I’ve mentioned oil pulling in a previous post. I’ve been trying different methods of detoxing and still exploring because as with everything else I like variety. After a while as with any routine sometimes it is good to switch things up a bit to stay motivated and continue to challenge yourself. I do the same with exercise. You want to change your routine and/or exercises to continue to challenge your body. It can become resistant to the same thing over and over again. So, with that said I have been alternating between drinking warm lemon water first thing in the morning and oil pulling.
I’m on week 2 of oil pulling consistently (4-5 days) with a tablespoon of extra virgin, unrefined coconut oil for twenty minutes first thing in the morning. I swish my mouth with salt water a few times after spitting the oil in the trashcan. This rids your mouth of residue from the toxin-filled oil. I don’t want this to be a redundant post as I’ve posted about the benefits and my method several months ago. This time I have actually been keeping up with the side effects both positive and negative. It’s been quite different this time around.
Regarding negative experiences, the first week I experienced headaches for two days during the week and intense feelings of hunger. I have heard that oil pulling increases your metabolism so that may be why. I skipped the weekend and felt fine. I was waking up early feeling energetic (I started running again!), was calmer throughout the day, and just felt more clarity mentally. I picked back up on Monday and was fine but felt sick in the late afternoon on Tuesday.
Tuesday I had a weird experience that scared me just a little. Not sure if it was due to oil pulling but as I said I really haven’t done anything else differently. Detoxing affects everyone differently. I felt tired (I’m not prone to feeling tired) so I took a short nap and woke up abruptly for some reason. I laid there for a minute and felt uneasy which led to me feeling flushed. Then I felt ill…Sick to my stomach ill. I thought for sure I was going to vomit. I thought it was the veggie sushi roll I had for lunch. I prepared to be sick but nothing happened. This lasted for about fifteen minutes. Then I drank a little ginger ale at room temperature and had some crackers. I was able to keep my food down and felt much better before I even introduced food to my system after that episode. Later that day I ate something for dinner and felt fine. I slept like a baby and had no issues when I awoke.
This morning I feel okay. I still don’t feel like myself. I don’t think it is serious enough to call a doctor or anything. I truly think that I may not be drinking enough water to flush the toxins from my body as I am detoxing. So, I am feeling the effects of detox. It is not “serious” enough to get medical attention because I am still well enough to do about my day functioning as usual. If nothing changes of course I will schedule an appointment. I just feel a little tired and slightly woozy. These are known side effects. It is recommended to drink LOTS of water. I know I have not been doing that. I’m probably drinking the same amount as I was before I started oil pulling consistently. Shame on me. I’m trying though.
I can only attribute the side effects to oil pulling because there is nothing else I have been doing differently besides increasing my exercise. I am not one who is prone to headaches either (except around that time of the month). I think I’m experiencing side effects this time around because I am using a tablespoon versus a teaspoon of coconut oil and I am pulling for twenty minutes (before I pulled for 15 mins with a teaspoon of oil). Also, I am doing it back to back not 2 or 3 days here and there during the week. For the rest of the week I’m going to increase my water intake and continue to eat clean. I opted out of oil pulling this am to just give my body a rest from it. I know I should probably not have skipped today but I am listening to my body and doing what I think is best for me. As long as I don’t go several days without it. Skipping one day is fine.
I’ll report back next week on how I’m feeling. If you have tried oil pulling or other forms of detox I would love to hear your experiences with it. Talk to me 🙂
Peace and Love!