Ok, maybe these things haven’t completely changed my life, but they’ve helped a whole lot. At first using these objects may be as weird as they appear, but there is no doubt they are an experience worth trying.
- A tongue scraper: toothbrushes are made to clean your teeth; tongue scrapers are made to clean your tongue. Tongue scraping is an Ayurvedic technique used for treating bad breath, but has many other healthy benefits. During the night our body is busy detoxing aka removing toxins. When you wake up, you may notice a white coating on your tongue. Scraping off these toxins first thing in the morning helps your body to avoid re-absorption. It’s not only good for better smelling breath, but helps to remove plague from teeth, helps taste bud functioning and aids in overall optimal oral health. Maybe one day tongue scraping will be as cool as flossing.
- 1.5 liters of water: ever hear of this thing called water therapy? Mostly known in India, China and Japan, water therapy is drinking 1.5 liters of water first thing in the morning. This is said to help remove toxins, stimulate healthy bowel movements and help fight disease. Considered pretty much harmless, it also claims to have other health benefits such as helping headaches, energy levels, constipation, diarrhea and detoxification.
- A body brush: perhaps you have forgotten that the skin is the largest organ of the body. This organ helps to eliminate a critical amount of toxins – they say up to one pound a day! Skin brushing (with a body brush) also stimulates the organs underneath the skin that aid in the detoxification of toxins. Some other benefits include stimulating the lymphatic system, removing dead layers of skin cells, stimulating the circulation and immune systems and helps the kidneys to function optimally.
- Neti pot: also known as a ‘nose bidet’, a neti pot is used to pour warm, slightly salty water through the nasal passages and sinuses. Neti pots have been used in India and South Asia and have shown to be a safe and effective way for treating eye complaints, sinusitis, asthma, the common cold, nasal congestion and respiratory ailments. It is recommended to use a Neti pot that is right for your nostrils.
- Incense: not just an air freshener, the practice of burning incense has been used throughout centuries for sacred ceremonies and rituals. Today it is used to create desired atmospheres and healing, Its said to have both healing effects on the mind and the body. Some of the noted benefits include fighting depression, headaches, anxiety and insomnia. It is recommended to use plant-based and essential oil-based incenses
I would love to hear your experiences, comments and recommendations.