Written by: Vincine Franchilli, FDN-P, CPT (NFPT)
Detoxing seems to be all the rage these days. We see it discussed in magazine articles and health blogs all over the internet. But do you really need to do it? And what are the different methods?
As a Health and Wellness Coach and certified FDN-P (Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner), I know first-hand how important it is to remove toxins from your system that may be compromising your health. Fortunately, some simple methods can yield impressive results. One such method is “oil pulling.”
What on earth is oil pulling?! Sounds weird, huh? Oil pulling is a simple method whereby one swishes oil in the mouth for 15-20 minutes to draw out toxins. Oil Pulling has many benefits for overall health, in addition to good oral hygiene. As an ancient practice developed in India, many may be concerned that it’s new age hooey. It’s not. Recent scientific research is verifying its positive effects.
Since numerous studies have shown a link between dental health, cardiovascular, intestinal, and even brain health, oil pulling allows for a quick, effective means of reducing oral toxicity which can have a positive impact on overall health. My personal experience with oil pulling has resulted in the clearing of sinus congestion, removal of excess plaque, and cleaner, whiter teeth. Do be aware that some people, including myself, have noticed a “die-off” effect from the release of so many toxins all at once, but this is relatively minor and lasted for only a couple of days. Working with a health coach to guide you may be advisable if you’re concerned.
It’s important to use an organic oil. I highly recommend unrefined organic coconut oil. As a medium chain fatty acid, the fat content in coconut oil is more effective in attracting or “pulling” toxins entrenched in the mouth. This study shows that coconut oil inhibited the growth of nearly all strains of Streptococcus bacteria, including Streptococcus mutans, the chief cause of dental cavities. Additionally, coconut oil has high levels of Vitamin E, (an antioxidant), and Lauric Acid, which has powerful antibacterial and antifungal properties.
Be sure to follow these simple rules for oil pulling:
Do When Oil Pulling:
- Do oil pulling first thing in the morning before eating, drinking, or brushing your teeth for maximum results.
- Do use organic, unrefined oil. Coconut, sesame, and olive are all acceptable.
- Do rinse with salt water when done.
- Do some chores while swishing to help the time pass more quickly.
Don’t When Oil Pulling:
- Do not use a low quality or non-organic oil (this can add toxicity to the oral cavity).
- Do not ever swallow any of the liquid while swishing to avoid reabsorbing toxins.
- Do not spit the liquid down the sink; discard in the trash, as the oil can harden and clog the drain.
Essential oils can further enhance the efficacy of Oil Pulling. To learn more about how essential oils and oil pulling can improve your health, schedule a free consultation. We’re happy to help you along the road to a healthier future—one simple step at a time.
*Source: British Dental Journal: Coconut Oil Inhibits Caries
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