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The Art of Oil Pulling

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WHAT IS OIL PULLING AND HOW DOES IT WORK? Oil pulling is an Indian folk remedy originating thousands of years ago. It involves swishing a tablespoon of oil in your mouth and through your teeth for ten to twenty minutes. This targets plaque by absorbing bacteria and dissolving it before it can become stuck to your teeth.

HOW TO OIL PULL (WITH COCONUT OIL)

  1. Put about a tablespoon of oil in your mouth.
  2. Swish the oil around your mouth for ten to twenty minutes, pushing and pulling it through your teeth to clean every nook and cranny.
  3. Spit the oil into a trash can. If you spit into your sink, the oil will harden and clog your pipes.

Note: coconut oil can be solid at room temperature, so you may have to wait for it to melt in your mouth before you can begin swishing.coconut oil

For best results, do this on an empty stomach.

Don’t swish too forcefully. If the muscles in your mouth become sore, lighten up for a few minutes. You may also try experimenting with less oil if the soreness continues.

It’s important to spit out the oil. You don’t want to swallow it because it is full of bacteria and nasty things.

BENEFITS OF OIL PULLING:

  • Boosts energy
  • Increases metabolism
  • Decreases joint pain
  • Decreases PMS symptoms
  • Clearer skin
  • Decreases allergies
  • Decreases headache symptoms
  • Relieves bleeding gums
  • Whitens teeth
  • Strengthens teeth, gums, and jaw
  • Prevents bad breath
  • Moisturizes lips, mouth, and throat
  • Relieves migraine headaches
  • Alleviates hormone imbalances
  • Reduces redness and swelling in bones and joints
  • May help with gastro-enteritis
  • Aids in the reduction of eczema
  • Helps support normal kidney function
  • Reduces congestion
  • Improves vision
  • Promotes normal sleep patterns
  • Relieves hangover after alcohol consumption
  • Aids in reducing discomfort
  • Helps detoxify the body

Questions?  Contact us by phone at (423) 899-8422 or by email (naturesfinestnutrition (at) gmail.com). Or feel free to check us out on our website or on our Facebook page. We hope to hear from you soon!

Please note: We do not directly or indirectly give medical advice or prescribe through alternative treatment. We recommend that people contact their doctor if they need a medical diagnosis. We assume no responsibility if anyone decides to use this information, which is of historical value, for they are choosing to prescribe for themselves. Healing is sometimes a slow process, and we suggest that you do not stop taking any medications without the guidance of a doctor.

 

Kris Gunnars. "Oil Pulling With Coconut Oil Can Transform Your Dental Health". No date. < http://authoritynutrition.com/oil-pulling-coconut-oil/ > Accessed 08 October, 2014.

Dr. Daisy Sutherland. "The Benefits of Oil Pulling". Published 17 July, 2012. < http://drmommyonline.com/the-benefits-of-oil-pulling > Accessed 08 October, 2014.

Dr. Edward F. "The Health Benefits of Oil Pulling". Published 09 April, 2011. Updated 05 March, 2014. < http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/oil-pulling/ > Accessed 08 October, 2014.

 

Canola Oil: The Health Hazard in Your Pantry

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Originally known as rapeseed oil, a derivative of the rapeseed plant, canola was renamed in 1978 to disassociate the oil with the word "rape" and its darker affiliations. A literal combination of the words "Canada" and "oil", canola oil surfaced in Canada and quickly found a niche in the United States as a cheaper alternative to olive oil. Tasteless, easy to make and genetically modify, canola oil flew off the shelves, into our homes, and crept with even greater stealth into virtually every packaged and fast food on the market. Even foods claiming to contain olive oil often possess canola oil in addition. Similarly, in cases where labels read "contains either: canola, olive, or safflower/sunflower oil", you can bet your dollar it contains canola. It's the least expensive option out there, and it's a big moneymaker for the US. Altered so that it no longer contains high levels of erucic acid (a toxic substance connected to various heart issues), Canola oil is touted as "the healthiest salad and cooking oil available to consumers."canola It is promoted as being:

  • low in saturated fats (which recent studies are showing we need more of rather than less, if we wish to preserve our brain and nervous health)
  • high in monounsaturated fatty acids
  • rich in omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids

What they don't tell you is that the FDA prohibited canola oil consumption by infants, banning it from all infant formula. They recently retracted this ban in 2013, now allowing up to 31% of the oil's fats in the formula. The FDA considers canola oil generally safe and a good source of ALA, an important acid for growth and development. They couldn't be farther from the truth. Canola oil has been linked to health issues such as:

  • blood clotting
  • stilted growth
  • tremors
  • lack of coordination
  • memory issues
  • slurred speech
  • numbness
  • tingling in hands and feet
  • altered/accelerated heartbeats
  • heart lesions
  • severe vitamin E deficiencies
  • inhibited enzyme function
  • slowed metabolism
  • blood platelet abnormalities
  • multiple sclerosis
  • free radical damage (often linked to cancer)
  • respiratory illness
  • blindness
  • anemia
  • irritability in infants
  • low birth weights
  • fatty deposits on the thyroid, kidneys, heart, and adrenal glands
  • depressed immune function
  • and more.

Even worse, canola oil is practically everywhere, and unless your diet consists of all-organic foods, there's a large chance you have some sitting in your closet or pantry, hidden away in the ingredient lists in packaged and processed foods. It's hard to avoid, but not impossible. Ways to avoid canola include: switching to healthier cooking oils. If you're thinking of corn, vegetable, safflower, sunflower, or soy oils, think again. These all have their own lists of health issues and side effects, and most are made from GMOs. A few safe, high-quality options include:

  • olive oil
  • coconut oil
  • pastured butter
  • sesame oil
  • flax seed oil
  • avocado oil
  • red palm oil

You want to make sure your oils are GMO-free, and either cold-pressed or extra-virgin. This basically ensures they are unprocessed and in the most natural form available. If you can afford to pay the little extra for organic, that ensures an even higher quality and supply.   Questions?  Contact us by phone at (423) 899-8422 or by email (naturesfinestnutrition (at) gmail.com). Or feel free to check us out on our website or on our Facebook page. We hope to hear from you soon!

Please note: We do not directly or indirectly give medical advice or prescribe through alternative treatment. We recommend that people contact their doctor if they need a medical diagnosis. We assume no responsibility if anyone decides to use this information, which is of historical value, for they are choosing to prescribe for themselves. Healing is sometimes a slow process, and we suggest that you do not stop taking any medications without the guidance of a doctor.

Dr. Josh Axe. "Stop Using Canola Oil Immediately." No date. <http://draxe.com/canola-oil-gm/ > Accessed 26 June, 2014. Cindie Leonard. "There is the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly." 16 July, 2009. <http://www.naturalnews.com/026630_oil_canola.html > Accessed 26 June, 2014.

Sally Fallon & Mary G. Enig. "The Great Con-Ola." 28 July, 2002. <http://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/the-great-con-ola/ > Accessed 26 June, 2014

Shona Bates. "Side Effects Result from the Consumption of Canola Products." 2 March, 2011. <http://www.naturalnews.com/031550_canola_oil_side_effects.html > Accessed 26 June, 2014.