Everyone wants to flash their pearly whites and look good for those selfies, which is why we devote considerable attention to brushing our teeth and grooming routines, but we seldom pay attention to our tongues. Maybe it’s time to stick your tongue out and peer hard into the mirror.
Your tongue can be a good indicator of your general health and it’s also a cause of many of those oral hygiene issues like bad breath, as it tends to harbor bacteria. In fact, keeping your tongue clean is more important to oral hygiene than brushing and flossing!
Here are some of the clear signs that your tongue health will give you about your general health and wellbeing. Pay heed to them and you can avert major health complications and medical expenses later in life.
The Tongue Health Connection
1. Cracks In The Center
Cracks or lines appearing in the middle or towards the center of the tongue, but not reaching the tip may seem innocuous, but they can be indicative of problems with digestion. This could mean that you have a weak stomach or intestines, and there is a high risk of you having some form of nutritional deficiency.
You can use over the counter digestive enzymes to enhance digestion, while foods like sweet potato, yam, peppermint, and millet sprouts can also help.
2. Teeth Marks
The presence of teeth marks towards the sides of the tongue may be indicative of weakness of the spleen, which can also contribute to bloating and gas buildup. This can be remedied by eating plenty of leafy greens like spinach, lettuce, and broccoli, as well as herbs like ginger, garlic, and cinnamon.
3. Sore Tongue
This tongue symptom usually means that you have a deficiency in vitamin B6 or niacin, or that you have anemia or iron deficiency. To address this problem you can start taking B-complex supplements or increase your dietary intake of these nutrients by eating spinach, yogurt, and fresh fruits.
4. Burning Tongue
A burning sensation on your tongue is one of the most obvious signs of impaired digestion, as the stomach’s production of gastric juices is imbalanced. You can try to avoid certain food groups to identify if any food is causing the problem, but in most cases chewing on ginger will help. Herbal tonics like Swedish bitters that contain aloe, rhubarb, and saffron, can also help remedy the problem.
5. Swelling Or Whitening Of Tongue
The appearance of thick white coating or swelling of the tongue could mean that there is an imbalance in the gut flora, which results in yeast buildup. This can be easily fixed by temporarily restricting intake of sugar rich processed foods, as they encourage yeast infections. Instead, consume more probiotics and use acidophilus powder or capsules.
6. Yellow Coating Of Tongue
According to most Ayurveda experts excessive heat in the gut and sluggish bowel movements results in yellow coating and it’s a sign you need to go in for a detox. Switch to a healthy satvik diet for a while and consume foods like garlic, ginger, cucumber, and radish. Drinking chamomile tea and aloe vera juice can also help to remedy the problem.
7. Cracks In The Tongue
This is a warning sign that you are not getting adequate supply of B vitamins because of malabsorption, which will also explain any concurrent symptoms of fatigue or low energy. Try taking B complex supplements along with aloe juice, peppermint tea, and other herbal teas.
Tongue analysis is an integral part of Ayurveda and although it is not completely accurate, it is fairly good diagnostic tool, when used in combination with facial or nail symptom diagnosis. This can help give you earlier warning about potential health problems that haven’t surfaced yet.
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