Are you looking to get started with oil pulling?
Wondering if it’s really worth the effort?
If the thought of swishing around oil in your mouth instead of mouthwash has you on the fence, today’s article should help you make the right decision.
I’ll be diving into the 7 best reasons why oil pulling is something you’ll definitely want to add to your daily routine.
The first reason on my list is to correct a mistake many people unknowingly make.
#1: Commercial Mouthwashes Are Filled with Chemicals
Raise your hand if you’re using a typical mouthwash right now.
While I can’t see you, I imagine most readers have their hand up.
Now, let me ask you this: When was the last time you flipped the bottle around to check the ingredient label on your mouthwash?
We’re so used to checking for harmful ingredients in the foods we eat and yet most of us don’t bother to carry over this practice to other areas of our life.
But this is one mistake you can’t afford to make for your health.
See, traditional mouthwashes are packed with:
- Artificial colors, preservatives, and chemical ingredients
Most of these additives do more harm than good for your body.
Some are known allergens while others kill both the good and bad bacteria. This then leads to an imbalance you don’t want — unless bad breath is your thing, of course.
Additionally, those brightly colored blue and green mouthwashes may be the reason why your teeth are not as bright as you’d like them to be. The chemical dyes they’re filled with can stain your teeth and dull them over time.
When you make the switch to oil pulling, you won’t have to deal with these toxic, harmful ingredients while still enjoying the same great benefits.
You also won’t have a dull smile either.
Up next, I’ll discuss why this ancient method works so well to keep your mouth and body healthy.
#2: You’ll Pull Bacteria & Toxins from Your Body
Another key difference between oil pulling and using a traditional mouthwash is in how they do their job.
While the act of swishing is the same in both cases, that’s where the similarities end.
With your typical drug store mouthwash, you’re actually scorching your entire mouth with harsh ingredients like alcohol, chloride, and other harmful irritants.
This ends up killing all the bacteria in your mouth — both the good and bad.
It’s also what gives you that dry mouth feeling and a bit of minor irritation on your tongue and gums.
So in short, these harsh chemicals attempt to do a clean sweep and end up leaving a path of destruction instead.
You won’t have to go through any of this with oil pulling.
First, since there’s no toxic ingredients, you won’t experience the physical discomfort that comes with using an alcohol-based mouthwash.
You also won’t have any brightly hued stains on your teeth either.
The next key difference is how oil pulling works.
Instead of killing all the bacteria in your mouth, the oil actually binds to specific toxins and debris like a magnet and pulls them out of your body.
By pulling out harmful bacteria, you’ll help to detoxify your entire system. This is something that doesn’t happen with traditional mouthwashes.
On top of that, you’ll have better, fresher breath with oil pulling, as you’ll find out next.
#3: You’ll Have Better Breath
Oil pulling can also help improve your breath thanks to the fact that it only pulls out the bad bacteria from your body.
This small study found that oil pulling can successfully reduce harmful bacteria and decrease bad breath in your mouth.
Not only that, the oil leaves your mouth moisturized instead of dry. This helps to keep your saliva and bacteria further in check.
When you suffer from dry mouth, you end up building up more stinky bacteria, which can then lead to halitosis, or bad breath.
You won’t experience dry mouth when you start oil pulling and you’ll improve other important areas of your oral hygiene too.
#4: Improve the Health of Your Teeth & Gums
Another study performed this time on children found that oil pulling can reduce plaque and the number of germs found in your mouth.
These positive findings also showed a reduction in gingival scores, which is a measure of inflammation and bleeding in the gums.
All of these benefits translate to a smile you’ll be proud to show off.
#5: Create a Brighter, Whiter Smile
When you ditch the blue and green dyes for a more natural solution, you’ll start to peel away the dull layers of your teeth to reveal a brighter, whiter smile.
And that’s just the exterior.
While you polish the outside, the oils work hard between those hard to reach areas in your mouth and clean things from the inside out.
This is how you achieve a smile you can’t help but feel radiant and confident about.
The next reason on our list will also give you those same feel-good perks.
#6: It Promotes Weight Loss
I’m not saying oil pulling is your quick ticket to weight loss, but it can help nudge you in the right direction.
See, a problem that many of us face is that feeling of needing something sweet after a meal.
Instead of reaching for a sugary dessert, you can oil pull to help manage your cravings.
Since you won’t want to ruin the clean minty feeling you’ll have after oil pulling, you’ll be less likely to eat afterwards.
This natural method also has two more unexpected benefits for your body.
#7: Thicker, More Lustrous Hair and Glowing Skin
When you detoxify your body from the inside out, you’ll also notice your hair and skin will start to glow.
That’s because as you pull out toxins, remove bad bacteria from your body, and balance out your bacteria levels, both your hair and skin react positively.
Many oil pulling users report thicker, more lustrous hair and blemish-free, radiant skin — and it makes perfect sense.
Toxins can build up in your hair and skin causing them to appear dull, dry, and lifeless. But when you’re able to pull out those toxins from your body, your hair and skin will shine in all their healthy glory.
Now to reap all the amazing benefits we discussed today, there are a few things you should know...
First, You Need the Right Oil
Before you head to the kitchen for some olive oil, it’s important to understand that you can’t just use any oil for your oil pulling practice (especially not olive!).
Certain oils don’t have that “magnetic” property that attracts toxins.
And while you may have read that coconut oil is a good one to use here, you’re actually better off using a blend of coconut, sunflower, and sesame oil for the best results.
This powerful combination balances the 3 Humors (or Doshas), which focuses on balancing opposing energies in the body.
You also want to use an oil blend with peppermint essential oil so you have a nice, fresh, minty taste afterwards.
Once you’ve secured a high quality oil specifically made for oil pulling, you’re ready to get started. I’ll show you how to do this next.
How to Start Oil Pulling Today
Getting started is easy. Grab a tablespoon of oil and swish this in your mouth and between your teeth.
Do this for at least 2-3 minutes to start.
For best results, gradually increase your swishing to last as long as 15 minutes, or for as long as it feels comfortable up until that point.
If the oil becomes too watery or you’re beginning to feel fatigued in your jaw or neck, you’re ready to spit the mixture out.
When this happens, rinse your mouth with fresh, clean water and brush your teeth as normal using a toothbrush and toothpaste.
Repeat this once more (up to two times per day) and you’ll have a fresh mouth all day and night.
Not only that, you may also see positive improvements in your weight, hair, and skin as well.
Ready to take advantage of these health perks?
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