Our body is trying to warn us that something is wrong with our health. There are many subtle signs our body gives to us. You must know what is normal for you so you can prevent future problems.
In this article read some signs your body may be using in order to tell you that something is wrong your health and how to fix the problem.
Darker circles around your eyes
Though not getting enough sleep can contribute to this, dark circles could also be due to allergies and frequently itching the eyes or rubbing the nose.
Working out what they could be, for example, house dust mites, and limiting your exposure may help. If the itching is frequent, anti-allergy medications may help.
Yellow spots around your eyes and or your elbows
This is a condition known as xanthelasma and is due to fatty deposits just under your skin. It can be sign that your cholesterol level is raised.
A blood test can tell if that is the case. Depending on the cause of this, dietary interventions and exercise can help to reduce this.
We get concerned about cholesterol because it can be a risk factor for developing problems with the heart or brain such a a heart attack or a stroke respectively.
Gaining weigh around the waist
There is risk of developing diabetes and a condition known as metabolic syndrome if it is higher than 31 inches (80cm) as a woman or 37 inches (94cm) as a man. The risk is much more higher if the waist is bigger than 34 inches (88cm) as a woman or 40 inches (102cm) as a man.
With high rates of obesity and associated waist circumference, diabetes, which gives us problems with tiredness, concentration, frequent urinating and drinking water short term, and long term can affect our vision, circulation and life expectancy is common.
How to prevent it? Regular exercise and a good diet can keep this in check but talk to your doctor about a test for Type-2 diabetes.
Cracks at corners of your mouth
This is a sign that your body has lack of B vitamins and iron.Once dry and cracked, this can become infected. Topical treatment and moisturising usually clears it up.
Your body is trying to tell that you need fiber and water in your diet. We need both insoluble and soluble fibres to prevent constipation and help decrease cholesterol levels. Soluble fibres are more likely to cause wind and bloating, however gradually building up your intake of both types can prevent this.
If it does happen, the body gradually adapts and it should settle with time.
If your hair is thinning probably you don’t have enough iron. This can be problematic for women especially because they lose iron monthly and therefore can become anaemic.
Having a thyroid problem can also affect the hair.
A blood test can tell if its due to these problems. Increasing iron rich foods or taking a supplement if its low can help.
The moist environment increases fungal infections, causing the feet to itch. You may notice a white scaly or damp rash in between your toes or under the feet.
An anti-fungal cream, usually available over the counter can help to treat this.
Very itchy rash
Especially if it doesn’t improving despite using creams available over the counter, this can be a gluten – sensitivity condition whereby the body reacts to the gluten protein in food. This affects the lining of the gut, making it difficult to absorb nutrients. The skin can therefore be affected.
If you have this condition you should visit your doctor and you need to do simple blood test for coeliac disease and if positive, you can purchase gluten-free food on prescription.
This usually happens when you expose your nails to wet, damp conditions or frequently use nail polish. Moisturising the nails regularly can help and using a supplement with biotin (vitamin B7) may be effective.
It can sometimes be a sign of a fungal infection, psoriasis, thyroid problems, or arthritis, and for this conditions you should take advice from your doctor.