Your health is extremely important, we all know that. Yet we are not good at interpreting the signals our body gives us regarding our physical condition.
We often ignore it when our body wants to tell us something, or we simply don't know how to interpret it. For example, if you stick your tongue out in front of the mirror, it can tell you a lot more than you would initially think. If your tongue is not "just" pink and smooth, you may have to pay extra attention to your health. The signals are there, you just have to learn how to read them. So, stand in front of the mirror and stick your tongue out at yourself! on the next page we will discuss a few signals that indicate that something is not right with your internal health, do you recognize yourself in one of these symptoms?
Stick your tongue out to yourself, how does yours depend on it? This means it:
- Red and swollen: if your tongue is thicker than usual and takes on a dark red color, this means that you have a vitamin deficiency, you must drastically increase your intake of vitamin B-12. Eat more green leafy vegetables and swallowing folic acid can also help with this.
- "Knurled" edge: when the edge of your tongue shows a knurled or wave-like pattern, this may be a sign of a thyroid gland disorder. Do you sometimes suffer from fatigue, loss of sailing, low blood pressure and do you get bruises quickly? Then contact your doctor.
- Torn: a tongue with cracks looks scary, but it doesn't have to be alarming. In exceptional cases it can be a sign of an autoimmune disease. If you are worried, contact your doctor!
- Brown or black color: This is a sign of poor oral hygiene. In this case, take better care of your mouth and teeth! In addition, it can be a symptom of diabetes or a side effect of taking antibiotics.
- White layer: if you notice a white layer on your tongue it is best to contact your doctor as soon as possible. It may indicate a fungal infection in your mouth or a weakened immune system. If you smoke it can be a prelude to leukoplakia. This is a precursor to cancer.
- Canker sores or blisters: Canker sores are harmless and naturally go away again. You therefore usually do not have to worry about this. If you have a blister for more than 2 weeks and you notice red swellings around the blister, contact your doctor. It can be a precursor to oral cancer.
So what does your tongue look like? Obviously contact your doctor with any kind of doubt and never wait!