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The Complete Guide to Crystal Elixir and Copper Water Bottles

The Complete Guide to Crystal Elixir and Copper Water Bottles

If you have been following social media, you may have seen Victoria Beckham and others sporting a copper water bottle supplemented with ‘vibrational crystal pods’, which look like tea infusers filled with crystals and stones for a variety of different health purposes, including purposes such as enhancement of energy, clarity, focus or concentration.

The crystal water bottle and 'crystal elixir' trend has been growing for the last few years, and now we are seeing crystals used with copper water bottles. In this post, we discuss some of the differences between crystal water bottles and copper water bottles, canvass some of the science behind their use, and then discuss the manner in which crystals can be used in conjunction with copper water bottles.

Similarities Between Crystal Water Bottles and Copper Water Bottles

Crystal water bottles are similar to copper water bottles in that both of them result in the infusion of water with minerals and tend to increase the alkalinity of water, resulting in natural alkaline water.

In particular, when you store water in a copper water bottle, the water naturally and safely absorbs very small amounts of copper. This causes the water to ionize naturally, when means that the water becomes more naturally alkaline. This was confirmed in a recent study in which scientists examined the effect of storing water in a copper vessel. In particular, the scientists discovered that the water's alkalinity level rose steadily the longer it was stored in the copper vessel.

The same should hold true of crystal water bottles, depending on the nature and quality of the crystals used in the water bottle. When water is stored in a crystal water bottle, it should tend to absorb small amounts of the minerals contained in the crystal, making the water more alkaline based on the same scientific principles that apply to copper water bottles.

Differences Between Crystal Water Bottles and Copper Water Bottles

The key difference between crystal water bottles and copper water bottles is their resistance to bacteria and other microbes. In particular, copper has the benefit of being naturally antimicrobial, which means that it helps remove bacteria that may be present in your drinking water. In fact, in one recent research study scientists found that storing microbially-contaminated drinking-water in a copper vessel for a number of hours resulted in complete decontamination of the water, which included removal of dangerous bacteria such as e.coli and salmonella.

Because copper is naturally anti-bacterial, copper water bottles are naturally self-sterilizing and do not require as much cleaning as other water bottles. In addition, studies have shown that copper water bottles can even help kill air-borne viruses and thereby help fight the flu.

Unfortunately, crystal water bottles do not offer this same benefit, because crystals do not have the same anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties as copper. In addition, the crystals used in crystal water bottles often have tiny crevices and cracks which create perfect habitats for the growth of bacteria and other microorganisms. Moisture is essential for bacteria growth, so when your water touches the crystal inside your crystal water bottle, the moisture can become trapped in the little crevices of the crystal and give bacteria space to breed and multiply. As a result, crystal water bottles should be used with caution and cleaned very frequently to avoid any adverse health issues.

Using Crystals with Your Copper Water Bottle

Fortunately, some of the health risks associated with using crystal water bottles can be addressed by using crystals in conjunction with a copper water bottle.

In particular, using crystals in your copper water bottle provides you with the benefit of crystal-infused water while also ensuring that there is no bacteria or other microbial growth in the cracks and crevices of the crystals. This is also one of the reasons why copper water bottles are excellent vessels for storing raw water: one can enjoy the benefit of raw water while also mitigating some of the health risks posed by raw water that may contain contaminants.

You can easily, inexpensively and safely use crystals with your copper water bottle. One of the easiest ways to do so is to make a small mesh bag containing crystals which you can leave in your copper water bottle overnight or during the day for several hours.

You can make such a crystal bag for your copper water bottle by obtaining a small sheet of mesh, placing your crystals on top of it, and then lifting the sides of the mesh up and fastening the top with a string. You can then lower the bag into your copper water bottle and tie the string around the neck so that you can pull it out a few hours later. Another method, which was adopted by Victoria Beckam, is to use a tea ball or strainer to hold the crystals.

Apart from naturally making water alkaline and killing bacteria and other microbes, using crystals in conjunction with your copper water bottle can also have other health benefits. Copper is an essential mineral, and copper water (also known as “tamra jal” in ayurvedic medicine, and also commonly known as “copper infused water” or “copper charged water”) can have excellent health benefits. For example, copper acts as an effective anti-oxidant, improves immunity, supports good health, prevents aging, eliminates toxins and free radicals, and stimulates the brain. It is for this reason that copper water bottles have long been prescribed by Ayurvedic medicine. In addition, copper bottles are aesthetically pleasing and convenient, thereby making it easier to adopt healthy hydration practices including mindful hydration.

Choosing Your Crystals and Copper Water Bottle

One important aspect to keep in mind when using crystals with your copper water bottle is that copper is a reactive metal. This means that copper, when combined with certain other minerals or elements, can sometimes create chemical reactions which change the appearance of the copper or have other effects.

This is why, for example, copper tends to patina after being exposed to air and water for an extended period. The patina is the result of a chemical reaction which occurs on the surface of the copper when exposed to water and air. While the reaction is perfectly safe, it changes the appearance of the copper.

Accordingly, you should ensure that the crystals you are using are inert crystals, as opposed to non-inert minerals or other substances. This is an important distinction, because inert crystals are crystals that are relatively non-reactive (like glass), with the result that they should not react adversely with water or copper. Before using your crystals with your copper bottle, you should conduct research and do your due diligence to confirm that they are inert and non-reactive with copper and water to ensure that you are avoiding any negative health effects.

You should also make sure you use a copper water bottle that is made of 100% pure high-grade food-safe copper and does not have any other metals, alloys or lining. Make sure to do your research and ensure that you are avoiding manufacturers who do not sell pure copper bottles. Also make sure to avoid sellers who sell copper bottles that are coated on the interior with a toxic lacquer. Our copper water bottles are 100% pure high-grade food-safe copper and contain absolutely no toxic materials of any kind.

About the Authors: This article was collaboratively written by our team of researchers and writers with the benefit of all available scientific studies and other relevant literature. Our team of researchers and writers include experienced health researchers including a qualified medical professional. Please note that information in this article is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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The Complete Guide to Oil Pulling

The Complete Guide to Oil Pulling

Ayurveda believes that a healthy mind and body begins with a healthy mouth. Oil pulling is an important aspect of Ayurvedic health routines and can help support and maintain good health. From an Ayurvedic perspective, bad oral health can be the cause of many health problems. Accordingly, it is important to practice oil pulling in order to detoxify your body and stay healthy. 

In this post, we describe the practice of oil pulling, discuss its history and origins, canvass the science behind oil pulling, address the best oils to use for oil pulling, discuss oil pulling benefits, particularly  the health benefits of oil pulling, describe how to oil pull, and then offer a great recipe for making your own special oil to use for oil pulling.

