Thursday, November 7, 2013

Trying something new-oil pulling

November 7, 2013

Today was my rest day, so I just walked my normal route through the neighborhood. It was 27 degrees and beautiful. Sometimes while walking my body was urging me to run. But my head said, "Naw, today let's just have a nice peaceful walk." And that is what I did.
After doing some research on you tube about the benefits of oil pulling, I thought today I would give it a go. Now oil pulling is taking a full teaspoon of either sesame oil, sunflower oil, or coconut oil and swishing it around in your mouth for 20 minutes and then spitting it out. This is an ancient tradition and there are many healthy benefits that are linked to this activity. Such as, improved skin, better sleep, improved digestion, whiter teeth, and healthy gums. I just watched you tube videos. I did not check out the world wide web. I am sure there is even more information about the health benefits of oil pulling there.
One video suggested that for the first time you start with just half a teaspoon of oil. I used coconut oil because they said that was a good tasting oil and it also what I had in my cabinet. Coconut oil also has antibacterial properties. It is cold where I live so the coconut oil was hard. This was a strange sensation in my mouth and you had to fight the natural urge to just chew it up and swallow. Once it dissolved it was really easy to swish the oil around in your mouth. Now one thing the videos stressed was not to swallow, because as you swished, the oil was working out the toxins in your mouth and body. By swallowing the oil you were also swallowing the toxins you were getting rid of. Of course what did I do, but swallow a small amount of the oil. I thought oh well, it wasn't that much it shouldn't hurt me. Once I got the hang of it, it was very easy to do. I swished as I worked in my kitchen. I was past the 15 minute mark when all of a sudden I swallowed, out of habit mind you, and I freaked. I thought, "I just swallowed a bunch of toxins, OMG" and just instinctively spit the rest into the sink, which is a big nono they said because it can clog you sink. I must not have swallowed too much because I didn't have any adverse reactions. So while today wasn't a total fail, I have room for improvement, such as, not freaking out! They said to do this first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. But I'd also heard that you can do this up to 3 times a day. I can try again later but I know tomorrow can only get better.
I am still doing my research on this topic. Any activity that improves my health, I am excited about doing.
Let me know if you have tried oil pulling and how it has helped you. And if you accidentally swallowed the toxic poisons.
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Have a blessed day!

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