Secrets Your Tongue Holds About Your Health

There is no doubt that one of the versatile and important organ of the human body is the tongue. It not only assist in keeping our body nourished, but helps in maintaining the health (of course of our mouth) and even in communication. However, there are very few people who are still not aware that tongue provides information about our physical and emotional health. Having a small and basic knowledge about your tongue can provide information about your lifestyle, environment, diet, etc. which drastically affects you internally.

To define a tongue, it is a strong muscle which is covered by a layer of moist and pink tissue. The tiny bumps which are present on the surface of the tongue is Papillae and it is the main organ which detects the bitter, sour, sweet and salty tastes. Do you know that Umami is one of the fifth tastes which are responsible for the glutamate kind of taste? You would be surprised to know that our tongue provides a great amount of meaningful, interesting and fascinating information related to the overall health of ours.

What Is A Healthy Tongue?

If you check your tongue, you can see that there is a coating on top of your tongue. This represents the digestive function or condition of the tongue. The indication for a healthy and functional digestive tract is the white film which is present on the surface and a thin tongue. Do you know that bacteria can grow on the coating of your tongue? And they are quite impossible to remove. As per the Chinese medicine, having a white coating is the major sign of indigestion. While a thin and white coating means normal and healthy.

Thick Colors and Coating

Basically, the thick coating present in the tongue shows the major imbalance present in your body. Sometimes it could be the signs of disease, injury, or some kind of basic and functional changes like changes in lifestyle and aging. A white and thicker coat would mean the basic weakness of the physiological functions related to the body.

A heavy and white coat would show viral infection. Sometime it can implement the physiological roles which could not be performed. The yellow thick coating indicates the presences of heat in the body or it can be related to the bacterial inflammation or infection. Various allergic disorders and autoimmune diseases are just manifested by the geographic tongue. In such a case, it is better if you slow down.

Color of Tongue

As per most of the Chinese medicines, the tongue is the vital organ which shows the extension of the heart as well as the health of the blood. The overall health which a human body has and the longer period of time a tongue takes to change its color are signs of longer life. For a healthy tongue and good circulation, pale red tongue is ideal.

To conclude, there is no doubt tongues are the most important and vital organ of the human body. Nothing can replace it and without it our taste buds are down the drain.


Saravavan Nadarajan (Vanan)

Vanan, fitness expert and leader at EzFit Singapore, specializes in holistic training—home-based, boot camps, and corporate fitness—with over a decade of industry experience.