What is Oil Pulling

Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic technique that involves swishing oil in the mouth for about 20 minutes. This Ayurvedic regime helps remove ama (toxin) from your body, leading to better oral health as well as general health. Oil pulling has become increasingly popular, and it is believed that many  people are engaging in oil pulling and benefiting from doing so. Oil pulling is also a natural way to whiten your teeth and is very beneficial for gum health.

Let's dive in and learn more about oil pulling and how beneficial it is for your health. 

History of Oil Pulling

Oil pulling as a part of Ayurvedic medicine originated in India around 3000 years ago. Those ancient Ayurvedic practitioners used oil pulling for treating oral problems and for strengthening gums, teeth and jaws. Ancient Ayurvedic texts have cited oil pulling as a way to address many health problems, including diabetes, asthma and migraines. In addition, sesame oil and sunflower oil were used in traditional gargling methods like gandusha and kavala graha.

In fact, a study conducted on oil pulling has revealed that the benefits of the technique go beyond oral health. In particular, it has been determined that oil pulling reduces the risk of systemic diseases. Accordingly, traditional oil pulling has the potential to improve both oral and general health.

The Science Behind Oil Pulling

In oil pulling, you are essentially using the oil like a mouthwash. Doing so helps remove harmful bacteria from your mouth. The oil also naturally has valuable properties which help reduce inflammation and bacteria, which promotes oral health. In particular, various hidden bacteria in your mouth sticks to the oil and gets flushed out due to their fatty outer covering. In this way, oil reaches areas which your toothbrush might often miss. Your mouth will feel clean and fresh to a whole new level.

During the process of oil pulling, you will experience an incredible detergent-like effect that results in the washing away and removal of harmful bacteria and plaque from your mouth. This procedure also creates a protective barrier between your bloodstream and further bacterial exposure. In fact, a study has shown that oil pulling enhances mechanical cleansing through the saponification and emulsification processes (i.e. detergent effect).

Oil pulling also has the benefit of giving you a facial workout that releases tension around your jaw. It also helps to maintain natural flora and a healthy pH in your mouth. In fact, oil pulling is an excellent healthy alternative to using commercial mouthwashes that contain toxic chemicals.

The Best Oil to Use for Oil Pulling

Oil pulling might sound like a difficult task, but it is really not. It is just a regular mouthwash practice where you use oil instead of commercial mouthwash. Once you decide to try oil pulling, you can sample a variety of different oils to choose the one that suits you best.

Some of the more commonly recommended oils for oil pulling include sesame oil, sunflower oil, butter oil, coconut oil and olive oil. Some of the benefits of these options include the following:

  • Sesame oil contains vitamin E and antioxidants, which can help prevent the absorption of bad cholesterol in the liver.
  • Olive oil has anti-viral properties. 
  • Coconut oil can significantly reduce bacterial growth in your mouth.

Coconut Oil Pulling

Coconut oil is believed to be very effective for oil pulling, with the result that it is one of the most popular oils to use for oil pulling. Coconut oil has become popular for oil pulling because of its antimicrobial and antifungal properties and its effects on Streptococcus mutans found in saliva. In particular, coconut oil contains lauric acid, which is the antimicrobial agent present in coconut oil that kills bacteria and thereby reduces bad breath and acidic conditions in the mouth. As a result, coconut oil pulling kills bacteria, reduces gum infection, removes bad breath, boosts immunity and promotes healing.

Other benefits of coconut oil pulling include the following:

  • Hormonal balance
  • Improved digestion
  • Helps reduce cellulite
  • Can help balance blood sugar
  • Moisturizes skin
  • Helps burn fat

Coconut oil pulling is a common Ayurvedic therapy used to treat tooth decay, bad breath, bleeding gums, heart disease and inflammation. Make sure you use pure natural coconut oil that does not have any harmful additives, preservatives, impurities or other negative substances.

How to Oil Pull

Oil pulling is performed in a few simple steps. It is best done in the morning before eating or drinking:

  • Place 1 tablespoon of your chosen oil into your mouth. Traditionally, sesame oil is used, but coconut oil has proven to be very beneficial. 
  • Swish the oil in your mouth for 5 to 10 minutes to begin with, but, once you have become more familiar with oil pulling and done it a few times, extend it to 20 minutes. It is important to allow enough time to permit the oil to break through the plaque and bacteria in your mouth. However, be careful to not hold the oil in your mouth for too long at the risk that your body may start reabsorbing the toxins. 
  • Spit the oil out in the trash and, in doing so, try not to swallow any oil as it contains toxins and bacteria. 
  • Avoid spitting the oil in a sink or drain, as doing so risks clogging the pipes. 
  • Rinse your mouth well with warm water and brush well.
  • Repeat 3 to 4 times per week.

The Benefits of Oil Pulling

Although oil pulling has not yet been the subject of many extensive scientific studies, many researchers have agreed that oil pulling is completely safe. In fact, oil pulling has helped people overcome various health problems including asthma, arthritis, migraine headaches, hormonal imbalances, infections, skin problems and many others. The process of oil pulling removes toxins and bacteria from the mouth as well as from your lymphatic system. It also removes congestion and mucus from the throat and loosens the sinuses.

The following are the top health benefits of oil pulling:

1. Kills Harmful Bacteria in Your Mouth

The harmful bacteria present in your mouth can lead to cavities, gum disease and bad breath. By killing these harmful bacteria, oil pulling helps support good oral hygiene and prevents certain negative oral conditions.

A recent study conducted in respect of coconut oil pulling revealed that it significantly reduced the number of bacteria found in saliva.

2. Reduces Bad Breath

Bad breath, also known as halitosis, is the most common oral health problem and generally affects approximately 50% of the population. Oil pulling is an excellent and more natural way to get rid of bad breath. 

Some of the causes of bad breath include the following:

  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Gum diseases
  • Tongue coating
  • Infection

Although chlorhexidine mouthwash can be used for treating bad breath, it is only a temporary solution and does not resolve the underlying problems which cause bad breath in the first place. In addition, with long term use, the alcohol content in the mouthwash can lead to other oral health problems.

According to a recent study, oil pulling works equally well with chlorhexidine mouthwash and is an effective remedy for halitosis.

3. Helps Prevent Cavities and Whitens Your Teeth 

Food particles, plaque and bacteria all contribute to tooth decay. Because oil pulling reduces the growth of bacteria, it helps prevent tooth decay. Oil pulling also enhances the luster of your teeth by removing plaque build up. Flushing out toxins and microorganisms also results in naturally white teeth. 

