Healthy Conversation–Better Health In 20 Minutes


Better Health In 20 Minutes

Did you know there is an ancient 20-minute remedy that will help eliminate bacteria, infection and produce over all higher level of health?

It’s a well-known fact that our mouths are pretty germ laden.  We have all this bacteria that forms plaque around our gums and actually, there’s so much research saying right now, that a lot of the bacterial plaque that we have is found around the heart, so getting your mouth in a very high health state really helps everything else function that much better. According to Joanne Barker’s The Mouth-Body Connection, bacteria builds up on teeth make gums prone to infection. The immune system moves in to attack the infection and the gums become inflamed. The inflammation continues unless the infection is brought under control.

Over time, inflammation and the chemicals it releases eat away at the gums and bone structure that hold teeth in place. The result is severe gum disease, known as periodontitis. Inflammation can also cause problems in the rest of the body.1 Oil pulling has been shown to help remove the bacteria from the oral cavity and help increase overall health in the mouth and body.

What is oil pulling?

Essentially oil pulling is the practice of swishing either sesame or coconut oil in the mouth for 20 minutes, both of these oils have the ability to pull or grab onto bacteria.  Now, it’s very simple to do.  You take about two teaspoons of coconut oil or sesame oil, whichever you prefer, and you put the oil in your mouth.  Now, the coconut oil is going to be solid at room temperature, but when you put it in your mouth, it’ll turn liquid very, very quickly.  You swish that around your mouth kind of like using mouthwash. Try to get it between your teeth and around your gums. You don’t have to swish vigorously, just move it around the mouth because you will need to keep the oil in your mouth for about 20 minutes which can get tiresome if you are swishing really hard. Once your 20 minutes is up make sure you spit the oil (remember it’s full of bacteria now) into the trash.  Don’t spit it down the drain as it can clog it up. Then rinse your mouth out with warm water. The best time I’ve found to practice oil pulling is while in the shower since that will pass the time where you are not just focused on swishing. Once again, you are kind of short circuiting the plaque that has the potential for forming around your gums.  It’s good for halitosis, bad breath, because you’re getting rid of all this bad bacteria.

How often should I oil pull?

If you have a lot of periodontal issues, if you have infected gums, anything like that, do it every day until you start noticing a difference.  I’d say about two or three weeks at least and then do it maybe once or twice a week would be a good amount of time to do that.

Oil pulling is a very natural and very inexpensive way to create better oral health and in turn a healthier you overall.

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  1. Oral Health: The Mouth-Body Connection, Joanne Barker


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