Your Teeth and Gums
Do you find that your teeth never feel super shiny and white? Do you only remember to floss your teeth when you get a piece of fibrous food stuck in your molar? Having healthy oral hygiene is not just about pearly whites and a straight smile. Your mouth is the first place that germs and bacteria enter the body, which is where the start of many health issues begin. Oral hygiene is a reflection of how healthy you are inside your body.
Oil pulling is an ancient practice from Ayurveda, the Indian traditional healing system, and supports the health of your mouth and oral hygiene. For thousands of years this practice has been used to help with a variety of ailments from gingivitis, plaque build up, bad breath, and poor colour of teeth. This also prevents bacteria from leaving the mouth and traveling further into the body, preventing colds and other illnesses.
Oils have a chelating effect in the body, which means they pull toxins out of the body. This is because oils are lipophilic, meaning they are attracted to other oils. The interesting thing is that most toxins found in our environment and bodies are fat soluble, and are stored primarily in our fat cells. Pesticides, additives, heavy metals, and hormones are all commonly found in our food system and are ingested inside the body. Over time these toxins can become stored in cells and impact our overall health, weakening our immune system and the longevity of cells.
Oil pulling has traditionally been used in Ayurvedic medicine to help detoxify the body of toxins.
We know it can be challenging to remember to take supplements everyday. Many of us will start taking immune supportive herbs, tinctures, and vitamins this time of year and then after a week or two will quickly forget to take them. On the other hand, oil pulling can quickly and easily become a part of your normal morning routine. Oil pulling is so easy to do, that it can be done while you are doing other things in the morning to get ready for your day.
How to do Oil Pulling
1. Pick out a high quality, organic, cold pressed oil. We prefer to use coconut oil, because it tastes delicious too. But, you could also use sesame oil or olive oil. Place 1 tsp of oil in your mouth.
2. Swish around the oil in your mouth for 10-20 minutes. You can shower, make breakfast, and get dressed all while you are swishing oil in your mouth. Start out gradually and over time you can practice oil swishing for a longer length of time. This allows the oil to effectively pull the toxins and bacteria out of your gums and teeth.
3. Spit the oil out into the trash can. It is best to avoid putting this oil down the drain, as it could lead to clogging.
4. Rinse your mouth out with warm water a couple of times.
5. Brush your teeth as usual!
Oil Pulling Therapy: Detoxifying and Healing the Body through Oral Cleansing by Bruce Fife http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0941599671/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=herbkati-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0941599671