What your tongue may reveal about your thyroid gland

The tongue is an incredibly important muscle that helps you chew and swallow food, to taste (tongue has about 9000 of taste buds at average) and talk. But your tongue can do much more for you than you thought. For example, it may indicate a health problem or a buildup of toxins in the body.

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When healthy, your tongue should be a pinkish, wet and quite smooth.

However, if your tongue is dry, covered with mucus, discolored or painful, these changes could indicate a problem, such as a low-functioning thyroid or hypothyroidism.

A common problem is a thickened tongue with “cracks” (when the tongue swells, it becomes too big for the mouth, and the teeth leave indentations on its edge). This is a strong indicator that something is wrong, and often something more serious than what people would think. In fact, the diagnosis of hypothyroidism may be the most overlooked today.

According to the world-famous specialist, Dr. David Brownstein, it is shocking that an average of 50% of people (especially those in developed countries) have a deficiency of the thyroid hormone, called hypothyroidism. In many cases, neither they nor their doctors know about it, because standard thyroid tests are significantly inaccurate.

The thyroid is a small gland, located in the lower neck. Over a year, it creates about a teaspoon of thyroid hormone. Only this tiny amount is needed to boost the metabolic rate of each of the trillions of cells in your body. This hormone is vitally important for cell growth, cell division and cell metabolism. It regulates the metabolism of fats, proteins and carbohydrates. It creates heat and energy throughout the body and it affects how vitamins and minerals are used in your body.

Therefore, if left untreated, the deficiency of the thyroid can play a major role in the onset of 59 separate diseases – some are just annoying, others can seriously affect your life, and a few can actually kill you.

If you have any of these symptoms, you may have a thyroid condition:

• Fatigue
• Brain blur
• Headaches
• Persistently cold hands or feet
• Constipation
• Dry skin
• Pain in the body
• Weight gain
• Memory loss
• Hair loss
• High cholesterol
• Heart palpitations
• Too high or too low blood pressure
• Allergies
• Arthritis
• Cancer
• Heart disease
• Diabetes
Thyroid deficiency can be the root of all these symptoms and other serious diseases, and yet it often goes undetected and untreated. Thankfully, however, one of the signs that may indicate this disease is the condition of the tongue.

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