Oil pulling is a remedy almost anyone can do. It's easy and costs very little, but the payoffs can be huge - anything from curing cold sores to reversing arthritis or heart disease. But how can this be?
Sometimes called oil swishing, this ancient Indian technique involves swirling a small amount of oil around your mouth.
Like a magnet, the oil draws bacteria from porous spaces in your gums, periodontal pockets (if you have them), tongue, palate, teeth, and dental calculus (tartar).
So when you expel the oil, out go so many nasty unwanted guests. You might think of it as bacterial birth control! It's reducing the number of microscopic enemies that would otherwise rapidly multiply and increasingly take over.
Less pathogens in the mouth means less get swallowed or drawn into the bloodstream. It is like stopping disease before it happens. Oil pulling also gradually lowers your body's existing toxic burden. This leads to a healthier heart, less chronic pain, happier moods, better hormone balance, clearer skin, improved digestion, and getting sick less often.
On an empty stomach, swish about a tablespoon of oil in your mouth and between your teeth. First thing in the morning is a good time - or before bed.
Tilt your head back slightly to reach your molars, but don't gargle or swallow. About 20 minutes later, spit the oil into the toilet.
Repeat once a day. Twice a day is better if your body needs extra support.
Oil pulling may cause cleansing symptoms - feeling worse before you feel better. This is a good sign and not something to fear. Back off a little, but don't give up!
Begin with less oil and work up to your ideal amount. Some people produce a lot of saliva; others dry out.
If at first you can swish only a few minutes, that's okay. Just gradually increase your tolerance. Choose a regular time each day when you don't need to talk, such as showering or checking email.
It's really not hard, and soon it will become a regular part of your life that is both enjoyable and highly rewarding.
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