The moisture, texture and color of your tongue can sometimes be the key that will determine the overall state of your health. Here we have few key changes to look out for.
The tongue is consisted of a group of muscles that allow us to talk, taste food and to swallow. Laurence Kirk, a naturopath of The British College of Naturopath and Osteopathy says “Your tongue is richly supplied with blood vessels, and it is constantly being cleaned thanks to a constant flow of saliva, which discourages harmful bacteria forming in the mouth area. However, if a person doesn’t feel well, by simply looking at the tongue, the problem can often be detected.”
A single peek at your tongue can provide you with the signs of what is going on within your body. When your tongue becomes stiff, displays unusual features, discolored, swollen or sore, watch out – your tongue is trying to tell you something very important.
Sometimes a change in the appearance of your tongue can be merely a sign that you need to pay a little more attention to dental hygiene or an indication of a simple vitamin deficiency. But in some instances it can be a sign of something more serious that needs urgent medical attention.
Take a close look at your tongue in the mirror, and like with many other health indicators, then compare what you find with these tongue health warnings and know what is normal for your mouth and you. A healthy normal tongue should be pink in color with no patches or imbalances of differing color or texture. This shows a well functioning and balanced body.
Here are the color common changes that you need to be aware of:
RED OR STRAWBERRY TONGUE
If you have a fever and your tongue is a bright shade of red, seek medical attention immediately. This type of tongue color is called ‘Strawberry tongue’ as the red taste buds become swollen and appear to dot the surface of the normally smooth tongue just like the seeds of a strawberry. The following processes can cause it: Vitamin deficiency – Check your diet. Increase your levels of vitamin B-12 and folic acid, by supplement or diet, as being deficient in these can cause your tongue to take on a reddish appearance. Scarlet fever – This streptococcal infection often causes strawberry tongue.