You may have heard about the benefits of oil pulling recently.. it seems like it’s all the rage (it was even on GMA this week!) Well, when I first heard of it, I thought it sounded totally ridiculous, but then my natural side came out and I decided to give it a try.
I figured since my Facebook status about my day 1 experience ended up with 59 curious and encouraging comments, this was a topic worth discussing and why not share my experience week to week with what I’m finding to be the benefits? I started this trend on Wednesday, so here’s my day by day recap.
Day 1 : I thought I was going to puke. I literally cannot stand the taste of coconut, but coconut oil has so many health benefits ranging from containing some of the healthiest and fattiest acids to helping you burn more fat, and even lowering your risks of things such as seizures and heart disease!
My best advice? Melt the oil. Coconut Oil can get hard during the colder months and while I melted mine a little bit, I didn’t melt it enough. I had to spit it out. I tried it again and made it five minutes (the recommended time is 15-20 minutes per day.)
Day 2 : MUCH easier! It was the first thing I did in the morning and made it to almost 20 minutes! The tricks that I found were keeping busy while swishing, going with a spoonful rather than measuring out a full tablespoon, and melting it completely.
Day 3 : I ended up going even longer than 20 minutes, because I was prepping some things for the kids snacks and upcoming lunches! Even the taste doesn’t both me as much (dare I say I might actually start to acquire a taste for coconut oil!?!?!)
Why Start Oil Pulling?
So why did I start this trend in the first place even when I can’t stand the taste of coconut? Well, for starters, you can use other oils. I’ve heard of people using olive oil and sesame oil too, but I’m choosing coconut oil, because of the above health benefits AND it’s supposed to help whiten your teeth naturally.
Some tips :
- Do it first thing in the morning. You should do it before you do anything else. I rinse my mouth with water first and take a few sips then start the oil pulling immediately after.
- Make sure you spit out the oil in the trash. I never would have thought of doing this, but if you spit it out in the sink, you’re spitting out all of the bacteria right into it.
- Swish around a little bit of water after spitting it out then immediately brush your teeth!
The benefits of oil pulling goes back to thousands of years ago when it was used as a way of detoxification. Oil Pulling is not only a great benefit for your overall oral health, but it also help with things such as migraines, sinus issues, hormone imbalance, vision, and allergies just to name a few.
For me, starting this habit know will hopefully grow with me and continue to be a normal part of my day, like brushing my teeth. I know it sounds totally crazy, trust me! I thought the same thing, but for me, swishing around some coconut oil for 15-20 minutes each morning while I get the kids breakfast ready or lunches for school – is totally worth it, looking at what I could stand to gain from this daily hygiene regime.
Have you tried oil pulling? What type of oil do you use and why? I want to hear your thoughts and results!!