Proven Health Benefits of Oil Pulling

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Have you heard of the centuries old technique called oil pulling? It will help keep your mouth clean and lower risk of diseases.

So, what is oil pulling? Basically, this is swishing small amounts of oil (one or two teaspoons) in the mouth for 10 or 15 minutes. The best oils for oil pulling are coconut oil, sesame oil, and olive oil. In this article we’ll focus on the benefits of coconut oil pulling.

First, let’s look into the traditional benefits of oil pulling.

  • Fighting inflammation
  • Treating tooth decay
  • Healing bleeding gums
  • Treating sore throats
  • Strengthening immune system
  • Preventing diseases
  • Healing cracked lips
  • Preventing cavities
  • Preventing heart disease

Oil pulling was popular centuries ago because those who practiced it enjoyed these benefits. But if you’re one of those people who are skeptical about traditional remedies, I have a few studies that will prove oil pulling works.

Science-backed benefits of oil pulling

Prevents tooth loss and decay

According to this study, oil pulling can improve dental health and prevent tooth decay. In the same study researchers found that this old technique can cure 30 systemic diseases.

Research also shows that oil pulling can reduce bad bacteria which cause tooth decay.

Purifies the entire system

Researchers say that oil pulling can purify the entire body since it cleans the tongue which is linked to the colon, liver, kidney, heart lungs, small intestines, and spine.

Bad breath remedy

Research shows that oil pulling is as effective as most mouthwashes in reducing bad breath.

You will even get more benefits if you use coconut oil. Here are the benefits of coconut oil pulling.

  • Fight hormonal imbalances
  • Burn more fat
  • Regulate blood sugar levels
  • Keep skin moisturized
  • Reduce wrinkles and age spots
  • Control cholesterol levels
  • Reduce Alzheimer’s symptoms
  • Reduce cellulite
  • Whiten teeth
  • Improve heart health

How to oil pull

Morning is the best time to oil pull.

Swish 1-2 teaspoons of coconut oil in your mouth for 15 minutes. Make sure you don’t swallow the oil.

Spit out the oil and rinse your mouth with warm water.

Brush your teeth and you’re good to go.

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  • Pass The Loot

    Always confused why they say swish it around for such a long time. After a very short time your mouth will fill up with saliva and you’ll need to spit it out. You’d have to use a lot more than 1 to 2 tsps over 15 minutes since you’ll be spitting it out before the time is up, unless the oil stops saliva production.

  • just curious

    I read not to long ago, a post that said not to do oil pulling if you have mercury fillings. In none of the articles I have seen about oil pulling, does it ever reference that. Anybody out there have any proof for or against?