Oil Pulling Pros and Cons

When I first heard the term "oil pulling" I thought it had something to do with the environment, so clearly I’m behind the curve on this trend. It’s been around for years (seriously, ages, apparently it’s based on an ancient Ayurvedic technique), but it’s recently made a come back, so you can read about a million different articles about people’s experiences with oil pulling. BASICALLY, it involves swishing a vegetable-based oil around in your mouth for 20 minutes to promote oral and overall health. Oil_pulling1swish PROS: -       Whitens teeth -       Strengthens gums/teeth/ and jaw. -       Prevents gingivitis (and possibly cavities?) -       Boosts immune system -       Gets rid of aches and pains -       Helps get rid of acne/eczema/psoriasis/other general skin issues -       All over detox -       Hangover cure -       Increased energy -       Helps with headaches and migraines -       Helps with sleep issues -       Clears your sinuses -       Clears up bad breath -       Balances hormones oilpullteeth With the sleep and headaches alone I’m definitely going to start trying this. Also, if you want to read about my leper-like eczema problems, then you’ll know that I will basically try anything if it can make my skin smooth. It’s supposed to be kind of one of those “miracle-cure” type things, so I did a bit of digging to see if there’s any downsides to oil pulling. Here’s what I found: Cons: -       It does take 20 minutes, so your mouth can get pretty saliva-full before the whole process is over. -   It can cause tooth sensitivity for the first little while. -       Coconut oil, which is a preferred oil for pulling, can contain high MCT (medium chain triglyceride) levels which can cause a hangover like effect in some people with increased exposure. tongue_2Doil_2D1d Aaaaand, that’s about it. Believe me, I tried, I googled “downsides/cons/negatives of oil pulling” in every possible way you could phrase it. I even looked at skeptics’ forums regarding oil pulling and the best I could find is that people don’t think it would make a difference, or the theory that people are only under a placebo effect when they try oil pulling. So, really, since there’s not anything dangerous about oil pulling, the only real test of if it will work or not is to actually try it. Stay tuned, a few weeks from now you’ll probably read a blog of my results. Bonus tips: -       If you do oil pulling don’t spit it into your sink because it’ll reharden and clog up your drain. -       Most blogs that I read suggested doing it in the early morning, on an empty stomach to combat any gag reflex, and before you’ve eaten anything so your mouth is a clean slate. Do you follow us on Instagram? [caption id="attachment_100983" align="alignnone" width="100"]snapchat code @BodyRockTV[/caption]

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