The Alleged Health Benefits of Oil Pulling

March 14, 2014
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I don’t know about you but my newsfeed has been chock full o’ articles about Oil Pulling. You know that brand new fad where you swish oil in your mouth for 20 minutes and then suddenly you’re a better person and everyone loves you and they parade you around the town on their shoulders while writing epic poems about you. Am I exaggerating too much? Looking into oil pulling, people seem to claim that it cures everything. Is it true? Is it not?

Oil Pulling

The funny thing is, I heard about oil pulling a few years ago, when I was living in NYC. I was looking at ways to be healthier and I stumbled upon articles about it. I tried it for a few days but I never took to it and then I forgot about it. I was actually swishing some coconut oil around my mouth as I typed this. I made it to 15 minutes and spit out the oil into a dish to do some “scientific” investigation. Frankly, it looks like I spit a large amount of cum into a dish. I’m not sure what I was expecting. Had I a microscope I’m sure I would have seen bacteria floating all around the stuff. My mouth does feel cleaner and from what I can tell my breath is not flower wilting. They say that coconut oil a good anti-microbial and also whitens teeth. Sesame oil is recommended for general oral health as it has been studied the most for it.

Earlier in this article, I asked if I was exaggerating about the health benefits of oil pulling. People seem to make extravagant claims that it cures acne, diabetes, erectile dysfunction, cavities, sinus infections, pain, arthritis, and general awkwardness. These are very large and in charge claims. Surely, it can’t cure all of this. If you nodded your head in agreement to my last statement, then you’re right. It doesn’t, but there is a caveat. Your oral health does affect your general overall health. Any doctor worth their salt will tell you that, even the folks over at WebMD tell you that. So, yes, oil pulling can improve your health. When your gums aren’t inflamed and you reduce the levels of bacteria in your mouth, your general health does improve. However, oil pulling will not cure cancer and it will not cure cavities. Keep your mouth healthy and your body will respond in kind. Now here’s a quick run down of how you can properly oil pull:

1) Take a tablespoon of coconut or sesame oil. Remember that coconut oil needs to be heated to be in liquid form. You can just put the tablespoon in your mouth and let it melt.

2) Swish it around for 15-20 minutes. If you’re new to this, start with five minutes and work your way up. Do not swallow the oil. It contains all bad stuff that you’re trying to get rid of and swallowing would just be counterproductive.

3) Spit it out in the trash and not in the sink. You’ll clog your pipes if you do.

4) Rinse your mouth out with warm water to get rid of any left over oil

5) Brush your teeth and floss. Nothing will supplant that. Oil pulling should be used in conjunction with regular teeth cleaning routines.

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