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Gwyneth Paltrow wants you to swirl coconut oil in your mouth

Posted: 02 Apr 2014 01:20 AM PDT

Oil pulling is fast becoming a Hollywood trend as celebrities bring attention to it.

You know that oil you've got stored in your pantry – the one you use to cook with? It turns out it could be used for something else entirely. But be warned: It's a trend that doesn't sound too tasty.

In recent weeks, actresses Gwyneth Paltrow and Shailene Woodley have brought attention to "oil pulling", a new beauty trend that has ancient roots.

"I just started oil pulling, which is when you swish coconut oil around (in your mouth) for 20 minutes, and it's supposed to be great for oral health and making your teeth white," Paltrow told E! News. "It's supposed to clear up your skin, as well."

In an interview with Into The Gloss, a website dedicated to beauty, Woodley, a self-proclaimed environmentalist, told the site: "You can do something called oil pulling, where you swish coconut or sesame oil in your mouth when you wake up and spit it out. It's amazing! It really makes your teeth whiter, because the plaque on your teeth is not water soluble, it's fat-soluble. So the lipids have to dissolve in fats, which is why oil works in your mouth."

If you can stand having coconut oil (or any kind of oil for that matter) in your mouth for 20 minutes, then go ahead and try the Ayurvedic therapy of 'oil pulling'.  

The practice apparently originated from ancient Ayurvedic Indian natural medicine, which claimed oil pulling was a remedy for oral diseases.

But don't throw away your toothbrush just yet – very little research has shown that oil pulling is the miracle-worker that some claim. An article online says that while the practice isn't particularly harmful, it may not be as beneficial, either.

"(Oil pulling) should not be used to treat oral disease such as gum disease or tooth decay," Michelle Hurlbutt, an associate professor of dental hygiene, told The Huffington Post. "It's more of a preventive rinse that could be used adjunctively with your regular mouthcare routine."

The bottom line: If you've got 20 minutes to spare and a strong stomach, swish away. If not, your usual brushing routine should suit you just fine. Just don't forget to floss. — The Kansas City Star/McClatchy-Tribune Information Services

Reimagined dumbbell aims to encourage natural movement

Posted: 01 Apr 2014 08:30 PM PDT

A new fitness product looking to revolutionise weight-training is set for international launch in May.

Called Dumbbell2, the product is advertised as the "next generation dumbbell" and features an innovative design that provides the user with a more effective and versatile workout. Natural movement is the idea behind the two-handed model, which is lighter than the traditional dumbbell and offers a quick, "full body strength and aerobic training session" in a mere 15 to 20 minutes. The product may be combined with "functional" exercises that utilize rapid movements while forcing the body to work muscles on both sides equally.

"The traditional dumbbell has been around for many years and definitely works. But just because it works, that doesn't mean it's the most effective design," said Dr. Diva Nagula, a physician and chief operating officer (COO) of Dumbbell2.com. "For example, think of a roller skate versus an inline skate. Although the roller skate worked, the inline skate came along with a streamlined design of four wheels in the centre, which allowed it to work better. That's what we've done with the DB2 – reinvented the design of the traditional dumbbell to make it work better for the human body."

Users can change hand positions to intensify their workout.

Dumbbell2 was created by RConcepts, Inc. After making the rounds at US trade shows since January, it will launch internationally on April 3 at FIBO, Europe's key health, fitness, and wellness trade event, held in Cologne.

Other examples of innovative dumbbell products include the infamous Shake Weight, a modified, oscillating dumbbell, and Stamina Versa-Bell, an option that works as "nine dumbbells in one," as it adjusts from a 5-pound to a 25-pound (2.25-11kg) dumbbell. – AFP Relaxnews

Watch this video to see what exercises you can do with the Dumbbell2.

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