4. Supports Detoxification of the Body

Oral health is directly connected to your general well being. The harmful bacteria in your mouth can be the reason for poor health conditions. Oil pulling helps removes toxins from your body, thereby supporting your overall health.

5. Improves Skin Complexion

The wonderful benefits of oil pulling are reflected in your skin, too. Oil pulling is a kind of facial exercise that helps reduce wrinkles and the appearance of aging while also improving the elasticity of the skin. Oil pulling can also help reduce acne, eczema, psoriasis and other skin problems.

6. Restores Hormonal Balance

By eliminating the body’s toxins, oil pulling also allows hormones to function more naturally. Accordingly, oil pulling therapy can help with thyroid disorders and with regularizing the menstrual cycle.

7. Preventive Measure for Oral Diseases

Oil pulling can be a great practice to help avoid oral health problems like gingivitis, bleeding gums, cavities, bad breath and bacterial build-up in your mouth. As described above, oil pulling achieves this by pulling out toxins and bacteria from your teeth, gums and tongue. Engaging in oil pulling regularly can help prevent the occurrence of oral diseases. In fact, a study conducted to measure the effects of oil pulling has revealed that it considerably reduces plaque and helps in preventing gingivitis.

8. Relieves Respiratory Problems

Oil pulling can also help reduce symptoms of respiratory diseases such as asthma, bronchitis and congestion. Oil pulling can relieve congestion quickly and help clear your airways.

9. Reduces Migraines and Headaches

Headaches commonly result from toxins present in your body. Oil pulling removes harmful microorganisms and toxins which helps reduce episodes of headaches and migraines.

10. Supports the Immune System

Oil pulling keeps bacteria, toxins and infections away from your body, which contributes to stronger immunity and greater resilience in the face of viruses.

11. Boosts Metabolism

This ancient Ayurvedic practice of oil pulling along with cleaning the tongue and mouth positively affects internal organs like the liver, kidney and heart. When the liver works at an optimal level, it can regulate metabolism and help remove body fat. It is also believed that oil pulling reduces fluid retention and bloating, thus enhancing metabolism.

12. Helps to Treat Insomnia 

Insomnia is generally caused by toxins accumulated from stress and hormonal imbalance. Oil pulling clears out all these toxins from your body and creates a fresh environment for better sleep.

Safety and Side Effects

As described above, oil pulling is safe. It is a completely natural therapy, and anybody can engage in the therapy without risk of harm.

Oil pulling therapy can be done by:

  • Children old enough not to swallow the oil 
  • People facing dental issues 
  • Women who are pregnant or nursing

Although oil pulling is a natural therapy, some people may experience the following side effects:

  • Dry mouth
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Jaw soreness (this can be reduced by swishing gently for less time)
  • Discomfort (caused by the gag reflex) 
  • Indigestion and heartburn 

If you are allergic to any particular oil, then you should obviously refrain from engaging in oil pulling with that particular oil.

Never swallow the oil after swishing it, as it contains toxins and bacteria. Swallowing this oil can lead to indigestion. If oil pulling triggers your gag reflex, try to lean forward while swishing and use slightly less oil. Jaw soreness can result from vigorous swishing, so if that happens try to swish gently for less time. Generally, jaw soreness disappears after a few days of practicing oil pulling.

Always use natural oil without any artificial additives. If you experience any negative side effects, you should consult an experienced Ayurvedic practitioner and seek their guidance.

Oil Pulling Melts

If you wish to try to make oil pulling more enjoyable and avoid some of the potential discomfort caused by the gag reflex, you might consider making your own oil pulling "melts", which are essentially refrigerated servings of oil which melt in your mouth as you chew them. Here is a very easy recipe you can use to make your own oil pull melts at home.

Ingredients

  • Coconut oil (natural, unrefined)
  • Essential oil of your choice (try mint or cinnamon)
  • A silicone candy mold

Directions

  • Take a small pan and gently melt the coconut oil on low heat. 
  • Add a few drops of your chosen essential oil into the melted coconut oil.
  • Pour the oil into the mold, using a measuring cup.
  • Cool it in the refrigerator.
  • Store them in a glass jar and keep them in the refrigerator.

These excellent oil melts may help make oil pulling more accessible and enjoyable to you, as well as reducing the mess. Chew the solid melts and swish them around your mouth for the same effect as standard oil pulling. 

Conclusion

For the reasons discussed above, a healthy mind and body begins with a healthy mouth. Oil pulling is an important aspect of Ayurvedic health routines and can help support and maintain good health. Consider incorporating this simple and inexpensive practice into your daily routine and making it a permanent habit.

A copper water bottle can also make a great addition to your Ayurvedic health routine alongside oil pulling. Because copper is naturally anti-bacterial, copper bottles are naturally self-sterilizing and therefore do not require as much cleaning as other water bottles. Kick bacteria to the curb by regularly oil pulling and staying hydrated with a copper bottle.

About the Authors: This article was collaboratively written by our team of researchers and writers with the benefit of all available scientific studies and other relevant literature. Our team of researchers and writers include experienced health researchers including a qualified medical professional. Please note that information in this article is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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Fighting the Flu with a Copper Water Bottle

Fighting the Flu with a Copper Water Bottle

If you have ever experienced the flu, you know how incredibly awful it feels. You feel chills, aches, and pains all over your body. You become confined to your bed and are unable to move much because your body needs to rest as it recuperates. Although most of us have found ourselves stuck with the flu, what exactly is the flu, what does it do to our bodies, and how can a copper water bottle help fight off the flu? In this post, we set out to answer these very questions.

What you Need to Understand about the Flu

The flu has been around for thousands of years and has caused sickness and death to multitudes of people. The flu is caused by the influenza virus, which is speculated to have originated when animal domestication and permanent settlement first began.

A significant outbreak of the flu was recorded as early as the 15th century. It is reported that this outbreak started in Rome and spread to other areas in Europe as well as Africa. The pandemic is reported to have caused the deaths of approximately 8,000 people and severely affected several cities in Spain.

Perhaps the greatest pandemic of influenza happened in the years 1918-1919. This pandemic was known as the “Spanish influenza” and killed an estimated 50 million people. This occurrence was considered the most lethal outbreak of the influenza virus. In a study by Taubenberger and Morens, they note that all modern influenza pandemics can be traced back to the Spanish influenza.

What Happens During an Influenza Invasion

Once the influenza virus enters the body, it travels to the lungs where it attaches itself to a host cell’s surface. The virus then opens and sets loose its genetic information in the nucleus of the cell. The virus creates copies of itself using the cell’s nucleus and overtakes its function. The replicas of the virus then travel to the cell’s membranes and kill it. The death of the cell permits the virus to release itself into the body so that it can infect other cells.

