How to check your health according to your tongue

How to check your health according to your tongue

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Similar to reflexology, it is believed each area of the tongue corresponds to different organs of the body. The front of the tongue is directed to the lungs and heart; the middle, to the spleen and stomach; the sides, to the liver; and the back, towards the kidneys, small intestine and the colon. Working like a mirror to the digestive system, the tongue can indicate nutritional deficiencies, show food sensitivities and reveal the health of our organs.

Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine have been using the tongue as a diagnostic tool for thousands of years, and the practise is becoming popular in Western naturopathic practice. But don’t rush off to see a naturopath too quickly, it is simple enough to do a self-diagnosis at home. Look at your tongue and observe the shape, colour and coating. What does your tongue say about you?

1. A pale tongue:

Any change in the colour of the tongue is related to the circulation of the blood. A pale or whitish tongue is indicative of poor circulation and anemia (when your body does not have enough healthy red blood cells). A pale tongue signals nutritional deficiencies including iron, folate and vitamin B12. If you are suffering from anemia, you may also have common signs and symptoms including a lack of energy, fatigue, dizziness and poor memory.

2. A beefy, red tongue:

A healthy tongue is rosy pink in colour, however if your tongue is red you may need to pay extra attention. A red tongue can suggest inflammation in the body, and a lack of iron which creates reduced circulation of blood. Common nutritional deficiencies found with a beefy, red tongue include iron, folate and vitamin B12; and if your tongue is burning, this indicates you need more zinc. A beefy red tongue can also be referred to as glossitis; where inflammation makes your tongue appear swollen and often smooth.

3. Teeth impressions:

Teeth marks are often found where the teeth are literally pressing against the tongue, because it is too swollen for the oral cavity. Teeth marks are an indication of poor nutrient absorption, and along with the marks, you may find that you are suffering from exhaustion, poor digestion, have inflammation and even toxin accumulation in the digestive tract. It is essential to absorb nutrients from food for the maintenance of good health. Support your digestive system with glutamine for healthy growth and repair of the intestinal lining, pre-and-probiotics to replenish stores of good bacteria and reduce inflammation, and apple cider vinegar to increase stomach acid for better digestion.

4. A white coating:

A white coating is the most common discoloration of the tongue. Often related to oral hygiene, a white coating may also be a sign it is time for an autumn detox with liver or gut herbs. A thick coating in the center of the tongue is a common sign of an overloaded digestive system. You may find you are feeling heavy or lethargic, and that your digestive system needs a good dose of friendly pre-and-probiotics. A thick coating may also be indicative of the fungal infection candida. If this is you, probiotics is a must.

5. A shaky tongue:

A shaky tongue is commonly found when people are suffering from stress and an inability to relax. You may be unable to sleep, feel stressed, anxious and have a restless mind. A shaky tongue can be supported by taking calming herbs to nourish the nervous system, as well as magnesium to support relaxation, muscle tension and sleep issues.

6. A cracked tongue:

Grooves, cracks or fissures along the surface of the tongue surface may be due to an iron, biotin or vitamin B12 deficiency, as these nutrients are required to mature the tongue’s papillae. It is important to look out for fungal overgrowth in the fissures of the tongue, and take a pre-and-probiotic as a preventative, if you suffer from fissures.

7. A deep line through the tongue:

A deep, prominent mark in the middle of the tongue can be a result of malnutrition. However more often than not, it is indicative of emotion or stress being held in the spine. The top of the spine correlates to the tip of the tongue, and the lower spine, to the back of the tongue. If you have a deep line, you may want to explore what is causing such a deep emotional response. If you are having any spinal issues, it may be worth getting them checked by an osteopath or chiropractor.

8. A geographic tongue:

When patches of the tongue are missing, papillae form over the tongue in a map-like (geographic) appearance. Symptoms may appear for a few days then disappear, or the location of the ‘maps’ may move. A vitamin B deficiency can cause inflammation, swelling and many tongue symptoms, especially a geographic tongue. If patches appear on the sides of the tongue, your liver may need extra support through detoxification and liver specific herbs. If the patches appear on the middle of the tongue, support your digestive system with pre-and-probiotics and apple cider vinegar.

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Your body is always dropping clues about your health, and you can learn a lot by opening your mouth. You can prevent many tongue problems by practicing good oral hygiene such as flossing, using a mouth wash and a tongue scraper. Avoiding tobacco and alcohol, drinking lots of water and eating a diet rich in fruit and vegetables can do wonders for your oral hygiene and help to flush out bacteria mad debris from your whole digestive system. It is important to regularly check your tongue to recognise any changes and notice what you may not be able to feel. Check your tongue in the mirror each morning, and stay on top your health.

