Cracks in My Tongue

I want you to take a good, long look in the mirror tonight. Open your mouth wide, say “AHHHHH” like you did in your pediatrician’s office years ago, and stare at your tongue.

What do you see?

There’s loads of credible information how the condition of your tongue reflects the condition of your body. Did you know a crack down the middle of your tongue can be an indication of dehydration?

Really, how much water do most of us not drink. I’m pretty sure the world is in a state of drought, so it makes sense that as organisms on this planet, we may be dehydrated too. Let’s get real, though. I live in America. I can find access to clean water, and an abundance of it. I should be able to drink half my body weight, in ounces, of water per day.

My sweet acupuncturist years ago, during one of my first assessments with her, kindly clicked her own tongue when she saw mine. “Well, the good news is that your organs aren’t so dehydrated. If they were, the cracks would be much deeper, much higher. Keep an eye on that, though.” Ouch.

At my office, I’ve found the brilliance of loading a giant 32oz mason jar of water each morning. Guzzle just over two of those per day has been far less of a challenge than a fun game. It’s funny what little environmental tricks can do to impact your progress. For example, several years ago, I complained to my professional fighting friend about not drinking enough water, and it went something like this:

“This water thing is hard. I fill up my water bottle and forget to drink it. It just sits there."

“Is it a clear water bottle?"

“…no…should it be?"

“Well, maybe you forget to drink it because you forget there’s water in there."

Lightbulb. moment.

It’s still true, to this day, that if a container of water is sitting in an opaque container, the likelihood of hydrating myself sufficiently decreases quite a bit.

Since employing the clear-glass oversized mason jar method, the cracks in my tongue have lessened. My tongue looks, well, hydrated.

How’s your tongue doing, today?