Coconut oil pulling for better health
Get a teaspoon or 2 of coconut oil and swish it around your mouth for 20 mins. Intrigued ? Dang ! yes !….it is called coconut oil pulling.
I have been meaning to write about the virtues of cooking with coconut oil . I use it on everything like I would olive oil . I stir fry my vegetables with it and add it to my warm porrige in the morning . The health benefits are many and the taste is delicious. From preventing or reversing Alzheimers , to moisturing your skin and hair, to lowering blood sugar and cholesterol, to support healthy thyroid function, it’s high lauric acid and MCFA content helps boost metabolism ,it is better for high-temperature cooking than olive or vegetable oils, a tablespoon taken before each meal can help improve digestion ,and taken daily it can increase mental alertness….on and on the list is long
What I did not know was that if your swish it around your mouth every morning for 15 to 20 minutes it can boost your immune system amongst other things . Oil pulling, or oil swishing is an ancient Ayurvedic technique, touted by yogis as a natural way to strengthen the immune system by killing toxic yeast that makes its way from your stomach to mouth while you sleep . It will also make your teeth white and will strengthen the gums.
I have spent five days coughing and I am feeling very run down and on the verge of coming down with a major cold , so following my friend Young Kim’s advice I tried it myself this morning. It is easy ! Just make sure that you have organic virgin coconut oil because it will be high in lauric acid which is what kills the germs.
From MindBodyGreen blog this is how you do it :
To start, scoop ½ to 1 full tablespoon of oil into the mouth; if it’s cold, allow the oil to melt. Now push, swirl, and pull the oil between your teeth, around your gums, and allow it to touch every part of your mouth except your throat. You don’t want the oil getting in contact with your throat because it’s now carrying somewhat toxic material. No gargling!
Once your time pulling is over, spit into the trash or toilet, but never the sink — the oil could solidify and clog your drain. Now rinse your mouth out with clean water two or three times. Finally, drink a glass of water and relax. You should be feeling fresh and rejuvenated.