Often time when we decide we want to be “healthier” we dive into a new exercise routine, overhaul our diet, and restrict ourselves. This leads to failure almost every time because it is simply not sustainable. The best way to improve your health is by incrementally changing habits or behaviors a little bit at a time.
Do you typically have a Starbucks latte and a blueberry muffin for breakfast? Instead of skipping your Starbucks habit all at once, start making incremental changes. Instead of a latte, try a non-fat latte. After you get used to that, maybe swap your blueberry muffin for an egg sandwich. Sooner or later, you may be ready to ditch the heavy drink in favor of a regular coffee with a splash of cream and sugar, and maybe you start making your own sandwich at home.
The best way to improve your health is by incrementally changing habits or behaviors a little bit at a time.
The same principles apply to improving your overall health. Over the next few weeks, I’m going to be providing simple, almost effortless ways that you can incrementally improve your health. Start by trying one, and hopefully, you’ll be ready for the next one the following week.
Today we’re talking about tongue scraping. Don’t roll your eyes just yet! It's not as gross as it sounds, its SUPER easy, and can provide a ton of benefits in less than a minute a day – SERIOUSLY.
Tongue scraping is exactly what it sounds like – you scrape your tongue off. This is best done first thing in the morning before you brush your teeth. You can get a fancy tongue scraper like this, or some toothbrushes have little scrapers on the back that you can use. You know when you wake up and your mouth just feels gross? Ever wonder why?
While you sleep, your digestive system is still churning away. Because of this, a lot of toxins are removed while you sleep and end up deposited on your tongue. By scraping these away in the morning, you prevent these toxins from being reabsorbed into your body, allowing your body to focus on other things!
Tongue scraping rituals are linked to old Indian practices in Ayurveda. Ayurveda focuses on a much more holistic approach to medicine than most of the Western world does, but this doesn’t mean that you can’t benefit from some of its practices. Here are just a few of the great benefits of tongue scraping:
1. Removes toxins and bacteria from your body allowing your digestive system to function better
2. Cleanses your tongue so you can better taste and enjoy your food.
3. Increased Immunity – your tongue is your body’s first line of defense for your immune system. By cleansing your tongue every day, you eliminate some risk of getting sick. Your tongue is also a great indicator of what else is going on in your body, so pay attention to any irregularities.
4. Improve your oral health. Studies have shown that plaque build-up on your teeth is linked to plaque build up in your arteries. Keep your mouth clean to keep your heart and arteries clean!
I encourage you to start practicing this every day before you brush your teeth in the morning. Typically, it takes between 7 and 14 strokes to remove all of the gunk. Then just brush your teeth as normal. This little 1-minute routine can have a lot of lasting benefits.
Tell me in the comments once you have tried it. Do you notice a difference? Do you enjoy it? Let me know what you think?