The immune system then sets out to fight the foreign invader. Some of the cells that engage in this battle include macrophages, neutrophils, cytokines, chemokines, and T lymphocytes.

In a study by van de Sandt et al., researchers learned how the influenza virus can avoid the immune system’s offensive response. In particular, the “antigenic drift” of the influenza virus permits it to escape the antibodies’ neutralizing activity as induced by previous infections or vaccination. This is the reason why flu vaccines do not provide a lifetime of protection and must be updated every year.

Symptoms of Flu

The unpleasant feeling you experience when you have the flu is a side-effect of your immune system’s efforts at fighting the virus. According to the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention, some of the symptoms you will experience when you have the flu include:

  • Fever or feeling feverish/chills

  • Cough

  • Sore throat

  • Runny or stuffy nose

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Headaches

  • Fatigue (tiredness)

  • Vomiting and diarrhea (occurs more commonly in children than adults.)

One of the main reasons why headaches occur during the flu is because Interleukin-1, an inflammatory type of cytokine, is activated while the body is fighting off the virus. This cytokine is vital to the development of T cells, which help kill the virus. As this process unfolds, the brain is affected, particularly the hypothalamus, which regulates the body’s temperature. Meanwhile, muscle aches are caused by the increase of muscle-degrading genes and the reduction of muscle-generating genes.

Severe Flu

Although the immune system works hard to eradicate the influenza virus, all that work leaves the immune system weakened and vulnerable. This makes a person more susceptible to other severe infections. These complications may include bacterial pneumonia, bronchitis, dehydration, sinus issues, and ear infection. Worsening of pre-existing conditions may also occur, which conditions include diabetes, chronic congestive heart failure, or asthma.  

Certain people are at a higher risk for severe  flu. Among them are people 65 years old and older, children, pregnant women, and people with chronic medical conditions.

The Transmission of Flu

The flu is highly contagious, and a person with the virus can infect others even before the symptoms start manifesting themselves within the host. This means that you can pass on the virus even before you know you have it.

When a person with the flu coughs or sneezes, thousands of droplets containing the viruses spread in the air and can land in the nose and mouth of another person. You can also get infected with the influenza virus when you touch an object with the virus on it and then touch your nose or mouth.

In a study by Lowen et al., researchers determined that influenza virus transmission is dependent on relative humidity and temperature. The researchers performed 20 experiments that involved varying humidity and used guinea pigs as hosts. They discovered that the influenza virus transmission favored cold and dry conditions.  

Flu Season

The most common season for the flu falls in autumn and winter. However, the flu can still spread year-round. It can start around October, have peak periods around December and February, and then persist in late May.

Multiple hypotheses seek to explain why the flu season happens around these times of the year. One theory is that people tend to stay indoors more often during colder months, with the result that the virus is more likely to spread in enclosed spaces where more people are breathing the same air.

Another theory is that reduced exposure to the sun, which results in decreased absorption of Vitamin D and melatonin, weakens the immune system, making it more susceptible to the influenza virus. Another theory is that the influenza virus thrives in the cold and dry air of winter rather than the warm and humid air of summer.

How Copper Can Help

Copper has been used for centuries for its antimicrobial properties. Some studies have considered the effects of copper against the influenza virus. One such study, conducted by Horie et al., discovered that copper ions had the effect of inactivating the influenza virus.

Another study by Borkow et al. researched how copper-infused face masks affected the influenza virus. Face masks permeated with copper oxide were able to filter more than 99.85% of air-borne viruses. Researches also discovered that no infectious human influenza viruses were recovered from the face masks with the copper oxide, compared to the control masks that did not contain copper ions.

In addition, Grass et al. carried out a study focused on copper’s ability to kill microbes. In particular, the researchers explored copper’s effectiveness at “contact killing”, which is when bacteria, viruses, and yeast are quickly killed when they come into contact with copper surfaces.

One principle that is attributed to copper’s antimicrobial capability is known as the “oligodynamic effect”. Research by Varkey outlined the mechanism of this phenomenon, which essentially comes about by way of copper ions penetrating the cell wall of microbes. Copper ions bind to various parts of the cell, such as the DNA, RNA, cellular proteins and respiratory enzymes, which has the effect of immobilizing the cell.

Another interesting study, this one conducted by Noyce et al., explored the effects of copper on the inactivation of the influenza virus compared to stainless steel. In their experiment, the researchers introduced two million influenza virus particles onto sheets of copper and stainless steel. They then incubated the subjects. The results showed that, after several hours, 500,000 virus particles were present on the stainless steel whereas only 500 active virus particles were present on the copper.

You can enjoy the antimicrobial benefits of copper by using a copper water bottle. Combined with a nutritious diet and other healthy practices, drinking from a copper bottle can be a great way to stay free of the flu and other illnesses. In addition, storing water in a copper bottle is a great way to create natural alkaline water.

About the Authors: This article was collaboratively written by our team of researchers and writers with the benefit of all available scientific studies and other relevant literature. Our team of researchers and writers include experienced health researchers including a qualified medical professional. Please note that information in this article is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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The 31 Most Hydrating Foods on the Planet

The 31 Most Hydrating Foods on the Planet

Water is vital for the maintenance of life. 

Our biological processes, from digesting food to healing a wound, require water. Our organs, like the brain and kidneys, need it to function properly. Staying well-hydrated is essential for optimum health. So in this article, we talk about:

  • The Dangers of Dehydration
  • The 31 Most Hydrating Foods On The Planet
  • The Foods That Can Cause Dehydration

The Dangers of Dehydration

Your body is losing water all the time. According to Jeffrey Berns of the National Kidney Foundation, the body loses one quart of water every day due to sweat and respiration. An additional three quarts is lost to urination. All of that is under normal conditions. In cases where heat and strenuous physical activities are involved, even more water is lost.

Dehydration is what happens when your body is losing more water than you’re taking in. Thirst and dryness of mouth are usually signals prompting you to have a drink soon because your body is low in water and is operating below optimum. You need to drink plenty of H2O because the body is continually expending it for  different metabolic processes.

As the level of water in the body decreases, the symptoms become more pronounced. The person experiences:

  • Dizziness
  • Weakness
  • Headaches
  • Cramps 
  • Dry skin
  • Dark yellow urine

If the situation is not corrected immediately, continued water loss could lead to:

  • Low blood pressure
  • Weak pulse
  • Rapid and deep breathing

In extreme cases, dehydration would eventually lead to death. Organs like the kidneys shut down. The person ceases to think rationally as the cells in the brain shrink. Hallucinations and delusions will be experienced, until, eventually, unconsciousness sets in. 

