Geographically speaking, your lips top off your digestive tract. As much as they play a key role in your social identity, they also reveal the condition of your whole gastrointestinal system. So if you have developed vitiligo, irregular or blotchy skin color around your mouth, this mirrors problems below.
Look at your childhood photos and compare how your lips have changed over the years. Now look at photos prior to the 1950s or classical art. You’ll see how our lips have dramatically changed in the past few generations. Your top lip maps what’s going on in your stomach (see Skin Color Above Your Lip) and your bottom lip is a readout for your colon. If you suffer from leaky gut, acid indigestion, GERD, colitis, polyps, diverticulitis, celiac disease, SIBO, bloating, autoimmune disease, weight problems or IBS, your lips will show it. Vitiligo, hyperpigmentation, blotchy or uneven skin color are red flag that something is hurting.
What Lips Used to Look Like
Below we’ll look at contemporary photos of people whose lips reveal digestive issues. But first let’s describe lips that were our historical norm and that reflect a healthy GI tract. Such lips have:
• Uniform size and pigmentation
• Precise borders with normal surrounding skin
• Smooth texture and are moist (but not dry or wet)
Today babies and young children start out with such lips. This changes as they age. Indeed, our contemporary diet, stress and environmental toxins are taking a toll on our digestive health.
Note that Jason’s top lip is smaller than his bottom lip and their color is variable. While his lip borders are precise, there’s a white line surrounding them. This line denotes assimilation issues. It often starts as a thin white line but with increased years and dietary insults it can expand into a wide white or yellow/white swath. If the color has a grey, blue, orange or green tint, it reveals a more chronic condition. Jason is nine years old.
It appears that this 61-year-old Californian is growing a third lip! Ann’s “healthy” organic diet included ingredients that were toxic for her; she complained of low energy, bloating, depression and Hashimoto’s. The pink skin above Ann’s top lip indicates acid indigestion. The swollen ledge below her bottom lip reflects leaky gut.
You’ll see irregularities in Robert’s lips that substantiate his doctor’s diagnosis of hiatal hernia and rectosigmoid diverticulitis (small out-pouching of the intestinal wall near the rectum). His fuzzy bottom lip border denotes a leaky gut. Robert is 39 years old and from Chicago.
1. Robert’s red skin color in the center of his upper lip reveals stomach acidity, GERD and inflammation associated with his hiatal hernia.
2. Note how pale–even grayish–is the rest of his upper lip. Lips lacking uniform color indicate digestive issues and in some cases, adrenal insufficiency.
3. The right side of Robert’s bottom lip (left in the photo) is more enlarged than his left, which correlates to his diverticulitis. Note the tiny white/grey spot toward the outer corner of his mouth; grey may indicate cancer. As this spot is subtle, you may need to enlarge your screen to see it.
4. Robert’s bottom lip border is indistinct and has a swollen white/yellow zone underneath; all are classic examples of leaky gut.
What about Your Lips?
If your lips are not uniform in size and color, if the borders are fuzzy, if your skin color surrounding the mouth is irregular, and/or if your lips are deeply grooved or excessively moist or dry then it’s time to adjust your diet. Do so, and watch your lips regain normal parameters. Two core steps to resolve your digestion, assimilation and immunity are:
1. Daily enjoy three easy to digest, freshly prepared, nutritionally balanced meals with adequate fat and protein; it is essential to not overeat carbohydrates.
2. Identify and eliminate foods you do not tolerate.
While that prescription is easy to give, how will you actually accomplish this? To help you get underway, consider a Face Reading Consultation. For more information and photos on face reading, see my eCourses.