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Tongue Scraping: An Old Ayurvedic Secret

Alixe Faubert

Apr 30, 2023

Tongue scraping is a simple but effective practice that has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine to improve oral hygiene, freshen breath, and promote overall health. It involves using a small, handheld tool to gently scrape the surface of the tongue, removing buildup and bacteria that can cause bad breath and other health issues.

So why should you consider adding tongue scraping to your daily routine? Here are some of the top benefits:

Improved Oral Health: Tongue scraping can help to remove bacteria and other toxins that can accumulate on the surface of the tongue, promoting better oral health and preventing conditions like halitosis (bad breath), tooth decay, and gum disease.

Better Digestion: According to Ayurvedic medicine, the tongue is directly connected to the digestive system. Tongue scraping can help to stimulate the digestive system and improve nutrient absorption, which can lead to better overall health and wellbeing.

Enhanced Taste: By removing buildup and bacteria from the tongue, tongue scraping can help to enhance your sense of taste, making food more enjoyable and satisfying.

Reduced Toxins: Tongue scraping can help to remove toxins from the body that can accumulate on the tongue and contribute to health problems like respiratory issues, skin conditions, and weakened immune function.

Improved Overall Health: By promoting better oral health, digestion, and overall wellbeing, tongue scraping can help to improve your overall health and quality of life.

So how do you get started with tongue scraping? It's easy! Simply purchase a tongue scraper (they're available at most health food stores or online), and use it daily as part of your oral hygiene routine. I like to do this first thing in the morning before brushing my teeth since a lot of bacteria accumulates overnight while your body is detoxing! To use the scraper, gently place it at the back of the tongue and pull it forward, repeating several times until you have scraped the entire surface of the tongue.

Overall, tongue scraping is a simple and effective practice that can provide a wide range of health benefits. Give it a try and see how it can improve your oral health, digestion, and overall wellbeing!

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Alixe Faubert
Plant-Based Nutrition, Intuitive Eating, Gut Health
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After dealing with my own gut issues, food sensitivities, and mindset obstacles, I was inspired to study holistic health. Although I was always interested in health and wellness growing up as an athlete, I suffered from a severe concussion at 15 and this was a pivotal moment for me in my health journey. I realized the link between all aspects of health, how our body keeps the score, and how our pain, gut problems, and patterns can be traced back to specific moments. I work with clients by looking at all aspects of health (“food off the plate”) as well as nutrition and mindset to find an approach to empower them to take back their health and feel their most confident selves. My coaching method starts by Identifying your "WHY", beliefs, and patterns. Then, we will Reflect on your blocks. Lastly, by working together we will create actionable steps to incorporate into your life, and shortly after, YOU will Become.

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