What Your Tongue Tells About Your Health

Earlier this year, I hosted a Telesummit, “How to regain your health, vitality, and youthfulness.” One of my awesome expert speakers was Dr. Victor Zeines, DDS, an holistic dentist practicing for more than 25 years in Rochester, New York.

Dr. Zeines was kind enough to be my guest once again and wrote this great article about the importance of the tongue in assessing possible health issues. He has a special offer just for you as a subscriber to Naturally Fit As A Fiddle. So be sure to check that out!

What Your Tongue Tells About Your Health

by Victor Zeines DDS

The tongue is the most visible internal organ with a very high metabolic rate, the topmost epithelial layer being replaced every few days. This high metabolic rate coupled with the highly vascularized tissue allows malnutrition and pathological states to show up quickly, resulting in a rapid color change of the tongue. This is why whenever you get a cold or the flu your tongue turns white. Lack of nutrients such as Vitamins B, C, zinc and iron all cause oxidation, or a change in the cells. The taste cells will change and patients will report a “metallic taste”, which means something’s wrong.

  • Take a look at your tongue. What color is it? Does it have a coating? Is the coating thick or  is it thin? If your tongue is yellowish or yellow-green, that usually is a sign of liver-gallbladder problems. If the color is gray or grayish brown, you may be experiencing stomach or intestinal problems. If the tip of your tongue is red, it could be an indication of heart or thyroid issues.
  • You may have mineral deficiencies if the sides of your tongue are scalloped, and cracks on the top of your tongue could be caused by vitamin deficiencies.

So just by looking at your tongue you can find out a lot about your health. A healthy tongue should be vibrant; pale red, and fresh-looking…it should look “alive” rather than dull. Body should be supple not stiff, without cracks, and slightly moist with a thin, slightly white coating  that is slightly thicker on the root, the part at the far back and bottom of the tongue. This coating is part of the digestive process.

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I love playing with food!


I don’t know about you, but I love playing with food. Lately I find myself experimenting with a lot of new foods and ingredients. I’ve always enjoyed being in the kitchen and trying out new recipes, especially appetizers, desserts, and fancy little hors d’oeuvres for parties and just hanging out with friends. For some reason, now I’m really getting into it!

Maybe it’s because I’m more tuned in to the importance of whole body health. You know ~ body, mind, and spirit and the connection between them. Just a few years ago, people would’ve thought it crazy to imagine such a thing. Now just look at all of the books, websites, magazines, summits, webinars, courses, and the list goes on and on. How can what you think, eat and believe have anything to do with the other aspects? Seems there really is something to it.

 Maybe it’s what I’ve been learning about the health benefits of a living foods lifestyle. For the past five and a half years I’ve eaten only plant foods on a regular basis, but mostly my meals have been cooked. Today my plant-based menus are more often raw, living foods, between 90-95%, and I’m pretty happy with that. The health benefits that come from eating uncooked, organic plant foods are numerous.

It may also have a lot to do with all the science-based research that is coming out with real gusto. Much of the “new evidence” is actually decades old, which kinda makes you wonder why we weren’t told about it sooner. Hmmm…

The good news is that not only have more and more doctors begun to listen to this research, but also started to agree that just maybe there are some effective alternatives to drugs, surgery, and yes…even death in a lot of cases. Many doctors are making lifestyle changes in their own lives as well as recommending the same for their patients. I see this as real progress, and it encourages me to continue on my living foods expedition. It truly is a journey – a daily one.

How about you? Where are you in your personal meal plan and/or health journey? Do you find certain areas in which you struggle more than others?

I’d love to know your thoughts and, as always, with any questions or concerns you might have. I’m here to help, and I’ll be coming around a lot more often!

Till next time