I have seen people posting about oil pulling for months maybe even years… I rolled my eyes and thought OK that’s just weird! This week however another blog post got my attention.
She made it sound like a simple part of her day. She explained it well enough that i thought Hey that is something I could do!
I posted this on my Facebook and all of a sudden a bunch of them started posting that blog and trying the oil pulling.
I have been admiring posts about coconut for a while. My last experience with coconut before this was in 2006 when i went on a first date to a Thai restaurant and had coconut rice. That night when I got home i was covered in hives from head to toe! So I have avoided coconut since then.
I remembered that allergies tend to run in 7 year cycles so last Tuesday i put a bit on my tongue, a bit on my chin and a bit on my arm . I waited for 4 hours and nothing happened so I went ahead and decided to try the oil pulling. It certainly helped that I had friends trying it at the same time as me!
For my first experience with coconut oil pulling , i put the jar under hot water to allow some oil to melt on the surface. I put a teaspoon in my mouth. I swished it around and initially it felt so weird. I could feel grains of my dinner being mixed into the oil in my mouth. I lasted 7 minutes and spit it out in the sink. now my mouth felt really clean, my teeth actually looked quite shiny! Now I admit I spit that out into my sink without thinking, you are not supposed to allow it in your drains because it will harden and cause blockages.
My second day i used a bit more coconut oil almost a full tablespoon, and I was able to swish it in my mouth for 15 minutes. This time i didn’t do it right after I ate so there was not the same level of grit in the oil in my mouth. I do suggest not eating for an hour before you do this. The feeling of the grit from meals in the oil is not good :(.
This time i spit it into a baggie. Then i took a sip of my water and swished that around and spit that out too. This is all i feel is needed at that point, you just want to make sure the oil is cleared from your mouth. I noticed that my lips seemed softer after I did the oil pulling. So i took some coconut oil and applied as a chapstick, i also decided to put some on my forehead where there was dry skin. I honestly feel like covering my whole body in coconut oil now that I know all the benefits.
So what about your liver health. How does this coconut oil pulling help my liver. The basic reason for doing the oil pulling is to remove toxins from your mouth, you breath in toxins, you eat toxins, those are in your mouth. this allows you to capture the toxins in your mouth and avoid sending them to your liver! this is good news for your liver because you did some of its work.
Good fat – The oil from coconuts are made up of Medium Chain Triglycerides or MCT. Basically, they are smaller fats that are more easily used by your body. Most fats are Long Chain Triglycerides and are harder to digest. MCTs in coconut oil do not require bile during digestion which helps the liver. The MCTs are absorbed quickly as a source of energy which is a problem in liver disease.
You can use this as a healthy oil for cooking stir fry or any other things you fry.
You can put it in your coffee or tea its a slightly sweet oil so give it a shot.
You can use it on your skin to sooth it after a sunburn, and to address the itching that comes along with liver disease.
You can use it as a natural underarm deodorant and avoid the toxic crap they sell in stores!
Its a great conditioner for your hair
There are tons of blogs with lots of amazing uses for coconut oil and I now have every intention of learning as much as i can.
I am now a believer and I encourage you to do your own investigation and then try for yourself.
Everything in Moderation – With End Stage Liver Disease, or any stage of cirrhosis, it is best to talk to your doctor about what is best for you.
If you have Hepatic Encephalopathy : Talk to your doctor about how it may effect your insulin needs. Coconut oil does produce ketones, and is a quick delivery to your liver. The key word here is moderation.
Be Gentle to your liver !