Grab a mirror and poke out your tongue. What do you notice? Many of us will be confronted with a white-ish layer of goop covering its surface – yuk! Find out what it is and why you should do something about it.
This build-up is most noticeable first thing in the morning – while we’ve been sleeping, the digestive system has been busy sorting out the bodies ‘garbage’ and preparing it for elimination. Some of this ‘garbage’, made up of food debris, bacteria, fungi, toxins and dead cells from the tongue ends up on the top of your tongue!
Apart from re-thinking your wake-up kiss with your honey, you may be wondering how to keep your tongue clean and goop-free! Ayurveda, the traditional Indian system of medicine strongly advocates the daily cleaning practice of Jihwa Prakshalana or tongue-scraping to rid the body of Ama (toxins).
I’ve been asked many times, are tongue scrapers good for you and do tongue scrapers work. If we don’t scrape away these deposits, they get reabsorbed by the body and can lead to respiratory problems, digestive issues, a weakened immune system and not to mention, bad breath! Tongue scraping is an invigorating practice that not only removes the gunk but also keep the taste buds active and improves our overall sense of taste. With optimal awareness of tastes we may be less inclined to add sweetness or saltiness to enhance the flavours of our foods. So why not give it a go?!
What to use:
V-shaped stainless steel tongue scrapers are readily available from chemists and health-food stores for around $10. Alternatively, use the side of a metal teaspoon.
When to do it:
Scrape your tongue every morning upon waking and before brushing your teeth.
How to do it:
Hold each handle of the tool. Poke out your tongue and slowly scrape it from the back all the way to the tip, 5 to 10 times, removing as much buildup as possible. The process takes just a few seconds. Rinse the goop off in running water.
Once you start using a tongue scraper and see what comes off your tongue each morning you’ll be glad you added tongue scraping to your morning clean-routine!
Have you used a tongue scraper or do you think you’ll give it a try after reading this? Let me know your experiences or how you go via the comment section below, I’d love to hear!
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