Okay, so I had no idea my tongue was my health's fortune teller, but I am SO glad I'll have an easy indication of what's really going on in my body.
Your tongue is about to become your best friend (sounds weird, but it's true). Here's why:
Your Tongue is Your Doctor
Okay, maybe not literally, but your tongue can certainly reveal many health issues that you may have otherwise not noticed. A healthy tongue, for example., should be pink with small nodules known as the papillae that surrounds the borders.
Any sort of difference that is not considered the right color or texture can be a sign that your body needs more attention or better care.
Red or Swollen Tongue
A red or swollen tongue can indicate the following:
1. Vitamin deficiency: Your body probably needs more of folic acid or vitamin B-12. When your body is somewhat craving or low on these nutrients, it will signal to you through the tongue by becoming more red than usual. How cute.
2. Scarlet Fever: A strawberry-like color on the tongue with some bumps may mean you have some fever. You should seek a doctor as soon as you can to get treated.
3. Kawasaki Disease: Another possible condition that causes a reddish tongue which can be seen in children under 5 years old. Kawasaki syndrome is a rather serious condition that requires immediate medical evaluation and should be treated as soon as possible.
Sore or Bumpy Tongue
Painful or sore bumps on the tongue can be due to:
1. Smoking: When smoking cigarettes, the tongue can become irritates or sore.
2. Trauma: Your tongue can become bumpy or sore when accidentally biting it or eating something straight out of the oven. The good news is that the damage heals!
3. Canker sores: These are also known as mouth ulcers. These are usually very common, and can happen from time to time. Canker sores usually heal without any treatment within one or two weeks.
4. If your tongue continues to be sore or be painful, it's best to seek medical treatment or find a holistic doctor that can advise natural supplements.
Black or Hairy Tongue
These types of tongues may be less common, but still exist. Much like hair, the papillae on your tongue will continue to grow as you age. In some cases, the hairs can grow very long, which may cause them to reserve more bacteria.
Thankfully, this condition is quite common and treatable, so don't worry!
Also, individuals who are suffering from diabetes, taking antibiotics, or receiving any chemotherapy treatments may also develop a black hairy tongue.
Crack Down the Middle
If your tongue has a crack down the middle, without reaching the end-tip of the tongue, it may be a sign of a weak stomach or that your digestion is not at its optimal level.
The best way to resolve this is by taking digestive enzymes with meals, eating foods that are easy to digest such as soups or stews, and staying away from drinking liquids at meal times!
That last one is the hardest for me.
I hope this information was helpful and that you've learned a new way to learn about your body!
~ Happy Healing ~