I want to keep this post simple and share my experience. There won't be any links to studies, tips, or instructions. This is a personal account from a
guy who is learning new ways to cleanse his body while remaining a creature of habit.
I have been oil pulling daily for only four days, but surprisingly in this short amount of time, there have been results worth sharing.
For those who don't know, oil pulling is the simple act of swishing oil in ones mouth for a required
15 to 20 minutes on an empty stomach. The
effect is said to draw out toxins from the body while drastically improving the overall health of your mouth and skin.
The most common oils are:
Do not waste you time unless the oil is:
Extra Virgin or Virgin
Other oils you may add for extra benefits:
I took the path of least resistance, went down to my local Stop & Shop and bought:
The price may vary from $6 to $10 dollars depending on your location. You can easily pick this up next time you go food shopping and it's readily
available. Not to mention, it's super healthy and delicious while cooking with low heat.
To be clear, I wasn't very skeptical going in. My mother is a nutritionist and I am her student and guinea pig. On that note, what may work well for
some, doesn't always work well for another. There are many factors that can either accelerate or hinder the process. At least with oil pulling, almost
anybody can benefit and the adverse reactions are slim to none.
When I began, it was recommended that I use 1 to 2 teaspoons of my oil of choice. I started somewhere in between and quickly ran into a little
problem. Being 6'5", even my big mouth could not contain the oil and added saliva after only five minutes of swishing. I laugh because some of you
wont even make it that far. A teaspoon alone would do the trick and by twenty minutes, my mouth was completely full.
You may have noticed a little gold label on the picture of coconut oil earlier in the post. That label stands for "superior taste", defined by the
"American Masters of Taste". All coconut oils are not created equal. The taste and consistency among products varies greatly. I found Spectrum's oil
very pleasant and would highly recommend it.
On to the hard part...TWENTY MINUTES!!!
Yes, twenty! Anything less than fifteen minutes does not give the oil enough time to do it's job. Some have been known to do ten minutes in the
morning and ten minutes at night, but I always prefer to do it on an empty stomach in the morning to get the best and quickest results.
Unlike other oils, coconut oil solidifies at room temperature though it doesn't take much heat for it to liquefy. This can make or break the process
for some so if you choose to use coconut oil, you may want to let it warm up and liquefy before putting it in your mouth. I didn't mind it at all
(also thanks to the taste) and start chewing it while it quickly melts in my mouth.
For anyone with a small mouth, bad gag reflex or are prone to swallowing mouthwash, here's a few tips:
Don't use more than one teaspoon at a time.
Do not add any other oils the first few times until you adjust. The coconut taste is pleasant but some added oils may make you gag, especially tea
tree or oregano.
Do not spit oil into you sink or shower. The oil will solidify and eventually cause problems in your drain.
If your mouth is absolutely full and swishing becomes uncomfortable before ten minutes, spit into the garbage and start fresh for the remaining ten
minutes. As your mouth fills, the risk of swallowing oil and toxins becomes greater. Swallowing a little accidentally is fine but you absolutely do
not want those toxins going back into your body.
On to the results!
The first day:
Mild discomfort in the jaw due to constantly swishing. This eventually went away after five to ten minutes. Still happens every time I begin, but is
probably due to my jaw muscles getting quite the workout. After the discomfort went away, it's smooth sailing.
After ten minutes, the discomfort turn into a mild euphoria, strange. Whether this was a symptom of detoxing or just an increase of blood flowing to
my head, I wasn't sure. It certainly felt like "something" was happening. In a small way, my senses became clearer and my morning grogginess had
subsided. Pretty neat.
The hardest part was keeping busy and trying not to swallow anything. I did what anyone would do, put on some coffee and fire up ATS. I was amazed how
fast twenty minutes went by and came to the realization that "ATS relativity" does exist. Time travels faster while orbiting my computer, lol.
After twenty minutes, I spit it all into the garbage and ran to the bathroom. While I wasn't expecting a miracle, my teeth were still slightly
discolored and some plaque had been removed, all without brushing. The small improvement I saw was just enough motivation for me to continue. And
really, what should anyone expect after one sitting?
More swishing. Same result as the first day except this time my teeth had more transparency to them. There was even more plaque removed and I felt
that I could do without a cup of coffee. I gave into that rather quickly! I did notice that my teeth looked "different", but not necessarily brighter.
My gum line looked healthier and was a bit more defined than when I started. Nothing spectacular.
A rinse and repeat of day two except for a few noticeable changes. The discomfort in my jaw became less of an issue and the slight euphoric feeling I
would get came on faster but less pronounce. Almost like I started with a clearer head, taking less time to achieve the same results as from the
beginning. When I looked in the mirror is when I smiled...
My teeth were beginning to whiten only after the third day. It was happening slowly, but there was enough of a difference for me to notice. No harsh
chemicals, no dentist, no strips. Coconuts... Coconuts made my teeth whiter after three days. I felt giddy inside, like I knew a secret that no one
else knew. Of course this is wrong since oil pulling has been around for ages. I was excited. To me this was simple.
All I can say is wow. When I'm finished, my head is calm and clear. The plaque near my gum line has severely diminished. I am scared to admit that my
gum line isn't necessarily where I thought it would be due to some erosion. Looks like I have more work to do. The color of my teeth reminded me of
the initial first two days. There isn't enough change to blow my socks off but I kept staring at them, admiring them. They are getting brighter. I
almost don't want to look next time so I will be surprised at the end of the week.
This has been an eye opener for me and I highly recommend it. I don't blog or write product reviews so I appreciate anyone taking the time to read my
experience. I hope a guy like me and my simple story can help inspire you to try it out. For smokers, this is a must. For coffee drinkers, do yourself
a favor. It might be hard at first but is well worth the effort. You can do it!
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