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Oil Pulling

December 4, 2013, 6:18 PM by Brittany Larson

Oil Pulling

It might seem hard to believe, but swishing certain types of oil in your mouth can actually create some pretty surprising results.

"It actually pulls those toxins out of your mouth," Independent product consultant, Misty Hofer said.

Oil pulling is an Ayurvedic practice. According to some wellness experts, the natural remedy improves overall health and pulls harmful bacteria from your teeth, throat and gums.

"It's cloudy water so you can see that it's getting stuff out of there," Hofer said.

Misty Hofer is a mother of two and began using this practice when her boys were coping with multiple ear infections.

"They both had double ear infections all the time so they were on the antibiotics twice a month. And it's a 10 day cycle, so we started using them so they didn't have to be put on antibiotics. I just didn't think that was good for them all the time."

So far, her new holistic approach to staying healthy seems to be working.

"We still get sick, but we just don't feel as bad as we use to. We don't have to go to the doctor as often as we use to," Hofer said.

Traditional health experts say it's not harmful, but people need to be willing to put in the time in order to get the best results.

"It's definitely okay to do this. It has been a practice for thousands of years over in India and the advantages are that it's holistic.So if someone tends to want to do the time of therapy, I think it's reasonable," Sanford Health's Dr. Chad Spanos said.

However, if you already have a hectic schedule Oil Pulling might not be for you.

"People who don't want to spend 15 or 20 minutes in the morning swishing oil in through their teeth then they may want to go with brushing their teeth and using a regular mouthwash," Dr. Spanos said.

The practice is also supposed to whiten teeth. As for pulling the toxins from your body, Spanos isn't convinced.

"Now one thing that we do know is that better dental hygiene can help actually protect from heart disease and other full body conditions, so I'm not saying it's not possible. It's just that we don't have the proof right now to say there is a huge advantage," Spanos said.

Even though he's not convinced, Hofer says she's gotten enough proof to continue the practice for herself and her family.

"There are so many positive side effects, I mean it's amazing how well they work," said Hofer.

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