As a child, I was taught not to stick out my tongue but it turns out that the tongue can be an extremely important gauge of overall health. From vitamin deficiencies to more serious health threats, the truth is often written on your tongue.
Your tongue can actually be a valuable tool that you can use to keep track of your health. Here are some tips on how to understand what your tongue is telling you.
The Main Focus Areas of Your Tongue
There are three main focus areas that you need to check when you examine your tongue:
- The first is tongue color. The color of your tongue can tell you a lot about your circulatory system and it may also tell you about levels of oxygen in your body.
- The second area that is important is the coating. Tongue coating can give you an indication of how well your digestive system is working.
- Finally, the tongue tip and sides of the tongue are also important tools for self-diagnosis.
Here are some of the more common things you may see on your tongue and what they mean:
1. White Patches
A white coating on your tongue could mean that you have a yeast overgrowth. But before you panic about yeast infections like candida, try brushing your tongue properly for a week and then see if the white patches or coating persist.
Candida overgrowths often occur when you have been ill and have used antibiotics, or when your immune system is run down. Balancing your gastrointestinal environment with healthy levels of probiotics from fermented foods, good quality natural yoghurt, or a probiotic supplement can be a great way to restore gastrointestinal balance in the digestive tract. If the white patches persist, then see your physician as oral cancer can often start in these areas.
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