Reducing inflammation in the body through diet and daily practices will help keep you strong and healthy. Oil swishing (also known as oil pulling) is an easy & effective way to reduce inflammation, beginning at the source - in your mouth!
Eris Cusher, of Eat Clean Nutrition, shares more about the practice below...
The Health Benefits of Oil Pulling by Eris Cushner, co-founder of Eat Clean Nutrition
Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic detoxification practice. It involves swishing oil around in your mouth for 15-20 minutes (note: if you’re a beginner, start with 5 minutes and build up from there). There are potentially many benefits to oil pulling, or oil swishing as it’s sometimes referred to, such as strengthening your gums, whitening your teeth, reducing inflammation and bacteria in the mouth, re-mineralizing the teeth and reducing plaque. My personal favorite oil to use for oil pulling is coconut oil with essential peppermint oil (Skinny Oil makes a great version). Coconut oil has anti-viral and anti-microbial properties and, as an added bonus, it tastes and smells good too!
How to Oil Pull:
- First thing in the morning, before you brush your teeth or drink your lemon water, or have your cup of coffee, put 1 teaspoon – 2 teaspoons of coconut oil in your mouth (I would start with 1 teaspoon and build up gradually).
- Gently swish it around for 15-20 minutes ideally, but if you’re just starting out then 5 minutes might be a good goal. You will feel the coconut oil melt in your mouth as you do this. You can be doing other things that are a part of your morning routine as this helps pass the time along.
- Spit the oil in your trash can! Don’t swallow the oil as it’s full of bacteria and toxins, and don’t spit it out into the sink as it may clog your drains.
This art may take some practice getting used to, but similar to flossing, once you get in the habit of doing it, it becomes part of your daily oral health routine. To find out more about Eat Clean Nutrition and their different offerings, please visit eatcleanmarin.com.