Benefits of Oil Pulling

Benefits of Oil Pulling | Lean and Green Body Blog

Oil pulling has recently become a hot topic with my clients and friends,  so I have decided it was time to write a blog post about it. There are several reasons (see the list below) why oil pulling has become increasingly popular over the past few years.

Our oral health is so important, it is the first step in our digestive process and our teeth are the jewels on our face. I don’t know about you, but teeth are always one of the first things I look at when I meet someone. 

Oil pulling is when you put approximately one tablespoon of coconut oil (sesame or sunflower oil work too) in your mouth and swish…similar to what you would do with mouthwash. It is recommended that you swish the oil for twenty minutes and then spit it out. 

The coconut oil will absorb any undigested food particles, bacteria and toxins in the mouth so it is important that you do not swallow it!

There are several benefits to oil pulling, and clients often report they notice the positive effects immediately. 

 

Benefits of Oil Pulling

Less Dry Skin

Enhanced Immune System

Pink Healthy Gums

No Bleeding Gums after Flossing

Enhanced Digestion

Improved Hormonal Issues

Relief from Migraine Headaches

Less Joint Pain

Increased Energy

Improved Tooth Decay

Eliminates Bad Breath

Strengthens Teeth

Improves TMJ

Summertime Coconut Oil Smoothies

As school begins and summertime comes to an end, keep the summer vibe alive with these smoothie recipes!

SUMMERTIME COCONUT OIL SMOOTHIES | Lean and Green Body Blog

Berry Coconut Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp. raw virgin coconut oil
  • 1 cup strawberries (or a mix of strawberries and raspberries or blueberries)
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, vanilla flavored
  • 5 ice cubes
  • 1 scoop of your favorite protein powder

Directions:

  1. Blend and Serve
SUMMERTIME COCONUT OIL SMOOTHIES | Lean and Green Body Blog

Island Dream Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1-2 tbsp. raw virgin coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp. organic spirulina powder
  • ½ cup frozen pineapple
  • ½ frozen banana
  • Handful of spinach
  • 5 ice cubes

Directions:

  1. Blend and serve.

 

Coconut oil is packed with nutrients and amazing benefit! See how you can add coconut oil into your daily routine here.

Spirulina is one of the most protein-rich source foods per serving with 4 grams of protein per teaspoon. Spirulina is also packed with Vitamin B12, Iron and Vitamin A.

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Jennifer Khosla

Founder, Lean and Green Body.  Mind Body Wellness Practitioner, Holistic Nutrition Specialist and Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher; Jennifer Khosla received her B.S. in Athletic Training from Springfield College. She later went on to study clinical dietetics, holistic nutrition and modalities to heal the body naturally through nutrition and lifestyle. 

10 Ways to Add Coconut Oil Into Your Life

10 Ways to Add Coconut Oil Into Your Life | Lean and Green Body Blog

Cooking: Use coconut oil in place of your traditional cooking oil. Coconut oil is a medium-chain fatty acid (MCT) which is immediately used by the body and not stored as fat. Coconut oil maintains its chemical makeup even when exposed to high temperatures. You may use coconut oil for any temperature cooking.

By the spoonful: Coconut oil is loaded with essential fatty acids that are immensely beneficial to our digestion. The antimicrobial properties in coconut oil can help to prevent and treat digestive issues such as leaky gut, gluten poisoning, candida and other gut irritations or infections. Take a teaspoon of coconut oil a day, straight or mixed into your favorite smoothie!

Moisturizer: Coconut oil is a natural moisturizer, excellent for skin and hair. Coconut oil’s antioxidant rich properties help to prevent wrinkles and skin irritation. This is also an effective diaper rash cream.

Oil Pulling: Oil pulling comes from Ayurvedic medicine and is used for oral detoxification. Simply place one tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth for 10-20 minutes swishing constantly. Spit the oil out after your time is up, do not put down the drain. Oil pulling is known to remove and eliminate bacteria in your mouth and promote healthy teeth and gums. Oil pulling will whiten your teeth naturally.

Butter: Replace your traditional butter with coconut oil to receive health benefits inside and out!

Baking: Replace your traditional cooking oil with coconut oil when baking your next recipe, you will taste and feel the difference! Everyone will love it!

Coffee Creamer: Use one tablespoon of coconut oil in your hot coffee in place of your traditional creamer. The essential fatty acids in coconut oil will provide you with long lasting energy and help you to burn more fat during your day.

Facial Scrub: Mix coconut oil with pink Himalayan sea salt for a natural facial scrub.

Prevent Stretch Marks during Pregnancy: Apply coconut oil generously several times per day during pregnancy to prevent stretch marks. Coconut oil may also be used as a nipple cream during breast feeding, safe and effective for Mom and baby.

Metabolism Booster and Thyroid Supporter: Consuming one to two tablespoons of coconut oil per day has been proven to increase your metabolism, aiding in weight loss and support thyroid health.

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Jennifer Khosla

Founder, Lean and Green Body.  Mind Body Wellness Practitioner, Holistic Nutrition Specialist and Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher; Jennifer Khosla received her B.S. in Athletic Training from Springfield College. She later went on to study clinical dietetics, holistic nutrition and modalities to heal the body naturally through nutrition and lifestyle.