Oil Pulling Uncovered – Discover what really works and why

If you enjoy reading up on the latest ways to cleanse your body and reduce inflammation, it’s more than likely you’ve come across oil pulling.

With its Ayurvedic origins, the pulling technique has caused mixed reactions in the wellness field. As it continues to gain traction however, people are recognizing its powerful benefits.


Despite oil pulling gaining more credibility, there’s still a lack of research proving its efficacy. You like many others may be wondering: Is it just a fad or are there reasons to believe this method is effective?


Busting the myths of oil pulling


Minimal studies on oil pulling and its relation to inflammation have been carried out. When they have been, sesame oil is often used on small test groups producing unreliable results.

Because of this there’s skepticism around just how effective this ancient method actually is.  Dr. Bruce Fife, a certified nutritionist and physician has spent years demystifying the negative associations of coconut oil. As a result hes learnt how it can be used to boost health orally and in the body.

A large proportion, if not all diseases start in the mouth. This daunting but enlightening fact enables us to put a stop to where all chronic diseases begin.  In fact Dr Fife stresses that ‘Simply improving the health of your teeth and gums can cure many chronic problems’. However we need to do more than just brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash.


Top Myth of oil pulling: Oil pulling is a detox method

that literally ‘pulls’ toxins from the body

This sounds all well and good but in reality, gargling won’t simply detoxify your body.

Dr Sanda Moldovan, a periodontist and lecturer at UCLA’s dental school refers to our ‘mouth as magic, not the method of oil pulling’. As it’s the gateway to our health, oil pulling remains an effective technique to give it a really good clean. Your body then gets a chance to focus on healing rather than warding off the harmful bacteria.

Certified Thanyapura nutritionist Marcela Soto Prats outlines the process succinctly and how oil pulling plays an important role in keeping our health on track. She says that ‘Bacteria and germs in our mouth are continuously producing toxins that can cause inflammation and infection if not controlled. The toxins can be passed to other parts of the body through the digestive tract or the bloodstream causing riskier illnesses’.

‘So if oil pulling is performed with the proper oil and the proper method, it is an effective to kill all these harmful germs and bacteria in your mouth. In this way, it aids the detox process and prevents toxins from entering your body. It’s not as if the oil pulling does the detox itself, instead it reduces the risk of more toxins and inflammation in your body, especially in your digestive tract’.

How to begin

The mechanism of swishing acts very much as a powerful cleaning movement. As the bacteria in the mouth forms a layer on the teeth and becomes stuck, the oil’s sticky texture acts like glue. It sticks to the harmful bacteria so when you spit it out; the nasty stuff gets chucked out too.

Mornings don’t have to be hard. Get them off to a great start by implementing the following routine:  

Reduce inflammation


  • After waking up, drink a glass of water to get your saliva flowing
  • Pour out one teaspoon of organic, cold-pressed virgin coconut oil
  • When you are swishing, allow the oil to penetrate your teeth. Keep swishing found 15-20 minutes
  • After the clean, the oil should become creamier and change colour
  • When you’re finished make sure you spit the remaining oil into the bin and not the sink
  • Wash your mouth thoroughly to ensure all remaining bacteria is gone

Quick tip: To get used to the sensation, start by doing just 5 minutes per day and slowly increase until you can do 15 – 20. So you don’t waste precious time in the morning you can gargle whilst showering, preparing breakfast or getting ready for work!


Why coconut oil?

Coconut oil pulling

Coconut oil has gained popularity due to its powerful antioxidant, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal qualities. It’s not only become a potent remedy for a leaky gut but as one of the most diverse oils on the market, it’s become the go-to choice for healthy living. Coconut oil can be used in place of mouthwash as vitamin E content in the laruic acid helps kill viruses and bacteria. Additionally, its antioxidant properties makes it an effective teeth whitener that also strengthens your gums, teeth and sinuses.

Thanyapura nutritionist Marcela recommends using ‘cold pressed oils as they have been proven to have antibacterial properties. It’s important oil is used as it’s texture cleans your mouth more effectively than water, mouthwash or toothpaste’.

The benefits: Why you should start oil pulling today

  • Helps battle tooth decay and bad breath
  • Prevents gums from bleeding
  • Prevents risky diseases such as heart disease
  • Lessens inflammation and toxins in the body
  • Acts as an organic teeth whitener
  • Eases a dry throat
  • Wards off cavities
  • Strengthens gums and jaw

These are just a few of the benefits you will experience after implementing oil pulling into your daily routine.

Thanyapura’s chefs and diners have felt the benefits of cooking with organic cold-pressed coconut oil themselves. Our nutritionists and wellness experts therefore seek to implement coconut oil pulling into our client’s therapy to give them holistic and proven way of maintaining optimal health.

Coming soon to a Thayapura near you…. (as long as you’re in Phuket)

If you have experience with oil pulling, share your stories and leave a comment below!

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