Right now look at your tongue. Does it have a coating? If it does this it can tell you a lot about the health of your body and how well it is eliminating toxins. Keep reading to discover the benefits of tongue scraping. Scraping the tongue is a very important useful practice that I highly recommend and it doesn't take but 30 seconds!
Tongue scraping is an ancient Ayurvedic self-care practice. This hygiene practice removes toxins from the surface of the tongue. If these toxins are not removed, they get reabsorbed by the body and can lead to health symptoms.
The Benefits of Tongue Scraping
1. It improves digestion and keeps your internal organs healthy
The benefits of tongue scraping go far beyond oral hygiene and fresh breath.
Digestion begins on the Tongue
Did you know the digestive process starts on the tongue? If your tongue is coated then it cannot signal the right digestive enzymes to properly digest food. Scraping your tongue is also a way of healing and improving your digestion.
Dental research proves that scraping your tongue is more effective at removing waste than your toothbrush.
When you tongue scrape, you make your taste-buds more sensitive. This allows food to taste better and also aids your digestive process.
In Ayurveda, if you have a properly working digestion system, you have built the cornerstone of your health. It is healthy digestion that protects your body against the accumulation and elimination of toxins and waste.
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2. Fresh Breath and Oral Hygiene
Having a fresh clean breath and oral hygiene should be a top priority. Bad breath, or halitosis, can change your opinion of a person in an instant! It can have a huge negative impact on your life. In fact, it can ruin a relationship, as well as your self-esteem.
Sometimes, bad breath is the result of a periodontal problem. But most cases of halitosis are a result of naturally occurring bacteria at the very back of the tongue.
This part of the tongue collects tiny remains of food, remnants of postnasal drip, etc., and provides a place for bacteria to breed. These are the things that create periodontal problems and the accumulation of plaque, gum ailments, and tooth decay.
Yet, bacteria forms a necessary part of the body's natural flora. When everything is in balance, the natural flora helps to protect us from other potential problems. Good oral hygiene helps to keep the bacteria in check so that the bacteria can serve their purpose without causing problems.
Many people believe that it's enough to just brush their tongue with a toothbrush. But actually, a toothbrush is designed to clean your teeth, not your tongue.
By using a tongue scraper to scrape your tongue, you gently dislodge bacteria as well and its food source. Clinical studies show that using a tongue daily reduces anaerobic bacteria that cause oral problems and bad breath.
3. Improves Your Sense of Taste
When you clean your tongue, you enhance your sense of taste and as you know, your digestion begins with taste. It’s this that supports the entire digestive processes.
The different parts of the tongue have links to our lungs, stomach, heart, spleen, liver kidneys, and also the intestines. When you have a coating on your tongue, it is indicative of toxins present and is preventative of proper digestion and good health.
A tongue scraper removes the toxins from your tongue. And at the same time, stimulates, massages, and cleans the deep body tissues and the associated organs.
4. It impacts your overall health
Ayurveda uses tongue diagnosis as a window into the rest of your body’s internal organs and how they are functioning.
The tongue is a reflection of the health of all our vital organs, our systemic imbalances, as well as any improvements. All these are reflected on the surface of our tongues. When we use a tongue scraper on a daily basis, we allow ourselves to be aware of any changes that might indicate any variations in our health.
5. Scraping will signal if toxins are present in your body
Our bodies are constantly exposed to toxins – whether these come from the food we eat or the beverages we drink, the environment, and even from unresolved emotions – these can all lead to toxicity.
When the toxins aren’t properly digested and eliminated, they start to stagnate in the body. They begin to compromise our health and wellbeing.
Signs that toxins are accumulating in your body will show up as a coating on the tongue:
If you have any of these, there's a good chance you have some level of toxicity in your system.
- Your breath will smell bad
- You might have mental fog and even confusion
- You might feel weak with general body aches
- Your appetite is reduced
- You suffer from constipation
- You have diarrhea and bloating
- You suffer from fatigue
Fortunately, there is Ayurveda which offers a myriad of tools so that you can cleanse your system of all the toxins.
