Benefits of Oil pulling

An Overview

An ancient Ayurvedic ritual dating back over 3,000 years, oil pulling involves placing a tablespoon of extra virgin organic cold pressed oil (I use coconut oil, but sesame or olive oil is fine too) into your mouth and then swishing it around for up to 20 minutes, minimum 5 minutes (pulling it between your teeth), before spitting it out. Whatever you do, do not swallow the oil as you will ingest the toxins you are trying to wipe out. Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic practice that involves swishing a pure oil around in the mouth to draw toxins from the body. This practice has immediate and tangible effects on conditions such as halitosis, gingivitis and dental plaque. Doing this regularly has been shown to improve the luster of the hair, clear the skin, whiten teeth, eliminate parasites, reduce joint pain and improve overall body odor. Some types of oil also contain properties that can naturally reduce inflammation and bacteria to promote oral health. However, research on oil pulling is limited, and there is much debate over how beneficial it really is. This symptoms and cure article looks at some of the science-backed benefits of oil pulling and then explains how to do it to maximize benefit.

WHY OIL PULLING?

Oil pulling can really transform your health. With the mouth as the home to millions of bacteria, fungi, viruses and other toxins, the oil acts like a cleanser, pulling out the nasties before they get a chance to spread throughout the body. This frees up the immune system, reduces stress, curtails internal inflammation and aids well-being.

What is the Best Type of Oil to Use?

Use a high quality carrier oil such as organic coconut oil, organic olive oil or organic sesame oil. I prefer to use coconut oil. It will be solid at room temperature but will melt within 15 seconds of putting it into your mouth.

What is the Best Time to Oil Pull?

There is no real answer to this other than whatever time you have available. I personally like to do it within the first hour of waking and the last hour before bed.

Benefits of Oil pulling

1. Whitens Teeth:

There is no need for chemical teeth whitening strips when oil pulling works just as well! The oil possesses natural antibiotic and antiviral properties that brighten and cleans teeth, keeping them pearly white. Try it for two weeks and you’ll see what I mean, or just take a look at Gwyneth Paltrow’s smile. She is known to follow the practice each morning.

2. Can Kill Harmful Bacteria in Your Mouth:

There are approximately 700 types of bacteria that can live in your mouth, and up to 350 of them may be found in your mouth at any given time. Certain types of harmful bacteria can contribute to problems like tooth decay, bad breath and gum disease. Several studies have shown that oil pulling could help reduce the number of harmful bacteria in the mouth.

3. Increase Energy: 

When our immune system is put to work in clearing out toxic waste from our body, it drains our energy levels. Removing the noxious culprits in the first instance by oil pulling lowers the amount of work our body has to do to function, which leaves us feeling a whole lot better.
Germs in the body are much like poison causing inflammation and leading to disease and illness in turn. The gateway to the body for such contamination is the mouth. Therefore, in removing the toxins at the source before they get a chance to spread, the body undergoes a complete detox.

4. Reduce bad breath:

Treatment typically includes the removal of the bacteria, either through brushing or by using an antiseptic mouthwash like chlorhexidine. Interestingly, one study found that oil pulling was as effective as chlorhexidine at reducing bad breath. In that study, 20 children rinsed with either chlorhexidine or sesame oil, both of which caused a significant decrease in levels of the microorganisms known to contribute to bad breath. Though more research is needed, oil pulling may be used as a natural alternative to reduce bad breath and could be as effective as traditional treatments

5. Aids Hormonal changes:

Without having to compete with foreign substances, hormones can behave as they should, functioning to their best ability without being thrown off balance.

6. May Help Prevent Cavities:

Cavities are a common problem that stems from tooth decay. Poor oral hygiene, eating too much sugar and a buildup of bacteria can all cause tooth decay, which leads to the formation of holes in the teeth known as cavities. Plaque can also cause cavities. Plaque forms a coating on teeth and is comprised of bacteria, saliva and food particles. The bacteria begin to break down the food particles, forming an acid that destroys tooth enamel and causes tooth decay.

7. Oil Pulling Goes Beyond Brushing & Flossing:

Brushing and flossing are obviously important for oral hygiene but oil pulling has some unique benefits. The oil pulling has been shown to bind, trap and eliminate more microorganisms and get into deep pockets within the teeth and into some regions around root canals. Root canals are a constant breeding ground for bacteria as they are essentially dead tissue that bacteria consistently feed upon.

8. Reduces Headaches: 

When the body is under toxic stress, headaches and migraines occur. It is nature’s way of asking for some time out to recover. By eliminating bacteria from the body via oil pulling, headaches can be avoided.

9. Keeps the Skin Clear:

The benefits even extend to your skin! Removing toxins from the body that would otherwise make it into the bloodstream means the skin has a chance to shine. Rashes and skin issues often reduce dramatically, or even clear up completely, when oil pulling.

10. Reduce Inflammation and Improve Gum Health:

Gingivitis is a type of gum disease marked by red, swollen gums that bleed easily. The bacteria found in plaque are a major cause of gingivitis, as they can cause bleeding and inflammation in the gums. Fortunately, oil pulling may be an effective remedy to improve gum health and reduce inflammation.

11. Promotes Oral Hygiene:

Oil pulling is highly effective at reducing tooth cavities and at eradicating bad breath. Removing the Streptococcus mutant bacteria (an important player in tooth decay) as well as other microorganisms, oil pulling is great for oral health. It also helps with plaque-induced gingivitis.

Hope this Symptoms and cure article will be helpful to all. Do not forget to share your valuable suggestions if any.

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