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Magical Tongue: Stretching, Toning, and Detoxing


By Columnist Julie Rammal – International Celebrity Personal Trainer, Yoga and Pilates Pro:


Photo credit: Dive Officer 2007 The Tongue

When was the last time you connected with your tongue? Did you know that your tongue reflects your inner health? It is also an incredibly powerful organ that helps you: taste, lick, swallow, speak and if treated correctly can make you even lose weight!

There are three major steps to take care of your tongue. These are to:
Detoxify it. Stretch it. Tone it.

Step One: Detoxify It

Gently use a spoon to scrape off any coating on your tongue. Begin by gently using the rim of the spoon (scrape from the back of the tongue to the front) and clean your tongue daily. This method will help to remove any foul smell, tastelessness and will improve the body and food connection by eliminating any unwanted coating, which, in return, helps you dislodge sugar, salt and other unwanted tastes.

Step Two: Stretch It

Exercise 1: Tongue Reacher
Stick your tongue as far out and hold for 3-5 seconds then relax. Repeat 5-10 times.

Exercise 2: Up Dog Tongue
Gently reach your tongue to your nose and hold for 5-10 seconds. Repeat 5-10 times.

Exercise 3: Downward Dog Tongue
Lengthen your neck to your chin and hold for 3-5 seconds. Try to reach it further down, and think of the yoga position “Downward Facing Dog.”

Exercise 4: Roll It
Lengthen your tongue out and gently make 5-10 big tongue circles to the right and then to the left. Focus on the length and stretch.

Step Three: Tone It

Exercise 1: Peek-a-Boo Tongue
Gently stick your tongue as far out and hold for 3-5 seconds and then quickly draw it to the rooftop of your mouth and hold for 3-5 seconds. Repeat this exercise 5- 10 times.

Exercise 2: Tongue Push Ups
Gently using the tip of your tongue push the rooft top of your mouth for 5-20 seconds. Rest. Repeat 5-10 times.

Exercise 3: Tongue Side-to-Side
Gently reach your tongue to the left then right side of your inner cheeks 10-20 times. Rest. Repeat 1-3 sets.

When you have completed the above exercises stick your tongue out and see how much can you taste, feel and sense using your tongue daily. This exercise will improve your connection with your tongue and inner health. Remember to have a happy healthy tongue day.

About Our Alternative Complimentary Medicine News and Review Columnist

Julie RammalJulie Rammal is an International Celebrity Personal Trainer, Yoga and Pilates Pro, and a leading holistic fitness and Ayurvedic practitioner. She has trained some of the biggest stars and Royal families in the middle east. Therefore, it is no wonder she is called, “The Middle East Princess of Holistic Fitness.”

Growing-up in over 40 countries, Julie has helped thousands of people to find themselves by connecting back to their body and mind. Her diverse fitness background in: Aerobics, dance, gymnastics, Pilates and  Yoga have led her to create the first holistic fitness dvd that focuses on changing, connecting, and training the body and mind together in a 2-week program to make you younger, firmer, and slimmer! Her recently produced DVD, “IN LIGHT OF CHANGE” (52 minutes, www.jsport.co) was a huge hit seller.

Julie demonstrates a variety of fitness moves inspired by aerobics, primal movements, stretching, Yoga and Pilates. She honors the mind and body. Julie focuses on spreading her messages of natural holistic fitness, health, and motivation to inspire our current and next generation to connect to a healthier and naturally fitter, stress free population.

Disclaimer: The information published in this column are based on the author’s own professional and personal knowledge, and opinion. This information and opinion are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment of any manner. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding any medical condition and consult a qualified medical professional before beginning any nutritional program or exercise program. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on InShape News.


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