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Coconut oil is great for oil pulling!
Coconut oil is great for oil pulling!

Oil Pulling is an ancient practice dating back well over 3000 yrs. It was traditional Ayurvedic Medicine. It is claimed that oil pulling can cure about 30 systemic diseases, including chronic headaches, migraines, diabetes and several skin conditions. Several types of oils can be used such as Sesame oil, Sunflower oil, but the most commonly recommended is Coconut oil for a few reasons. Half the fat in coconut oil is composed of Lauric Acid, which has strong antibacterial and antimicrobial properties that can inhibit the growth of the primary bacteria responsible for tooth decay.

How does it work?

This technique can reduce bacteria levels in the mouth which can reduce tooth decay, freshen breath, and help cure gingivitis caused by plaque build up. It is recommended to do this on an empty stomach, which is ideal for morning time. Place a Tablespoon of coconut oil, or oil of your choosing mentioned earlier, and start swishing around in your mouth and through your teeth. The oil will become cloudy, white and becomes a thinner consistency as it mixes with saliva. This will rid your mouth of toxins and bacteria. Continue swishing around in your mouth and through your teeth for 20 min. With any type of regimen, it can take a couple of months of daily swishing before
you begin to see or feel improvements.

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