Water is not only vital to life, it is central to the well-being of the person. So, in the next section, we talk about some of the most hydrating foods available for humans to eat.  

The 31 Most Hydrating Foods

Fruits

1. Watermelons 

They don’t call it watermelon for nothing. The fruit is about 92% water.

It is one of the most hydrating fruits around, and a great thirst quencher for picnics and outdoor activities. In addition to its hydration properties, watermelons have also been known to promote healthy hair and complexion, boosting energy and helping bring down weight.   

2. Strawberries 

Strawberries help increase good cholesterol in your body, while at the same time lowering blood pressure and protecting your heart. They are absolutely packed with polyphenols, a class of antioxidants that help guard against diabetes, neurodegenerative diseases and cardiovascular conditions. 

And, by the way, strawberries are 91% water.  

3. Cantaloupe 

Cantaloupes are a type of melon that is composed of 90% H2O. Because of this, cantaloupe is a friend to your kidneys and also aids with digestion in general. 

In addition to being an H2O powerhouse, cantaloupes are packed with vitamins A, C and B9 (folate), which, together, help promote good health. 

4. Grapefruit 

Grapefruit ranks up there with some of the best hydrating fruits around. Its water profile is 88% and it might just be one of the fruits you’re looking for if you’re trying to lose weight. 

Grapefruits are light on calories but heavy on nutrients. They are also known to help with appetite control—giving you a feeling of fullness for longer periods.   

5. Coconut 

The tropics boast of this elixir of life which is basically 95% water. 

Coconuts, if you can find them, are a good thirst quencher. They are even better than water because the juice contains a cocktail of electrolytes composed of sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus. 

Coconuts and its water have a long list of health benefits that include improved blood circulation, bone strengthening and cramp relief. If you’re worried about bloating, the fruit has anti-bloating properties. And, if you’re having a bad hangover because of dehydration, coconut juice can quickly add a spring to your step. 

6. Peaches 

Peaches are delectable summer fruits that do more than hydrate you on a hot day. Compounds found in them have been proven to help prevent UV damage. Peaches are skin-friendly and promote the skin’s ability to retain moisture.  

Eat a peach and you will certainly get more than what you bite into. 

7. Oranges 

Oranges are some of the richest sources of vitamin C, which boosts protection against infection and diseases. The citrus fruit is also known as great for the skin, preventing damage that add to the signs of aging. 

But most of all, oranges are great sources of H2O, being 88% water. 

8. Kiwis

Kiwis are not only a water-rich fruit, they also have a healthy concoction of vitamins and minerals that include vitamins A, B6, B12, E, and potassium, calcium, iron and magnesium. And, because of their alkaline nature, kiwis are great in countering the effects of acidic foods that upset the body’s pH balance. On top of all that, kiwis have omega 3 fatty acids, carotenoids and polyphenols that make it one of the friendliest foods for the heart.  

9. Bananas

Bananas are one of nature’s greatest gifts. Not only do they taste good and hydrate you really well, they are also good for your general health. Bananas are linked to a host of benefits including improved digestion, improved insulin sensitivity (which is crucial for persons with diabetes) and improved kidney function. 

Bananas are rich in potassium, which is vital in controlling your blood pressure. And, if you’re suffering from exercise-related aches and cramps, eating a banana will help tone down the discomfort.

10. Pears

One bite and you’ll get a sense of its water content. But, in addition to H2O, pears have many things that ordinary water doesn’t have—fiber, digestible sugars, electrolytes and antioxidants that make the fruit an excellent brain food. 

Pears are also powerhouses of energy and snacking on them will give you the energy boost you need to get you through the day. 

11. Pineapples

This tropical fruit, which originated in South America, has incredible hydration properties. Its juice might just be what you need on a hot day.

Each bite of pineapple is loaded with vitamin C that boosts immunity, antioxidants that help prevent cancer and bromelain that alleviates inflammation. Pineapples have also been known to help with digestion. But that’s not all: the fruit also contains manganese, copper, folate, niacin, iron and riboflavin that your body needs in order to function optimally.     

12. Mangoes

Low in calories but high in fiber—that’s a double whammy for mangoes. It is also one of the most hydrating fruits, with its natural sweetness being easily addictive. And that may be a good thing, considering the fruit has phytochemicals that support the immune system and help fight diseases. 

If you want healthy skin and hair, mangoes, which contain vitamin C (involved in collagen production) and vitamin A (required for cell growth and reproduction), are a great choice.  

13. Apples 

As the saying goes, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” This may be because apples are bursting with dietary fiber, antioxidants, flavanoids and phytonutrients that make them synonymous with good health.

Because apples are 84% water, each bite counts towards the eight glasses required for proper hydration. Munching on apples after an intense workout will help replenish the water and the electrolytes you lost on your way to your ideal body and weight.  

14. Raspberries

This fruit not only contains 87% water, it is also packed with anti-aging compounds that would beat expensive creams. Raspberries don’t just hydrate, they keep the brain sharp by countering oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is linked to diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. They also contain ellagitannins, which actually kill cancer cells.  

And those are just some of the reasons why you should enjoy this fruit all year round. 

15. Grapes

Grapes are 81% water and that’s why eating one after another makes you feel refreshed. Drinking wine though may have the opposite effect because alcohol is a diuretic—which means it makes you pee more. (It’s, in fact, important to drink water when you consume wine in order to balance the diuretic effect of alcohol.)

In addition to high water content, grapes contain resveratrol, which lowers blood pressure, protects the heart, safeguards the brain and keeps your skin looking young and radiant.  

16. Jicama  

They don’t call it the “Mexican water chestnut” for nothing. Jicamas are 90% water. 

This fresh and juicy fruit is actually the root bulb of a plant which produces beans similar to lima beans. They grow in areas with plenty of sunshine and eating them is good for diabetics because the fruit has a low glycemic index and high fiber content. Jicamas are also rich in inulin—a prebiotic fiber that promotes excellent nutrient absorption and boosts the immune system.   

17. Tomatoes 

Tomatoes are 94% water and are hydration powerhouses. They can be eaten solo or as part of a healthy hydrating salad. 

Tomatoes are a rich source of lycopene, which are known to reduce the risk of heart disease. The fruit, which is considered native to South America, also contains vitamin K1 which is important for blood clotting and bone health.  

Vegetables

18. Celery 

With 95% H2O, celery boasts as a vegetable with one of the highest concentrations of water on the planet. Because it contains electrolytes like magnesium, iron, and sodium, celery hydrates better than water.

