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Friday, January 23, 2015

A Weird But Healthy Way to Use Coconut Oil

HealthyAeon - 6:46 AM

by Healthy Holistic Living

So you’re probably thinking that you know all there is to know about coconut oil, but one of the weirder uses for this miracle substance could be the best benefit yet!

Let’s briefly reflect on what we know coconut oil is good for. It can help burn fat, will improve blood cholesterol levels, protects the skin from sun damage, repairs dry and damaged hair and can boost brain function when supplemented regularly.

But that’s not all.

The health of our mouth is all too often overlooked. Dental care is among the more costly of health practices and when given the choice, most people prioritize a visit to the doctor over checking in on their pearly whites.

The damage we do daily to our oral health with acidic, artificial and toxic foods cannot be remedied with conventional cleaning agents. The conventional toothpastes come packed full of chemicals like fluoride and DEA – a known carcinogen that gives it that foaming feel.

So what does coconut oil have to do with the health of our mouth?

Oil pulling is slowly gaining popularity in natureopathic practice circles, but has actually been around for thousands of years. The concept is simple: swish oil around in the mouth to disinfect and clean teeth and gums. Although sesame and sunflower oil can also be used, coconut oil has the added benefit of a fresh flavor.

Experts recommend adopting a routine of oil pulling first thing in the morning, but can be done after each meal for those particularly prone to bad oral health.

Here is a step-by-step guide on how you can use coconut oil to improve your oral health:
  • Place 2 teaspoons of organic coconut oil on your tongue. It’s up to you if you want to heat it first to give it a more liquid consistency or you can simple chew it first to work away from the solid texture.
  • Swish the oil around in your mouth for about 20 minutes. This may seem long, but experts say it is just the right amount of time required to kill plaque and bacteria without allowing it to be absorbed back into the gums. You may feel your cheek muscles tire, so don;t worry about swishing too vigorously.
  • Spit the mixture into the garbage. Although coconut oil is safe to eat, the toxins pulled from your mouth are not so be sure you don’t swallow after those 20 minutes. Also avoid spitting into your sink as it can harden and clog the drain over time.
  • Rinse your mouth with warm water to make sure you fully cleanse the mouth of all excreted toxins and follow up by brushing your teeth with this all-natural toothpaste!
In 2009 a small study showed oil pulling to be effective in killing both gingivitis and Streptococcus bacteria in the mouths of boys suffering from poor oral health. It is important to note that oil pulling is not an alternative to brushing your teeth, but can supplement and further fortify its effectiveness.

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