If you have never heard of oil pulling, you are about to get really skeptical of me. But just follow along.
Oil pulling is basically using oil as mouthwash and swishing. The most ancient forms (it’s a very, very old practice) use sesame oil. However, I don’t like the taste. So I use coconut oil. Get a good quality oil. Find it here.
You have to do it when you first wake up. Before brushing your teeth, before coffee, before water and on an empty stomach. Get a spoonful of coconut oil and swish for up to 10-20 minutes. I aim for the 10-15 minute mark. I do it while I’m getting my son’s food ready for the day (measuring his supplements, thawing out his solid food, making bottles, etc.).
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Spit out in the trash. Very important not to spit down the sink (it will clog your drain). Also very important not to swallow the oil. It will be very toxic.
After 15 minutes, I spit in the trash, rinse with water, then swish with warm salt water (regular table salt will do). The salt water helps with any irritations caused from the oil pulling. I actually really like the salt water after oil pulling, it’s very soothing.
It will be toxic because you are pulling toxins out of your body. It is a crazy detox that works. I oil pull 2-3 times per week.
I cannot do the full 10 minutes on one spoonful. I have to spit it out about every 4-6 minutes and get a new spoonful. It’s just a gag reflex I can’t get past. And I push through this reflex because I see great results.
Results I have experienced:
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- Reduced bloating/water weight. When I first started this, I did do it daily for about 3 weeks. By the end of the first week, Ryan asked me if I was loosing weight.
- Clear skin. When I go a full week without oil pulling, my face breaks out. Every time.
- A lot less tooth and gum sensitivity. This is GREAT for gum health. So if you have any gum disease, cavities, or oral health problems in general, give this a try.
- More hydrated. I feel more hydrated. Less thirsty. Even in this hot Texas summer.
- Whiter teeth.
- Great hangover cure.
That’s what I have experienced. Here is a list of many symptoms oil pulling can help:
- Mouth & Gum Disease
- Stiff Joints
- High Blood Sugar
- Lung Diseases
- Menopause (hormonal issues)
- Chronic Infections
- Varicose Veins
- High Blood Pressure
- Cracked Heels
- PMS Symptoms
Crazy, right?!?! Honestly, I fully 100% believe it can help on some level with everything on that list. I’ve seen great results. Good luck with it!
After I oil pull, I drink my morning detox drink.
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