Also, because of these same electrolytes, celery has an alkalinizing effect on the body—counteracting the effect of acidic foods like processed meats, grains and poultry. 

To enjoy celery and get most of its nutritional value, consume it fresh. Cut it only when you’re ready to eat. Celery should be stored properly to maintain its green crispness. It doesn’t last long so eat celery within five days of purchase.    

19. Cucumber 

Cucumbers are very refreshing and are known to go well with refreshing fruits like oranges and lemons. They are 95% water so they can easily prevent constipation and even promote regularity in bowel movements—pectin, a soluble fiber found in cucumbers, is very good for digestive health.

Cucumbers come with low sugar, which makes them healthy additions to your diet. They can make you feel full, without the caloric load. 

20. Zucchini 

Cucumber and zucchini do look alike and many people have a hard time distinguishing them. Both are technically fruits and both contain a significant amount of water—zucchinis are 94% H2O.

But zucchinis have a heartier taste and tend to be a bit more bitter than cucumbers. 

They are low calorie vegetables, with one cup having just 17 calories. It does, however, pack a punch in nutritional value. One cup of zucchini (around 223 grams) contains 40% of the recommended daily vitamin A intake. And as we all know, vitamin A is good for your eyes.  

21. Lettuce

Lettuce is a salad mainstay and an excellent source for hydration. Combined with tomatoes, cucumbers and squeezed lemons, you’ve got a virtually unbeatable hydration combination. 

It’s said that lettuce (Lactuca sativa) was cultivated in Egypt thousands of years ago and had a cultural and religious significance for the ancient Egyptians. 

Today, lettuce is linked to antioxidant and antimicrobial agents that promote good health. And, if you’re having trouble sleeping, lettuce is nature’s sleeping pill—helping you get those needed Zzzzz’s.  

22. Cauliflower 

It may not look like it, but a cauliflower is 92% water and goes a long way in maintaining a healthy digestive tract. 

In addition to H2O, cauliflowers are considered “brain food” because they contain choline which is essential to the learning and memory functions of the brain. 

For people suffering from obesity, cauliflower in your diet can give you the benefits of a high fiber and low calorie combo. 

23. Cabbage 

Cabbage helps keep your blood pressure in check. This star of the coleslaw is also known as a great remedy for inflammation. Sulforaphane and kaempferol, two kinds of antioxidants found in cabbage, are known for their anti-inflammatory functions.

Friendly bacteria Bifidobacteria and Lactobacilli, which are usually found in the gut, benefit from the rich fiber contained in cabbage. These bacteria, in turn, help maintain the integrity of the immune system—keeping the whole body happy and healthy.   

All of these are in addition to the great hydrating properties of cabbage—which is 92% water. 

24. Eggplant

Eggplants, also known as aubergines, are potent sources of hydration. And with that water comes a batch of compounds and phytonutrients that make eggplants some of the healthiest vegetables in the known universe. 

The lack of iron in a person’s blood can make one feel weak and lightheaded. This iron deficiency is called anemia, and, if not corrected immediately, anemia can have fatal consequences. 

Consuming eggplants, which contain iron and copper (both necessary for the production of red blood cells), can give you an energy boost and jettison feelings of lethargy and the blues. Eggplants also contain “brain boosters” like potassium. Potassium ramps up brain efficiency by dilating blood vessels, allowing more oxygen to get to the brain. 

25. Carrots 

Carrots are one of those vegetables that are always handy to have as a snack. You can simply whip out a stick and munch on it during your morning commute. This means you’re not only taking in healthy food, you’re also adding water to your body. Carrots, by the way, are 87% water and each bite brings you closer to the proverbial “8 glasses of water” you’re supposed to be having every day. 

Carrots are rich in beta-carotene (responsible for its orange color) which helps reduce the risk of lung and colon cancer. Carrot juice has also been found to kill leukemia cells and inhibit the progression of the disease. The beneficial effects of carrots to human health is undeniable.  

26. Broccoli 

Kids may turn their noses at broccoli, but their parents got it right. Broccoli is a superfood that deserves a spot in our diets. 

Broccoli is rich in substances like indole-3-carbinol or I3C. I3C is linked to a reduced risk of breast cancers in women. Broccoli also has sulforaphane, which is really like a miracle drug because it simultaneously lowers blood sugar, controls cholesterol, checks oxidative stress and reduces the development of chronic diseases. 

Broccoli, in short, is worth every bite!

27. Spinach

If it’s good enough for Popeye, it is definitely good enough for us. Spinach is 92% water and is one of the veggies that can hydrate you the most. 

Spinach is high in manganese, and manganese plays a major role in metabolism. By activating enzymes, manganese facilitates the different biological processes of the body. Manganese has also proven effective to alleviate PMS symptoms as well as speed up the healing process of wounds.   

28. Radish

This unassuming veggie is good for detoxification and helps clean our liver and stomach. Radish also strengthens individual blood vessels by promoting the production of collagen. Red blood cells also benefit because radish is known to fend off damage to red blood cells, and as a result, increases oxygen levels in the bloodstream. 

If nothing else, radishes’ high water content should be enough to persuade you to have a go at it.

29. Bell Peppers 

It may not be painfully obvious, but bell peppers are 92% water. They hydrate you while tasting delicious. 

Bell peppers take a recipe to a whole new level and also do the same to the body. Bell peppers, or Capsicum annuum, are packed with vitamin C. Imagine, just a single medium-sized red bell pepper already contains 169% of your recommended daily intake for vitamin C. 

Unripe ones contain lutein, a type of carotenoid, that’s vital for clear vision and eyesight.   

Milk Products

30. Yogurt 

Yogurt is made when bacteria does the job of fermenting milk—giving it its tangy flavor. Yogurt is a go-to food for those who want to lose weight because consuming it results in better weight management due to yogurt carrying few calories.

But aside from being a healthy option, yogurt is first and foremost a very refreshing food. It is 88% water and a helping of it is a sure way to hydration.  

31. Cottage Cheese 

Cottage cheese comes from the curds of pasteurized cow’s milk. It’s a kind of cheese that did not undergo aging, so it’s generally mild in flavor. It’s also low in calories, which makes it ideal for those trying to shed the pounds. 

Cottage cheese is made up of 80% water—and it may not look like it, but enjoying cottage cheese really means you’re also hydrating yourself.   

Foods to Avoid

1. Salty Foods

Salty foods are antithetical to hydration because salt (sodium chloride) sucks the water out of your cells. That’s why consuming foods like popcorn, chips, fried foods and cured meats makes you thirsty. And when you do drink, this water quickly leaves the body because it is used to flush out the excess salts through urination. 

