Oil pulling is said to have a range of health benefits, including a reduced risk of dental health problems, the ability to combat symptoms of systemic illnesses and weight loss, but is it an effective remedy, is it safe and will it really make you lose weight?
What Is Oil Pulling?
Oil pulling is an ancient remedy, which involves using oil to extract poisons from the body. The process is very simple: you just swill oil around your mouth for a period of 10-20 minutes and then spit it out. Most people recommend coconut, sesame and sunflower oil and you should use around one tablespoon. The oil should be used on an empty stomach and ideally, you should swish the oil around your mouth 2-3 times per day.
It is important to spit the oil out, rather than swallowing it, as it contains toxins, bacteria and mucus, which could be harmful to the body. The theory is that as the oil swishes around the mouth, it absorbs and ‘pulls’ toxins and bacteria from the body, cleansing it and reducing the risk of oral and general health problems and infections.
Supporters of oil pulling claim that the process can help to tackle a range of health issues, including migraines and headaches, tooth decay and toothache, swollen and bleeding gums, diabetes, bronchitis, eczema, asthma and stomach ulcers.
Can Oil Pulling Aid Weight Loss?
Weight loss is one of the most hotly debated issues and people have been using various methods to try and lose weight for hundreds of years. There is no clinical evidence to back up claims that oil pulling helps weight loss; however, if claims that oil pulling reduces toxins are true, this would mean that the body would function more effectively, which may contribute to more effective weight loss.
Nutritionist, Anne Louise Gittleman, asserts that the body cannot effectively burn fat if the liver is full of toxins, so oil pulling may not produce miracle weight loss results, but it may help to aid weight loss by cleansing the body of toxins.
Other Weight Loss Methods
There are hundreds of fad diets around and it can be difficult to work out which weight loss method will be best for you. Weight loss boils down to a very simple equation, which involves balancing the number of calories you consume with the number of calories you use; if you take in more than you burn, you will gain weight and vice-versa. The best way to lose weight safely and steadily and to keep the weight off is to adopt a healthy lifestyle, which includes eating a healthy, balanced diet and doing regular exercise. If you keep an eye on your calorie count and exercise five times a week, you are likely to see results quickly and keep your weight off, provided that you stick to the changes and commit to change.
A good, balanced diet should contain the right mix of proteins, fats, carbohydrates and fruit and vegetables. Sugary, fatty and processed foods should be eaten in small quantities and fresh food is generally much healthier than ready-made or processed food.
The mix of healthy eating and exercise has been provided successful for many years and eating well and exercising have numerous benefits for overall health, as well as your BMI.
Exercise is a very effective stress-buster and it also increases self-esteem and confidence, as well as improving muscle tone, strength and flexibility, while a healthy diet will ensure that your body gets all the nutrients, vitamins and minerals it need to function as effectively as possible.