Today, I’m talking about personal hygiene. This is the one thing you should do for your daily routine that will have a huge impact. Tongue scraping. Yes, I said it…
When I first heard about this, I was skeptical. too Why can’t I just brush my tongue? (Confession: I never even did that) But, after reading about it, I simply thought, what’s the harm? So I set out on a journey to find one.
You can really find tongue scrapers anywhere. I’ve found them at Target to grocery stores, to drugstores. It’s placed with the toothbrushes and floss so it’s super easy to find. You’re looking for a thin, u-shaped utensil. They can either be plastic or metal. The first time, I got a plastic tongue scraper (for around $4) but I had to replace it every 3 months. It worked but when I changed to a metal scraper (around $6) I liked it so much more. Plus, it’ll last for years. I just throw it in the dishwasher every so often to clean it.
What’s So Good About A Tongue Scraper?
- According to Ayurveda, it helps people with public speaking, express themselves more thoughtfully, and speak more sincerely and authoritatively. (I’m still waiting for this one to kick in for me
- Clears out the deposits and generally keeps the area cleaner, stimulated, and alive. The reason brushing the tongue doesn’t work is because it just moves the stuff around.
- Better breath
- Cravings can be reduced by cleaning the tongue of leftover food.
- It allows you to taste more subtle flavors in food. *Bonus: Veggies, fruits, and whole grains will taste better!
- You’ll be better able to taste your food and won’t need to eat as much since you will have gained greater satisfaction from your meal.
- Best thing about a tongue scraper: Enhances kissing because it makes the tongue more sweet, fresh, and sensitive. Oh-la-la!
How To Use a Tongue Scraper
- Apply a few quick strokes, 2-3 times a day, or after brushing your teeth.
- Use the rounded cleaning edge to scrape gently down the tongue several times, while applying slight pressure.
- Rinse under running water and gently scrape again until no white residue is left.
- There should be no pain or gagging involved whatsoever – if you feel any discomfort, you are probably scraping too hard or starting too far back on the tongue. And if you are wondering what those bumps are at the back of the tongue, they are your salivary glands and they are supposed to be there. If you found them you’ve gone too far.
Tongue scraping was huge for me. What was a small change that you made in your routine that made a big difference? Share in the comments below.
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