An interesting method for flushing toxins out of your body has become very popular in the past years – an Ayurvedic practice called Oil pulling (or Oil swishing). The method claims to have a great variety of positive impacts on the body along with “pulling” our toxins, whitening teeth, prevention of tooth decay, fighting bad mouth odor, as well as helping with tension headaches, migraines, asthma, bronchitis and even osteoarthritis. Sounds promising, isn’t it?
The method and how it works
The method itself is pretty simple – you fill your mouth with coconut or sesame oil and swish it through your teeth for 5-10 minutes every day. Once you are done swishing you need to spit out the oil, which is supposed to had absorbed all impurities, not only from your teeth but from the bloodstream as well (as the tongues is one of the most vascular organs in our body)
Let’s make an quick analysis
As a person that has graduated Science I am used to seeking scientific evidence for almost every claim that I stumble upon (unless I am able to see and feel the results directly, like in the case with using oils as hair treatment). Unfortunately, not only I was not able to find evidence strong enough to convince me that this method actually works (however, there were some, I won’t deny), but also, even If I “test it” I am won’t be able to “measure” the level of toxins in my body, thus objective evaluation of the efficacy won’t be possible. Yes, it is true that most toxins are lipophilic (not all, but a high percentage of them) but I couldn’t find a decent explanation about the mechanism by which the oil absorbs them from the blood stream. Most toxic molecules (if present in the circulation at all, not stored in the fat cells, as they normally are) are too large to pass through the capillary walls. Nevertheless, my mom did Oil pulling for some time an year ago and she claims it helped her for her paradontitis – it significantly reduced the bleeding and made her gums stronger.
As I am a huge supporter of the theory “If something makes you feel good, stick to it, no matter what” , if you do oil pulling and you find it beneficial, there is no reason to quit – no matter if you are self-convincing yourself that it works, or it works indeed. Everyone has its own little truth and it is all fine, as long as it makes you feel good. It is highly unlikely that the oil pulling it will harm you, anyways, so – why not?
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