Get the Gunk off your Tongue!
Many have heard this, but do you do it daily?
It is super-duper important to get the gunk off your tongue…And the toothbrush is not exactly doing the trick…
And no, it does not hurt. It may feel weird however.
So, what is Tongue Scraping? It is an oral hygiene practice that removes bacteria, food debris, fungi, toxins, and dead cells from the surface of the tongue.
In particular when we sleep, our digestive system remains awake, removing toxins from our body and taking those toxins and depositing them onto the surface of our tongue. So, um, we totally got to scrape away these toxins, or else, they get re-absorbed by the body and can lead to respiratory difficulties, digestive problems, and a compromised immune system. Yuck!
The tongue scraper by far is way better at removing toxins and bacteria from the tongue than any toothbrush. Brushing and flossing can loosen and move debris around, they just do not remove the bacteria. And guess what, Half of our oral bacteria live on and in the deep crevices of our tongue; the scraping action of a tongue scraper collects these toxic tongue coatings (which can range in color from clear, white, yellow, or green) and removes them from the body.
5 reasons YOU Scrape your tongue daily!
- If you have Halitosis Bad Breath!!!
- If You want to experience the flavors of your food.
If you don’t take steps to remove toxic mucus on the tongue, your taste buds can become blocked. This may lead to false cravings or an inability to recognize the taste of food. Removing build-up from the surface of your tongue will open up your taste buds and enjoy of food flavors, and help your body digest and assimilate food.
- If You want to boost your immune system.
The tongue is part of the first line of defense in your immune system. Scraping your tongue prevents toxins from being reabsorbed into your body and boosts overall immune function.
- You love to take care of your dental health.
This oral hygiene practice promotes general tooth and gum health and removes bacteria and toxins responsible for periodontal problems, plaque build-up, tooth decay, loss of teeth, gum infections, and gum recession.
- Want to improve your digestive health.
Given that digestion begins with taste, it’s important to remove any toxins that may obstruct optimal functioning. Scraping also activates saliva production and promotes the body’s digestive fire to assist with digestion throughout the day.
The When and How to scrape your tongue
In the morning upon rising, and on an empty stomach. A tongue scraper is a long, thin, flat piece of metal that is bent in a “U” shape. If you do not have it…you can use a spoon.
Standing in front of a mirror, you scrape your tongue by simply holding the two ends of the scraper in both hands, sticking out your tongue, and placing the scraper as far back on your tongue as possible. With firm but gentle pressure, scrape the surface of your tongue in one long stroke. Rinse the scraper and repeat until your tongue feels clean and is free of coating (usually 5 to 10 times).
Where to buy a tongue scraper? Tongue scrapers can be found at most health food stores as well as online. Chose a stainless-steel scraper because they are easier to clean and are ideal for balancing your constitutional make up.
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