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Not long ago, my friend Margaret asked me what I thought about oil pulling: I was dismissive of the practice. While I trust many holistic remedies, my practical side could never make sense of this particular age-old method.

But then I gave it a try; and the benefits were as immediate as they were rewarding.

Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic practice, which involves swishing a cold-pressed oil in one’s mouth for twenty minutes. This is meant to pull toxins from the body and improves overall dental health. The benefits include whiter teeth and the reduction of dental cavities, inflammation and body toxicity. I know that it sounds too good to be true but, having experienced this myself, I now realize that it deserves its good reputation.

I have been practicing oil pulling for over two months with great results. I have also encouraged others in my life to try and they have all reported the same positive effects, including increased energy, better moods, clearer skin and an overall feeling of vitality.

I only use (and recommend) organic, cold-pressed coconut oil because of its antibacterial and antiviral qualities. And, after more consideration, I think the act actually makes sense: the mouth is arguably the dirtiest part of the body. The powerful antiseptic qualities of coconut oil seem to clean the area and remove orally ingested toxins before they can make their way into the bloodstream.

So, here is what to do:

  1. Place about 1 tablespoon of coconut oil into your mouth.
  2. Allow it to melt.
  3. Swish for twenty minutes.
  4. Expel the spent oil into a trashcan to avoid coating city plumbing.

I swear, it’s so simple and you won’t regret trying this!

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