Regular check-ups on your health donâ€™t have to be costly or time-consuming. While scheduling a full medical check-up including lab tests is very important, the average person who just wants to get a sense of how well they digested last nights dinner or how well they are handling the stress of working overtime, thereâ€™s a simple self-check that you can do yourself in the bathroom mirror. Just poke out your tongue!
Within a couple of seconds, itâ€™s possible to get an idea about whatâ€™s going on inside your body by just sticking out your tongue. While it takes years of experience to be able to read tongues accurately in a clinical setting, you can start checking your own body at home by looking for these threeÂ key signs:
Thick White Coating
Coated tongues are often a signal that your digestion system isnâ€™t performing at its optimum efficiency. A rapid change in the coating of your tongue can also indicate that you are fighting an infection, such as a cold or the flu.
Healthy tongues are supposed to appear a little bumpy, so if yours is smooth, it could be a sign of a B12 or iron deficiency.
As scary as this term sounds, the black appearance occurs because secretions have accumulated on your tongueâ€™s surface and turned dark. Itâ€™s an indication that your oral hygiene may need improvement. Always be careful with long term oral health deficiencies because it can lead to a higher risk of heart disease.
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