“Detox” may have taken on the tinge of a trendy buzzword but, in reality, it is a function that our bodies, when in balance, perform naturally and regularly.
The detox channels of the body – or the channels through which the body cleanses damaging toxins – are the same as the digestive channels. There is an intimate link between these two processes.
According to Ayurveda, the goal is always to optimize the body’s natural propensity for cleansing, which is the safest and surest way to know you are not storing dangerous toxins in your fat cells and brain.
A couple times a year, Ayurveda recommends an intensive detox regimen to reset the digestive function – which can get boggy and congested over time – and provide rejuvenation for all of the organs that work so hard to keep us functioning.
In America, poor digestion is incredibly common. Modern-day exposure to preservatives, pesticides, plastics, and environmental pollutants has put us in a vulnerable position. Digestive strength can also be weakened from over-eating and eating foods that are inappropriate to the season.
A more intensive detox regimen can kick your natural detox function into a higher gear, encouraging the body to do a better job of cleansing on its own.
3 Keys to an Intelligent Detox
- An intelligent detox will always seek to open up the detox channels first.
This will ensure that once toxins are released, they are quickly eliminated through the excretory or eliminatory system, lest they be pushed from one fat cell to another or default back to the liver, which often sends them back into the bloodstream.
You want to make sure that the cleanse you are doing has a clear plan for where the toxins will end up – and you want that to be outside of your body.
- An effective and carefully-designed cleanse will have the goal of balancing the blood sugar.
Unstable blood sugar is the root cause of many common imbalances in the west. It wreaks havoc on the brain, skin, adrenals, cells, heart, gut, joints and more.
If the cleanse is extremely restrictive, low in calories, lack fiber, nutrition and/or are mainly liquid, you are going to run into blood sugar spikes and crashes.
- A thorough and complete detox will include the resetting of digestion.
Resetting the digestion after a cleanse is key, as healthy and well-functioning digestive pathways equal healthy detoxification pathways.
Doing so allows for the balancing of digestive fluids, such as the stomach acids pancreatic enzymes and bile. A good balance of these fluids allows for efficiently flow, and for them to do their job of breaking down food in the stomach and small intestine.
Resetting the digestion is also a critical factor in the proliferation of diverse strains of healthy microbes. They are responsible for immunity, detox, mood, evolutionary changes to DNA, and just about every other human function. The goal is to create the perfect environment for the good microbes to thrive.
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Make sure that any cleanse you do can outline in detail the process it sets in motion to accomplish these steps, that its ultimate goal is to restore rather than deplete, and that the benefits are logical and long-lasting.
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Make tongue scraping a daily habitual routine
By adding a tongue scraper to your self-care routine, you are clearing toxins which have accumulated in your mouth overnight.
The tongue scraper's gentle massage will awaken your internal organs and stimulate digestion.
How to Scrape Your Tongue
You should, ideally, use a tongue scraper every day. The best time would be first thing in the morning before brushing your teeth and when your stomach is empty.
- You hold the two ends of your tongue scraper in both hands.
- Then you extend your tongue, placing the tongue scraper on the surface, as far back as you comfortably can.
- Next, gently pull the tongue scraper forward – this will remove the unwanted coating from the tongue surface.
- Rinse your tongue scraper and repeat the process around 7-14 times.
Some people feel the urge to gag when using the tongue scraper and sometimes even have the urge to vomit. But using a tongue scraper does get easier as you go along.
Try and relax your tongue if you experience this uncomfortable feeling or try and exhale while using it. Don’t be over aggressive when using it either, because you can cause a bit of temporary damage to your taste buds. Gentle strokes will remove the coating from the tongue without harming any underlying tissue.
Make scraping your tongue part of your daily routine. The body likes the predictability of doing the same time of thing at the same time on a daily basis.
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