Why you should use a tongue scraper every day
If the thought of scraping gunk from your tongue makes you want to gag, then it’s time to get schooled up on the benefits. I mean, you might actually physically gag while you’re doing it but if you knew just how good it was for your body, you’d probably decide to make an allowance. Get tongue scraping every day and enhance your overall wellbeing – here’s how.
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Ok, let’s start with aesthetics. There’s nothing attractive about a tongue in the first place, let’s be honest, but even moreso when it’s covered in a thick, pasty film of toxins. And giving your electric toothbrush a hoon over your tongue at the end of your two minutes of brushing just doesn’t quite do the job. Using a tongue scraper every morning as soon as you wake up will not only help remove some of the toxins your body has secreted from the night before, but it will leave you with the best fresh-mouth feeling, a super clean-looking tongue and much more pleasant breath.
From an Ayurvedic perspective, removing this coating can also help you taste your food better and this increased taste reception might even lead to you adding less sugar, salt or excessive spices to your meals because your oh-so clean tongue is just making everything seem tastier. According to The Chopra Centre, many herbs have their beneficial effects from the initial contact with receptors on the tongue, so if you’re adding adaptogenic powders to your smoothies or drinking healthy herbal teas, this is really important to know.
What type of tongue scraper should you use?
Tongue scrapers made from gold, silver, copper, tin or brass, which are curved, are what is recommended from an Ayurvedic perspective. Don’t go for anything straight or sharp as you risk injuring the tongue. Stainless steel scrapers are also effective.
How do you scrape your tongue?
You can scrape your tongue without gagging, don’t worry. You want to gently scrape your tongue from back to front in about 7 to 14 strokes, rinsing it in between to make sure you’re starting with a clean instrument each time. If you’re gagging, you might be pressing too hard or starting too far back on the tongue, so adjust accordingly until you find the technique that works for you.
When should you do it?
Ideally, tongue scraping should be done first thing in the morning, before you put anything else in your mouth – and you should do it daily. Checking out your tongue in detail every day is a great way to assess your overall health, too. A thick coating can mean you are accumulating toxicity, which could be due to a number of factors including improper eating, poor digestion or an imbalance in your gastrointestinal system.
Where do you buy a tongue scraper?
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Do you use a tongue scraper? Let us know about it in the comments below!