The color, texture and moisture of your tongue can be key in determining the overall state of your health. Here are some keys changes to look out for.
The tongue consists of a group of muscles that allow us to taste food, to swallow, and to talk. Naturopath Laurence Kirk of The British College of Naturopath and Osteopathy says “Your tongue is richly supplied with blood vessels, and thanks to a constant flow of saliva, it is constantly being cleaned which discourages harmful bacteria forming in the mouth area. However, if a person is unwell, a problem can often be detected by simply looking at the tongue.”
If you have noticed some changes in the nuances of your tongue’s color and they are not just a result of coffee and wine but are constant, it can be a sign of some health issues such as vitamin deficiency, heartburn or some infections.
White color suggests yeast infection
White color can be a sign of both yeast infection candida and an autoimmune illnes vitiligo. It is about limited pigmentation which often occurs on the face, hands, feet or tongue. On the other hand, candida can be caused by overuse of antibiotics or because of a decline in immunity.
Bright red color of the tongue indicates vitamin B12 deficiency
If you are deficient in vitamin B12, your tongue will change its natural pink color into bright red. Its deficiency can cause dementia and neurological problems because it is essential for the red blood cells which are feeding the body with oxygen.
If you notice this kind of change on your tongue, you should start consuming products that are full of vitamin B such as salmon, tuna, meat and milk products which will satisfy the daily intake.
Dark color indicated bad circulation
A sign of a bad circulation and high degree of cholesterol in the blood is dark purple color of your tongue. Most commonly it is a consequence of poor nutrition and lack of exercise which results in bad circulation and lack of energy.
The yellow color is infection
Sometimes our tongue can be yellow due to the drinks we consume such as coffee or wine, but if you notice that yellow color is persistent, it can be a symptom of a heartburn or an infection in the body.
Tips for a Healthy Tongue
* Eat organic yogurt with natural probiotics
* Quit smoking and using tobacco products
* Reduce alcohol intake
* Brush twice a day and floss on a regular basis
* Gargle with salt water
* Rinse your mouth after you eat
Any time that you notice pain, burning, swelling, changes in your ability to taste, abnormal movements, or difficulty moving the tongue, do not hesitate to see a doctor.