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Can Coconut Oil Pulling Improve Oral And Dental Health?

Can Coconut Oil Pulling Improve Oral And Dental Health?

Stained teeth, bad breath and tooth decays. All the unwanted oral issues we can ever think of might just have a natural solution to banish them for good. You might not have heard of this technique before but recently it has gained some popularity and traction among health experts and enthusiasts.

Oil Pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic practice of swirling coconut oil in one’s mouth for 10 – 20 minutes and was historically used in the indian sub-continent to detoxify the body by taking advantage of the extremely beneficial properties of coconut oil. The coconut oil will absorb all the bad bacteria in the saliva which you later dispel into the sink.

Many people have sworn by this technique which has reported to have successfully whiten their teeth, give them more energy during the day and improve digestion. Although there is still extensive research to be done to provide concrete proof to these claims, more and more literature is appearing to support the benefits of coconut oil pulling.

In this article, we evaluate the effectiveness of oil pulling and how else to use coconut oil to its best potential.

And here’s why you shouldn’t stop exploring other powerful benefits of this “superfood”:

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    Coconut Oil As A Detox Accelerator

    Multiple studies have shown that the “pulling effect” from coconut oil is real because of its lipophilic effect. What this means is that the fat in coconut oil attracts other fats which also pulls out other toxins and free radicals in the blood. As such, swirling coconut oil in your mouth can act as a detoxification accelerator.

    Coconut Oil As A Mouthwash Replacement

    A 2014 study published in the Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research had stated that Coconut Oil works as well as chlorhexidine treatment which can be found in your typical mouthwashes. Studies conducted also show that there was a significant reduction in gingivitis after 45 days of oil pulling.

    However, if you look into the comparison against chlorhexedine over the internet, you may find many conflicting reports about the claim. Nevertheless, coconut oil pulling is still a low risk technique that is worth the try and who knows, it might actually work for you.

    Coconut Oil As A Teeth Whitener

    Many reports on the internet have stated that Oil Pulling users have had their teeth whitened. Again, reports on the internet reveals mixed successes and failures of users testing oil pulling to whiten their teeth. However, most, if not all of them have reported a cleaner mouth after swishing coconut oil in their mouths for 10 – 20 minutes.

    However, according to lead dentist in the UK, James Goolnik, it is not advisable to use Oil Pulling as an alternative to conventional oral care such as brushing of teeth and flossing as there have been no concrete scientific evidence to support the claims.

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      What else can you use coconut oil for? Other than Oil Pulling? 

      Coconut Oil is proven to be a great moisturiser to the skin and when applied topically, it can penetrate the skin very effectively to heal skin problems such as dull skin, dry skin, eczema, wounds and chapped lips. Here are a few homemade remedies to tackle some of these skin problems.

      For dull and dry skin, you can make a simple body lotion by combining coconut oil, shea butter and essential oils. Apply coconut oil directly to eczema, wounds and chapped lips 2-3 times a day until it heals.

      Common Questions on Coconut Oil Pulling

      Why does oil pulling need to last for 15-20 minutes?

      The process of oil pulling is to pull radical toxins and other fats from your body as a detoxifying effect. Oil Pulling for lesser amounts of time will result in an unchanging texture to the oils which many believe is an indication that not much was done with the oil.

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      How long does it take until I see the difference?

      Most people have reported seeing results after a week of oil-pulling. And within a month, people have reported that oil-pulling has helped repair teeth and gums. However, results vary among users and this is not a guarantee.

      Are there any side effects of oil pulling?

      Diarrhea and upset stomach have been reported in some cases. However, they are not conclusive. Oil Pulling is a natural oral technique and is not intended to be ingested, hence it is relatively safe with a very low risk for side effects. Some people might feel nauseas after swishing the oil in their mouth and if so, reduce the amount of oil used.

      Featured photo credit: Coconut Pulling via dentagama.com

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      How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

      How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

      You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

      We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

      The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

      Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

      1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

      Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

      For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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      • (1) Research
      • (2) Deciding the topic
      • (3) Creating the outline
      • (4) Drafting the content
      • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
      • (6) Revision
      • (7) etc.

      Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

      2. Change Your Environment

      Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

      One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

      3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

      Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

      Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

      My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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      Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

      4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

      If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

      Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

      I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

      5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

      I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

      Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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      As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

      6. Get a Buddy

      Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

      I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

      7. Tell Others About Your Goals

      This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

      For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

      8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

      What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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      9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

      If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

      Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

      10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

      Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

      Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

      11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

      At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

      Reality check:

      I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future. Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

      Bonus: Think Like a Rhino

      More Tips for Procrastinators to Start Taking Action

      Featured photo credit: Malvestida Magazine via unsplash.com

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