Have you ever heard of tongue cleaning? Are you a regular fanatic of this daily health regime? Today I’m sharing all the info about the health benefits of including tongue cleaning into your daily routine. Let’s dive right in shall we?
Whilst it might seem like a relatively new health fad, tongue cleaning, also known as tongue scraping, has been around for centuries in various cultures and is particularly prevalent in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurvedic Medicine. I’ve personally known of its existence as a daily health practice for at least five years but I never actually followed through on my research and purchased one...until now, and I’m already singing its praises!
Health Benefits of Tongue Cleaning
As with all health practices, it’s important to state that the benefits listed below are potential benefits. We’re all different beings with very different lifestyles, so the extent of the benefit you get from tongue cleaning is going to be entirely unique to you. OK now that we’ve got that out the way, here are some of the things you can generally expect to happen:
- A clean, fresh feeling in your mouth. Duh, right?! But this one is really important because it’s kind of hard to put into words exactly what having a clean tongue feels like in comparison to years of thinking that mucous-y gunky feeling in your mouth is normal. The first time I cleaned my tongue, my mouth felt a little dry immediately afterwards, until I realised that for the first time probably ever I was actually feeling the subtly rough and bumpy surface of my tongue. Who knew?
- Better tasting and smelling breath. Ever woken up with morning breath that could kill a donkey? Ever felt like that morning breath taste lingers in your mouth, even after you’ve drunk a gallon of water and tried to flush it away? All of that is taken care of with a few simple scrapes of the tongue and if you incorporate this into your daily routine, you’ll notice the cumulative effect of minimal (to no) morning breath. When you scrape your tongue, you are literally scraping off any bacteria that has accumulated there in the past 24hrs and any excess mucous lingering around the back of your mouth. No bacteria = no smell, hence the better breath.
- A heightened sense of taste. This one is going to be particularly unique to your lifestyle as everyone’s taste buds are different, depending on diet and factors such as smoking and alcohol consumption. For me, I immediately noticed a difference! The fresh vegetables in my salad tasted amaaaazing and I noticed more of a depth to my food as if the flavour lasted and developed on my taste buds, as opposed to just that initial hit of flavour quickly fading to nothing.
- Better oral health. A clean and fresh mouth, with a minimised amount of unhelpful bacteria, will definitely improve your oral health. Your next dentist’s visit should hopefully prove it!
When & How to Tongue Clean
It is generally suggested that tongue cleaning be done first thing in the morning when you wake up, while your stomach is still empty and before you have consumed food. Most tongue cleaners come in a user-friendly U-shaped design, so it’s as simple as keeping your tongue flat, positioning the scraper towards the back of the tongue, and dragging forwards with moderate pressure. Start out light and then increase it if you need. You will quickly get the hang of how much pressure you need. I do about 3-4 scrapes but you can do anywhere from 3 – 10, it’s all up to you! I thankfully don’t have an excessive amount of bacteria on my tongue so 3-4 does suits me fine. I follow this up with a quick water rinse at the end of scraping and a big glass of water with my daily Apple Cider Vinegar mixed in. It only takes about 2 mins so it’s got to be up there with my all time favourite quick, cheap health practices.
There are many more claims of added health benefits if you do some research about tongue cleaning. In Ayurvedic medicine it is believed to improve your digestion by providing a clean entry point for the process to begin and activating your saliva production, as well as your life energy. If you are interested in this I suggest you do some more research to find out for yourself why it’s worth a try.
Do you regularly tongue clean? Have you ever tried it? Let me know in the comments as I am converted to this simple and easy daily practice, and would love to hear what you think!