What color and texture is your tongue? Is it healthy or indicating you may have health problems?
Our tongue is a muscular organ, eight muscles actually, that has 4 noted functions. The tongue’s primary function is taste, followed by it’s function of moving food around for chewing to aide in starting the digestive process, it’s third function is swallowing, and finally the famous forth function, speaking.
An additional, typically not covered in science books function, is being an indicator of poor health or disease such as: poor circulation, nutritional deficiencies, digestive issues, allergies, immune disorders, and others to include cancer.
Ignore mother’s advice for a minute and ‘Stick out your tongue’.
Do this in front of a mirror before eating or drinking anything that might discolor your tongue.
Review the list below to see if your tongue indicates you are healthy. Share your results/thoughts.
Normal Healthy Tongue:
- Pink color
- Thin white coat
- No cracks, spots, bite marks, or ulcers.
Color and some Health Indicators:
- sign of inflammation
- iron deficiency
- vitamin B complex deficiencies (especially vitamin B12)
- a reaction to certain types of food, toothpaste, or mouthwash.
IF swollen and looks like a strawberry:
- sign of Scarlet fever, or
- sign of Kawasaki disease.
NOTE – If have a strawberry tongue and fever, seek medical advice.
- low in hemoglobin (iron)
- possible autoimmune disorders
- improper circulation of blood and lymph
- high cholesterol levels
- infection of the respiratory system
- a melanoma, (type of skin cancer)
NOTE – If the spot doesn’t disappear or grows, visit a doctor.
Black and Hairy
- poor oral health
- excessive smoking
Coating of the Tongue:
- Thin white coating – healthy tongue
- Thick white coating – might be oral thrush or candidiasis
- No coating – most likely struggling with digestive-related issues
Texture Of The Tongue:
If you have painful areas, sores, or small bumps – sign of eating too much hot food or smoking.
It can be as simple as an infected, or swollen taste bud, but it can also mean a yeast infection or oral cancer.
** For all of these conditions, if they persist contact a medical professional.
Tips for a Healthy Tongue:
- Quit smoking
- Little alcohol
- Brush your teeth 2-3 times a day after meals.
- Floss regularly
- Rinse mouth with water after eating
- Eat lots of fresh, whole foods
- Avoid processed foods
- Gargle with salt and water
- Oil pull everyday first thing in the morning.
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