So last week I gave you guys a little taste of why I love Ayurveda and why it is such an amazing way to get in tune with what your body needs and the three different Dosha types.
I wanted to share with you guys one of my can’t live without Ayurveda practices….
Wait hold on, before think I’m a total weirdo listen to this
“Jihwa Prakshalana, or the Ayurveda self-care ritual known as tongue scraping, is an oral hygiene practice that removes bacteria, food debris, fungi, toxins, and dead cells from the surface of the tongue.
When we sleep, our digestive system remains awake, removing toxins from our body by depositing them onto the surface of our tongue.
If we don’t scrape away these toxins, they get reabsorbed by the body and can lead to respiratory difficulties, digestive problems, and a compromised immune system”
Basically tongue scraping dates back to ancient times and it’s a tradition Ayurveda practice that can benefit everybody
Tongue Scraping Benefits
Helps Kick Bad Breath by Removing the Tongue Coating that Causes It
Many people think that just brushing their tongue with a toothbrush and toothpaste is enough.
However a toothbrush is only designed to clean solid, unmovable surfaces like your teeth.
It is not meant to clean soft and spongy surfaces like your tongue!
Using a tongue scraper to scrape the tongue gently dislodges bacteria as well as their food source and is therefore one of the most effective means of combating tongue bacteria.
Improves How Well You Taste Your Food!
Flavors are richer and you enjoy meals a lot more without nasty gunk on your tongue!
Cleansing the tongue enhances the sense of taste, and because digestion begins with taste, this alone supports the entire digestive process.
Heals and Improves Your Digestion
In traditional Ayurveda, proper digestion is the main cornerstone of your overall health and wellbeing.
You already know that your gut is your second brain, and our digestive systems is literally the process by which our daily intake of food helps to nourishes our bodies and ultimately, our entire state of consciousness.
Healthy digestion also helps to protect the body against the accumulation of toxins we take in and ensures that through bowel movements we eliminate this waste.
It’s a Great Way to Gauge Your Current Health
In Ayurveda as well as many other types of health practices, your tongue is viewed as a diagnostic tool and a window into the internal workings of the body.
The tongue reflects the health of many of our vital organs and any systematic imbalances or improvements can be shown on the surface of the tongue.
Checking in on a daily basis using your tongue scraper allows you to make note of any significant changes in what you scrape off that could indicate variations in our internal state of health.
How to Use a Tongue Scraper
Ideally you should use a tongue scraper first thing when you wake up every day, early in the morning on a completely empty stomach.
Hold the two ends of the tongue scraper in both hands and extend your tongue.
Place the tongue scraper on the surface of your tongue as far back as is humanly possible without gagging and very gently pull the tongue scraper forward to remove any coating.
Rinse the tongue scraper and repeat the scraping process about five more times to get all of the unwanted coating off your tongue, but be careful not to scrap too hard or you risk injuring your taste buds
Gentle strokes will remove the unwanted coating on your tongue without harming the underlying tissue.
What Type of Tongue Scraper Should You Buy?
All tongue scrapers are not created equally! Metal tongue scrapers are way better than plastic and better for balancing all constitutions and imbalances for a Vatta, Pitta, or a Kapha.
You also want the width of the tongue to be scraped effectively so make sure you don’t buy a smaller design that doesn’t span the whole width of the tongue and can’t coat it as effectively.
Ok so I’m off to Jade Roll and relax for the rest of the day with girlfriends for some early birthday celebrations!