New year, new city, new jobs = NEW HABITS! While one of us continues to rock the fashion world (fittings for the Oscars all week), the other has taken her medical career down a new path. The path, is that of holistic health, and along with it lots of new tips and tricks for us to share with you guys. Oil pulling….have you heard of it? And will you try it?
Oil pulling is an ancient practice of swishing oil in your mouth for detox and rejuvenation. Our new Boss lady, Dr. Kim was the first to introduce this method to us last week (#debbiekimapproved) and it has been quite an experience. Studies show that oil pulling has excellent benefits for oral health. It can help strengthen the teeth, gums, and jaw; a natural teeth whitener; prevents bad breath; prevents dryness of the mouth, lips, and throat; prevents mouth diseases like cavities and gingivitis; and treats soreness of the jaw. It’s also been thought that oil pulling has many benefits that extend way beyond oral health. Examples include reduced headaches, hangover relief, kidney function support, general pain relief, reduced insomnia, and general detoxification of the body, just to name a few.
First, pick your oil. Dr. Kim recommends coconut oil or sesame seed oil. There are many others to chose from, but these are believed to be the best for the practice. Oil pulling can be done at any time of the day, but it is best to do each morning before eating for a more thorough detox. To start, drink a glass of water. Use about a tablespoon (or less) of the oil of your choosing. If the oil is cold or solid, let it melt in your mouth. It’s recommended to swish the oil in your mouth for 20 minutes, no gargling! But lets be honest, ain’t no one got time for that! Five to 10 minutes will do. When your time is up, spit the oil in the trash or toilet. Avoid the sink because it could solidify and clog the drain. Finally, drink a glass of water and enjoy feeling fresh and rejuvenated each morning. We hope you guys enjoy this new practice as much as we do! Happy pulling dolls!