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What Your Natural Lip Color Says About Your Health

What color are your lips? Do they change?    
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What color are your lips? Do they change? (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

Your eyes are the windows to your soul, but did you know that in Traditional Chinese Medicine your mouth is the window to your health?

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.

Mia, from Asian Beauty Secrets, shares how to identify some common health problems by observing the natural color of our lips:

Lip colors and warnings

Pale pink, white, or grey

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

There is too much heat or “yang” in your body. 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 recuperate.

In China chrysanthemum tea is drank for it's ability to detox the liver and brighten one's eyes (Image: demccarroll via Compfight cc)

In China, chrysanthemum tea is drank for its ability to detox the liver and brighten one’s eyes (Image: demccarroll via Compfight cc)

Purple or green tinted

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

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.

Avoid processed and junk food until your digestion finds its balance again. Introduce fiber rich vegetables, pickled vegetables, and fruit to aid digestion.

In China and Korea Congee is known to strengthen and detoxify the body (Image: bellaphon via Compfight cc)

In China and Korea, congee, a rice slurry, is known to strengthen and detoxify the body (Image: bellaphon via Compfight cc)

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. In other words, the body needs neutral foods to re-balance these two naturally occurring forces — yin and yang.

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.

Almonds are considered a neutral food in Chinese medicine (Image: CCO Public Domain_Via_Pixabay)

Almonds are considered a neutral food in Chinese medicine (Image: writerchick via Pixabay/CC0 1.0)

Natural rosy pink

General good health will bring you pink, rosy lips. Keep up what you’re doing!

Pink rosy lips are a sign of good health (Image: Anne-Sophie Landou via Compfight cc)

Pink rosy lips are a sign of good health. (Image: Anne-Sophie Landou via Compfight cc)

Pay attention to the changing colors in your face, such as your lower, inner eye lids, your tongue, and your lips as these are indicators of your changing health profile. A sudden and dramatic change in color can be the first sign to check in with a health professional or Traditional Chinese Practitioner.

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