When you think about immunity, you usually think of the role your gut plays in how you feel. Whilst your gut is one of the primary culprits of good or bad immunity, have you ever thought about the role your tongue plays in this scenario?
Yes, it’s true. Your tongue is one of the key players in a healthy or not-so-healthy immune system. Sounds weird, right? But hear us out.
Your tongue is one of the first lines of defence in your body. Obviously, whatever you eat or drink has to pass through your mouth and tongue so it makes sense that whatever your gut is subjected to; your tongue is subjected to as well. Your tongue absorbs toxins, which are then absorbed into your body and in turn, affect your immunity. This is why it’s so important to clean your tongue and your teeth regularly.
Additionally, proper digestion begins in the mouth and is the foundation of good health. Cleaning your tongue on a regular basis will remove any toxins that may obstruct optimal digestive functioning and consequently, optimal immunity.
If you’re sick of being sick all the time or just want to boost your immunity, take a closer look at your tongue and overall oral health because it might just be that the culprit is right under your nose (literally!).
One simple and easy way to look after your tongue is by using a tongue scraper. Tongue scraping is an ancient Ayurvedic tradition, where you use a metal tool to remove build up from your tongue. According to Ayurvedic tradition, tongue scraping improves and maintains oral, physical, mental and spiritual health and since the mouth/tongue is one of the main gateways between your mind and body and the environment, maintaining the health of this gateway is critical to optimal wellbeing.
Scraping your tongue on a daily basis removes any build-up on the tongue that, if left untreated, can result in toxins that are absorbed by your tongue. These are the toxins that can lead to bad breath and poor oral health. It can also be the cause of improper eating, poor digestion and it can affect your immunity and gut health. Not to mention that it can also impact your sense of taste. There’s no point in cooking and eating delicious food when you can’t taste it!
Tongue scraping is a simple, effective and inexpensive way to maintain and improve your general wellbeing. Standing in front of a mirror, 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, scrape the surface of your tongue in one long stroke. Rinse the scraper and repeat until your tongue feels clean and is free of coating (usually 5 to 10 times). Whilst you are cleaning your tongue, you will notice the (gunk-like) build-up on the scraper. This is a good thing! It means that the scraping is working and the toxins are being removed from your tongue, and consequently, from your body too.
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