Did you know that your mouth in the morning has 10 times MORE bacteria than poop?
I was totally shocked when I heard this the first time and my daughters felt disgusted when I shared this information with them.
Then I was introduced to Oil Pulling. Oil pulling is the practice of swishing one table spoon of your favorite oil (usually, coconut, sesame or olive oils are recommended) in your mouth for 20 minutes first thing in the morning.
I bet your reaction is "Oil in my mouth for 20 min? no way!!"
That was my exact reaction of mine when I heard about it the first time. But once I tried it, I realize it was not that bad. You can do this while you check email, browse the internet, take shower or whatever.
This method is widely known to promote gum health because oil can pull out the bacteria from mouth. My dentist was amazed with the condition of my gums and a patient of mine avoided getting a deep cleaning ,which would have costed her $800 by applying oil pulling for 5 weeks.
THEN, I also have to mention, that since doing this everyday for the last 6 years, I have not had a serious cold :) How cool is that???
My guess is because oil pulling removes bacteria from the mouth and your body. I am not certain if this is the case, but it definitely makes sense to me.
Oil pulling is a great practice to introduce to your morning routine to prevent over night bacteria to go in to your body.
Additionally, the motion of swishing for 20 minutes give your facial muscles exercise, which may help prevent wrinkles and maintain your skin's elasticity.
Here are steps to do oil pulling:
1. Swish one table spoon of oil in your mouth for 15 to 20 min
DO NOT SWALLOW! It is full of bacteria! By swallowing it it could cause diarrhea or upset stomach also could cause lipoid pneumonia, which can develop if the oil gets into the lungs.
2. Spit it out into a container or garbage bin. Spitting it to the drain will clog the drain and could cause serious problem.
3. Rinse your mouth with warm water and brush your teeth
Of course, other very important things to prevent catching colds are:
1. Washing hands with soap for at least 20 seconds
2. Not touching your eyes and mouth with unwashed hands
3. Getting good quality sleep
4. Eating a healthy, well balanced diet
5. Receiving Acupuncture on a regular basis.