Better Health through Digestion with an Ayurvedic Diet
Dry mouth / tongue (xerostomia)(5.00 out of 5 stars) 1 review
Written by John Joseph Immel
Lips may stick together, be chapped or cracked. A pasty mouth makes it difficult to talk as the tongue sticks to the roof of the mouth. It may be difficult to swallow or taste food.
Since a dry mouth is also indication that other digestive glands are also dry, Ayurveda recommends that you maintain a moist, juicy mouth at all times. The most important digestive aid you have is thorough chewing and mixing of food with saliva. Saliva also contains enzymes, antiseptics, and antibodies that digest food between teeth and kill bacteria that cause tooth decay. Inadequate saliva can lead to increased cavities.
A dry mouth can be a sign of inadequate hydration, one of the earliest signs of high Vata. Although drinking too little fluids can be a leading cause of dehydration, do not overlook sweating, loose stools, excess urination, and electrolyte imbalance as causes of dehydration. Often, when the blood is toxic, the kidneys will flush excess water out of the body (via the urine) along with toxins. This, along with various kidney deficiencies, can make it difficult for some individuals to stay hydrated.
Kapha type dry mouth may be a sign of thick, sluggish circulation, especially downard moving fluids in a pear-shaped individuals. It can also be a sign of high blood sugar (especially in diabetics) or sodium levels. Salt and sugar, because of their effects on osmotic pressure, create strong thirst.
Xerostemia is prevalent among the elderly. Although salivary gland output drops only modestly as you age, your sense of thirst weakens and this could lead to inadequate fluid intake. The elderly also take more medications. Many pharmaceuticals can lead to dry mouth.
Other common causes include mouth breathing especially due to a stuffed nose. Although saliva naturally decreases at night, if your mouth feels parched upon waking, you might be mouth breathing while sleeping. Stress and fear can make the mouth pasty. Saliva stimulated by stress is also thicker than saliva stimulated by food. Alcohol, diuretics, and astringents, especially mouthwash, can create a dry mouth. Dry mouth is also related to dry eyes, the inability to cry, sensitivity to bright light, dry skin, and a hoarse voice.
Saliva is stimulated by the sight, smell and taste of desirable food. Desire itself stimulates saliva. Chewing stimulates saliva, as well as palpation of the salivary glands. Sour taste stimulates saliva, especially foods that are high in ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and malic acid. These include most sour foods including many fruits, leafy greens, etc. Salty, sweet, bitter, and umami foods stimulate saliva. Chewing gum (sugar-free) or a fresh piece of ginger stimulates saliva.
Symptoms Tell A StoryThe first step to healing is learning patterns from your symptoms. Symptoms are clues that reveal underlying imbalances, showing you where your body is weak. Specifically, they reveal the doshas & qualities that may have become aggravated. If you notice a quality or dosha appears next to many of your symptoms, it helps you establish a pattern that may be systemic.
Dry mouth / tongue indicates one or more of the following doshas and qualities are imbalanced:
Key: V = Vata, P = Pitta, K = Kapha. A slash through a dosha means it an aggravated dosha. To learn more about the symbols above, click on them.
Stage of Disease: 1 - Affecting DigestionIf you have symptoms in this category, your body is sending you a warning sign. Ayurveda recommends paying careful, close attention to correct these warning signs before they weaken your body's resistance.
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|Peaches||Salt (Mineral Salt)|
|Stuffed nose (can't breathe)||Frequent cavities|
|Limited sense of taste||Chapped lips|
|Difficulty Swallowing||Dry cough|
|Sticky Saliva||Hoarse Voice|
|Dry eyes||House dry|
|Sweat rarely||Sweat often|
|Dark Yellow Urine||Vomiting|
|Muscles heavy / tired|
|Pear shape||Sweet taste on tongue|
|Salty cravings||Blood thick|
|Strong body odor||Taking Western pharmaceuticals|
|Dry skin||Anxiety, fear, uncertainty|
|Heat aggravates||Irregular/small appetite|
My mother has burning in her mouth and it has escalated to her feet. It has been diagnosed as thrush. She found that a multiple vitamin helped somewhat. She believes it is due to sugar. She likes icecream a lot! She avoids the obvious hot foods i.e., ginger, chilli's etc. She takes coumadin and high blood pressure meds. I thinks she should stop sugar completely with the acception of fruits. What fruits are hot and cold? Have you heard of burning mouth syndfrom?
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