Coconut Oil Pulling Benefits and How to Do Oil Pulling | Dr. Josh Axe

Hey guys, Dr. Axe here. Today, I’m going to
show you how to do oil pulling, and this is something that’s not just a hot, trendy thing
right now. This has been done and had major benefits
for thousands of years. It’s used today in India and Asia all the time for your oral
health. You may be wondering, well what exactly is oil pulling? Oil pulling is taking oil, typically sesame
oil, olive oil, or coconut oil, and swishing it back and forth between your teeth. The
health benefits are it can actually help heal and cure tooth decay. It’s been shown to help heal bleeding gums.
It’s been shown to naturally whiten your teeth, strengthen your jaw muscles, and overall cleanse
your mouth and even support weight loss, some people claim. The truth is this, I was talking to a really
well known dentist recently and he was telling me that, and this is true from all the medical
research, that the health of your mouth, the bacteria in your mouth, correlates with the
health of the rest of your body. So by healing your mouth and improving your
oral health you can actually improve the health of your entire body. In fact, periodontal
disease, or gingivitis or bad bacteria buildup within your mouth, is an indicator that you
are at higher risk of heart disease. Again, it’s very, very important that you’re
cleansing not just your body but your oral cavity in your mouth on a regular basis. This
is also a great thing to do to naturally freshen up your breath and give you a glowing smile. So here is how you’re going to do oil pulling.
You’re basically going to take two teaspoons of, I like coconut oil. Now, I like coconut
oil over other oils because it has antifungal and antimicrobial properties so it will kill
off any of that bad bacteria that’s in your mouth and also support the growth of good
bacteria. So you’re going to do two teaspoons in your
mouth. You’re going to swish it in-between your teeth. Don’t overdo it. You’ll make your
mouth sore. Lightly swish it in-between your teeth for about 10 to 20 minutes. I’m not
going to do that here on this video, I’m going to do it for about 10 to 20 seconds, but typically
you want to do it 10 to 20 minutes. That may seem like a long time but if you
do it while you’re in the shower, that’s a great time to do it. That’ll be five minutes
alone. Even if you can do just that five minutes, it is still greatly beneficial. So do it while you’re in the shower, do it
while you’re reading at night, you can do it while you’re just kind of getting ready
in the morning. But doing oil pulling as I said, doesn’t have
to be complicated, about 10 to 20 minutes. Afterwards, you’re going to spit out the oil
in a cup or in the trashcan and then after that you’re going to rinse your mouth out
with water and then, finally, you’re going to brush your teeth as normal. So I’m going
to demonstrate here how this would work. And again, you’re going to first take here,
I’m going to get a big loaded tablespoon or teaspoon here of coconut oil and I’m going
to put it in my mouth, kind of chew on it for a minute and then swish it. I’m going
to do it for about 20 seconds so I guess I’ll have to be quiet here. You can see me chewing
here. It’ll melt within about 15 seconds. Now, I’m going to start to swish. Do that for 10 to 20 minutes, spit it out,
and then the next thing you’re going to do is get some water and swish this in-between
your teeth. Finally, you’ll brush your teeth as normal. and I guarantee, do this even if it’s just
five minutes, ideally 10 to 20, but your mouth will feel so clean. You’re killing bad bacteria,
you’re whitening your teeth, you’re getting fresher breath. One other thing you can do in your oil pulling
if you want to get additional benefits, is add along with the coconut oil five drops
of essential oils. You can do essential oil of frankincense which actually helps support
immunity. You can do a lavender, which helps your gums. You can also do something like tea tree oil
or a blend that has cloves in it or cinnamon, which actually can help kill off bad bacteria
as well. Doing a little essential oils with the coconut is something else you can do together. But just simply coconut oil, I recommend doing
this two weeks straight every day and then after that, twice a week. If you do that you’re
going to bring your dental and oral health to the next level.

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