Tongue Signs of Nutritional Deficiencies/Fingernail Signs of Nutritional Deficiencies
Weston A. Price Foundation
This audio presentation from our international conference of 2014 details some interesting ways to diagnose health problems and nutritional deficiencies without resorting to X-rays, lab tests or other unpleasant medical abuse. Fingernails and the tongue provide many clues and along with skin conditions and other symptoms can often pinpoint the deficiency problem.
Speaking about the fingernails first, there are many symptomological examples in this presentation. Hangnails indicate a magnesium deficiency. Slow growing nails could be due to insufficient manganese or protein. Ridges could be caused by lack of vitamin F. White spots can be caused by lack of zinc or excess sugar and carbohydrates.
What does it mean when your lunula are missing? What are lunula? Well, if you don’t have enough lunulas, you may have low cellular oxygen or circulation problems. You might also be taking too many antioxidants. Many believe you can’t get too many antioxidants. Many popular beliefs are wrong so, like the bumper sticker says, don’t believe everything you think. Contrary to popular belief you don’t want to soak up all the antioxidants you can get.
The tongue can also tell you many things without making a sound. The top layer of epithelial tissue is replaced every two to three days so it can quickly indicate changes in the body.
The tongue can take on all kinds of colors and textures. If it is purple you may have a vitamin B2 deficiency—or perhaps you just ate some blueberries. If it is red, inflamed and glossy you may have a vitamin B12 deficiency. Lack of B12 will cause forgetfulness, depression, confusion, and muscle weakness and instability. A pale tongue could be caused by a lack of iron.
Fissures and cracks all over the tongue can occur in cases of advanced vitamin B deficiency. Yeast infections can show up as geographic tongue. Donna Wild gives us a simple test for yeast infection that only requires a glass of water. This presentation is certainly worth getting to learn more details. It is loaded with health and nutrition information and the thumbnail is up.
This article appeared in Wise Traditions in Food, Farming and the Healing Arts, the quarterly journal of the Weston A. Price Foundation, Summer 2015