Oil pulling, a tradition stemming from Ayurvedic medicine, has been around for 3,000 years. It’s simple to do; all you have to do is take a tablespoon of oil(coconut, sesame, or sunflower), swish it in your mouth for 20 seconds then spit it out. Not only does oil pulling whiten your smile, but it also protects against gingivitis, plaque, and microorganisms that cause bad breath. Coconut oil is your best bet as it has the best taste and is made with lauric acid, which is known for its anti-microbial agents. Plus, studies have shown it may help prevent tooth decay as well. Other benefits of oil pulling include cavity protection and stronger gums.
When oil pulling, it’s okay to work up to the 20 minutes over time. On your first try, 5 minutes is just fine. Make sure that when it’s time to spit out, you spit it out in the trash can as it can clog the drain. Also, avoid swallowing the oil.
Other Health Benefits of Coconut Oil:
If you do choose coconut oil, it can be used for other things, too. When you’re not oil pulling, you can actually eat the oil by itself. The superfood can increase your energy, help you burn more fat, and reduce hunger. For those prone to seizures, coconut can help with that as well. The fatty acids in the oil turn into ketones, which can reduce attacks. Plus, coconut oil can improve heart health, lower cholesterol, and reduce the risk of heart disease. Studies have found that coconut oil can increase brain function in Alzheimer’s patients.
Coconut as a Beauty Product:
Coconut can even be used on hair and skin. It’s a great moisturizer and ups the moisture and lipid levels in the skin and it can protect against hair damage. It also can be as effective as sunscreen and blocks up to twenty percent of UV rays.