Does Coconut Oil Pulling Work?
Coconut Oil Pulling
Could this be the next best thing?
Of the many trend setting practices, Coconut oil pulling is rapidly becoming one of them. It seems now more than ever, people are placing much more emphasis on their appearance. The hair has to look a certain way and the body has to fit a certain mold. Well, how about that smile? Many feel the lips should be full, in addition to the teeth being perfectly white. Oh yes, the smile is super essential to the total visual aspect.
OMG… Becky, Look at Her Teeth
Everyone knows that a clean, fresh mouth is sexy. Although many people spend hundreds at the dentist trying to keep their teeth white as possible, others use this one trick that is relatively inexpensive and it doesn’t require you to go trotting down to the dentist office.
Oil Pulling is not as painful as it may sound. It’s really very simple. You grab a tablespoon and fill it with coconut oil and then you swish it in your mouth as you would mouthwash. You bounce the coconut oil around in your mouth for about 15-20 minutes and you’re done. The feeling is unbelievable. Yes, Becky… take a look at my teeth.
The Benefits of Oil Pulling
The benefits of this swishing or oil pulling as they call, it that it cleans the entire mouth by removing toxins, freshens your breath, treats or prevents gum disease all while whitening your teeth. Sounds incredible, right? Not only that, but it relieves symptoms of asthma, arthritis and more.
Oil pulling is nothing new, however. It’s an old Indian or Ayurveda practice that’s been around for thousands of years. You see, those that practice Ayurveda believes that coconut oil provides nourishment to the whole body, mainly due to its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties.
They say the mouth holds the highest degree of germs. Coconut oil removes the bad bacteria and the plaque build-up on my teeth. Plaque is what causes our teeth to yellow and gives us bad breath, cavities and gingivitis. When you practice oil pulling, you won’t have to worry about that anymore.
Where’s the Proof?
Since everyone is talking about it, I had to try it for myself. The results weren’t exactly as everyone said… they were better! My smile has never been so bright and appealing. It’s changed the way I talk and I even smile first when I greet people. I knew then that oil pulling was not a trend, it was a new lifestyle.
At first, it made me a little dizzy, but I remembered to call my friend at the health food store where I bought the oil from. She told me to relax and breath while administering the treatment and to shorten the length of time to swish and the amount of oil just a little bit. I tried it the next day and the problem went away.
Now, while my friend is a certified nutritionist, she said there isn’t any clinical evidence to prove the added benefits of oil pulling, nonetheless, you cannot ignore the evidence of whiter teeth. It seems to be a safe alternative to costly whitening treatments and to using many of grandmother’s home remedies.
After testing the theory for myself, I can recommend oil pulling with confidence. It took away the coffee stains and I can rest assured that my breath won’t offend anyone. However I must add that the taste is not nice! Luckily I had a few mint leaves in the kitchen, I crushed these up and added them in with a table spoon of Coconut oil, the results? Well at least the taste was now bearable!
Anyway, did I mention my gums were healthier and that they are a shade lighter as well? Oil pulling has restored my gums to a much pinker state. The best thing about having whiter teeth is that I can wear my favorite shade of lipstick!
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