Have you noticed a film or coating on your tongue in the morning?
If so there are some impurities, bacteria’s, dead cells and toxins that your body is taking out, that might affect our health. At night 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.
That’s why it is important in your Ayurvedic daily routine to include cleaning your tongue on a regular basis, in the morning upon rising, and on an empty stomach.
The morning breath comes from the bacteria at the back of the tongue, cleaning your tongue daily reduces and removes those toxins that cause the bad smell in your mouth. Bad breath can have a negative impact on a person’s life, relationships, and self-esteem.
- Experience properly, the flavors of your food.
The digestion process begins in the mouth, with your tongue. When your taste buds are blocked, the body is not able to recognize the properties, flavors and nutrients of the food. The tongue becomes unable to transmit the right message to your brain, starting a poor digestion process. Tasting your food properly is an essential part of the digestion process.
- Improve your digestive health.
Having a proper digestion is considered the foundation of health, according to Ayurveda. Scraping your tongue activates saliva production promoting the agni (the body’s digestive fire), helping the digestion process sending the right messages to your brain.
- Boost your immunity.
The tongue is part of the first line of our immune system. The removal of those toxins prevents the body from reabsorbing them, allowing the immune system to work more efficiently.
- Good for your dental health.
This practice promotes general tooth and gum health removing the bacteria and toxins responsible for periodontal problems, loss of teeth, plaque build-up, and gum infections.
How to clean your tongue?
A tongue scraper (flat piece of metal that is bent in a “U” shape) is more effective than a toothbrush. Due to the fact that, almost half of our oral bacteria live on the deep surface of our tongue; the scraping action of the tongue scraper reach those places where the toxic tongue coating collects (which can range in color from,
(white, clear, yellow or green).
Scrape your tongue by holding the two ends of the scraper in both hands, sticking out your tongue, and placing the scraper as far back on you tongue as possible with firm but gentle pressure from 5 to 10 repetitions until your tongue feels clean and is free of the coating. This should be done just after brushing/flossing and finally the mouth should be rinsed thoroughly with warm water.