One hot topic in coconut oil is oral health. If you’re familiar with our blog, you know lauric acid found in coconut oil gives it the anti-fungal and antimicrobial properties that are known to heal and fight off infection. Recently, Sarah Jane Sandy, a Certified Nutrition Therapist, wrote an article that broke down science behind this MCT and how it may help prevent tooth decay and even a common virus.
“A recent study from the Athlone Institute of Technology found that coconut oil was the only oil of 3 tested (olive oil and vegetable oil being the other two) that was able to prevent Streptococcus bacteria. Streptococcus [also known as strep] is an acid-producing bacterium that is a common inhabitant of the mouth and a major cause of tooth decay from binding to and damaging tooth enamel…The scientists who conducted this study also reported that coconut oil could be extremely effective at attacking thrush, a yeast (fungal) infection of the mouth.” – Sarah Jane Sandy, CNT
A good way to help prevent both forms of infections and tooth decay would be to try oil pulling with coconut oil. It’s recommended to do this first thing in the morning while taking a shower or during your daily routine. If swishing the coconut oil around in your mouth may be hard for you at first, try doing this in small time increments until you can work your way up to the recommended 20 minutes. Lani’s oil pulling method have the instructions you will need in order to get started.There’s even a natural toothpaste you can use as well.
Now that cold and flu season is getting into full effect, be sure to check out my top 5 ways to fight cold and flu with coconut oil, along with Jen’s top 5 ways to soothe a sore throat with coconut oil. Knock on wood, I haven’t had a sore throat or step in A LONG time, but maybe that’s because I’ve been using so much coconut oil! As of right now, I’m adding a tablespoon into my oatmeal or protein shakes around 3 times a week to help boost my immunity. Have you tried oil pulling before? If so, how were your results?