Everyone these days is looking for a quick fix, a way to undo all the negative effects they have done to their bodies for years. Oil pulling might be one of those quick fixes that have become the latest craze the last few months.
Oil pulling is an ancient practice of swishing oil to pull toxins out of the body through the mouth. Multiple health benefits are apparently reaped from pulling oil.
As I type this, I am attempting to pull the oil. I that writing this post would make it more tolerable. It’s not working.
Organic coconut oil is used by me daily in cooking. However, the thought never crossed my mind to swish it around in my mouth. Textures with food are big for me. Today in fact I tried a chia drink. It was thick and my gag reflex kicked in right away. As it wants to right now.
The initial spoonful was like putting a stick of mildly flavored coconut Chapstick in my mouth. It started to melt and my texture issue started to bother me. I needed to remind myself why I was trying this out so I picked up the computer to Google oil pulling to read about the benefits of removing plaque from teeth, toxins from the body, and it might even whiten my teeth. Then I began to think about all the toxins I might be swishing around in my mouth. I wanted to gag. The article I was reading talked about gargling the oil. If I gargled the oil I would throw up.
Starting this post kept me going. Kind of.
How long did I last? A whole eight minutes. Will I try again tomorrow? Maybe. I’ll use less oil tomorrow and try not to think of how gross I think it is. I cannot imagine doing it without brushing my teeth first. Nasty morning breath makes me a little ill and the thought of swishing morning breath bacteria all in my mouth is not pleasant. Gross.