The tongue is an important indicator of health. The tongue can be viewed as a window to what is going on inside your body. Each section of the tongue correlates to different organs in your body.
For example: The tip of your tongue is an indication of heart health, the right side of the tongue signifies gallbladder problems, the left side the liver, and the centre of your tongue relates to your stomach and spleen, bladder, womb, intestines, and kidneys.
What should a healthy tongue look like?
A healthy looking tongue should be smooth, supple and slightly moist. The colour should be pale red consisting of a very thin white film.
An unhealthy tongue will have cracks, ravines, thicker coating such as furry thick yellow or white, and may show lies, patches, swellings, patches of darker red, and cuts.
What do the unhealthy tongue indicators point to?
A crack down the middle:
This could indicate that you have a weak stomach and poor indigestion. You may be depleted of certain nutrients, suffer from bloatedness, and experience energy slumps in the afternoon.
Take a digestive enzyme with meals and eat meals that are easier for digestion such as blended soups and stews and eat porridge for breakfast.
Teeth marks on sides of tongue:
This could indicate a nutritional deficiency and a sluggish spleen. If your spleen is week you may have also been suffering from wind and bloating.
Eat foods that nourish the spleen such as Beans (all types) Fish, Root Vegetables, Beetroot, Oats, Barley, Chicken, and Leafy Greens.
A sore tongue is a sure sign of nutrient deficiency and most likely to be Iron, Vitamin B6, or Niacin.
Drink nettle teas and liquid mineral supplements. Have your iron levels checked by your doctor.
Swollen Tongue/thick white coating:
This is an indicator that there is too much mucus in the body, a lack of healthy bacteria, and an over-production of yeast.
Decrease the amount of dairy produce you eat. For lowering yeasts in your body – drink ‘Pau d Arco’ tea, which you will find in your local health stores.
Crackling across the tongue is a sign of malabsorption. Most likely to be B Vitamins. This condition tends to me more prevalent in overweight individuals.
Add vitamin B Complex to your diet (approx 50g per day). Take a digestive enzyme supplement with meals. Eat foods that are high in enzymes. Drink slippery Elm or peppermint teas, including Nettle