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How to check your health according to your tongue

Similar to reflexology, it is believed each area of the tongue corresponds to different organs of the body. The front of the tongue is directed to the lungs and heart; the middle, to the spleen and stomach; the sides, to the liver; and the back, towards the kidneys, small intestine and the colon. Working like a mirror to the digestive system, the tongue can indicate nutritional deficiencies, show food sensitivities and reveal the health of our organs. Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine have been using the tongue as a diagnostic tool for thousands of years, and the practise is becoming popular in Western naturopathic practice. But don’t rush off to see a naturopath too quickly, it is simple enough to do a self-diagnosis at home. Look at your tongue and observe the shape, colour and coating. What does your tongue say about you?

1. A pale tongue:

Any change in the colour of the tongue is related to the circulation of the blood. A pale or whitish tongue is indicative of poor circulation and anemia (when your body does not have enough healthy red blood cells). A pale tongue signals nutritional deficiencies including iron, folate and vitamin B12. If you are suffering from anemia, you may also have common signs and symptoms including a lack of energy, fatigue, dizziness and poor memory.

2. A beefy, red tongue:

A healthy tongue is rosy pink in colour, however if your tongue is red you may need to pay extra attention. A red tongue can suggest inflammation in the body, and a lack of iron which creates reduced circulation of blood. Common nutritional deficiencies found with a beefy, red tongue include iron, folate and vitamin B12; and if your tongue is burning, this indicates you need more zinc. A beefy red tongue can also be referred to as glossitis; where inflammation makes your tongue appear swollen and often smooth.

3. Teeth impressions:

Teeth marks are often found where the teeth are literally pressing against the tongue, because it is too swollen for the oral cavity. Teeth marks are an indication of poor nutrient absorption, and along with the marks, you may find that you are suffering from exhaustion, poor digestion, have inflammation and even toxin accumulation in the digestive tract. It is essential to absorb nutrients from food for the maintenance of good health. Support your digestive system with glutamine for healthy growth and repair of the intestinal lining, pre-and-probiotics to replenish stores of good bacteria and reduce inflammation, and apple cider vinegar to increase stomach acid for better digestion.

4. A white coating:

A white coating is the most common discoloration of the tongue. Often related to oral hygiene, a white coating may also be a sign it is time for an autumn detox with liver or gut herbs. A thick coating in the center of the tongue is a common sign of an overloaded digestive system. You may find you are feeling heavy or lethargic, and that your digestive system needs a good dose of friendly pre-and-probiotics. A thick coating may also be indicative of the fungal infection candida. If this is you, probiotics is a must.

5. A shaky tongue:

A shaky tongue is commonly found when people are suffering from stress and an inability to relax. You may be unable to sleep, feel stressed, anxious and have a restless mind. A shaky tongue can be supported by taking calming herbs to nourish the nervous system, as well as magnesium to support relaxation, muscle tension and sleep issues.

6. A cracked tongue:

Grooves, cracks or fissures along the surface of the tongue surface may be due to an iron, biotin or vitamin B12 deficiency, as these nutrients are required to mature the tongue’s papillae. It is important to look out for fungal overgrowth in the fissures of the tongue, and take a pre-and-probiotic as a preventative, if you suffer from fissures.

7. A deep line through the tongue:

A deep, prominent mark in the middle of the tongue can be a result of malnutrition. However more often than not, it is indicative of emotion or stress being held in the spine. The top of the spine correlates to the tip of the tongue, and the lower spine, to the back of the tongue. If you have a deep line, you may want to explore what is causing such a deep emotional response. If you are having any spinal issues, it may be worth getting them checked by an osteopath or chiropractor.

8. A geographic tongue:

When patches of the tongue are missing, papillae form over the tongue in a map-like (geographic) appearance. Symptoms may appear for a few days then disappear, or the location of the ‘maps’ may move. A vitamin B deficiency can cause inflammation, swelling and many tongue symptoms, especially a geographic tongue. If patches appear on the sides of the tongue, your liver may need extra support through detoxification and liver specific herbs. If the patches appear on the middle of the tongue, support your digestive system with pre-and-probiotics and apple cider vinegar.

Tongue health.jpg

Your body is always dropping clues about your health, and you can learn a lot by opening your mouth. You can prevent many tongue problems by practicing good oral hygiene such as flossing, using a mouth wash and a tongue scraper. Avoiding tobacco and alcohol, drinking lots of water and eating a diet rich in fruit and vegetables can do wonders for your oral hygiene and help to flush out bacteria mad debris from your whole digestive system. It is important to regularly check your tongue to recognise any changes and notice what you may not be able to feel. Check your tongue in the mirror each morning, and stay on top your health.

How to check your health according to your tongue

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