When it comes to deciding what to put in your body, the answer is easy now: it’s primarily plant-based food. It’s changed my life in ways I had never expected or imagined. It’s certainly going to help you as well! When you change the way you eat, you begin to notice other areas of your life that need attention, too – like your career, your relationships, the way you incorporate movement into your life, and even the products you use on your skin and in your home.
Suddenly, you realize that it all matters. It’s not just about the food. Moreover, when it comes to health, everything from food to environmental conditions that you expose yourself to comes into play. Over the last year or so, I’ve committed to shifting to safer skin and body care products. One natural health trend that’s been getting a lot of attention lately is oil pulling. But it’s far from new!
Oil pulling is thousands of years old and comes from the ancient Indian practice of Ayurveda, “the science of life”. I love it because it’s a natural solution to cleaner and whiter teeth. However, it is not just the cleaner and whiter teeth that oil pulling is good for. Evidently, there are several things that oil pulling is profitable for you.
Some widely reported benefits of Oil Pulling:
-Improved overall oral health
–Clears out toxins hiding in the mouth and sinus cavities
-Seasonal allergy relief
-Relief of sinus congestion
-Improved hormone balance
I also love how simple it is. All you need is oil! Coconut, sesame, and olive oil are all great options. But stick with the cleanest, most natural version you can get your hands on.
How does it work?
The fat cells in the oil pull out the bacteria and other harmful toxins from your saliva and around your teeth, tongue, and gums. It’s super easy, painless, safe, and affordable. I mean, consider how much people spend on teeth-whitening kits – or a professional whitening job at the dentist’s office!
So, how do you do it?
1. Prior to breakfast and on an empty stomach, simply put a tablespoon of the oil in your mouth. The consistency can be strange at first, but trust me – it gets easier with practice.
2. If it’s solid, move it around a little while until it becomes liquid.
3. Begin to swish the oil around in your mouth, “pulling” it through your teeth and around your gums.
Fifteen to twenty minutes is the recommended time for swishing and pulling.
Tip: Remember that you can always start with just a few minutes and build up over time. Try doing it while you’re taking a shower – or watching television. This helps to pass the time quickly.
When you’ve finished, spit the oil out (in the trash can), brush your teeth, and enjoy the satisfaction of knowing that you’re taking care of, and detoxifying your body naturally.
Warning: Do not swallow! That’s a lot of toxic solution you don’t want hanging out in your belly. The idea here is to get it out.