Because we are all busy enough!
If you read my blog post last week, you learned all about the benefits of tongue scraping. If you missed it, go read about the benefits of this simple habit here.
I promised I would be discussing simple strategies you can do to improve your health each week. Habits that take less than a few minutes to implement and are hopefully so easy that you barely even have to put in any effort to achieve them. This week, we are going to continue with another simple habit that you can add to your morning routine right after tongue scraping.
Today we are talking all about oil pulling. I have to admit, when I first heard of this I thought it was a bit odd. BUT, after trying it out for months I can honestly say I notice a difference.
Oil pulling involves putting a small amount of oil into your mouth and swishing it around like a mouthwash. While there is a lot of anecdotal evidence showing the benefits of oil pulling, there has been little research actually done on this topic. I can say from personal experience though, that I have experienced some of its benefits, and a quick google search will bring up thousands of people that feel the same.
Oil pulling is mainly done for oral health benefits – it has been shown to prevent gingivitis, plaque, and microorganisms that cause bad breath. How? Many of these organisms consist of a cell that is covered with a fatty membrane – when these cells come in contact with an oil (fat), they naturally adhere to each other.
Oil pulling has also been shown to naturally whiten teeth, likely due to the bacteria it removes and the plaque that it prevents. I have found coconut oil to be the most enjoyable, and also the most effective at whitening teeth.
HOW TO OIL PULL
1. Use 2-3 teaspoons of an organic vegetable oil (coconut, sesame, or olive) and swish around in your mouth for a few minutes. The goal is to ultimately build up the time to 15-20 minutes, but you will experience results even from a quick 1-2-minute swish.
2. The oil will thicken a little and get milkier as you swish – keep going! It’s working.
3. Spit the oil out onto on napkin, toilet paper, or in the trash can. DO NOT spit directly into the sink. The oil can clog your pipes over time.
4. Rinse well with warm water
5. Brush it out!
Ideally, oil pulling is done first thing in the morning before you eat or drink anything. I think it’s the perfect routine to add right after tongue scraping. Both of these habits have helped my mouth feel super clean, and my dentist always comments on how great my teeth look!
Try it and let me know what you think!