Before You Ever Let Someone Stick Their Tongue Down Your Throat Ever Again

tongue guide

Tongue colors & shapes. A guide to help you. Photo courtesy of  Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine

People, you need to take your tongues seriously. I don’t mean like the way Miley Cyrus does. I mean she was recently sued for nearly killing someone with it according to a report by Rolling Stones.

What I am talking about is even more serious.  Did you know that you could see how fit or healthy you are just by examining your tongue?

Traver H, Bloem of explains: “TCM believes the tongue is a microcosm of the entire body and will reflect its excesses and deficiencies. Being directly related to the stomach by proximity and availability, the tongue acts as a very good reflection of our digestive systems. If your tongue’s neighbor the stomach is having problems, it’s most likely going to spill over into your tongue’s life.”

Shape of Your Tongue

little girl with tongue out

The shape of your tongue says a lot about how fit you are.
photo by stockimages

It is a fact that most of us who train very frequently tend to ignore the need for proper nutrition that our body needs in order to recover and get stronger.

If your tongue is puffy and grooved on both sides it means that your body is not getting proper nourishment. Don’t worry if you see this, you have not done any damage to your body yet. The problem is that if you always overtrain and push your body too far you might be on the brink of doing so.

If your tongue is thinner than normal, then you really need to start drinking a lot of water, especially if you are an athlete. A thin tongue is a sign of dehydration. Men should aim for a minimum of 3.7 litres a day or 125 ounces. Women need 2.7 litres or 91 ounces approximately.

Color of Your Tongue

A red tongue is associated with the following issues:

  • Fever
  • Hormonal Imbalance
  • Stress
  • Asthma
  • Heartbreak (yes heartbreak!)

A purple tongue is associated with the following issues:

  • Major Injury & Pain
  • Muscular Tension
  • Inflammation
  • Infection

A pale tongue is associated with the following issues:

  • Weak Immune System
  • Deficiency
  • Lack of Energy
  • Anemia

A pale tongue is normal for women who have just had their period. It is also common in both men and women who have just completed a rigorous training cycle.


Now you know why the doctor tells you to stick out your tongue. It's not only to look down your throat.

Now you know why the doctor tells you to stick out your tongue. It’s not only to look down your throat.

Let us take care of our bodies because we are only granted one. Let us not ignore the little cries of help from our bodies. A stitch in time saves nine and listening to our bodies could save our lives.


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14 thoughts on “Before You Ever Let Someone Stick Their Tongue Down Your Throat Ever Again

  1. Thank you for stopping by my blog. I am so sorry I did not acknowledge you earlier. I had drawn back from blogging due to some personal issues. Keep up the good work.

  2. Dentists routinely check their patients’ tongues for signs of various health conditions. Signs of possible cancers and other serious afflictions can be spotted by them. I just had my teeth cleaned this week. My dentist checked my tongue after the hygienist finished. He said all systems look fine.

  3. Interesting blog, great read! Just wondering where you get your stats on fluid intake for men and women though? The figures you quoted are a lot higher than any I’ve heard before. And I read some recent research suggesting that even the previous 2 litre per day rule was not so necessary because we absorb so much water from our food. Would love to hear your thoughts on this 🙂

    • Hi Sharon, thank you for your comment. Remember these recommendations are not a one-size-fits-all. It depends also on your age, weight, diet, and many other aspects. The research results also depend on geographical location, demography, when the research was done, and so on. There are many studies out there that contradict one another. The secret is to take them as guidelines and do what fits you best (sometimes after consulting your doctor). This is something I repeat over and over again on this blog. I listed my sources at the end of the blog post. Please feel free to take a look. That’s where the statistics are from.


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  5. I had great fun with this chart with my grandkids. (Thankfully all our tongues were pretty much is the normal range lol!) They found it very interesting.

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