I read a really interesting article in Dr John Douillard’s Lifespa website recently that opened my eyes to something I really knew nothing about and, quite honeslty I didn’t really take seriously until I started reading the article.
The benefits of tongue scraping
Now we all know how important our oral health is to our overall health, and that gum disease and bad teeth can be a contributory cause of a number of serious diseases including some types of cancer. So I think that anything that could reduce the chance of contracting gum disease or having bad teeth is worth a few minutes of our time.
What I learnt was that regular tongue scraping with a copper scraper not only improves your oral health and enhances your taste-buds, which also improves your digestive process; there are many more health benefits that frankly surprised and intrigued me. So much so that I just ordered a packet of copper tongue scrapers to try for myself.
Tongue scraping is simply scraping your tongue with a specially designed, but very basic tool before brushing your teeth first thing in the morning.
According to Dr Douillard’s article, “studies have shown that this simple technique:
- Reduces undesirable bacteria in the mouth that can compromise gum, teeth and oral health.
- Reduces volatile sulphur compounds, which are by-products of mouth bacteria linked to bad breath.
- Improves taste sensation and reduces tongue coating. and
- Changes the environment of the mouth to reduce putrefaction and decrease bacterial load.”
The article adds that “By stimulating the taste buds with tongue scraping, not only is the tongue better able to perceive tastes and properly digest foods, this taste bud-activation also engages the lower intestines to initiate a complete bowel elimination first thing in the morning.”
There are many unexpected benefits from practicing daily tongue scraping beyond those I have described above. When you read the article make sure you also watch the short video as well, as that goes into the science, the history of the practice and a number of other valuable benefits. Dr Douillard also gives a practical demonstration of how to use the tongue scraper.
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