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It is normal to see people cleaning their teeth with a tooth-paste-carrying tooth-brush after meals or drinks. Also, it is equally a normal sight to see people cleaning their mouths by holding inside the mouth for 4-5 minutes a mouth-washer liquid.
The teeth and the mouth are cleaned with the tooth-paste and mouth-washer just to clean and maintain a healthy mouth-ecosystem so that this ecosystem remains free from harmful microbes which may otherwise cause irreversible decay of the teeth/gums or other parts of the mouth. This helps prevent the generation and diffusion of the foul smell and breath in and out of the mouth, too.
Additionally, the clean sparkling teeth add to the enchanting smile and personality.
But, you would be taken aback if someone were to advise you to do gurgling and repeat it 4-12 times every time that you happened to pass out the pee or the poo.
You may find your own self irritated and protesting, saying – “What the hell is it? I can understand we must clean our teeth and mouth. But, why on the Earth do I need do gurgling each time I do pee or the poo and that too not once, twice, but 4-12 times? Isn’t it ok if I clean my anus only, after passing out the stool? What relation does the mouth and the pee have?”
The standard spiritual texts of the Bharat such as the Shrimad Devi Bhagwat Puraann prescribes the 4-12 times gurgling regimen after each pee-poo exercise for the spiritual devotee. Of course, they don’t give any scientific reasons for such a spiritual prescription. But, this doesn’t mean the non-existence of any scientific basis.
Dr Swaamee Aprtemaanandaa Jee’s scientific theory and explanation
Let us know a few basic facts, first as stated, described and explained below.
(1) The present-day-science has discovered the unbelievable and amazing fact of the presence of trillions of microbes inside the Maanava-mouth, mainly – bacteria, fungi, protozoa and viruses.
The number of the microbes present in each Maanava-mouth is more than the whole population of the Maanavas on the planet Earth! Some of these mouth-microbes are beneficial, while others are harmful.
The bacterium Streptococcus is responsible for causing the rotting of the teeth.
(2) The nostrils have an opening inside the mouth. When we inhale then the air or the smell is carried inside our mouth and the body via the nostrils and through these connected inner openings. Although the cilia and the mucus present on the walls of the nasal cavity generally prevent the pathogens of the inhaled air from getting into the throat and the windpipe yet very often the pathogens inhaled during the pee or the poo manage to reach inside the mouth.
(3) The microbes mostly remain harmless so long as they remain inside the abdomen or the guts because of the presence of the abdominal juices that are so powerful that they are capable of consuming even the metals and dissolving a piece of the bone in a few hours’ time only!
Each ounce of large intestinal fluid consists of 29 trillion bacteria.
Not all the bacteria in the abdomen are harmful. The Maanava shareera is able to digest food mainly due to the action by the bacteria in the guts. For example, Methanobacterium smithi breaks down the food and produces the methane gas.
The fart consists usually of methane and hydrogen. The pure methane is odourless. It starts giving the stinking smell when it has some amounts of dimethyl sulphide and methanethiol.
The Maanava shareera secrets more than 1.5 gallons of digestive acidic juices each day which is used to digest the food in the stomach. Most of it is recycled.
The small intestine has three parts: duodenum, jejunum and ileum. The large intestine consists of three parts, too: cecum, colon and rectum.
The pee usually consists of water, salt and urea. When a person pees then it generates a smell, mostly foul and containing invisible harmful microbes. The fresh pee lacks in smell. However, once the pee is out of the Maanava shareera, the urea in the pee breaks down and generates the smell which is due to the formation of the ammonia gas.
Similarly, the poo itself contains several harmful microbes besides those in the farting air gushing out with it. The poo and the fart, once move out of the Maanava shareera, produce smell, mostly foul and carrying these harmful microbes.
Let’s understand the composition of the poo. The poo is three-fourths water and one-fourths solid, in general. The water is absorbed during the movement of the poo in the intestines. One-thirds of the solid pee consists of the bacteria left dead during the digestion process, one-thirds the undigested matters such as the fibre or the cellulose, one-thirds the combination of salts, fats, dead cells, live bacteria and mucus.
The harmful microbes generated by the pee or the poo and carried along by the smell enter your nasal chambers. From there, these travel along and enter your mouth through the connected inner nasal openings.
Thus, these harmful uninvited external microbes join the already crowded micro ecosystem of the mouth. Their adds to the lethality of the harmful microbes that already exist inside the mouth. Unknowingly, it enhances your propensity to have an ill-health.
The fresh water that you take inside your mouth after pee or the poo ensures that the uninvited external microbes are drowned and then are flushed out when you throw this water out of your mouth.
The more the number of times you do the gurgling the greater the number of the uninvited external microbes that are thrown out of the mouth. Of course, the mouth’s own original resident microbes are thrown out, too. However, this is a beneficial exercise since it reduces the presence of the harmful microbes inside the mouth.
You have to do gurgling more number of times after passing out poo than passing out the pee because the poo generates a greater number of microbes as that compared to the number generated by the pee. That’s why, it is recommended that you do gurgling twelve times after the poo and six times after the pee.
One may question the logic of limiting the numbers of gurgling to 4-12 times only. However, this requires further research so as to ascertain the exact number of times the gurgling must be done during the pee or the poo. This is out of the scope of the instant scientific research paper.
~ Dr Swaamee Aprtemaanandaa Jee(fotos: Courtesy The Google)