Keep Your Tongue Clean & Healthy

Tongue cleaners are simple and inexpensive yet completely transformative. They are usually thin, U-shaped devices made of stainless steel or plastic, consisting of a blunt edge that removes build-up from the surface of the tongue.

Dentists throughout the world recommend the tongue cleaner because it helps fight cavities by removing bacteria from food and drink. The tongue cleaner also prevents bad breath, especially common in people who eat a lot of dairy and red meat. This tool reduces excess mucus in the mouth, and in turn the nose and throat.

The tongue cleaner originated in Ayurveda, which says that people who use it are more expressive and thoughtful, better public speakers, and more sincere and authoritative conversationalists.

Some people ask if they can reap the same benefits by brushing their tongue with a stiff toothbrush. Tongue brushing moves food particles and bacteria around and can be helpful, but a tongue cleaner is far more efficient, since it removes deep bacteria deposits and thoroughly stimulates the area.

Cleaning the tongue of leftover food and bacteria reduces cravings greatly. When the taste of food is still in your mouth, you’re more likely to crave foods from the opposite extreme of what you last ate. For example, if you had an intensely savory meal, you’re more likely to crave strong sweets.

Tongue cleaners resensitize your taste buds, allowing you to experience subtle flavors more fully. This makes basic foods like whole grains, fruits, and vegetables taste more delicious than ever. These simple foods will begin to bring you greater satisfaction, leading you to eat less.

Last, but certainly not least, tongue cleaning enhances kissing by making the tongue more fresh, sensitive, and sweet. If you’re in a relationship, try tongue scraping two times a day after brushing your teeth, and encourage your partner to do the same. You’ll probably notice a dramatic difference!

Directions:

  • Apply a few quick strokes, 2-3 times a day, or after brushing your teeth.
  • Use the round edge to scrape gently down the tongue several times, while applying slight pressure.
  • Rinse under running water and gently scrape again until no white residue is left.
  • There should be no pain or gagging involved – if you feel any discomfort, you’re probably scraping too hard or starting too far back on the tongue.
  • If you’re wondering what those bumps are at the back of your tongue, they’re your salivary glands and they’re meant to be there. If you found them, you’ve gone too far.

DISCLAIMER:  The information contained on this site is not provided by medical professionals and is provided for informational purposes only.  The information on this site is not meant to substitute consulting with your podiatrist, doctor or other health care professional. The information available on or through this site is in no way intended to diagnose, influence treatment or cure any foot or other health problems nor is it a substitute for the services or advice of a podiatrist, physician, or health professional.  You should always consult a physician licensed in your state in all matters relating to your health.

Beating Back To School Germs Naturally

As the summer starts winding down and kids return to school – there is only one thing more imminent than the onslaught of pumpkin flavored everything…cold and flu season. Yes, I said it. You know it’s on its way. Many of us are already starting to feel that dreaded tickle in the back of our throats that signifies something unpleasant is brewing.

As a certified health coach, I believe many illnesses commonly suffered can be avoided by making simple dietary changes and supplementing with natural immune support when needed. Rather than relying on pharmacies and prescriptions, I like to give my body the natural support it needs to fight off illness and feel its best.

Some of my all time favorite fall/winter supplements include:

  • Organic Elderberry Syrup: A powerful antiviral that tastes great too! Perfect for fighting off the flu.
  • Garlic: Anti-microbial power that is great for boosting the immune system. It’s most powerful when eaten raw, so I like to chop it up and use in in dips like guacamole and hummus.
  • Young Living Thieves Essential Oil: An anti-microbial blend of essential oils that supports the immune system. I like to diffuse it to clear the air of germs, clean with it, apply it to the soles of my feet to prevent illness and it can also be taken internally as well.
  • Epsom Salt Bath: A relaxing way to pull toxins out of the body. I like to mix lavender essential oil to boost relaxation and reduce stress as well.
  • Probiotics: Replenishing your body’s “good” bacteria will help you to fight off the “bad” bacteria that cause illness. Improving the function of your gut is vital, as this is where the majority of your immune system dwells.
  • Alive Organic Vitamin C powder: Vitamin C can help reduce the duration and severity of colds. Unlike many chemically processed vitamins, this food-based supplement is easily assimilated and digested.

Of course, supplements are great to help support your body, but it is also essential that you maintain a healthy, balanced diet to keep your body feeling its best. Reducing or eliminating sugar is essential to good health. One of the reasons so many people get sick during the holidays is because of the high consumption of sugar, which compromises the immune system. I also like to suggest limiting or eliminating dairy products, as these are mucous producing, which is obviously not ideal during cold and flu season. You don’t have to live a life of total deprivation but making sure your diet and supplementation focuses on whole foods, with little processed “junk” food can really work wonders for your health! Here’s to a happy, healthy fall this year!

DISCLAIMER:  The information contained on this site is not provided by medical professionals and is provided for informational purposes only.  The information on this site is not meant to substitute consulting with your podiatrist, doctor or other health care professional. The information available on or through this site is in no way intended to diagnose, influence treatment or cure any foot or other health problems nor is it a substitute for the services or advice of a podiatrist, physician, or health professional.  You should always consult a physician licensed in your state in all matters relating to your health.