Brush your teeth for 2 minutes. I recommend, "toothpaste. Next, scrape your tongue 4-5 times, using a tongue scraper or the edge of a metal spoon. Start at the back of the tongue and scrape towards the front. Don't be too rough but do remove the residue. Do not use your toothbrush. Scraping your tongue removes the toxins that your liver processed during the night and deposited the toxic residue on your tongue - yuck! Scraping the tongue also freshens the breath and stimulates the organs and digestion. Your tongue is a map of your internal organ system. Check out your tongue each morning-it's all telling!
Ama is toxins. A toxin is defined as anything that is poison to the body and can cause disease and/or stress to our organism. When we ingest wrong food, wrong impressions ama can be created in our organism (body & mind). Ama can lodge itself in our tissues and can cause gas, foul breath, malabsorption, just to name a few. You may see a white coating on the tongue, sticky stools and no matter what you eat the food just doesn't seem to be assimilated-you just don't feel right. Do you have any of these symptoms? It may be time to do a spring cleanse-visit your local Ayurvedic practitioner to access your level of ama and to set your digestion straight! If our digestion is strong, then ama can't find a home. Reset your digestion!
Ama Buster (take 1 tsp of these combined ground, dry herbs in hot water after a meal or during a meal 2-3x/day)
1 T ginger
1 T coriander
1 T cumin
2 T dry mint
2 T fennel
Whole Healing Ayurveda
The teachings of Ayurveda are as pertinent today as they were thousands of years ago.