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Take this Tongue Test to Diagnose Your Health

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Tongue Test

Diagnosing your health can be as simple as looking into a mirror for signs that something may not be quite right with your body. In a recent episode of The Dr. Oz Show, Dr. Oz reveals to viewers what you need to keep an eye on when using your tongue as a health barometer.

“The tongue is super helpful for diagnosing disease…it can say a lot of things about your health,” says Dr. Oz who tells viewers that the condition of your tongue can actually tell you what is going on with your body―IF, you know what to look for.

The following is a summary of what to look for when examining your tongue for tell-tale signs of your health:

The Tongue Texture Test

“When I actually look at tongues as a doctor, I’m interpreting their texture first off,” says Dr. Oz as he explains to viewers that the texture test can be performed by gently running your fingertips over your tongue and noting now it feels. A healthy tongue will have a nice even bubble wrap type of texture that is slightly moist and pink in color.

Too much bacteria

However, if your tongue has more of a velvety feel to it and perhaps even some dark coloration, Dr. Oz warns that this is a sign that you have too much bacteria growing in your mouth.

“This happens sometimes if you have poor oral hygiene such as drinking too much coffee or if you smoke and don’t drink enough water,” says Dr. Oz who adds that you might also detect a metallic taste in your mouth when your tongue is harboring an excessive number of bacteria.

The problem with a tongue like this is that the skin cells on the tongue that gives it its texture are not shedding properly as they should like the skin on your body normally does. When this happens, the bumpy surface cells become larger and taller, leading to deep crevices in the skin where bacteria will take hold and begin to proliferate. The dark discoloration you may see is actually overgrowths of bacteria on the tongue’s surface.

“The easiest way to get rid of this is with a tongue scraper or to brush your tongue,” advises Dr. Oz.

Too little spit

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if that weren’t bad enough, according to Dr. Oz there is one tongue texture type that is even worse than one with a velvety feel—one having a too smooth of feel like running your fingertips over a bald head.

“We call it a bald tongue—it’s perfectly flat and perfectly glossy,” says Dr. Oz.

A bald feeling tongue is a sign of having a saliva problem. According to Dr. Oz, having an adequate amount of saliva in the mouth is very important toward providing a healthy environment for the bumpy skin cells that pebble the tongue. If you do not have enough saliva, then the pebbled skin cells on the tongue shrink and flatten, giving the tongue the characteristic bald tongue feel.

“How do you cure it? It’s pretty easy—make better saliva…with water and nutrients,” says Dr. Oz who tells viewers that in many cases a bald tongue (and one that is pale) is a sign of an iron deficiency. Dr. Oz’s recommendation is to make sure that you drink plenty of water to maintain a hydrated body and to eat a diet that contains iron-rich foods such as:

• Soybeans like edamame

• Spinach

• Broccoli

• Fortified cereals and oatmeal

• Dried fruit like raisins and apricots

All of which are much better sources of iron than taking a multivitamin supplement that has too much iron in it and can cause other health problems.

For more on how to diagnose your health by simply looking into a mirror, discover now how a mirror test can reveal why you cannot lose weight.

Image Source: Courtesy of The Dr. Oz Show

Reference: The Dr. Oz Show



i feel my tongue like needle pricking with sevwre pain . one or two days it disappear then again it occcur. more saliva secreated .kindly give correct diagnosis and treatment and test also i under went surgeoryseptoplasty +turbinoplasty+ESS+RFpalate after that all the above problem occur before that noproblem thankyou
Hi renuka and thank you for your comment. We do not diagnose or advise treatment. I am sorry you are experiencing pain. It will be best for you to go back to your surgeon for an examination. Perhaps even a dentist might be able to help. You can start by speaking with your family doctor to see what is best advised.
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