What your tongue tells about your health

tonguehealth When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise. This may sound metaphorical and you may have come across such sayings on tongue in your daily life quite often.

But in general people do not give much thought to their tongue. Do you know that your tongue contains 9000 taste buds, which helps you to swallow food, taste food and speak?

Have you ever thought that why does a doctor tells you to hold your tongue out while examining you for your health? This is because your tongue can disclose possible cues about your health to your doctor so he may start with his intervention if he finds something wrong.

A doctor usually looks for color, texture, moisture and shape of your tongue to determine diseases like heart disease, cancer and stomach disorders.

The condition of your heart is determined by the tip of your tongue. Various spots on tongue indicate the condition of your gall bladder, spleen, stomach and kidney.

A thin white coating/plaque on the tongue is regarded as normal but if coating is thick, either in patches or in entirety, it may indicate infection like bacterial overgrowth or inflammatory disease. It may also indicate a state of dehydration. It can also indicate fungus infection on warm and moist areas of the body.

Remember a healthy tongue is light red or pink in shade. Any deviation from these shades must be regarded as an indication of something wrong.

A red tongue indicates nutritional deficiencies particularly deficiency of folic acid, vitamin B-12 or vitamin B 3.

A pale tongue indicates problems with lungs and colon. A person experiencing pale tongue often lacks energy and vigor and feels tired.

A purple tongue indicates poor blood circulation or high content of sugar in the body, which actually indicates excessive consumption of cold foods and neglect of warm foods.

Small projections on tongue called papillae can sometimes elongate to give a hairy appearance can be caused by anti-biotic intakes, bacterial infection or due to dry mouth.

A dry tongue indicates consumption of excess sugar and dairy products. Dryness is caused due to excessive mucus in the body. It can also be caused by swelling of salivary gland, which can swell due to stress.

Raised red spots on tongue indicate allergies such as eczema and asthma.


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