3 times a day. For people who lead fast paced lives, oil pulling in the morning before breakfast, and in the night before you go to bed might easier.

Sometimes it can be difficult to find time to oil pull on an empty stomach even though this is the most effective way to perform oil pulling. Rather than not oil pull, oil pull while you have food in your stomach because it better than not to oil pulling at all.

Is Oil Pulling Effective For Strengthening Gums And Teeth And For Fighting Disease?

I oil pulled consistently for a while and now I oil pull periodically, though I am working my way back to pulling more consistently again. I do have to say for the short amount of time I oil pulled it helped my oral hygiene immensely. As I stated at the beginning of the article, I didn’t take care of my teeth very well when I was younger and the health of my gums suffered. I developed several bad cavities as a result of my poor dental hygiene.

Oil pulling has removed most of the darker spots from my gums, made them pinker and tighter to give my teeth more support. Oil pulling has also alleviated my gum and jaw tenderness and pain, and it stops plaque from building on my teeth. When I feel the slightest tooth pain I will oil pull to stop the pain. Since my oral hygiene had gotten better and my tooth pain has gone away, I have gotten a bit lazy and had stopped oil pulling consistently. I have recently started back oil pulling for preventative measures and I just have to stay consistent with it.

Oil pulling for teeth health really struck home for me after I recommended to someone who was suffered from a serious tooth ache caused by a better bad abscess. Her tooth decay is so bad that her dentist recommended that she should have a root canal. After a day of oil pulling with coconut oil most of her pain went away, and by the second day her pain and abscess were gone. She hasn’t gone back to the dentist for the root canal, and months have gone by pain free.

I Say Yes It Works!

Oil pulling has been used traditionally to combat the diseases I mentioned earlier. The theory is that oil pulling pulls toxic waste from the bloodstream that compromise the immune system and cause inflammation in the body. Through thousands of years of practice people were able to see the positive effects of oil pulling. I do know that mainstream medicine is skeptical about oil pulling for tooth health, but I can attest to its effectiveness. It is very simple to do and there is nothing to lose, so oil pull to strengthen oral hygiene, and even give it a chance as a oil pulling detox to help reduce the pain of arthritis and other illness, and promote healthy living.

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About Author:

I obtained a Certificate in Plant Based Nutrition from Cornell University, a BA in Organizational Behavior and Communications from NYU, worked as an elementary school teacher, and have studied social work. I am a web designer/developer and I enjoy boxing, kick boxing, cycling, power walking, and basically anything challenging, and my plant based diet supports all that I do. Eating a plant based diet and exercising is a great way to achieve healthy living. ~ Natural Life Energy

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