For those who know me, I am a morning person and just enjoy everything about mornings. I get excited about going to bed early to wake up to a new morning. You may hate me while reading this, but yes I’m one of those that love not only mornings but early mornings. Nowadays, early mornings are perceived as dreadful as they are immediately associated with school, work, weekdays and with feeling tired and and rushed. And obviously, late night going out don’t comply with early mornings either. Getting up early for me provides me with the opportunity to a distinct view of life, absent to all the late risers. I get to closely experience the awakening of the planet just like sitting in the front row seat of your favorite show. It is a chance for advancement in which it is possible for me to do what I desire. In a simple manner, there’s never a better time to just be. What’s even more appealing is the fact that every morning holds something different and exciting. Whether it’s a beautiful sunrise, the sounds of birds chirping or a rainy gloomy day, its a genuine and liberating experience to be outside and take in mother natures energy as she blesses me with another day. Humbled and reassured, I watch the morning unfold in a state of mesmerizing tranquility.
I have a morning routine. Let me share:
Now I’m sure you guys are wondering, why is she putting coconut oil in her mouth? I added this to my morning routine about 2 years ago and I wish I knew about this sooner. Oil pulling has been around for years and years. It’s an ancient Ayurvedic technique. Oil pulling actually contributes to good buccal health by promoting the elimination of toxins present in the mouth and helps to reduce bacteria. Swishing coconut oil in your mouth has positive effects not only on the inflammation of the gums but also in the health of your teeth in preventing cavities, reducing plaque and yes even whitening teeth. Who doesn’t want a nice white smile? But that’s not all, oil pulling also improves digestion and in general enhances immunity.
For those who heard that health starts in your gut… it actually starts in your mouth! The gastrointestinal tract ( GIT) actually starts in the oral cavity, therefore digestion begins when taking your first bite of food in your mouth. Your mouth is filled with microbes, some good and some bad. Think of oil pulling as your natural mouthwash. The commercial mouthwashes that contain alcohol and other ingredients wipe out both good and bad bacteria. In a healthy mouth, we want the presence of certain microbes as they play an important role in keeping the mouth, teeth, gums and immune system healthy and strong.
How does it work?
When oil pulling, it literally sucks the toxins of your mouth as the bio film or plaque on the teeth binds to the oils.
This effective remedy has been used for centuries to treat:
How to oil pull?
Why coconut oil?
Coconut oil is the best oil to use because it has shown to have many antibacterial properties and it also tastes great. Make sure you are using unrefined coconut oil to ensure that no additives are present. Another option would be sesame oil traditionally used in the Ayurveda tradition but again make sure to use an organic sesame oil and I personally recommend sticking with coconut oil.
If you find this to be too time-consuming, do it while you are in the shower or driving to work. If first thing in the morning doesn’t suit you, try it during the day, before eating or before bed. You should see a noticeable difference within a week. I’ve put many of my clients on the oil pulling challenge and once they see results and receive positive feedback from their dentist, they like me become hooked on oil pulling. Give it a try for yourself and let me know what you think!
Homemade DIY toothpaste:
by Catherine Medeiros Rocktape ambassador