As you may or may not know, we all naturally have different color lips. Why is that so?
Your lips are actually kind of indication of your health status, so determining the color of your lips gives you an indication of what is happening inside your body, which means you can know what to do and what to eat to help correct that problem.
So, this article can tell you about your health. They say your eyes are the windows to your soul, but did you know your mouth is a door to your health?
Dry and chapped lips are often signs of dehydration and can also be an indication of allergies. Some studies say chapped and dry lips can be a sign of diabetes. But what about the natural color of our lips? What does it tell us about our body?
What are the common health concerns relating to the color of your lips?
1. Pale Lips
If your lips are pale, white, ashy grey, which you often see in movies where people are in a hospital bed and their lips are pale and dry, it usually means you are anemic and your body needs more blood. So, you need to up the intake in foods with iron, like broccoli, red meats and red dates.
Another indication that goes along with pale lips is when you have cold hands and feet, and even when it is not in winter. This usually links with your digestive system and your stomach might be too cold. So, you need to warm up your stomach with yang foods, such as ham, lam, mussel, pumpkin, mango, cherries, lytchee, pineapple, squash, nectarine, etc.
2. Red Lips
When you have super red lips, a lot of the times it links with bad breath and cravings for snacking. This usually indicates that your body is overheated and your liver and spleen are working overtime. So, in this case drink some chrysanthemum tea and opt for vegetables like bitter melon and celery. Honey is also great for balancing the inside, but remember that it is important to sleep early before 11 pm and not to stress.
3. Purple-Green Lips
Having purple-green lips is common during the cold winter days, but when you constantly have it we might have a problem. This usually means that there is some sort of problem with your heart and or your respiratory system. The best advice is to see a doctor and seek some professional advice.
4. Dark Red-Black Lips
When your lips are dark red leaning towards black, this is linked to your digestive system. Go easy on processed foods and try and eat things that your stomach can process, like congee, sweet potato, and tofu. Also, you can add a little bit of lemon to water in order to cleanse out any unwanted toxins and boost your metabolism.
5. Purple-Black Lip Outline
If you have a dark line around your lips, almost like a natural lip liner but the color is usually purplish black, this is an indication of an imbalance of yin and yang in your body. So, you might be both up fire and cold at the same time. It sounds strange, but it can happen. Make sure you rest and eat well. Avoid eating foods during the menstrual cycle, such as eggs, crab, duck, lettuce, green tea, mushrooms, orange, and banana and avoid eating spicy food for a while.
6. Rosy Pink Lips
If your lips are naturally rosy pink, then you are perfectly healthy, so keep it up.