HEALTH: Oil Pulling

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What is oil pulling?

“Oil pulling, or the practice of swishing oil around your mouth every day, has roots in Ayurvedic medicine, a holistic system of medicine that developed 3,000 to 5,000 years ago.” Huffington Post   The idea is to swish oil around in your mouth for up to 20 minutes to kill bacteria. It is said to “pull” bacteria out of crevices and into the oil.

Beneficial claims of oil pulling:

-Kill bacteria + bad breath
-Strengthen teeth + gums
Prevention of mouth-related diseases such as gingivitis and cavities
-Prevent dryness in mouth, lips + throat
-Clear sinuses
Whiten teeth
-Aid in curing heart disease and chronic illnesses
-Possible holistic treatment for TMJ and general soreness in the jaw area
-Prevent dry mouth

Other possible benefits of oil pulling for overall health include: (foodmatters.tv)

• Migraine headache relief
• Correcting hormone imbalances
• Reducing inflammation of arthritis
• May help with gastro-enteritis
• Aids in the reduction of eczema ( For More Information )
• May reduce symptoms of bronchitis
• Helps support normal kidney function
• May help reduce sinus congestion
• Some people report improved vision
• Helps reduce insomnia
• Reduced hangover after alcohol consumption
• Aids in reducing pain
• Reduces the symptoms of allergies
• Helps detoxify the body of harmful metals and organisms

Science-backed truth:

-A Huffington Post article states, “According to the handful of published clinical trials out there, oil pulling is an effective way to kill some forms of mouth bacteria, including bacteria associated with bad breath and gingivitis. But what about all those claims that oil pulling can prevent heart disease or cancer? While there is an established link between oral health and chronic illness, oil pulling’s effects on other areas of the body beside the mouth have yet to be proven.”

-Foodmatters.tv claims, “these studies showed an overall reduction of bacteria from 10 to 33.4% in participants, and after 40 days of oil-pulling, participants were found to show 20% in average reduction in oral bacteria. Moreover, half of all participants in this case study showed a drastic reduction in susceptibility to dental caries.”

Benefits of Oil Pulling

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