Brushing teeth after meals is a common practice to prevent tooth decay and bad breath. However, many people are unaware of the importance of cleaning the tongue. Research suggests that brushing the tongue not only helps maintain good oral health but also has positive effects on the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, immune system, and overall well-being.
Dr. Thomas Levy, an expert on toxins and infections, explains that the human body contains a vast assortment of bacteria, fungi, and protozoa known as the “microbial organ.” Maintaining a balanced microbial environment is crucial for good health. When the balance is disrupted, it can lead to various health problems.
Chronic sinusitis, for example, can result in the continuous release of unfriendly bacteria into the GI tract, which can upset the microbial balance. Dr. Levy suggests that instead of immediately looking for problems elsewhere in the body, healthcare professionals should first examine the tongue, as it often serves as the starting point for many conditions.
Bacteria, fungi, viruses, and other microorganisms can reside on the tongue, along with trapped food particles in its crevices and on its surface. Since the tongue lacks a self-cleaning mechanism, it requires proper cleaning to remove these microbial debris. Using a toothbrush or tongue scraper can effectively eliminate harmful microbes and promote oral and overall health.
According to 69 scientific studies conducted by renowned researchers, an unhealthy microbial balance in the GI tract is linked to various diseases, including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, migraines, depression, autism, irritable bowel syndrome, and obesity. Establishing a healthy gut microbiome is crucial for preventing these conditions.
Apart from maintaining tongue hygiene, Dr. Levy suggests changing lifestyle habits such as reducing stress, getting sufficient sleep, eating slowly, staying hydrated, adjusting the diet, and identifying food intolerances. Additionally, incorporating probiotics into the routine can help regulate the bacterial content of the gut. However, finding the right probiotic that works for an individual’s unique GI tract may require some trial and error.
Furthermore, nebulization, a process that converts medication into a fine mist for inhalation, can be an effective treatment method. This allows the mist to come into contact with the sinuses, oral cavity, and respiratory tract, which can help combat microbial imbalances and infection.
In conclusion, maintaining good oral hygiene goes beyond brushing teeth. Cleaning the tongue is vital for preventing a range of diseases and promoting overall well-being. Alongside tongue hygiene, incorporating probiotics, making lifestyle adjustments, and considering nebulization can contribute to a healthy microbial balance and improve overall health.
Source: Dr. Thomas Levy’s report and 69 scientific studies by renowned international researchers.