The colour, texture and moisture of your tongue can provide ‘tell-tale’ signs of what’s going on inside your body.
Many complementary therapies, including Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and naturopathy, use the tongue to aid diagnosis.
If a person is unwell, the problem can often be detected by simply looking at the tongue.
According to Chinese herbalist Giovanni Masiocia, the tongue accurately reflects the state of your health.
‘In Chinese medicine, it acts like a map where certain areas of the tongue correlate to specific organs of the body,’ he says.
Stick out your tongue in front of a mirror, say “ahh”, and here’s what to look for:
1. Dark coloration
Dark patches on the tongue indicate you aren’t using good oral hygiene. Use a good toothpaste and always floss and rinse.
2. Bright red
If your tongue looks strawberry red, it means you may not be getting all the vitamins you need. Improve your diet or add multivitamins
3. White and powdery
White and powdery looking tongue indicates that you may have a yeast infection. See a doctor to take care of it.
4. White patches
White patches mean that something might be bothering your mouth. It could be your toothpaste, mouthwash, or even food you’ve been eating lately.
Cracking and fissures in the tongue is a normal sign of aging. You are at a higher risk of infection. Make sure you’re taking extra good care of your oral hygiene.
6. Small red lumps
This is a certain sign of oral cancer. See a doctor at once!
7. Burning sensations
If your tongue is burning, it’s a signal that you’ve entered menopause. If you know for sure that you haven’t, it’s likely that your tongue is being irritated by your toothpaste.
8. Painful sores
Painful sores are often caused by stress. Take time to relax and lower your stress levels!
9. Yellow coating
A thick yellow layer on your tongue is usually a sign of fungal infection. These are most common in children and teens. It is also common within people wearing braces. Make sure you go to the dentist to see what possible solutions there could be if your tongue looks like this.
You can use these helpful tips to improve your digestion and the appearance of your tongue:
- Eat fermented foods and drink probiotic beverages to bring your inner ecosystem back into balance.
- Use the Principle of 80/20 at every meal.
- Warm up your digestion with cooked foods.
- Add herbs and spices to improve digestion.
- Drink warm ginger tea 20 minutes before a meal to benefit digestion and relieve nausea.
- Take digestive enzymes to increase mineral absorption.