The human tongue is the litmus of health. It tells the story of one’s physical condition precisely if the observer knows what to look for. Based on how the tongue appears – above all, its texture and color – one can detect various ailments early. It is therefore advisable to often check this unmistakable indicator of human health.
Color is one of the ways in which the muscle in the oral cavity alerts us to the worsening of one’s physical condition. Its healthy color is light pink and anything darker or paler than that might be an indicator of various issues.
A tongue colored bright red might be indicating a heart disorder or a blood disease.
If the color is yellow, this might be a sign of stomach or liver problems.
When a tongue turns purple it’s probably trying to raise awareness about lung issues or a heart disease.
It is important to make a distinction between the muscle itself and its coating. The color of the coating might be different than that of the tongue, indicating different health issues altogether. A thin white coating which can be easily brushed off is considered normal. The thickness of the coating, however, is considered proportional to the seriousness of the problem: a thick white coating might mean intoxication or an infection while a gray coating could point to gastritis or a peptic ulcer.
Watch the video to find out the full range of issues that a tongue’s color and coating might be warning you about.
* This information is meant to supplement, not replace advice from your doctor or healthcare provider and is not meant to cover all possible uses, precautions, interactions or adverse effects. This information may not fit your specific health circumstances.