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Do I Have a Saliva Problem?

Posted by Kathy (Nashville, TN) on 11/13/2006

my question is as follows: does anyone else have trouble with the oil not becoming clear or white after 20 minutes? My mouth gets very full of saliva at this point, but the mixture is still slightly yellow. I have trouble making it that far and not sure I could continue any longer. I've been told that my saliva is very thick (by dentists) thus causing plaque issues. Could this be the reason it takes so long?

Replied by Suzy
British Columbia, Canada

This is in response to Kathy from Nashville. I have done oil pulling for the 2nd day now (20 minutes each) and I have also experinced a yellowish color and thin (not the white thick). My tongue feels very clean from it. I am thinking maybe I donot have very many heavy metals in my body as the reason?? I am healthy and I have done a blood analysis 2 years ago and told that I have some heavy metals but not many?? Also I have been doing the 1/4 tsp baking soda and 1/4 tsp citric acid for about a month now and my ph levels are at healthy levels. So I also question why the oil is not turning a white, but I will try more.

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
391 posts

Dear Kathy: A thick saliva can mean that you don't drink enough water or are partially dehydrated. It could also mean that the body's acid/alkaline is not balanced. Often a thick saliva whenever I have in the past, is that I am not alkalized enough, or don't take enough zinc supplements, such as zinc acetate, 25 mg/day for at least a week and take some 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda to 1/2 glass of water to twice a day, at least.

The body's antioxidant level is low. To increase the antioxidants consider taking one whole lemon freshly squeezed and add baking soda until there is no more fizz then add water to 1/2 glass and take it at least once a day. One person I know who had trouble raising his pH had to take at least 4 times a day, just to get normal pH, as he is sick, so the body is very acid.

The best ways around the oil pulling problem is just take only 1/2 tablespoon and swish around with constant change in the oil. You need not wait for 20 minutes as prescribe if you know how the logic was was thought up in the first place.

Basically microbiologist know that oils such as linoleic acid will often kill most of them within 20-30 minutes. I have even checked heavy metals presence with some vigorous swishing of less than even 1-2 minutes and there it was.

Therefore in event it does not get yellow, don't worry. Just use less oil, but change it more often in between, every 2-5 minutes would be o.k. assuming your toxic load is high. If you this for 20 minutes the results will still be the same, even if it is still mostly yellow, most of the toxins will be killed regardless.

Should the process causes sore throat, then just add peppermint oil to the sunflower oil. That would be enough to neutralize the toxin. Often brushing your teeth first will help, but in event it does not help, try supplementing with zinc and consider taking baking soda for a least a week. Take plenty of water, the saliva should thin itself by then.