What your Tongue says about You *UPDATED*

Wednesday, January 23

Following numerous emails and requests from people, for more information about the post that I wrote on What your tongue says about you, I've decided that it's time that I wrote a post on the rest of the information that I have in Dr Gillian McKeith's book, You are What you Eat.

So this is the original post, with more of the solutions, that she mentions in her blog.


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.

Solutions:
Take a digestive enzyme with meals, this is a supplement which helps to break down food during digestion.
Eat soups, stews and blends - foods that are easy to digest.  Millet porridge would be good for you.
Don't guzzle fizzy drinks and don't drink liquids at meal times.
Eat foods that nourish the tummy:
Artichokes
Avocados
Carrots
Millet sprouts
Parsnips
Rice
Squash
Sweet Potatoes
Tofu
Turnips
Yams
Teas/herbs such as:
Fennel
Peppermint
Liquorice


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.


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.  

Solutions: Eat foods which nourish the spleen:
Aduki Beans
Yellow squash
Mung Beans
Kidney Beans
Alfalfa
Lychees
Barley
Millet
Beetroot
Oats
Carrots
Parsley
Celery 
Parsnips
Chicken
Pumpkin
Fennel
Root vegetables
Fish
Sweet Potatoes
Turnips
Yams

Foods high in chlorophyll:
Leafy greens
Algae
Kale
Chard

Herbs and Spices to Nourish the Spleen:
Garlic
Black Pepper
Ginger
Cayenne Pepper
Ginseng
Cinnamon
Horseradish
Dill seed
Pau d'arco
Astragalus

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, Vit B Complex, digestive enzyme supplements, peppermint and nettle teas and 2 tbsp of aloe vera juice before meals.  She also recommends taking echinacea tincture (20 drops daily for 2 weeks), to help move lymph and eliminate toxins that are impeding nutrient absorption.


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.

Solutions:
You may be run down from doing too much, so start to take things easier.
Cool yourself down with 2 tablespoons of aloe vera juice before meals.
Drink sage tea (2 cups a day for a month), and alternate this with camomile tea.
Eat more vegetables, nuts, grains, seeds, herbs and herbal teas.


Red Tip on the Tongue

Pic from homeopathyworldcommunity.com
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.


 Healthy Looking Tongue.
Pic from simplysupplementsblog.com

I hope that this has helped to answer some of your questions....

And that your tongue is looking healthy:)

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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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