2. Sweet Foods 

Sugary food items like candy, ice cream, donuts and cakes are to be avoided from the perspective of hydration because your body consumes a lot more water just to break down the sugars in these foods. Yes, sweet fruits and vegetables do contain (natural) sugars, but they are metabolized very differently than the refined sugars added to donuts and cakes.

The Bottom Line

So there you have it! You now know the best foods for hydration. And they just happen to also be the “super foods” that are really good for you. So, here’s to hitting two birds with one stone! 

If you really want to improve your hydration practices, consider pairing a healthy diet rich in hydrating foods with a special water bottle designed to support improved hydration. Learn more about the benefits of copper water bottles!

Happy hydrating! 

About the Authors: This article was collaboratively written by our team of researchers and writers with the benefit of all available scientific studies and other relevant literature. Our team of researchers and writers include experienced health researchers including a qualified medical professional. Please note that information in this article is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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How to Clean Your Tongue Using a Tongue Scrapper

How to Clean Your Tongue Using a Tongue Scrapper

Tongue scraping is an oral hygiene practice that has existed for centuries. Adding it to your oral hygiene can help fight bacteria that causes bad breath and dental decay, and it can also improve your sense of taste. So, why is it that we don’t speak of it so often?

It is important that you take care of your oral hygiene, and you may even feel like you are on top of your game when it comes to your toothbrush, dental floss, and mouthwash. And you may be right, although not entirely.

These oral hygiene practices take care of most of the nuisances that cause bad breath and dental decay. The toothbrush and dental floss take care of the teeth, and the mouthwash does the rest of the work, ensuring no bacteria remains hidden in the cracks and crevices of the mouth. 

However, there is still one part of the mouth which is responsible for keeping bacteria safe and thriving in your mouth: the tongue. Being one of the largest surfaces in the mouth and an organ we use actively to eat, drink, and taste, the tongue is a perfect place for bacteria to hide and thrive.

And, while your tongue is not at risk of developing cavities itself, these bacteria can easily affect your teeth, cause bad breath, and give your tongue a rather strange look. Unfortunately, rinsing will not help much, as the bacteria are known to stick together and create a biofilm. The only way to remove them is with tongue scraping. 

In this article, we will look at what tongue scraping is, why it is beneficial, and how you can implement this practice into your daily oral hygiene to eliminate unnecessary dental decay and bad breath.

The Origins and History of Tongue Cleaning

Tongue cleaning has been used for centuries in Europe, Africa, India, Arabia, and South America. Archaeological finds have uncovered tongue cleaning tools used by many of the ancient cultures, and tongue scraping is still a staple in Ayurvedic medicine and Islamic cultures.

Arabic, African, and Asian oral hygiene traditions that date back to 7,000 years ago involved a thorough oral cleansing method with the use of the miswak, a teeth cleaning twig made from the mustard tree. In a manner specified even in the Koran, they would brush their teeth and use the twig to clean the tongue in the final stage of oral cleansing.

Some of the earlier records of tongue cleaning also involved the use of the ‘datun,’ an Indian toothbrush which was made of a tree wig from an aromatic plant. The ancient Hindus would crush and chew at the end of the green twig until it became a soft brush. After brushing their teeth, they would split the twig, bend it in an inverted V shape, and use it as a tongue scraper.

Ayurvedic medicine has retained the tongue cleaning tradition to this date due to its numerous benefits to oral health. By using tongue scrapers made from copper, silver, gold, tin, or brass, this practice serves to remove the toxic debris, known as ‘ama.’

‘Ama’ means “unripe or undigested,” and, according to Ayurveda, its presence is signified by a coated white tongue, foul breath, and a strong body odor. By scraping the tongue regularly, one can ensure that there would be no ‘ama’ left, thus preserving both oral health and the digestive system.

Furthermore, Ayurveda sees tongue scraping as a means of improving the sense of taste, which is related to one of the five great elements that help the body function properly.

Tongue Cleaning in Western Cultures

The western cultures were a bit late on tongue cleaning practices, with the earliest records dating to 100 AD in ancient Rome. During that period, Romans would clean their tongues using iron tongue scrapers.

It was not until the 15th through the 19th century, however, that the European cultures began using tongue scrapers due to the prevalence of thickly coated tongues. Various inventions were created during this period, with scrapers varying in shape and size, sometimes attached to toothbrushes, and made to prevent the gag reflex that may happen during their use.

However, notwithstanding these inventions, the practice of tongue scraping failed to gain traction and enough popularity to enter the daily oral hygiene in western cultures. The studies related to tongue cleaning were few, and the interest of the people was not piqued enough for mass adoption of this healthy practice.

Luckily, times have changed, and since the twentieth century, the scientific community has been looking into the effectiveness of tongue cleaning and why it should enter daily oral hygiene.

The Benefits of Tongue Scraping

The tongue’s surface (or dorsum) is riddled with papillae, taste buds, crevices, and elevations, which are perfect for bacteria to hide in and between. Rinsing does not help, as the microorganisms in the tongue stick together to create a biofilm.

White Tongue

Perhaps the most visible effect of a bacterial and debris buildup on the tongue is its change in color. Leaving the tongue unchecked for longer periods of time can result in it taking on a white-coated appearance.

The front part of the tongue is less affected, because through speaking, swallowing, and other functions, it repeatedly meets the hard palate, which creates friction. This serves as a self-cleaning method. However, the posterior portion of the tongue does not enjoy that same luxury, and, if you look in the mirror, you might notice that it is therefore different in color.

So, why not remove it? Cleaning the tongue is a mechanical process that can help eliminate the debris buildup, leading to a clean, pink, and attractive tongue.

Fighting Bad Breath

Most bacteria in the mouth are part of the normal oral flora and play a beneficial symbiotic role. They help in breaking down proteins from food in the mouth, which makes it easier for the food to break down in the gut.

However, the byproducts of their work are volatile sulfur compounds and awful-smelling chemicals, explains bacteriologist Dr. Harold Katz. These compounds and chemicals can include Hydrogen Sulfide (the rotten egg smell), and Putrescine and Cadaverine (the smell of rotting flesh). 

It is these substances that lead to bad breath and are usually manifested as a coating on the tongue which can be gently scraped away.

Fighting Pathogens and Plaque

Additionally, some bacteria, such as the Mutans streptococci and the Lactobacilli, are pathogenic and can cause caries and periodontal disease. Because of the debris buildup, these bacteria receive nutrients they can feed and thrive on, which ultimately affects your oral health.

