Thursday, April 3, 2014

'Oil Pulling' - The Latest Health Obsession

Oil pulling appears to be the new health craze on the internet recently.  I have tried oil pulling with the recommended 1-2 tsp of coconut oil for 20 minutes, and I'm assuming you must continue practicing this method every day to achieve results.  I'm curious to see if it really works...

'Oil pulling' or oil swishing is actually a traditional folk remedy where oil is held in the mouth for up to 20 minutes.  Supposedly, oil pulling works by pulling out the bacteria and toxins in the mouth, thereby reducing inflammation.  It's known as "Kavala" or "Gandesha" in Ayurvedic medicine.  The theory is that due to the slick surface of the oil in your mouth, it prevents the build-up of plaque and bacteria in the teeth.  Coconut oil, sesame oil and ghee are traditionally used for oil pulling, but sunflower oil is the newest.

Oil pulling results claim whiter teeth and a healthier mouth, but there are no scientific studies that support its positive effects on oral health or that it can cure anything.

A Google search for "oil pulling" brings up more than 2 million results, many from the past few weeks.  If you feel that swishing oil in your mouth for 20 minutes a day might benefit you, give it a try and decide for yourself.

Don't use oil pulling in place of brushing your teeth, no matter how popular it seems!

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