Why exactly would I jump on a health fad that may or not have been around for a very long time? Because of my friend’s testimonial. There is a whole marketing lesson in this experience, but we will stick to the whole oil pulling story. That is enough for now. I was making my morning rounds on Facebook when I saw a post by my friend Susan. She announced that her husband is oil pulling. First of all, I had no idea what oil pulling was. Second, if a husband is “in” that usually means there are some proven positive results they have seen in their wife. I read the comments and the article and thought, “isn’t that nice” and was ready to move on.
THEN I saw the comment that made me get up from my desk, walk downstairs and grab a spoonful of coconut oil to swish around my mouth for 20 minutes. She reported that her husband struggles to get out of bed in the morning and after trying the oil pulling he has seen a HUGE improvement on his ability to wake up and get up from bed. My husband JUST teased me about my 5 alarms and 1.5 hour process to get out of bed. YES, you read that correctly. I do have some medical issues that if I do not stick to a strict diet will cause this issue to inflame. Let’s just say, I fell off the diet wagon recently and am paying the price dearly.
I already have coconut oil in the house because I need to be dairy free. So I marched downstairs and stuck a teaspoon size in my mouth. It took a minute to get used to and the initial transformation from solid to liquid is gross. I spit out the little saliva I had and then had no issues with wanting to swallow after that. I amused myself with email and the internet (uh- I mean work) and watched the clock. It really was not very difficult to keep the oil in my mouth for the 20 minutes.
When my time was up, I spit the mess into the garbage and brushed my teeth. Easiest healthy thing I have done in a while! My teeth feel very nice and smooth. I hope in a couple of days, I will see some results!
DISCLAIMER: This is not meant to be health advice. As with everything, you should consult your Dr, before trying anything. (Isn’t it sad that I should have to say this?)