Bright red
There is too much heat or “yang” in your body. Red lips can also be accompanied by bad breath and food cravings. These are signs that your liver and spleen are struggling.

Eat cleansing bitter foods to cleanse your liver, such as dandelion tea, chrysanthemum tea, and bitter melon. Celery and honey are also beneficial.

Early nights and stress-free activities will give your body the rest it needs to recuperate.

Pale lips: You may have anemia and not even know it. When your lips are pale, you are likely neglecting to feed your body iron-rich foods like red meat, dark green vegetables, or hearty grains. In Chinese culture, light lip color would be attributed to a cold body with cold energy. Warming up your system by going for a jog won’t do; instead, eat warm foods to increase your energy levels.

Purple or green tinted lips: If you see these colors, there are likely problems with your heart or respiratory system that need to addressed by a medical professional. If you notice even the slightest green or light purple tint, consult with your doctor about the possibility of heart failure.

Dark red to black
Very dark lips indicate that your digestive system is stressed and overloaded. Cleanse your stomach by eating congee, yogurt, and sweet potato. Drink warm water with a squeeze of lemon juice.

Avoid processed and junk food until your digestion finds its balance again. Introduce fiber-rich vegetables, pickled vegetables, and fruit to aid digestion.

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