Why you should be using a tongue scraper - every day!

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Tongue scraping doesn't sound the most appealing activity but before you click close on this blog post; bear with us because it's actually really good for you.

Tongue scraping, or to use its official name of Jihwa Prakshalana, is an Ayurvedic self-care ritual that removes bacteria, food debris, fungi, toxins, and dead cells from the surface of the tongue.

So why is tongue scrapping important?

Well, we may be sleeping but our digestive system is still working around the clock. It removes the toxins from inside our bodies and deposits them on the surface of our tongue (we told you to bear with us, but we didn't promise it wouldn't be slightly gross!). What happens then is that these toxins get reabsorbed by the body; this can lead to digestive problems, a weakened immune system and respiratory issues.

Research has shown that tongue scrapers are actually more efficient at removing toxins and bacteria from the tongue than a toothbrush.

Why should you be using a tongue scraper every day?

Solves bad breath

No one wants bad breath. Bad breath usually starts from the bacteria at the back of the tongue which of course is difficult to reach with a toothbrush. But a tongue scraper can get to parts where tooth brushes just don't reach.

It can help you taste your food

You may not realise this but when you have a build up of toxins on the tongue, your taste buds become blocked. This means you won't be tasting the full flavours of your food and you also may have false cravings leading you to over snacking or reaching for unhealthy choices.

When you use your tongue scraper, you'll be removing that build up from the surface and open up those pores so you'll be able to taste all the flavours in your food.

It can help boost immunity

It's important to do everything you can to keep your immune system healthy. Since your tongue is part of the first line of defense in your immune system, scraping will prevent those toxins from being reabsorbed into your body.

It can help in your overall dental health

Making sure you keep your mouth healthy can ensure you have an overall healthy body. This oral hygiene practice promotes general tooth and gum health as removes bacteria and toxins responsible for periodontal problems, plaque build-up, tooth decay, loss of teeth, gum infections, and gum recession.

How do you scrape your tongue?

First of all you need to invest in a tongue scraper. You can purchase these from your nearest chemist or online. A tongue scraper is a long, thin, flat piece of metal that is bent in to a "U" shape.

This Ayurvedic daily routine should be done in the morning upon rising, and on an empty stomach.

All you need to do is hold the two ends of the scraper in both hands, stick out your tongue, and place the scraper as far back on your tongue as you can. With a gentle pressure, scrape the surface of your tongue in one long stroke. Rinse the scraper and repeat until your tongue 5 to 10 times until you tongue feels clean.


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