Sorry, I have a medical question but I really want to know.
I am on all-meat diet and I have noticed something very peculiar. Every time I do not eat for a long time (today I ran out of meat and could not eat till 4:30 PM because I had to go to the store to get it), my tongue gets covered in white thrush.
Every time I eat meat, the thrush goes away and my tongue is clean and pink. What in the world is going on?
Does it mean I have candida?
Anybody had that problem on all-meat diet?
Before you tell me eat some carbs - before I went on all-meat diet, my tongue looked all white and almost yellow, covered with very thick thrush. It is better now (when I eat meat).
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on December 18, 2012
at 04:57 AM
It may be white hairy tongue. The fancy Latin name is lingua villosa alba. This is a benign condition. It's not an infection. It happens because tiny projections on the surface of the tongue grow longer than normal. Usually they stay short because cells at their tips fall off or get rubbed off, but sometimes, for various reasons, the cells stay in place and the projections grow long enough to look like a mat of hairs.
Although hairy tongue by itself isn't an infection, it's sometimes accompanied by infection.
Here's a close-up picture of the tongue's surface from Gray's Anatomy (public domain). The things with many arms sticking up and drooping down are called filiform papillae which means "thread-like protuberances" in English. Imagine those arms ten or fifteen times longer than we see in the picture. That's hairy tongue.
Hairy tongue happens for a variety of reasons. It often occurs when people are in ketosis, maybe because acetone in the saliva "pickles" the cells and stops them from falling off. Acetone is what makes the breath smell funny when we're ketotic.
Below is a picture of my tongue during a 21-day fast. That's white hairy tongue caused by ketosis. It's not an infection. It's just longer-than-normal projections on my tongue.
Hairy tongue can be defined as hypertrophy (overgrowth) of the filiform papillae. The technical term for the failure of the cells to fall off is "defective desquamation."
Sometimes the elongated papillae get stained black and then the condition is called black hairy tongue. Other colors are also possible. It looks scary but no matter what the color is, the condition by itself is benign and harmless. I say "by itself" because it's sometimes accompanied by infection.
on December 17, 2012
at 05:53 PM
Your likely in ketosis. This is quite common - have a quick google search.
From what I believe the white is from bacteria that thrive in this situation.
Drink plenty of water, scrape your tongue, see how you go for a week or so - seems to be the general advice
You may also find your breath is pretty average whilst your body adjusts to running on fat