My Oil Pulling Journey: Week One
(You can go to my Oil Pulling tab for all of my posts on this subject.)
Well, it has been an entire week since I started oil pulling, and as promised, I’m bringing you a full progress report today.
I used coconut oil on the first day. It felt really strange to put a spoonful of oil in my mouth, and as I was swishing it around in the shower, I was so nervous that I was going to accidentally swallow the oil and all of the bacteria. Surprisingly enough, I lasted for 16 minutes. By the way, I use the countdown timer on my iPhone to keep track of how long the oil has been in my mouth. Just as all of my research indicated, the oil was thick and white when I spit it out. My mouth felt pretty filmy after the oil pulling, and I had to brush my teeth several times to get rid of that feeling.
On the second day, I decided to use olive oil. It was honestly so disgusting that I could only tolerate it for 5 minutes. My Italian ancestors would have been ashamed.
I went back to coconut oil after the major olive oil fail and was able to swish the oil for 15 minutes. It was so much tougher than the first day for some reason! Later in the day, I noticed that my teeth looked a bit whiter already (a commonly reported benefit of oil pulling).
20 minutes went by in a flash! As usual, I swished the oil while I showered, washed my face, and dressed. I used coconut oil again and even put in an additional 5 minutes that evening.
I accidentally swallowed some of the oil which was kind of gross. After that, I was only able to last for about 16 minutes.
I used coconut oil in the morning for about 20 minutes and again at night for another 15 minutes.
I decided to try olive oil again- and it was actually tolerable! In fact, I swished for 20 minutes this morning. It’s odd, but I am actually starting to look forward to the process each day.
After a week of oil pulling, I haven’t really noticed any changes other than the slightly whiter teeth, but I didn’t expect to see any drastic results within seven days. MT did compliment my skin at dinner last night, but I don’t know if I have the oil pulling or my skin care routine to thank for that. One of my teeth used to ache when I ate sweet foods, such as pineapple, and I have noticed that the sensitivity has gone away.
My week one reaction to oil pulling is that it isn’t the easiest thing in the world to do, but it certainly isn’t the hardest. I definitely plan to stick with it for the full 30 days.
Let me know if you have any questions about my week one experience. Otherwise, I’ll check in again next Wednesday with my week two update!