Cuckoo for Coconuts!
How oil pulling can save your life. Well, maybe not yours, but certainly those around you getting a whiff of your breath!
Now that The American Heart Association deemed coconut oil to be unhealthy, “what now?” I assure you, there is no need to be alarmed.
Consider all the Diet Cokes and Dr Peppers children, teens, and adults consume on the regular. This is more concerning than using coconut oil to sauté vegetables. Realistically, if we focused on reducing the amount of soda, processed food, and refined sugar we consume, only then would discussing the benefits and harms of coconut oil be opportune. But for now, be practical and think about what you put into your body.
Coconut products — oil, water, milk, the list goes on — are now everywhere and on everything. Coconut water is hydrating liquid plasma, resembling human blood plasma; they are not identical, since values of sodium, potassium, and other minerals differ. Coconut oil, a primarily saturated fat that promotes the body’s good cholesterol thanks to its medium-chained triglycerides (MCTs), is a great alternative to other vegetable oils composed of long-chain triglycerides (LCT); it is easier to digest too. Consumed topically, coconut oil is hydrating for skin, nails, and hair. It is also helps amass and eliminate mouth bacteria.
Oil pulling. A term you may have chewed on once or twice. It is the simple act of gargling coconut oil to clean your mouth. Similar to dry brushing, oil pulling is a natural detoxifier.
Typically done with a tablespoon of coconut oil, you gargle for approximately 20 minutes on an empty stomach, either before or after brushing. Nothing in those directions seems alarming, right? But think about it; imagine swishing something in your mouth for 20 minutes. Twenty minutes. That is a little crazy! It is actually very tiring for the jaw. In fact a beginner is not supposed to start with 20 minutes, but with an interval or 2-5 minutes, slowly increasing the duration. Alas, practice is key!
When swishing the oil in your mouth, bacteria binds to the its fats; when you spit, albeit daintily, out goes the bacteria. Once the natural antiseptic state of your mouth is achieved, conditions are optimal for the flow of dental liquid, promoting a healthy mouth, gums, and teeth.
Oil pulling is a great excuse if you are not a morning person. Scoop some oil into your mouth (or pretend to) and voilà, an excuse to not have to engage in rooster conversation. Besides this useful life hack, oil pulling reduces inflammation, prevents cavities, strengthens gums, annuls bad breath, whitens teeth, soothes cracked lips, the list goes on.
Living in 2017, copious natural remedies are introduced on a daily basis. The key, like with dry brushing, meditation, or clean eating, is to find the combination that works for you. Oil pulling is simple and beneficial, but is certainly not a substitute for brushing your teeth. And it may not be for everyone. Try it out, even with a scented coconut oil, made especially for oil pulling. You will look like the tooth model in the dentist’s whitening pamphlets.
And by all means, if you enjoy using coconut oil in your pans and in your hair, there is no need to stop. Consider, instead, how many toxic chemicals are in your sunscreen or the amount of Swedish Fish you consume.
// Look for these words in your coconut oil: raw // cold-pressed // unrefined // virgin.
// Only one ingredient is necessary: coconut oil.
// Oil pull 2-3 times a week.
// Spit coconut oil into the trash or down the disposal. Do not spit into your bathroom sink, or there will be some cleaning to do!