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5 Things Your LIPS Can Tell You about Your Nutritional State

author avatar Dr. Eric Berg 05/06/2022

You can get a lot of interesting information about your health and nutrition just by looking at your lips. Find out more!

0:00 Introduction: What your lips can tell you about your nutritional state

0:10 #1 Pale or grey lips

2:10 #2 Blue lips

2:50 #3 Darker lips

3:15 #4 Dry or chapped lips

5:58 #5 Cracked corners of the mouth

6:55 Check out my video on what your nails can tell you about your health!

Did you know you can tell a lot about what’s going on inside of your body just by looking at your lips? Let’s dive in.

Five things your lips can tell you about your nutritional state:

1. Pale or grey lips

Top potential cause:

• Anemia

Deficiencies that could potentially lead to this problem:

• An iron deficiency

• A vitamin B12 deficiency

• A copper deficiency

Potential causes of these deficiencies

: • A lack of meat in the diet

• A lack of hydrochloric acid

• Consuming a lot of grains

• Heavy periods

• Inflammation in the gut

Foods to consume:

• Red meat

• Liver

• Seafood

2. Blue lips

Top potential causes:

• Exposure to the cold

• Shock

• Cyanide poisoning

A good vitamin for cyanide poisoning:

• Hydroxocobalamin (a version of vitamin B12)

3. Your lips are becoming darker

Top potential causes:

• Smoking

• Exposure to secondhand smoke

4. Dry lips or chapped lips

Top potential causes:

• A deficiency in omega-3 fatty acids

• High consumption of omega-6 fatty acids

• A vitamin D deficiency

• Consuming too much vitamin A

• A zinc deficiency

• Taking mineral oils

What you can do:

• Consume cod liver oil

• Consume wild-caught salmon

• Get out in the sun

• Consume red meat

• Consume seafood

5. Cracked corners of the mouth

Top potential causes:

• A vitamin B2 deficiency

• A lack of friendly bacteria

Potential cause of a deficiency in vitamin B2:

• Consuming refined carbohydrates

Potential causes of a lack of friendly bacteria:

• Antibiotics

• Consuming foods that don’t support the microbiome

Foods to consume:

• Eggs

• Cheese

• Leafy greens

DATA: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK470460/

Watch my videos on Vitamin D:

▶️ https://youtu.be/Ub495mlpl5g

▶️ https://youtu.be/_zqatJkyhPU

▶️ https://youtu.be/NFxQJmvgXOQ

▶️ https://youtu.be/tQ19ysKL8Nc

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