Enough about Poo, What your Tongue says about You

Thursday, May 17

You might want a mirror handy whilst reading this:)

I think this blog could be called the poo diaries after this week, but this is the last one I promise...

And don't worry, the mirror is for looking at your tongue.

Following from my posts this, and why some people are more likely to leave skid marks in the toilet than others and the Perfect Pooh, Dr McKeith in her book You are What You Eat, describes how your tongue can also tell you a number of things about your health.

She describes the tongue as being like a window to the organs.

I personally have always found tongues a little gross and have never envied the those in the Dental profession.  I was quite repulsed when doing a course a few years ago, when one of the treatment techniques we learned involved applying gentle pressure to the Patients gums and roof of their mouths.  This is obviously done with gloves on, and I was actually surprised at how quickly I felt confident doing it.  Confident but not comfortable! I usually do it once, for my Patient to get what it should feel like, and then get my patients to do this part of the treatment themselves thereafter.  I did also have to decline once when one of my Patients asked if he could do it to me to check he had the right pressure.  He was joking. I Hope.

Anyway, back to Dr McKeith and how to check your own tongue.
A few things to look out for:

Crack down the Middle of the Tongue

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A crack down the middle of your tongue means that you are probably nutrient depleted and your digestion isn't what it should be.  You are probably also often bloated after eating and have energy slumps in the middle of the day.  She recommends a few things to improve this including, taking digestive enzymes with meals, and avoiding fizzy drinks.  Also eat soups, stews and blends, where the foods are easy to digest.

For more info, read here.

Sore Tongue
A sign of a nutrient deficiency, often iron, vitamin B6 or niacin.
To improve this, take liquid mineral supplements, drink nettle teas and it may be worth getting your iron levels checked and seeing a nutritionist.

Thick White Coating or Swollen Tongue

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A thick white coating or swollen Tongue, is an indication of too much mucus in the body.  It's also a sign of a lack of beneficial bacteria and too much yeast.  Dr McKeith recommends a number of things to help this, including reducing dairy products, eating more green superfoods and capsules to replenish your body with healthy bacteria.

For more info, read here

Teethmarks around the sides of the Tongue

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Teeth marks around the side of the tongue are due to nutritional deficiency.  Dr McKeith says your digestion is also probably impaired and you have a spleen deficiency.  If your Spleen is weak, you probably also struggle with gas and bloating.  She recommends food that nourish the spleen.

For more info, read here

Horizontal cracks, small cracks/grooves on Tongue

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Cracks in the tongue are usually a sign of malabsorption, especially of B vitamins, and often accompanied by a lack of energy.  Most overweight patients that Dr McKeith sees,  for the first time, she says are deficient in B Vitamins.  This has usually developed over a long time.  She recommends, amongst other things, Vit B Complex, digestive enzyme supplements, peppermint and nettle teas and 2 tbsp of aloe vera juice before meals.

For more info, read here

Thick Yellow Coating

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A Thick Yellow Coating indicates excess heat in the gut, and that you don't have enough healthy bacteria in your body.  Dr McKeith says if the coating is at the back of your tongue you need to pay attention to your colon, as you bowels may not be working as they should be.

For more info, read here

Red Tip on the Tongue

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Dr McKeith says that a red tip on the tongue indicates emotional stress or upset and recommends at looking at ways to try and reduce the stress in your life.

Last Pic now, I promise, a Healthy Looking Tongue.
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Have a Happy Healthy Tongue Looking Week

PS: Disclaimer, I have just taken excerpts from Dr McKeiths book.  This information is no substitute for seeking Medical Advice from a Doctor if there is anything that you are concerned about!

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