Not only is tongue scraping a thing, but it’s been a thing for thousands of years. The use of tongue cleaners and scrapers goes far back to ancient times in India and is still practiced today. Tongue scraping is part of an Ayurvedic morning routine for grooming practices but also has health benefits. Many holistic healers and people who practice natural medicines know about this technique, and today, I’d like to share it with you.
Tongue Scraping: Your Way To A Healthier Life
I know it might sound crazy, or even strange, but tongue scraping is totally legit and packed with oral and general health benefits. Our tongue is exposed to toxins that can be found in the very foods, drinks, and the air we consume and ingest. Believe it or not, even our emotions have a role in releasing toxins into our body. Tongue scraping is considered to be one of the best methods to start with when initiating a full body cleanse or detox. It makes sense as a precautionary measure to remove as many toxins as possible before they can enter the body and cause possible damage.
How Do I Know If There Are Toxins In My Body?
There are numerous signs or symptoms that result from toxins in the body. These signs are usually quite small and are often overlooked – allowing space and time for even more toxins to enter the system. Here are some signs of toxins entering the body:
- Bad breath
- Body odor
- Aches & pains
- Coating of film on your tongue
- Fatigue & weakness
- Constipation and or diarrhea
Detoxifying helps remove toxins from our body. As I mentioned earlier, there are different phases, stages, techniques, and tools when it comes to Ayurveda and Holistic Natural Healing. I think adding a tongue scraper into a detox routine is a pretty good idea.
Benefits of Tongue Scraping
- It helps eliminate bad breath caused by the buildup of food particles, bacteria, and toxins. It removes the particles and everything else off your tongue, eliminating the film. If there is too much buildup of toxins and bacteria in our mouth, they end up traveling through our body and make us feel sick.
- Tongue scraping is great for your oral hygiene.
- It enhances your sense of taste. Removing that film from your mouth helps clean off your taste buds. When they’re cleaner, things taste much better. Unaddressed, this issue leads to us using too much salt, spices, or sugars to our food, which can all have a negative effect on our bodies if they’re over consumed.
- It removes undigested food and other particles from your tongue. Those particles can add to the buildup of toxins and bacteria, as well as the potential risk of plaque buildup and cavities.
- The gentle scraping of the tongue helps stimulate our internal organs. This helps us gear up and get ready for the day ahead. It also helps those who usually skip the most important meal of the day by making our belly wake up and feel hungry.
- It promotes digestive help.
There are a variety of options when it comes to tongue scrapers. You can find them in plastic and stainless steel. The stainless steel version is more traditional and eco-friendly, because it’s reusable and can be recycled if desired. There are also plastic versions that are disposable, but I highly recommend the stainless steel. There’s a wealth of information including videos on tongue scraping techniques and how-to’s that are available. If you’re into detoxing the body and cleansing, it might be a good idea to look into getting a tongue scraper. I think they’re incredible and it’s made a huge difference on my oral hygiene. Plus, I’ve also noticed the close-to-immediate effects it has on my organs.
How Do You Use A Tongue Scraper?
OK, so what you do is hold the tongue scraper with both hands. Stick your tongue out as far as it will go and be comfortable. Place the scraper as far back on your tongue as you can without triggering your gag reflex and gently scrape from the back of your mouth to the front. Rinse off the scraper and repeat until it’s clean. It can typically take 7-15 strokes before your tongue is clean. Gentle is the key. Scraping your tongue too hard can cause pain to your tongue and is not necessary. Remember just gentle smooth strokes.
AshleysGreenLife shows us how to scrape our tongue and why we should do it:
There is a world full of medicine out there! I hope today’s walk through the medicine cabinet finds you well! Medicine comes in many shapes, sizes, and forms, and today was more about a technique than an actual medicine. Remember, preventative medicine is essential to our health. Happy healing!
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