In a recent post I discussed the benefits of oil pulling with coconut oil. Here I will discuss the benefits I’ve experienced from pulling and the benefits from adding coconut oil to my diet.
So, I wake up in the morning, swish my mouth quickly with water then begin pulling about one tablespoon of coconut oil (I really like Nutiva coconut oil) as I dry bush. It hasn’t noticeably whitened my teeth–but I believe that is because I like my morning Early Grey and a post-surf coffee everyday. However, it has shown some significant positive effects in other ways.
Benefits I’ve Experienced from Oil Pulling with Coconut Oil:
1. It has completely diminished all my tooth pain. I had some exposed nerves from receding gums, which bothered me from time to time, but that has completely gone away. I also had some undetermined pain in one of my molars, which I thought perhaps was a previously-filled cavity that had lost a piece of filling, but since pulling it hasn’t bothered me since. (Note: when I say bothered, I mean I couldn’t chew on that side of my mouth and was extremely sensitive to temperature).
2. My teeth are silky smooth. I don’t have any plaque build up–which is great when I’m too lazy for a thorough brushing.
3. My lips never need moisturizing as the oil does it for me!
4. My skin is better. When I first started pulling, I had a few breakouts then they all just went away. Now I only have the very occasional menstrual breakout–if even. The pulling brought out all the bad stuff and got rid of it.
5. All mouth sores, such as canker sores or bit lips, heal very quickly with pulling and offer relief from the pain until healed. As the pulling did with my skin, at first I had three breakouts of canker sores in my mouth for about three days, then they went away and I haven’t had any since–again the pulling brought out the bad stuff and killed it.
Benefits I’ve Experienced from Adding Coconut Oil to my Daily Diet!
Coconut oil has been coined a superfood for a plethora of reasons. I stumbled upon this article: “Coconut Oil Coffee, Blended not stirred…the secret!” Now, I bet you’re thinking, “Ew, oil in my coffee?” My husband still turns his nose up when he sees me add it to my coffee. In fact, people have been putting natural butter in their coffee as well–the Wellness Mama adds both!
Before I begin: I don’t blend mine as I’m afraid of putting hot beverages in my blender, so I put mine in a tumbler then shake it fairly well, making it equally nice and frothy. Or, you can poor from one cup to another cup, back and forth repeatedly 4-5 times.
1. After a cup of coconut oil coffee, I definitely notice an increase in energy and a significant improvement in my mood! This is very important for me, because as an English as a Second Language phone tutor who teaches back-to-back classes for five to six hours, with approximately 15-20 students/classes as my full-time job with often no breaks for a snack or lunch, I need something to keep me upbeat and cheerful on the phone with my students.
2. As for the no break for a snack or lunch bit, another positive effect is that it suppresses appetite.
3. It tastes yummy! But if you’re not a fan of flavoured coffee, it may take some getting used to!
For more/different ways to add coconut oil to your diet check out these tips from the Wellness Mama!
For a list of the why coconut oil is being coined a superfood check out these links:
For a list of other uses of coconut oil: