Your Tongue, Health and Emotions

· October 16, 2015
The tongue has thousands of nerve endings that are directly connected to your organs. Examining the color and texture of your tongue can tell you a lot about your health.

The tongue is one of the most informative muscles that we have in the body.  In addition to its role in the digestion process, the tongue can reveal the state of your health, as well as your emotions. Learning to read your tongue can help you discover potential health problems.

This is due to the fact that the tongue is covered in thousands of nerve endings that are associated with different organs throughout the body. When something isn’t functioning properly in our body, the tongue let’s us know by changes in color or texture.

This time, we want to give you a guide so you’ll be able to understand what your tongue is trying to say about your health. You can start now by looking in the mirror and examining your own tongue in detail.

Pink Tongue

This type of tongue let’s us know that we’re healthy and leading a healthy lifestyle. It’s a sign of proper diet and digestion, and also tells us that we’re emotionally stable.

Red Tongue


If your tongue is red, this can signal a health problem in the throat or internal organs, especially if the tip is red. On an emotional level, a red tongue usually belongs to those who are easily irritated or stressed.

Small Ulcers on the Tongue

tongue ulcer

These often appear along with a viral or fungal infection. They can also occur as a result of a deficiency in vitamins A and C, as well a sign of eating too much processed food, fats and sugars. At the emotional level, this small ulcers on the tongue can mean a person is easily upset and constantly anxious and stressed. This type of tongue is also typical among those suffering from repressed anger. You should frequently monitor your oral hygiene and consult a doctor in case it is the result of an infection.

Inflamed Taste Buds

This is a clear sign of a nutritional deficiency. It’s very important to follow the dietary recommendations we give for a white tongue; they’re key to fighting this problem. Gently clean your tongue with your toothbrush every time you brush your teeth. Inflamed taste buds can also be a result of stress or difficulty adapting to changes.

White Tongue

This tongue is a clear indicator that a person is experiencing problems with the intestines and digestion.  It can be the result of consuming too much saturated fat or refined sugars and flour.  It can also be a sign of toxemia, which is the accumulation of toxins in the intestines and blood, and can lead to other health problems.


If you notice that your tongue is covered by a white coating, it’s very important to change your eating habits and opt for a cleansing diet free from saturated fats, processed foods, dairy and all fried foods. At the emotional level, a white tongue can mean a nervous and anxious state. These emotional states can encourage digestion problems and cause the malfunction of various vital organs, seriously impacting our health.

Smooth Tongue

This type of tongue not only reveals nutritional deficiencies, but can also spell anemia. In this case, we recommend eating more foods that are rich in vitamin C and iron. Emotionally, it can mean that you are prone to depression and easily discouraged.

Inflamed Tongue

An inflamed tongue can be a symptom of low hemoglobin levels (a condition more commonly known as anemia).

Map-like Tongue

This type of tongue looks like a map, with similar “drawings” on its surface that can be red, pink, or white.  It can also be hereditary, but if it is recurring, it can signal an allergy or intolerance to certain foods.  Emotionally, these people are often very sensitive and easily irritated or bothered.