13 Things Your Tongue Is Trying To Reveal About Your Health

Sep 13, 2018 by apost team

Most people don't realize it, but the tongue is one of the most telling features of the human body when it comes to your overall health. Some doctors are able to make complete medical diagnoses by simply using a technique based on reading the tongue for signs of distress. These signs might come in the form of discoloration, surface abnormalities, irregular shape, or irregular size.

Below you'll find a list of 13 basic signs you might find your tongue and how those conditions relate to your overall health. For the best results, you should only inspect your tongue under natural sunlight before you brush your teeth in the morning. Ideally, you'd want to perform the inspection as soon as you awaken so your tongue is undisturbed after the night's rest. Don't even take a sip of water. If you feel the need to inspect your tongue during the day, make sure to do so at a time in which you haven't eaten or consumed liquid in the previous hour for the most accurate results.

Light Pink

Light pink is the color of a healthy tongue with no damage or abnormalities.



A red tongue signifies the presence of infectious diseases or the inflammation process.

Bright Red

A bright red tongue is indicative of blood disorders and heart disease.


A yellow tongue indicates you might be experiencing liver or stomach issues.


A purple tongue means you're having issues with your heart or lungs.


If your tongue is blue, it means you're experiencing kidney problems.


Pale tongues point toward nutrition and vitamin deficiency.


A white tongue indicates severe dehydration and possible infection by the flu or certain fungal diseases.


Gray tongues are indicative of problems in the digestive tract.

It's important to remember that no visual examination is going to be completely accurate.

If you perform an inspection of your tongue and you believe there might be an issue based on the coloration or some other factor, consult your doctor before you do anything else. Some people start self-medicating right away, which could cause more harm than good if the diagnosis is incorrect.

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Our content is created to the best of our knowledge, yet it is of general nature and cannot in any way substitute an individual consultation with your doctor. Your health is important to us!