A close examination of your lips can reveal how well you're really eating.
Christina Pirello, author of Glow: A Prescription for Radiant Health and Beauty, believes you can identify shortcomings in your diet by looking at your face. Following the theories of traditional Chinese medicine, she explains what your lips may be saying:
Lip What It How to Alter Condition Could Mean Your Diet RED LIPS Your blood capillaries Cut back on animal have expanded, suggest- products and salty ing high blood pressure. foods. WHITE OR Sluggish circulation is Reduce your intake PALE LIPS causing blood stagnation, of dairy products and lymphatic problems, simple sugars. Avoid and allergies. artificial additives. LIPS WITH Your liver is overworked, Eat fewer fats, YELLOW causing an over- including fried foods CORNERS production of bile. and eggs. DARK OR Fatty acids and salts are Cut back on BLUISH accumulating around your saturated fat. Eat LIPS intestines and stomach. leafy greens and shiitake mushrooms. SWOLLEN Your stomach is not Don't eat too much UPPER LIP functioning efficiently. of one kind of food; your stomach prefers balance. SWOLLEN Your large intestine is Eat more fiber. LOWER LIP flaccid and congested. Cut back on sweets, white flour, and dairy products.