A Quick Guide to the Health Benefits of Oil Pulling
Despite the fact that wellness bloggers and healthy lifestyle publications have been raving about oil pulling only in recent years, this practice isn’t anything new.
In fact, oil pulling is a time-tested practice by about a couple thousand years. And we’d say that’s enough time to give this ritual more than just a “trend” label.
Back in ancient times, this Ayurvedic practice was utilized to cleanse the mouth (much like our daily tooth brushing habits today) and restore health to the body by curing a range of ailments.
Well, even though much has changed in the last 2,000 years, this practice remains as simple and beneficial as it was back in ancient India. Here’s how:
Improves Oral Health
Whether you suffer from bleeding gums, gingivitis, tooth decay, or halitosis, oil pulling aids all of these oral health dilemmas by reducing the bacteria that causes them.
That’s because while brushing cleans roughly 10 to 20 percent of your mouth, oil pulling can clean 100 percent of the oral cavity by reaching and capturing bacteria in the areas a brush can’t reach.
Furthermore, a study published in the Journal of Oral Health and Community Dentistry found that oil pulling reduced dental plaque by 18-30 percent and gingivitis by 52-60 percent compared to tooth brushing which only reduced plaque by 11-27 percent and gingivitis by 8-23 percent. And antiseptic mouthwash only reduced plaque by 20-26 percent and gingivitis by 13 percent.
Clearly, oil pulling is the winner here.
Although, some people have even chosen to forgo toothbrushing for an oil pulling practice, we suggest using oil pulling as a healthier, all-natural substitute for mouthwash. We do think using or making your own all-natural toothpaste can assist in the efforts to facilitate better oral and overall health.
The removal of bacteria from the mouth is easy enough for most people to wrap their head around when it comes to the many benefits of oil pulling, but some of the complex benefits, like aided digestion, take a little more explanation.
One of the reasons coconut oil is one of the best oils to pull with is due the fact that it contains medium-chain fatty acids, which require less energy and fewer enzymes to break down by the body.
In fact, medium chain fatty acids are broken down almost immediately by saliva, which allows for their easy absorption into our systems and thus, benefits the digestive system where they can get to work improving vitamin and mineral intake and traveling to the liver where they're burned as fuel rather than stored as fat.
Based on this information, it can also be said that consuming more coconut oil in your diet can assist in aiding digestion and contributing to better overall health.
Our mouths are one of the places that contain the most bacteria in our bodies, and it’s also the entry point for many of the toxins that make their way into our systems.
That’s why with a consistent oil pulling practice, which is one of the most efficient ways of reducing bacteria in the entirety of the oral cavity, we can remove toxins and bacteria in the central entry point and clear our systems of bacteria and viruses before they can cause harm. If using coconut oil to pull with, the benefits are enhanced due to the lauric acid naturally found in coconut oil, which has antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties.
In Ayurvedic medicine, the tongue serves as a map of the body with particular areas corresponding to various organs, so by oil pulling and detoxifying the tongue, ancient Ayurvedic practitioners believed that our organs are mapped out via the tongue, for example, the liver and colon would also be detoxified.
See why we’re so passionate about oil pulling? Whether you simply want to have fresher breath and whiter teeth, or you want to help your body with overall detoxifying, oil pulling is a wonderful holistic practice that only requires a small investment in time for a big pay off for your health.
Sounds like a sweet deal to us!