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7 Don’ts of Oil Pulling

Nutiva Organic Extra Virgin Coconut OilOil Pulling is an ancient practice of swishing oil around your mouth every day, has roots in Ayurvedic medicine, a holistic system of medicine that developed 3,000 to 5,000 years ago. 

The benefits are numerous from detoxifying, providing sinus/allergy relief, boosting metabolism, whitening teeth, soothing aching gums and the list goes on.  Although, it’s beneficial to practice oil pulling  there are some very big don’ts of oil pulling:

  • Don’t swallow the oil. Its loaded with bacteria.
  • Don’t gargle oil (you don’t want the oil to touch the back of your throat) for the same reason above.
  • Don’t aspirate the oil, either. Its possible to develop pneumonia as a result of those toxin-loaded particles getting into the lungs.
  • Don’t stop brushing. Oil pulling in addition to brushing and flossing are the best ways promote oral health.
  • Don’t spit oil in the sink or toliet. Oil can easily clog pipe.
  • Don’t oil pull if you’re allergic to certain oils or are hypersensitive to strong tastes.
  • Don’t be too overzealous. Start at you personal comfort level. If you can’t do 15 mins, try 10 or 5 mins first.

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