Historically, the tongue scraper dates back to ancient history with its emergence in India. There is basically no disadvantage to tongue scraping. It is SO good for you. It just adds a little extra step in the process of oral hygiene.
When we sleep, our body goes through a period of detoxification. Toxins can build up on the tongue overnight so it’s particularly a good idea to start your morning with a tongue scrape. 2-3 times, nice even pressure but not too hard will take stuff off your tongue you didn’t even know was there!
As you can see in the video Sofia is a big fan, whenever she sees us with our tongue scraper she says, “Me! Me me me me me!”
Instead of just taking my word for it here are some facts for you from the Banyan Botanicals Institute in their article, the Benefits of a Tongue Scraper:
Benefits of Using a Tongue Scraper
- Clears toxins & bacteria from the tongue
- Helps remove coating on the tongue that leads to bad breath
- Helps eliminate undigested food particles from the tongue
- Enhances the sense of taste
- Promotes overall oral & digestive health
- Gently stimulates the internal organs
- Increases your awareness of your state of health
So where can you buy a tongue scraper? A lot of health food stores offer them but I would be careful to get one that is made from stainless steel. I ordered one for every member of my family here.
The tongue and mouth is the first step in the digestion process. Ayurveda believes that disease begins with improper digestion so ideally taking an approach to ensuring a healthy mouth is your first step to disease prevention.
I challenge you to try it and let me know what you think!!! I swear by it and can’t believe it took me this long to start using one.
Here’s to a happy and healthy you!
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