Green Living

Tongue Cleansing

What’s up mamas?! I got a quick healthy living tip for you to reduce the toxin load on your body. I don’t know about you, but I am always trying to figure out ways to detox and help my body do it’s job of detoxing on it’s own. In this day in age with chemicals in everything, your liver is working HARD to get that stuff out of your body, so anything you can do to help support your liver do it’s job is a good thing for your health, because your liver actually has other things to do other than detox, like convert hormones from your thryoid that do things like oh, you know, keep your body from miscarrying or regulating metabolism.

Whenever you go to sleep at night, your body will go into a deep state of healing and will work to remove toxins out of your body through your tongue. When you wake up with bad breath, that is a sign that you have released many toxins through your tongue. This can be seen as varying colors typically white, yellow, or brownish on your tongue. Ayurvedic and Chinese doctors sometimes diagnose people according to the color of toxins eliminated through the tongue. Since I am health dork, I love looking at my own tongue everyday to see what is going on with my body. Did you know that if it is swollen and you can see teeth marks in your tongue, that is a sign of a food allergy?

Anyhoo, it is important to clean your tongue in the morning before eating breakfast to avoid re-ingesting those toxins. To do this you can simply use a toothbrush to brush your tongue clean of the toxins released. Even better is to use an tongue cleaner scraper thingy. This is a device usually made of metal that is shaped with a loop that rakes over your tongue pulling off all the toxins.

So what I like to do is hawk the biggest loogie I can first thing when I get up, spitting out any toxin residues in my mouth. Then I take a sip of water and swish it around and spit it out. Then I scrap my tongue and swish/spit again. If I have some time and I am in the mood, then I will do some oil pulling (super great for detoxing and keeping teeth healthy) after that, but I make a point to always spit/scrap/spit the very first thing I do in the morning. Then if the next thing you do is drink a warm glass of lemon water and take a dose of probiotics you are really getting your day off to a good start!

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