Personally, I am always looking for indicators on how my overall health is going. Sure, we can tell how we feel just by our energy levels but this is so easily influenced by other factors going on in our lives. I know I have heaps more energy when I am excited about doing something, rather than not.
So, I discovered that there is a logical way we can determine how our overall health is doing by looking at our tongue. See, the tongue reflects our overall digestive health and this in itself illustrates a heap of how we feel about our health. I learned at BioGreen.Life that Chinese doctors use this as a means to determine where our imbalances lie and it is super easy to do yourself too!
What you need to do is check your tongue (you might need a torch) while looking in the mirror. To be honest, I just did this and was quite shocked at what the results were.
Here are the symptoms with possible causes:
- Coated tongue with yellow or white on the back of the tongue. This indicates poor bile excretion and possibly toxic residues in our digestive tract from undigested/fermented foods.
- Teeth impressions on the sides of the tongue. This indicates weak digestion and poor nutrient absorption from the small intestines.
- Cracks on the tongue. This indicates a long-term intestinal problem. It starts off with not enough bile excretion, which leads to putrefaction and toxicity in the bowels. Over time this causes the intestinal wall to become hard, develop cracks and lesions. Those very cracks are what are being reflected on our tongue.
- Pimples or bumps on the tongue’s surface. This indicates poor digestion and the presence of fermented and rotting food in the small and large intestines.
- Dandelion Root – incredible healing properties and brilliant at stimulating bile production.
- Turmeric – I have written a few articles on turmeric too.
- Rosemary (a new one to explore!) – this one also eases spasms that occur in the bile ducts and aids in fat digestion. Perhaps we should try making a rosemary tea?
- Bupleurum – this is a Chinese remedy for our livers and I absolutely love it! I have heard it being recommended in various different books and websites.
- Dark green vegetables. You know the stuff that tastes really bitter? That is exactly what we need to stimulate bile. So, bring on the green, bitter stuff.