Tongue color: What does it say about health?


Many people may not pay any attention to their tongues, including differences that may occur in the shape or color of the tongue, but scientists have stressed the need to pay attention to such fine details, which may reveal a lot about the health of a person.

The British newspaper "Daily Mail" quoted Chinese Australian doctor and Avene Hollande, saying that a lot of information can be extracted from the size, texture, color, and shape of the tongue.

She explained that there is a "blueprint of the tongue", which is divided into parts that each link with other parts of the body, which facilitates the detection of signs of disease.

Tongue color
Holland explained that the color of the natural tongue is pink or light red, covered with a white layer, indicating that it may tend to slightly purple during the menstrual period in females.

And the color of the tongue can be "pale" in the event that there is a lack of vitamins or minerals in the body, which is common among those who suffer from anemia.

If the tongue turns red, this may indicate a rise in body temperature due to fever, or a rise in body temperature associated with menopause.

Tongue shape
Many may not notice the differences in the shape of the tongue, but Holland stressed that the "swollen tongue" could indicate a lack of nutrients and fluids in the body, while the tongue tender indicates dehydration.

Layer covering the tongue
If the tongue has a thin white layer, this is considered healthy and normal, but if there is no layer, this may indicate dehydration.

The dry yellow tongue indicates the body's "heat", and the more intense the color, the higher the body temperature is, and this can mean there is inflammation in the body, bacterial accumulation or other imbalances.

In the event that the tongue is gray or black, this indicates a "stagnation" in the flow of energy, blood, and fluids in the body.

The surface texture of the tongue
A tongue with bumps or cracks can also reveal a host of potential health problems.

Bumps on the tongue are diagnosed depending on where they are and what they appear to be. For example, the presence of a bump on the front of the tongue may be a sign of a bacterial or viral infection or even a possible allergic reaction to the medications.

While deep cracks in the center indicate that the patient is prone to problems with the digestive system, while sores can indicate a defect in the body.

As for the tongue known as the "geographical tongue", on which the white layer forms forms "patches", it can mean the presence of heat in the stomach, which may appear in the form of reflux esophagus.

The tongue, which has bumps on its outer edge, also indicates fluid retention in the body.

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