Your Tongue says a Lot About You! Here is How


There is a lot you could know about your health and state of mind by just looking at your body. The signs could indicate an illness or a serious disease and working towards this signs may be the best treatment you can give to yourself... 

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1. A smooth, pale surface/redness of the tongue. 

According to Steve Lamm, M.D , tongues are meant to be a little bumpy, but if yours is smooth, it could be a sign of a Vitamin B12 or iron deficiency. (Steve Lamm is an an internist and clinical assistant professor at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City.). 

Also according to Naomi Ramer, DDS, a glossy, bright red tongue may still be a sign that your body is lacking B12 or iron. "Vitamin B12 and iron are needed to mature papillae on the tongue. (Naomi Ramer, DDS, is the director of Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology at Mount Sinai Hospital.)

A rosy red tongue could also signal that you have, scarlet fever: an infection that causes the tongue to have a strawberry-like (red and bumpy) appearance. “If you have a high fever and a red tongue, you need to see your family doctor,” Dr. Allan says. “Antibiotics are necessary to treat scarlet fever.”

2. A too-big tongue. 

This could indicate that you have hypothyroidism, meaning you are not producing enough thyroid hormone, that is if your tongue feels swollen or looks kind of large. This slows down your metabolism and sinks your energy. 

How to boost your thyroid hormone. 

Iodine (I):  This is the most important trace element found in thyroid functioning. Iodine rich foods include eggs, sardines, milk, Bananas, Strawberries etc.

3. Sore or Bumpy Tongue

A sore or bumpy tongue could be as a result of some sort of activities. Which includes:

Smoking: Smoking irritates your tongue, which can cause soreness.
Oral cancer: “A lump or sore on your tongue that doesn’t go away within two weeks could be an indication of oral cancer,” says Dr. Allan. “Keep in mind that many oral cancers don’t hurt in the early stages, so don’t assume a lack of pain means nothing is wrong.”

Also, biting your tongue when chewing gum or eating can lead to a sore, and it can be painful until the damage heals, but its nothing to be worried about.

white tongue 

4. A white tongue.

First try brushing your tongue each morning and evening for a week or two to make sure it's not an oral hygiene issue, If it still persists it could also be a sign of a fungal infection, which is a clue that something else is going on that has upset the natural levels of fungus-fighting bacteria in the mouth,” says Lamm.
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