Bitter foods have anti-inflammatory effects, normalize kidney function, and cleanse the body of salts and toxins. In small quantities, bitterness exacerbates mental abilities. However, you should not abuse bitter foods: in large quantities, they cause depression and longing.
This is not a joke at all. As already mentioned, various taste sensations act on the taste buds of the tongue: bitter, sour, sweet, salty. And, it turns out, they act in a healing way! After all, language is the “entrance gate” of an organism.
It is saturated with reflexogenic zones, which are associated not only with the digestive tract, but also with all organs. Therefore, the impact can be the widest and depends on the type of food.
For example, if you hold on your tongue a little bee honey with butter, you can calm the cough. Sweet foods tame cardiovascular diseases, because sweet tastes contribute to the expansion of blood vessels. Naturally, such therapy is used as an adjuvant, and these diseases cannot be cured only with its help. But it’s still worth listening.
If you suddenly have high blood pressure, put something sweet on your tongue: candy, honey, any kind of candy, raspberry jam. And after 5-7 minutes you will feel significant relief. Under reduced pressure, experts recommend holding lemon juice diluted with water in your mouth.
The astringent taste stops diarrhea, improves blood coagulation and is therefore used for bleeding, wounds. It is interesting that astringents, depending on the microelements included in their composition, can warm or cool the body.
Acute helps digestion, purifies the blood, kills germs and warms the body from the inside. A salty taste causes thirst and hunger, traps water in the body and has laxative effects in case of constipation.
Doctors say that the language has a huge number of receptors, affecting which you can treat various diseases. For example, for heart diseases, you need to massage the tip of the tongue, for diseases of the respiratory tract – the side surfaces. Massage of the middle part of the tongue is used for diseases of the pancreas, and the root of the tongue for kidney diseases. The middle part of the tongue (closer to the front) is responsible for the activity of the stomach, and its posterior part for the genitourinary organs.
What are the reasons for changing the appearance of the language?
According to the state of your language, you can independently determine which organs are not in order. Various diseases leave traces of it. Outwardly, they appear in the language in different ways: this is plaque, and redness, and an increase in various zones, curvature of the fold. Each area of the tongue is associated with a specific organ.
Let’s talk about the most common symptoms and problems in the body that they may indicate. A fold, for example, indicates spinal health.
- The curvature of the fold at the tip of the tongue signals cervical osteochondrosis. Most likely, this is the result of a sedentary lifestyle, long work with a computer or at a desk.
- The fold of the fold in the middle of the tongue is lumbar osteochondrosis, it is usually affected by professional drivers and people who spend a lot of time behind the wheel.
- Redness of the tip of the tongue is a sign of weak cardiac activity, beginning coronary disease. Diseases of the pulmonary system can be judged by changes at the edges of the tongue, closer to the tip. Diseases of the heart and lungs most often affect smokers, therefore, such changes in the tongue are a serious reason to quit smoking.
- Imprints of teeth in the tongue are a sign of dysbiosis, slagging of the body. In this case, it is worth changing the diet, eat less fatty and fried. To tidy up the body, you can take different infusions of herbs.
- Tongue tremor is a manifestation of neurasthenic syndrome. Here the advice is this: try to improve the psychological situation at home, at work, change the lifestyle.
- Cracks in the tongue – can talk about various diseases of the blood, endocrine system, and kidney pathology. Here it is necessary to be checked most seriously.
- A sign of failure in the body is a decrease in taste. The language has zones responsible for the reaction to sweet, sour, salty, bitter. If a person ceases to feel any of these tastes, then we can talk about diseases of the nervous, endocrine systems.
- A swollen tongue, which looks larger and thicker than usual, can speak both about inflammation of the tissues of the tongue itself and about edema in the body.
- “Granular” or “prickly”, the tongue happens when the papillae enlarge or thicken. If the thickened papillae, “grains”, are localized at the tip of the tongue, you need to pay attention to the heart and be examined by a cardiologist; along the edges – it is worth checking the liver and gall bladder; in the middle part, the stomach and intestines suffer.
- A “mirror” language happens when the surface of the tongue becomes smooth and shiny. This happens with anemia, exhaustion, or severe stomach disease.
- Dry and rough surface of the tongue is often with allergies.
Color of the disease
Normal tongue looks soft and gentle, its movements are not constrained, the color is pink, and the coating is normally thin, white and moderately moist.
With certain diseases, the color of the tongue changes.
- A dark red tongue indicates a likely pneumonia, severe acute infectious disease, fever caused by infection, ischemia, or poisoning.
- Raspberry tongue signals the same diseases as red, but proceeding in a more severe form.
- A violet shade means that a serious infectious disease, disturbances in the functioning of the circulatory system and respiration are possible.
- A thick white coating indicates a delay in food in the intestine, i.e. about constipation that has not yet become chronic.
- A yellow coating indicates serious digestive disorders. The more intense the color and the thicker the plaque, the more serious the disease and the likely constant accumulation of food in the stomach and intestines.
- A grayish coating indicates chronic, imperceptibly occurring diseases of the stomach and intestines. It is also possible dehydration and impaired acid-base balance in organs and tissues (increased acidity).
If you are a lover of strong tea or a heavy smoker – relax! A dense, grayish or yellow plaque on the tongue indicates, rather, not about diseases, but about bad habits. Some foods and medicines can also change the color of the tongue.
Due to the fact that many taste buds are concentrated on the surface of the tongue, we know that cucumbers are salty, sugar is sweet, lemon is sour, and medicines are bitter. It turns out that the tongue is the first to critically evaluate the food that should enter our stomach.
At the same time, different areas of the tongue have unequal sensitivity to various taste substances. Usually, the sweet recognizes the tip of the tongue, and the bitter – the region of its root. The taste buds themselves are extremely fragile creatures and without saliva would have long been out of order. And so, saliva dissolves the dry substances that enter the mouth and excites taste buds.
It also flushes away the rest of the taste from the surface of the tongue, so that we can experience a series of consistent taste sensations in a short period of time. But, most importantly, the protein in saliva has the ability to bind acids, protecting the mucous membrane of the mouth and the taste buds located in it from their harmful effects.
It is regrettable, but not all of us are able to enjoy the taste. And this happens for a number of reasons. For example, due to frequent burns of the mucous membrane of the tongue, when we hastily throw too hot food into ourselves, or fill in a substitute of unknown origin, causing a chemical burn.
A change in taste sensations or their loss can occur as a result of damage to the pathways of the taste analyzer: for example, loss of taste in the front two-thirds of one half of the tongue is associated with damage to the lingual or facial nerve, in the posterior third of the tongue – with damage to the glossopharyngeal nerve. That is why doctors disapprove of the early acquaintance of a child with over-peppered or spicy food, which, if abused, can lead to a perversion of taste sensations.
In some cases, a taste perversion is caused by diseases of the internal organs or metabolic disorders: a feeling of bitterness is noted with diseases of the gallbladder, a sensation of acid – with diseases of the stomach, a feeling of sweetness in the mouth – with severe forms of diabetes.
If you face the truth, you have to admit that our tongue looks like a thick plush carpet with bacteria crawling on it. Here, food debris and tiny particles of dead epithelium accumulate. In the process of decomposition, they secrete toxins, are absorbed into the bloodstream and cause bad breath.
It is for this reason that he needs daily cleaning. Moreover, the tongue should be cleaned in the direction from the root to the tip. To do this, an ordinary spoon, not a hard toothbrush or a special plastic scraper that resembles a microscopic mop is suitable. The procedure takes only a minute: 30 seconds in the morning and the same in the evening. It just needs to be a habit.
To clean the tongue, we recommend using rinses with infusions of raspberries, plantain, nettle, and dandelion.
And the last one. Know that a tongue can be considered clean if it is pink, a white coating means that millions of bacteria still live on it.