oil pulling

Maximize My Month - April 2017

As March comes to a close we find ourselves (somehow) a quarter of the way through 2017. Every year I say this, and every year it's true: by the time it sinks in that it's a new year, it's already 25% over!

March was a huge success in terms of my Maximize My Month goals. My goal was to put pen to paper and write every single day. And I did! I've been using my 5 Minute Journal and doing a lot of gratitude journaling this month. It's been a fantastic outlet and way to keep myself noticing the good things in life. I also had a few little breakthroughs from this writing. The one that comes to mind was a free journal entry in which I came up with the phrase "mindful badass" as a way I wanted to act, think, be, and be seen. It just sort of came out and it's stuck. The beauty of writing.

I had a tough time nailing down an action for April. Not because I had no ideas, but because I had too many ideas. After much deliberation I've settled on... duh duh duh... oil pulling!

What is oil pulling??

Oil pulling is an Ayurvedic practice of taking about a tablespoon of (preferably) coconut oil, putting it in your mouth, letting it melt, and swishing it around for somewhere between 10-20 minutes before spitting it out. 

Why? This ancient practice actually has modern science to back it up! Oil pulling helps prevent against plaque, gingivitis, and microorganisms that cause bad breath. It is also thought to naturally whiten teeth. It may also help with skin condition, alleviating allergies, and general body detoxification (although the research is lacking on those benefits). 

How? Coconut oil is anti-microbial and anti-bacterial to begin with. In addition, most of the organisms in the mouth (and body as a whole) are single cell organisms that are covered with a fatty membrane. When they come into contact with another fat (the oil) they adhere, which allows them to be expelled. 

A few suggestions:

1. Doing it while taking a shower is a great time keeping idea, but make sure you don't spit it down your shower drain (it will clog pipes). 

2. You still have to brush and floss. Sorry.

3. I plan to make it a way to get in some foam rolling, myofascial release, or small muscle strengthening by using those 10-20 minutes to roll, stick, or do my preventative exercises that I usually don't have time for. BONUS!

So who's in??