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How To Ensure Fresh Breath The Natural Way

by Sportitude
10 Jun 2016

In recent times, the dangers of conventional mouthwashes have been brought to the forefront of health journals and health websites.

While websites such as e-magazine point to the dangerous, cancer-causing chemicals found in mouthwash, Men’s Health points to the correlation between mouthwash and high blood pressure.

So while you research and come to your own conclusions, we offer an ancient, age-old, alternative… Oil-pulling.  Say what?...

Oil pulling and tongue scraping …an ancient Ayurvedic tradition of India that has been practiced for centuries.

Start by taking a teaspoon full of oil and swishing it around in your mouth for around 15-20 minutes. Right before you get into the shower is the optimal time to do this.

When the time is up, simply spit the oil out (do not swallow) and scrape your tongue from the back to the front with a spoon or tongue scraper several times. Finish by brushing your teeth as usual.  

Opt for coconut oil. The antimicrobial and antibacterial properties of coconut oil make it the perfect conventional mouthwash alternative. Not only does it ensure fresh breath but it has also been linked to fighting gingivitis.  

The ancient routine of oil pulling not only leads to a clean mouth and fresh breath but has also been linked to improving overall health.

We all know that as we sleep, our body works to rid itself of nasty toxins, some of which end up on our tongue. If not cleaned, these toxins end up back in our body. So the added benefits of ensuring a clean tongue as well are plentiful.

Oil pulling has also been linked to helping; 

  • Reduce the symptoms of eczema 
  • Stimulate the metabolism
  • Support kidney function
  • Help fight allergies
  • Promote better sleep
  • Promote gut health
  • Reduce PMS
  • Help alleviate symptoms of arthritis
  • Clear the sinuses and reduces infection
  • Promote lymphatic system health