Today I would like to talk about oil pulling. Maybe you have never heard of it or you don’t know much and just don’t get it all. So I’d like to share more about this unique technique which comes from an ancient Ayurvedic medicinal practice. It is known as Kavala or Gandusha, aka what is also known today as oil pulling. There are many benefits to this practice and its been used for thousands of years. It was not just used in India but in many other parts of the world. In archeology, it is noted that their teeth was just as healthy as our teeth today is with modern dentistry. How was that possible when they did not have dentists, toothbrushes or toothpaste? Instead many used oil pulling, or sticks with bristles carved into it to scrub and clean their teeth. These were the prime example of eco friendly toothbrushes. Once they were all done with it, they would just toss it aside or even throw it into their campfire as kindling, I imagine!
In this day and age, we are afflicted with many ailments and physical problems. A lot of the time, we make ourselves sick by what we eat. There are many ways to do this. Our food choices can either positively or negatively impact our health in many ways. What you eat can affect your blood and your body and this can manifest as rashy or dull skin, low energy, weight gain, acne, and so on and so forth. One way to help restore prime health is to incorporate oil pulling into our everyday routine.
Oil pulling is one of the the best ways to remove baOil pulling is one of the the best ways to remove bacteria and promote healthy teeth and gums. It has been proven to be more affective than flossing and its one of the best ways to whiten your teeth naturally! Its an oral detoxification procedure which is done by simply swishing a tablespoon of oil in your mouth for 10-20 minutes. It works by cleaning and detoxifying the oral cavities in a similar way that soapy water cleans dirty dishes.
Unrefined coconut oil is largely comprised of medium-chain fatty acids, which are sent directly to the liver for energy rather than storage. This type of fat is ideal for a cleanse, since it can provide the energy needed at a time when less food is being consumed.
These same medium-chain fatty acids play a crucial role in cleansing the body from toxins. Virgin unrefined coconut oil is heralded as a natural health food, and coconut oil detox simply speeds up healing results by thoroughly flushing the entire body of toxins in a short time.
It has recently gained quite a bit of popularity in the US as more and more people learn all the wonderful benefits of this ancient activity. Some of the many benefits of Oil Pulling are:
- Treats tooth decay
- Kills bath breath (halitosis)
- Heals bleeding gums (gingivitis)
- Cavity Prevention
- Strips away harmful bacteria
- Whitens teeth
- Prevents heart disease
- Reduce Inflammation
- Soothes dry throat
- Heals skin problems, acne, rashes ect
- Promotes a clear complexion
- Less dehydration
- Reduces bloating, and helps with the loss of water weight
Here are just four types of conditions virgin coconut oil can combat during a detox:
In modern society, candida overgrowth is almost an epidemic. More people are experiencing systemic candida, when the problem spreads throughout the body and causes a myriad of unpleasant side effects. A virgin coconut oil detox is completely void of sugar and other carbohydrates, which effectively starves off all candida in the system. People who suffer from candida will notice many conditions improve or disappear after a virgin coconut oil detox, including sugar cravings, fatigue, eczema, acne, repeat sinus infections and poor concentration.
Often connected with candida, repeat fungal infections like ringworm and jock itch are linked to an imbalance of bacteria and fungal organisms in the body. The lauric acid and caprylic acid in virgin coconut oil are antifungal, so a virgin coconut oil detox is an effective way to cleanse the entire system of fungal growth. Many people with fungal conditions report a complete recovery within the cleansing period.
A virgin coconut oil detox can help banish digestive conditions like irritable bowl syndrome (IBS) and leaky gut syndrome by restoring health and balance to the digestive system.
Lauric acid, which is found in abundance in virgin coconut oil, is converted into monolaurin in the body, which has strong antiviral properties that can protect against and even destroy lipid-coated viruses like herpes and influenza.
The best kind of virgin coconut oil to use to detoxify is organic, raw extra virgin virgin coconut oil. This type of oil should be completely unrefined, expeller- or cold-pressed, unbleached and not deodorized. This ensures you are getting the maximum natural benefits from your virgin coconut oil.
There are three kinds of oils you can use for oil pulling:
1. Coconut Oil
2. Sesame Oil
3. Olive oil
How to perform oil pulling:
The best time to oil pull is first thing in the morning right after you get up. You will want to do this immediately before you drink or eat any food or water. The reason for this is because some people tend to feel nauseated from oil pulling after eating and they end up not continuing with it. Take one tablespoon of your prefered oil and swish in your mouth for 10-20 minutes. To start with, take it slow and do only 5 minutes, and work your way up to 10 minutes. And continue with this regimen till you can do it for 20 minutes at a time. It can get very tiring on the mouth. And for some, the texture makes people nauseated. I heard of one lady saying that she could only do it for about 5 minutes at a time and would spit out the oil and put another table spoon in for another 5 minutes until she reached her desired amount of swishing time.
Once you are all done, spit it out into the toilet or the trash can. The reason being is because, this oil was used to detox your body. It is now full of toxins and you do NOT want to be swallowing this and putting it all back into your system. Make sure you do not spit this down your sink drain as it can cause plumbing problems esp with coconut oil it hardens when it cools down. You can then brush your teeth and rinse your mouth out with mouthwash or rinse with salty water to get the oily feeling out of your mouth.
Maybe you are wondering why oil pulling should be done on an empty stomach first thing in the morning. The reason for this is because digestive enzymes in your saliva help the body to break down food and absorb nutrients. Oil pulling when done on an empty stomach will trigger you mouth to release huge amounts of enzyme-containing saliva.
You can do this as often as necessary, usually once a day in the morning is enough. Some people do this everyday and others do it every 2-3 days. Take it slow and do it as often as you are able until you can do it daily. Many people start to see results within a month or two, in their skin, full body and oral health. Why don’t you give it a try today and see for yourself?
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