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Coconut Pulling for White Teeth and Good Health

Coconut oil pulling is a popular trend and its said to naturally whiten teeth, remove bacteria from the mouth and detox the body.

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Keeping up with the latest trends in health and wellness can be extremely difficult—especially when you have to sort fact from fiction and determine which new product or practice is actually worth the hype but given coconut pulling has been around for thousands of years as an ancient detoxification practice, with a growing number of celebs such as Ellie MaCpherson endorsing the practice, then I think it’s worth a look.

Macpherson’s theory is that the oil helps to rid your body of toxins, “through the mouth”.

“It’s not, you know, hocus pocus. It’s something that people have done for a long time,” she tells Harpers Bazzar.

Macpherson’s theory is that the oil helps to rid your body of toxins “through the mouth”.

She’s not the only celebrity to swear by the practice, which has its origins in India—Gwyneth Paltrow and Shailene Woodley also do it.

For those who are not yet convinced of swishing oil around your palete then perhaps you can cast your eyes through my experience and decide for yourself.

Coconut oil pulling works by cleaning (detoxifying) the oral cavity in a similar way that soap cleans dirty dishes. It literally pulls toxins and other nasty bugs from the mouth and body. Since our mouths are a focal point for bacteria and microorganisms that mix with our saliva and eventually reach our bloodstream, you can see how wiping these bad guys out with oil pulling has profound benefits on our health.

According to long-time devotees, oil pulling has the power to alleviate migraine headaches, asthma, diabetes, bronchitis, diseased teeth, chronic blood disorders such as  arthritis, eczema, heart and kidney disease, and hormonal disorders.

These are some big claims but there is research to support the practice of oil pulling, however like most health trends there are also counter opinions. A 2016 study found while the practice possesses multiple health benefits, including improving oral hygiene, it should not replace regular dental practices. It really depends what you read and what you choose to take from the information available.

I personally can see why oil pulling could benefit your health. Although it extended my bedtime beauty routine by ten minutes, my mouth felt sparkly clean. That could of course have been a mind over matter thing.

If anything I’d guarantee toned cheek bones if you keep up the practice. By the end of it my cheeks felt as tight as the abs I’ve been dreaming of achieving since baby came along.

As I swished the lump of solid coconut oil around in my mouth I could feel it quickly becoming liquified and to my surprise it did in fact pull grime away from my gums tooth surface. While the recommended ten minutes felt like an eternity, after rinsing my mouth, the general surface of my teeth and gums felt fresh and squeaky clean.

While the effort level is moderately high on this one, in my humble opinion, it is definitely worth a try. If Ellie Macpherson swears by it then who knows you just might too.

Coconut Oil Pulling: How-To

  1. Make sure to oil pull first thing in the morning as this is when there will be the biggest build up of bacteria in your mouth.
  2. Gently swish 1–2 tablespoons of coconut oil in your mouth without swallowing.
  3. Spit out the oil and rinse with warm water to eliminate any oil residue in your mouth.
  4. Finally, brush your teeth as normal.
  5. Voila, easy as that!

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