#36alive 67: Tongue Scraping

OK, so this may seem like a bit of a disgusting one, but did you know that the primary cause of bad breath actually comes from the bacteria on your tongue? You may have tried brushing your teeth, swilling mouth wash or sucking on mints, but if your tongue is still full of foul-smelling stuff, you’re unlikely to have many people lining up for a conversation with you, let alone anything more….

th001WZY8WTongue scraping is an ancient yet effective way to clean bacteria from the tongue, remove fungus and debris, and maintain oral health. An Ayurvedic practice traditionally known as Jihwa Prakshalana, the practice of tongue scraping isn’t just about freshening breath however, it’s actually an important way to prevent respiratory problems, digestive issues, and maintain a strong immune system. Over half of the bacteria in the mouth lives on the tongue, and studies have shown that tongue scraping removes far more of it than just brushing and even flossing.

The digestive system is always working to remove unwanted toxins from the body, but they’re removed in more directions than one…. One of the ways the body rids itself of toxins is by depositing them on the tongue, and if we don’t actively clean and scrape the tongue, they get reabsorbed into the body, which tongue-scraping-tips-600x600is when they can potentially cause damage. The back of the tongue is where the most bad-breath-causing bacteria lies, and it’s especially difficult to clean this area with a toothbrush.

Especially if your diet often consists of some not-so-healthy foods, consider that the waste products of the food aren’t all forgotten about once they’ve ‘left the building’; they’re being deposited back up on the tongue, and if the tongue becomes too coated in bacteria, it’s likely the tastebuds will become blocked too, so the sense of taste is lessened.

Want to pay less money on dentist procedures? Want a fresher breath and cleaner mouth? Want a stronger immune system, better digestion and the ability to taste more of your food?…….. Want friends? Then our tip today is to invest in a tongue scraper. Your mouth will thank you for it!


Source: MindBodyGreen

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