Wash Your Mouth – Part 1

images-1A major part of the second step in the Gut Thrive in 5 program is detoxing. I used a few different cleansing methods to help my body detox and get rid of all the bad bacteria, pathogens and toxins. The detox methods I’m going to write about in this post and my next post have to do with cleansing your mouth – and no I don’t mean by washing your mouth with a bar of soap (sorry A Christmas Story fans).

This week I’m going to be talking about oil pulling, which is an ancient Ayurvedic cleansing practice that is becoming a popular trend.

How to do oil pulling:

  • Put about 1 ½ tablespoons of sesame oil or coconut oil in your mouth. I used sesame oil because I was too lazy to heat up the coconut oil and I used coconut oil for many other purposes so it was nice to switch it up with sesame oil.
  • Pull the oil through your teeth for 10-20 minutes. Don’t gargle. Kind of push and pull it through your teeth so the oil can attach and pull out the trapped bacteria. Make sure not to swallow the oil!
  • Spit it out the oil, rinse your mouth and brush your teeth. You’ll be able to tell the bacteria was removed when you spit out the oil because it will be a white, thick milky substance (not going to lie, it’s pretty gross and displeasing to taste).

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Oil pulling can be done in the morning or at bedtime, but it should be done once a day for three to four weeks to be effective. My tip is to start with a smaller amount of oil and a shorter amount of time. Then slowly build your way up to the recommended amounts. You would be surprised by how sore your jaw can get or how 10 minutes can feel like an eternity. Oil pulling can improve your oral health, which in return can boost your immune system and improve the overall health of your body.

Next week I’ll be writing about another oral cleansing method, but you will just have to wait and see what it is. So for now…

Stay lively my friends,

– The Lively Lymie

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