Oil pulling is a 5,000 year old, Ayurvedic oral-health technique that involves swishing, sucking and pulling oil through the teeth. There are diverse claims about the oral and systemic health benefits of oil pulling. Many claims are anecdotal but there are published studies validating some oral- health benefits of oil pulling.
In last weeks post, Introducing: Daily Detox, I mentioned that your body’s ability to rid itself of toxins depends on the health of your organs/organ systems of elimination. The focus of today’s daily detox techniques is the health of the lymphatic system. Do you remember the lymphatic system from anatomy and physiology? Maybe, maybe not. You may have been more interested glamorous systems like the cardiovascular or maybe the reproductive…
The words “detox” and “cleanse” are all over social media and health magazines. Search “detox” in Pinterest. You’ll see tons of pins showing detox tea, detox juice, detox salad, Dr. Oz’s detox miracle etc. You’ll also see adds for wine which I’m pretty sure belong in the retox category. Anyways, my point is that detox has become a buzz word to sell you sh*t and no longer refers to the healing rituals of our ancestors.
Ayurvedic, Native American and Hippocratic medicine rituals such as fasting, massage, and sweat lodges have been used for thousands of years. These ancient people understood that detoxification is the way the body heals and repairs itself. Detoxification allows the body to rest and reset at the cellular level promoting improved health and preventing physical degeneration.