Oil Pulling Will Totally Transform Your Life

Oil pulling may be having a moment, but it's long been a practice in ancient India to promote allover wellness and healing. The idea is that by gargling with a high-quality vegetable oil for several minutes each day, you can detoxify you body. The thinking is that the oil literally "pulls" away nasty stuff that could be making you feel sick. These little gross guys include fungus (cringe), bacteria, and other foul toxins out of your body, your mouth, and your life. Whoo hoo!

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The benefits seem to be so good that they justify gargling a mouthful of oil. Not only do you feel healthier, but fans of the treatment also say you look better. A lot of people feel no more need to brush their teeth. They report teeth whitening, smoother, clearer skin, and other benefits. So okay, the time has come to try this. How exactly do we do this? Never fear, we're here, and we've broken it down into 6 easy to follow steps.

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  • Find a High-Quality Oil


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    Procure a high-quality oil. Coconut oil is exceptionally popular because of its many health benefits, including its ability to bolster the thyroid.

  • Drink Up


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    When you first get up in the morning, before you pull the oil, it's important to have a few glasses of water. You should do this anyway to get your system working, but it's important before oil pulling because it activates your saliva.

  • Prepare Oil


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    Measure out one tablespoon of oil. You might be tempted to do more or less, but one tablespoon is just right.


  • Gargle


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    Swish the oil around in your mouth for up to 25 minutes. When you start out, going for just 5 minutes is also fine. Pop the oil in and go about your morning routine as usual, pushing and pulling the oil around.

  • Spit


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    After you've completed your gargle, spit! DON'T swallow the oil -- it's packed full of stuff you don't need in your stomach, so just get rid of it. One note: DON'T spit it down the sink or into the toilet. It can clog your pipes! Spit it into the garbage can or into a paper towel that you can throw out.

  • Rinse


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    Now pretend like you're at the dentist and rinse, rinse, rinse. Then you're done! Whoo hoo! It's really that simple.

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