By naturopath Margaret Jasinska
Have you looked at your tongue recently? Do you realise its appearance can indicate health problems? A smooth, pink tongue is ideal. Is that what your tongue looks like?
If you’ve overindulged in food and alcohol recently, your tongue may have a white, yellow or brown coating. Sounds very unappealing, but there’s a lot you can do to clean it up.
Your tongue is a great indicator of the health of your digestive tract and liver. Having a coated tongue usually means you have poor digestion or too many bad bugs/yeast in your bowel and/or a sluggish liver. It may also cause bad breath of which you may be unaware. Thankfully there is plenty you can do to resolve these problems.
Having a coated tongue usually indicates that you don’t digest food very well and because of this, bad bowel bacteria and yeast such as Candida are allowed to overgrow. Your liver helps you digest fat by producing bile. You may not be producing enough bile for adequate digestion. This can leave you feeling bloated and physically and mentally tired.
A coated tongue and bad breath can also be indicators that your stomach is not producing enough hydrochloric acid. This can leave you unable to digest protein rich foods such as meat, seafood, eggs and poultry. Therefore food can sit in your stomach for too long, leaving you feeling bloated and excessively heavy. Stomach acid is also a brilliant disinfectant. It helps to kill bad bugs in your digestive tract. If you don’t make enough stomach acid, you won’t be experiencing these antiseptic benefits. This is also very relevant in people who take acid suppressing drugs for indigestion or heartburn.
Because bad bacteria and yeast tend to overgrow in people with poor digestion, the toxins they produce can lead to bloating, gas and indigestion, as well as bad breath. The bad bugs can also inflame your gut lining, leading to a leaky gut. For more information see the book Healing Autoimmune Disease: A plan to help your immune system and reduce inflammation.
Nearly everyone will get a coated tongue while they have a cold or flu, if they are smokers or if they are dehydrated. This is normal because toxins are building up in these situations. However, people with chronic sinus problems, usually have a coated tongue all the time. The ingredients in BactoClear capsules can assist with sinus health.