Digestion starts here.
Tongue cleaning is en essential part of the self-care rituals in Ayurveda.
In Ayurveda, the health of your tongue is a reflection of your overall health.
Brushing your teeth is not enough. Let's see why it's important to clean your tongue as well:
During the night, the digestive system removes 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.
Dental research has concluded that a tongue scraper is more effective at removing toxins and bacteria from the tongue than a toothbrush. Although brushing and flossing will loosen and move debris around, they do not actually remove the bacteria. Almost half of our oral bacteria live on and in the deep crevices of our tongue; the scraping action of a tongue scraper collects these toxic tongue coatings
and removes them from the body.
Below are the benefits of tongue cleaning:
Reduces bad breath. Bad breath can have a negative impact on self-esteem and the surrounding people. Tongue cleaning removes the odour causing bacteria from the surface of the tongue.
Enhances sense of taste. Research suggests that using a tongue scraper twice daily can improve your sense of taste. By removing the excess mucus from the tongue, the taste buds are cleared out for greater enjoyment of the various flevours of food.
Prevents dental decay Research found that using a tongue scraper twice a day for seven days reduced the overall incidence of bacterias in the mouth causing dental decay.
Boosts immunity. The tongue is part of the first line of defense in your immune system. Scraping your tongue prevents toxins from being reabsorbed into your body and boosts overall immune function.
Improve digestive health. In Ayurveda, proper digestion is considered to be the foundation of health. Given that digestion begins with taste, it's important to remove any toxins that may obstruct optimal functioning. Scraping also activates saliva production and promotes agni (the body’s digestive fire) to help with digestion throughout the day.