If you could determine the state of your internal health for free, with a simple kitchen utensil, would you? All you would need is a spoon, a plastic bag, your own mouth, and 60 seconds. This method for gauging the health of your internal organs is quick, and best of all, it’s free. Together, you and your spoon can check the status of your respiratory system, metabolism, hormones, intestines, and even your kidneys, right in the comfort of your own kitchen.
So, how does it work? Glad you asked! First, simply scrape your tongue, preferably the back of your tongue near the throat, with the front side of the spoon, until you have collected a fair amount of saliva. Next, wrap the plastic bag around the spoon. You will keep the spoon in the bag for 60 seconds under a light. The stronger the light bulb, the better the results. Once the minute is over, you’ll want to take a look at the spoon. If the spoon is clean, congratulations! You’re most likely a pretty healthy human. Now, you have to get even braver and smell the spoon. If it only smells like saliva, you’re in the clear. If not, don’t freak out; just keep reading.
- Orange, this could signify kidney problems, such as chronic renal disease.
- Purple, this could indicate high cholesterol, poor circulation, or bronchitis.
- White, then you likely have a respiratory infection.
- Thick yellow or white, this may indicate a thyroid problem or an imbalance in the mouth.
If the spoon stinks, sorry to break it to you, but your mouth smells less than pleasant. Rectifying this problem could be as simple as paying more attention to your oral health by flossing, brushing, and gargling twice each day. However, it may be a symptom of a bigger problem:
- A sweet smell could indicate a high blood sugar count or diabetes.
- The smell of ammonia could mean that your kidneys are functioning incorrectly, and,
- “Other smells could indicate gastric or lung problems.”
Now, of course, you cannot conclusively determine, with a spoon, in your kitchen, if your kidneys are failing you, or if your thyroid is affected, or if you have strep throat. But, you can use the results of the spoon test to determine whether your body may be in distress, prompting you to seek the care of a skilled, naturalistic health professional.
The natural route to health care is notable and recommended because, while convention Western medicine is familiar to those in the Western world, it may not always be the most beneficial course of action, and can often cause more problems during the attempt to treat the original problem.
However, if you still feel uneasy about this route to health, you may appreciate that Western science is moving towards supporting the use of tongue analysis to determine total body health. The Chinese have looked to the tongue as an indicator of health for over 5,000 years, and it may benefit us on this side of the world to follow suit.
This test is extremely simple and minimally invasive, so, unless you have an aversion to scraping your tongue with a spoon, no one should have any problems administering the test. Only an extremely sensitive gag reflex would keep you at bay. Also, this test is not meant to replace the diagnosis of a health professional. Therefore, if you suspect something in your body is awry, seek out a professional, preferably one who practices natural medicine, for what to do next. Many health woes can be alleviated with a healthy, balanced, plant-based diet, proper hydration, adequate rest and consistent movement of the body. Above all, remember to always make your health a priority.