First, you should know that many experts around the world say that our lips change as we age, and we all get dry and cracked lips during the winter sometimes, but dry or cracked lips could be a sign of something seriously wrong. When you are young, your lips are thick and have a nice epidermis, but as you age, your lip color can become duller, your lips can get thin and it can become harder to keep your lips moist.
Let me ask you a simple question – did you know that in Traditional Chinese Medicine your mouth is the window to your health? Yes – your lip color, in particular, can tell you about what is going on inside your body, such as the health of your blood, organs, or your temperature. And this is the main reason why the experts will show you how to identify some common health problems by observing the natural color of our lips:
- Pale lips
You should be very careful, and if you notice that your lips are pale – then you should ask your doctor to do a blood test for anemia. Fortify your blood with iron rich foods such as red meat, green vegetables, and Chinese red dates. If your lips are very pale it is a sign that your body has too much cold or “yin” energy, which also leads to a noticeable sluggish digestion, and cold hands and feet. Warm up your system by eating warming foods, such as pork, lamb, pumpkin, mussels, and raspberries.
- Bright red
Note: you should know that red lips can also be accompanied by bad breath and food cravings. These are signs that your liver and spleen are struggling. Eat cleansing bitter foods to cleanse your liver, such as dandelion tea, chrysanthemum tea, and bitter melon. Celery and honey are also beneficial. Early nights and stress free activities will give your body the rest it needs to regenerate.
- Purple or green tinted
You should know that purple or green tinted lips can indicate a problem with the heart and respiratory system. Consult with a doctor if this is the case.
- Dark red to black
You should be very careful, because very dark lips indicate that your digestive system is stressed and overloaded. Cleanse your stomach by eating congee, yogurt, and sweet potato. Drink warm water with a squeeze of lemon juice. And make sure you avoid processed and junk food until your digestion finds its balance again. Introduce fiber rich vegetables, pickled vegetables, and fruit to aid digestion.
- Dark red or purple line around lips
A natural dark lip line appearing on the border of your lips is a sign that the energetic balance in the body is out. And the best way to rebalance is to spend a few days resting and nurturing your health by limiting stress, and paying attention to your food intake. Try avoiding foods that are either very yang or very yin. Instead choose foods that are neutral such as rice, potato, carrot, almonds, fish, and apricots. We really hope you find this article helpful and don’t forget to share it with your friends and family. Thank You.