How appropriate that The Weekend Post this week is part 2 of detoxing.
You see detoxing is a word that is used when the amount of inflammatory foods and drinks put into your mouth decreases, and your liver has an opportunity flush out built-up toxins.
As Dr. Mark Hyman states, “Detox is necessary when the metabolic waste from normal human metabolism, environmental pollution, and what has become known as the Standard American Diet (or SAD) has exceeded the threshold for what the body’s innate detoxification system can tolerate.”
While detoxing is a simple physiological process it affects both your mind and body.
It takes you, if average, about one to two weeks to process alcohol, sugar and wheat through your system.
This is if you don’t add any extra sugar, wheat or alcohol within the detox.
For this week’s detox we look at something that you might not have heard of before.
It is called “oil pulling”.
Oil pulling is one of the best ways to remove bacteria and promote healthy teeth and gums!
Oil pulling is gaining in popularity in the United States.
Used primarily in Ayurveda medicine, oil pulling is a fantastic oral detoxification procedure for you that is simply done by swishing a tablespoon of oil (typically coconut oil, olive or sesame oil) in your mouth for 10-20 minutes.
Oil pulling works by detoxifying the oral cavity in a similar way that soap cleans dirty dishes.
It literally sucks the toxins out of your mouth and creates a clean, oral environment that helps set the proper flow of dental liquid that is needed to prevent cavities and disease.
What are the benefits of this procedure?
It has been used for centuries as a traditional India remedy to:
- Cures tooth decay
- Kills bad breath
- Heals bleeding gums
- Prevents heart disease
- Reduces inflammation
- Whitens teeth
- Soothes throat dryness
- Prevents cavities
- Heals cracked lips
- Boosts Immune System
- Improves acne
- Strengthens gums and jaw
- Oil Pulling History
You probably cannot even imagine what life would be like without brushing and flossing your teeth every day.
However, in the scheme of things, tooth brushing is relatively, new since nylon bristle toothbrushes didn’t become part of our normal American experience until the late 1930s!
It’s important to remember that, in spite of the fact that you were raised with a toothbrush in your mouth, your ancestors didn’t brush their teeth with toothpaste for thousands of years.
And, as far as archeological evidence Pyramids of Gizeh, Cairo and in Egypt suggests, most people throughout history lived until a ripe old age with most of their teeth intact and in a strong, healthy state.
Why didn’t their teeth rot?
Well, first of all, they ate real food and didn’t consume processed sugars and grains filled with phytic acid, which destroy tooth enamel.
Also depending on the culture and region of the world, many people also oil pulled.
I do my oil pulling in the morning as the mouth accumulates bacteria during the night and this process removes it.
To know if you are oil pulling correctly, it should be a whitish color when you spit out the oil after 10 or 20 minutes.
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