How can coconut oil pulling help your health?
Kill the bacteria in your mouth to heal your gut.
The Autoimmune Disease Series
Bad breath? Bad gut.
Bottom line; the decay and bacteria in your mouth reflect the types of micro organisms that inhabit your gut.
It is estimated that more then 100 trillion micro organisms are crammed into the mucosal surfaces of your body, areas such as your mouth, gut and skin.
These tiny critters are now being understood to be essential for your overall health, as they promote food digestion, the absorption and utilisation of vitamins and minerals, while also mounting an immune response to invading pathogens in your body.
So if we understand that the gut is the gateway to autoimmunity, we can harness the power of these microorganisms by supporting a great gut flora.
By helping to keep the bad bacteria at bay in our mouths.
In comes “oil pulling”. A naturopathic technique from Ayuvedic medicine. Initially it was introduced to the West by Dr. F. Karach, who suggested that;
“oil pulling could cure a variety of illnesses ranging from heart disease and digestive troubles to hormonal disorders. He said it cured him of a chronic blood disorder of 15 years duration and within three days it cured his arthritis, which at times was so painful he was bed ridden. ” Bruce Fife(Source: Coconut Research Centre)
Initially people who do oil pulling regularly notice better oral health, some people get rid of infections and gingivitis. However, as I explained before, cleaning up your mouth cavity impacts on your whole body, detoxifying it and helping to remove the toxins that are released.
In a study done in 2008, 20 boys did oil pulling with sesame oil and in as little as 2 weeks saw a reduction in the number of ‘streptococcus mutans’ in their mouths. This bacteria is largely responsible for plaque build up and tooth decay.
Traditionally sesame seed oil or sunflower oil has been used in this treatment. However, many people nowadays are using coconut oil, to take advantage of its lauric acid component which offers anti microbia properties, helping to destroy fungi, bacteria and viruses.
So in addition to these benefits you may well experience relief from: asthma, allergies, chronic fatigue, diabetes, headaches and migraines, PMS hemorrhoids, and various skin problems.
This process is so simple you should give it a try for a few weeks to see if it boosts your health:
On waking take 1 teaspoon (work up to 1 tablespoon) of coconut oil or other oil of choice and place it in your mouth.
Swish it around your mouth, drawing it through your teeth for 15 – 20 minutes before spitting it out into a bin or down the toilet. Don’t swallow this gunk as it it very toxic with bacteria, mucous and pus.
It is basically like using a mouth wash. The twenty minutes is important so if you need to spit before then just empty your mouth and start again to make up to the time.
Before meals, on an empty stomach is best and while many do this just the once as soon as they wake, you can do this three times per day if you feel that you need it.
Let me know how you get on with your coconut oil pulling.
“Smile, it lets your teeth breathe”