This past year I was at a naturopath with my daughter, discussing her hypothyroid concerns. My daughter explained that I’d overcome my hypothyroid issues naturally, and we discussed the supplements I used and the benefits they provided. Then the naturopath asked something no one had ever asked before: for me to stick out my tongue. I did as requested and her response was, “Hmm, you haven’t completely overcome it”. My first reaction was defensive and I questioned how she could tell. She explained that my tongue showed signs of something different, and went into detail about my health through a visual check. This information was so fascinating to me. Later I began to do more research on what she had talked about.
You may have heard that you can tell your health from looking at your skin or eyes, but your tongue can show deficiencies as well. After I came home from the appointment, I began to do some research on the Internet to see what else I could learn. There are three basic things you can check for when looking at your tongue: color, shape, and coating. Listed below are some basic points concerning each of these.
A healthy tongue is pinkish-red and a little bit shiny. If yours is dull in color, you could be suffering from a weakened immune system or have an iron deficiency. Bright-red can indicate that your body is taxed and working too hard. A purplish color could indicate congestion or chronic pain.
If your tongue is swollen, it could mean you have edema or toxicity in your body. Lacerations could mean inflammation.
A thin, clear coating is a sign of good health. Watch out for a thick or yellowish coating.
By looking closer at your tongue, you can discern if you might need to seek advice from someone with more knowledge. I realized that I thought I had overcome my hypothyroid issues and thus quit taking my supplements when in reality I needed to continue taking them. Your tongue presents one more way you can see what’s going on inside your body. Stay on top of your health visually, and you can possibly prevent future complications.