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Scintillating Smiles: Oil Pulling

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We’ve expressed our love of coconut oil in the past, and today we are spreading some more love of this mystical oil, this time in the form of “Oil Pulling”. Oil pulling, also known as “kavala” and “gundusha” is an ancient Ayurvedic technique for detoxing that had been “rediscovered in the last few years and has been sweeping celeb land. Gwyneth Paltrow is an avid follower of this ritual, and now more and more celebs are jumping on the bandwagon. The reported benefits of oil pulling are whiter teeth, cavity and gingivitis prevention, stronger teeth and gums and it also prevents morning breath! Apart from oral health, it also reportedly alleviates headaches and sinus issues, and helps to improve your skin! What is oil pulling? Oil pulling is a process whereby you take one table spoon of coconut oil (you can also use other vegetable based oils) in your mouth and swish it around for about 20 minutes, on an empty stomach, then spit it out. It’s almost like a natural mouth wash remedy. There are a few points to note when doing this process: 1. Do it first thing in the morning when you wake, before you eat or drink 2. Swish the oil back and forth between all of your teeth and across all of your gums, not forgetting the inside of your cheeks and soft palate 3. Swish as above, for 20 minutes without gargling 4. Spit out, rinse, gargle and spit out again. You can now brush your teeth as normal and use mouth wash if you like How oil pulling is likely to be effective in killing antibacteria: 1. Coconut oil has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties thanks to the lauric acid and monolaurin. It also has vitamin E which acts as an antioxidant 2. The oil pulling process lasts for 20 minutes, allowing the oil to penetrate deep into the pockets of your gums. Thus keeping the antibacterial agent in the mouth long enough to reach harmful bacteria 3. Oil seeps into the nooks and crannies of your gums, unlike toothpaste which only goes where it’s brushed While some people have reported great results from carrying out this process, such as YouTuber holistichabits, there has been little research done in the area. However, cleaning our mouth with coconut oil can’t hurt, so there’s no reason why you couldn’t try it out for yourself!  via Baseline of Health Foundation and Fashionista
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