Tongue scraping is probably the easiest habit that I have ever picked up.
When I am trying to form a new habit, I tend to leave myself reminders and schedule it in on my daily to-do list, to ensure that I remember to actually do it.
No need with my tongue scraper. The first morning I used it, it felt SO good that every morning since, my immediate reaction when waking is to head right to the bathroom and scrape away!
No pain. LOTS of gain.
Tongue scraping is not some new-fangled trend. It is a straight up, back to basics, oral hygiene.
Probably most recognised as a staple of the ancient Indian Ayurvedic health system, it has also been used by the Romans and in ancient China; it has been has been around for hundreds of years.
So, why is it so awesome?
When you sleep, lot of nasty crap builds up on your tongue e.g. dead cells, food particles and bacteria.
Your body naturally moves anything it doesn’t want to an exit point in the body. Although most people tend to think digestion is a one way street and, therefore, your mouth is purely an entry point for food. Your body will happily use any orifice to get rid of nasties that it doesn’t want – you see this in the extreme i.e. vomiting, but also day to day with any build-up you get on your tongue.
Tongue scraping helps this natural process.
Immediate kick-ass benefits:
- Your mouth feels fresh as a daisy!
Tongue scraping gives an instant boost of freshness. Good-bye morning breath!
- Food tastes better
If your taste buds are clogged up then they wont be able to taste food as well as they could. Scraping your tongue means that you will taste your meals SO much better as you tastebuds are free to do their job.
- Helps your immune system
If you don’t scrape, then you will likely end up swallowing the nasties which your body is eager to get rid of, which could cause an immune response. By ensuring that they are removed, this frees your defences up to concentrate on any real threats.
- Promotes oral hygiene
According to this source, tongue scrapings means that you are removing:
‘most of the bacteria and other debris that are the primary source of gaseous volatile-sulfur compounds (halitosis), hard plaque (tartar) and mineral leaching acids (tooth decay).’
Good news for your teeth!
How to scrape:
This could not be more simple. Do it first thing in the morning upon waking:
- Open your mouth wide and stick your tongue out.
- Then, holding both handles start at back of your tongue, pretty much as far as you can without gagging, and scrape to the tip in one smooth motion.
- Rinse and repeat until around 5-10 times, until all nasties are gone!
- Feel the awesome benefits
One of the best bits – a tongue scrape is also super inexpensive and can last a lifetime. What is not to love?
I picked mine up on Amazon, it is seriously one of the best investments I have ever made.