Additionally, these bacteria thrive in plaque formations, which can lead to gingivitis. As a study review suggests, tongue scraping has been shown time after time to have a positive effect on reducing plaque formation by over 60 percent.

Through regular scraping (along with brushing and flossing), you work on actively decreasing the count of these pathogens. A study has found that using a tongue scraper twice a day for only a week helps to make a considerable difference.

Improved Sense of Taste

Do not be surprised to learn that your sense of taste can also suffer due to debris buildup and the excretion of foul chemicals and compounds by the bacteria that eat it up. A study has found that by cleaning your tongue regularly for at least two weeks, you can improve the sense of taste and become able to better distinguish between sweet, salty, bitter, and sour sensations.

How to Clean Your Tongue

There are several ways you can clean your tongue naturally. As we already mentioned, certain areas of the tongue (such as the front part) take part in a natural self-cleaning process by being in contact with the hard palate.

However, you should not let that be the only way your tongue is cleaned. A quick search on the internet will give you a list of options you can try to improve your overall tongue hygiene, starting from the most ancient methods of using twigs to the more modern method of using an electric tongue scraper.

Here are some of the ways you can maintain tongue hygiene:

Proper Hydration

Dry mouth is one of the main causes of bad breath, so before you go looking for ways to maintain proper tongue hygiene, you should check to see if you are drinking enough water. Never underestimate the power of proper hydration.

Teeth Cleaning Twigs

This ancient method of oral hygiene is still considered useful because of the antiseptic and astringent effects of the different types of aromatic twigs. There are different sorts of teeth cleaning twigs you can choose from, such as the miswak and the neem twig.

To use a teeth cleaning twig, you will need to remove the bark at one end, chew on it until it separates like bristles, brush your teeth with it for about 10 minutes, and finally split the twig in half to make a tongue scraper. To scrape your tongue with it, you need to peel the bark from the stick, and use the inner part to gently scrape your tongue moving from the back of the tongue toward the tip.

Tongue Brushes

Unlike toothbrushes, tongue brushes are wider and made specially for tongue hygiene. They work by scraping the surface and getting between the crevices to remove any excess debris. Although effective, they are not as effective as tongue scrapers.

Tongue Scrapers

Tongue scrapers have been proven time after time as the best way to clean your tongue. They are usually U or V-shaped and come in different forms and styles and are made of different materials. They work by gently cleaning the surface of the tongue, removing the excess debris buildup along with the biofilm created by the bacteria that live on your tongue.

You can find tongue scrapers made of different metals, such as silver or copper, as well as plastic ones and even electric ones.

Should You Brush Your Tongue with a Toothbrush?

While you may think that cleaning your tongue with a toothbrush will help to eliminate the excess debris from your tongue, the truth is that this method is not very effective, and it can even push the debris deeper inside the tongue’s texture.

Some toothbrushes come with a scrape-like texture at the back, which can serve a purpose. However, the toothbrushes are small, as they are made for teeth. So, it is best that you limit them to that purpose.

As Healthline notes, “although cleaning your tongue with a toothbrush is better than not cleaning it at all, using a tongue scraper is more effective.”

When and How to Use a Tongue Scraper

If you want to see real results, it is best that you use a tongue scraper at least twice a day, along with your typical oral hygiene routine. Do it once you have brushed and flossed as a finishing step.

However, note that, depending on your diet, you might want to scrape your tongue after a meal if you want to truly eliminate bad breath. In any case, scraping in the morning and before you go to bed is a great way to get a head start on improving your oral hygiene.

To clean your tongue with a tongue scraper, follow these steps:

  1. Get in front of a mirror, open your mouth, and stick out your tongue;
  2. Gently touch the back end of your tongue with the rounded end of the tongue scraper (or go as far back as you feel comfortable);
  3. Slowly pull forward toward the tip of your tongue (do not press too hard, or you might hurt your tongue);
  4. Clean the tongue scraper with a washcloth or tissue after each motion to remove debris;
  5. Repeat until you’ve scraped the entire surface of your tongue;
  6. Rinse with warm or room temperature water; and
  7. Wash the tongue scraper with warm water and soap and store it in a dry place.

Some Tips and Tricks of Tongue Scraping

How should you clean the back of the tongue? Scraping the back of your tongue may induce a gag reflex, which may - in extreme cases - even cause you to vomit. This is a natural reflex and it takes some getting used to before you stop experiencing it. However, until then, you could start by scraping from the middle of the tongue forward and go further back as far as you can until you become more accustomed to the practice. 

When you scrape your tongue, make sure you do it gently. There is no need to press too hard, as the scraper is not meant for peeling your tongue’s surface. Otherwise, you might hurt your tongue.

You want the pressure to be firm enough to scrape up excess debris, but gentle enough to avoid harming the skin or the taste buds. Also, to avoid damaging your tongue, ensure that the tongue scraper does not have any uneven or rough edges.

Tongue scraping usually takes around two minutes. Ayurveda recommends repeating scraping the entire surface anywhere between 7 and 14 times (9 times being the optimal number). However, if you do not feel comfortable with it in the beginning, you can start by scraping your tongue only two times per session and increase as you get accustomed to it. 

When rinsing your mouth after scraping, you could add some salt and even a pinch of turmeric to the water for an added antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effect.

Finally, do not replace tongue scraping for the much-needed teeth brushing and flossing. They go great with tongue scraping, but without them, you would not achieve much of anything with tongue scraping because bacteria would still be present in other parts of your mouth

The Benefits of Using a Copper Tongue Scraper

A copper tongue scraper is an excellent option and among some of the best tongue scrapers. This is because copper has excellent alkalizing and antibacterial properties which can only boost the effectiveness of scraping.

Research shows that copper is excellent for restricting pathogen growth, killing bacteria, yeasts, and viruses on contact. In addition to that, copper provides important enzymes needed for the healthy microbes in the mouth to survive and fight off invasive pathogenic bacteria.

This makes a copper tongue scraper one of the best tongue cleaning tools available. Combine it with some copper-infused water rinse once you are done scraping, and you get a powerful combination that is bound to eliminate anything that stands in the way of your oral health.

The Bottom Line

The benefits of tongue scraping have been known for centuries by many cultures around the world. It is one of the oldest oral hygiene practices and one which is still highly regarded to this day.

However, do not underestimate the importance of brushing and flossing regularly. Use tongue scraping in addition to these habits to achieve the best results. And finally, do not forget to visit your dentist regularly – some problems cannot be solved with scraping.

About the Authors: This article was collaboratively written by our team of researchers and writers with the benefit of all available scientific studies and other relevant literature. Our team of researchers and writers include experienced health researchers including a qualified medical professional. Please note that information in this article is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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