Australian nutritionist, Jessica Sepel, is known for her nourishing recipe offerings and holistic approach to wellness.
So it comes as no surprise that the JSHealth founder has adopted some lesser-known alternative health practices over the years.
One of these practices is tongue scraping, an Ayurvedic technique that she describes as a ‘non-negotiable’ in her morning routine.
Australian nutritionist, Jessica Sepel, is known for her nourishing recipe offerings and holistic approach to wellness and she recently revealed that she scrapes her tongue each morning
‘One of the first things I do when I get out of bed is scrape my tongue,’ Ms Sepel wrote in a new post.
‘This ancient Ayurvedic practice removes toxins, bacteria and dead cells from the tongue. Cleaning the tongue opens up the pores and helps our taste buds function optimally, which aids digestion.
‘After, I prepare a cup of hot water with a squeeze of lemon, which gets the gastric juices flowing and stimulates digestion.’
But does it actually work?
This blogger, Lee from America, shared a video in January of herself scraping her tongue
‘Did you know this is an awesome way to gently detox your body?’ Natural nurse Holly Boyer (pictured) said
Speaking to FEMAIL, holistic dentist and health coach, Dr Lewis Ehrlich, said a tongue scraper is a worthwhile purchase as toothbrushes simply don’t get the job done.
‘Similar to the gums, our tongues are a perfect place for bacteria to thrive and can be a contributing factor to bad breath,’ he said.
‘Using a tongue scraper can be an effective way to clean the tongue and decrease your risk of bad breath. Because the tongue is soft, a hard material like stainless steel is needed for best results.
‘It should be performed gently so as to avoid damaging the tongue and causing pain.’
Speaking to FEMAIL, holistic dentist and health coach, Dr Lewis Ehrlich (pictured), said a tongue scraper is a worthwhile purchase as toothbrushes simply don’t get the job done
Tongue scraping is step two of Ms Sepel’s (pictured) four step morning routine, which begins with deep belly breathing and affirmations
Speaking to the Huffington Post previously, Dr Peter Zilm from the Adelaide Dental School at the University of Adelaide said ‘as far as tongue scraping goes, some clinicians will use it as an effective means to reduce bad breath’ but that’s where the benefits end.
‘At the end of the day, bacteria in the mouth is responsible for bad breath, and a short term way of reducing that is to scrape the tongue,’ he said.
‘In terms of toxins and all those sorts of things, it’s extremely unlikely that tongue scraping is going to have any effect on general health or general well-being,’ he added.
After completing that and doing some tongue scraping, Ms Sepel then does some exercise before enjoying a nourishing breakfast
What are the other benefits of tongue scraping?
Clears toxins & bacteria from the tongue
Helps remove coating on the tongue
Helps eliminate undigested food particles from the tongue
Enhances the sense of taste
Promotes overall oral & digestive health
Gently stimulates the internal organs
Increases your awareness of your state of health
Source: Banyan Botanicals
Tongue scraping is step two of Ms Sepel’s four step morning routine, which begins with deep belly breathing and affirmations.
‘As soon as I wake up, I make a conscious effort to not look at my phone. Instead, I spend a few minutes taking deep belly breaths. This helps me connect with my breath and feel centered,’ she said.
‘I also love to repeat positive affirmations. Saying, “I love myself just as I am” and “I’m grateful for the abundance in my life” puts me in a good headspace and connects me with a deep sense of gratitude that I carry with me throughout the day.’
After completing that and doing some tongue scraping, Ms Sepel then does some exercise before enjoying a nourishing breakfast.
‘I usually alternate between the JSHealth protein power smoothie or my favourite on-the-go bircher muesli,’ she said.
‘After breakfast I enjoy my one-a-day coffee, which is usually an almond milk piccolo latte.’