It is easy to take stock of the negatives in life. Somehow, the difficulties, trials, and problems in life can take center stage, eclipsing the happy and positive moments. The same can be true of health. Health issues like the nagging remnants of a cold, the ill effects of last night’s burrito, or the aches and pains that accompany aging can get you down. It can be helpful to take inventory of your well-being. You may come to realize and enjoy just how healthy you truly are. Instead of a long list of signs and symptoms of illness, the following is a list of signs that your body is doing its job.
14. Bright Eyes and Clear Skin
You might be lucky enough to wake up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed each morning. If not, you may want to wait on this one until after your morning shower and cup of coffee or power smoothie. Once you’re ready to face the day, take a look in the mirror. Bright eyes, shiny hair, and strong nails reflect good nutrition and excellent health. All skin is prone to occasional bumps, blotches, and bruises. However, if your skin is relatively smooth, free from scaling or rough patches, and well hydrated, it radiates healthfulness.
13. Strong Teeth and Healthy Gums
Strong teeth surrounded by healthy pink gums are a great sign that you are healthy. Brushing your teeth twice each day, flossing daily, and visiting your dentist are great ways to take care of your whole body, not just your teeth. The Mayo Clinic refers to teeth as “the window to your overall health.” Taking care of your teeth can help prevent heart disease. Good dental care can be beneficial for a healthy, full-term pregnancy. Additionally, diseases like diabetes, osteoporosis, or Alzheimer’s can cause dental problems.
12. Fresh Breath
Fresh breath is a sign of good dental hygiene and proper nutrition. The occasional bad breath caused by eating aromatic foods like garlic or drinking coffee is nothing to worry about. However, bad breath can signal health problems like gum disease, sinus infection, diabetes, and liver or kidney problems. Another sign of good health is a well-moistened mouth that produces enough saliva to begin the digestive process. Saliva also keeps the tongue and cheeks cleared of the dead skin cells and food particles that can cause bad breath.
11. Good Digestion
Enjoy your good health if you are able to digest your food without bloating, cramping, nausea, or vomiting. A healthy digestive system is one that keeps food moving through your gastrointestinal tract while absorbing nutrients and removing toxins and waste from your body. You can support your digestive system by eating fiber-rich fruits and vegetables and staying hydrated. Probiotic foods such as yogurt or kefir may improve digestion by providing the gastrointestinal tract with healthy bacteria. Fermented foods like sauerkraut and kimchi also contain healthy probiotics.
10. Clear Lungs and Easy Breathing
If you have ever been in a thick smog or smoky room, you know what a relief it is to be able to breathe fresh, clean air. Strong lungs that are able to pull in the oxygen needed by your cells and organs are a vital component to good health. The American Lung Association recommends keeping your lungs healthy by refraining from smoking, getting plenty of exercise, and seeing your doctor for regular checkups. You can also take care of your lungs by avoiding air pollution, washing your hands frequently to avoid illness, and making sure your vaccinations are up to date.Related: 7 Signs of Lung Cancer You Might Be Ignoring
9. Ability to Maintain Energy Through the Day
You may not greet the buzzing of your morning alarm clock with a smile on your face and a song in your heart. (If you do, count yourself very lucky!) However, one sign of good health is the ability to wake up in the morning feeling reasonably refreshed and ready to face the day. Having the proper energy to complete your daily tasks and stay alert and connected throughout the day are other signs of superb health. Give your body the proper tools to keep you energized by getting six to eight hours of sleep each night, eating nutritious foods, and exercising regularly.
8. Regular Bowel Movements
Everyone is different when it comes to bowel health. Some people go at the same time each day like clockwork. While some people go two or three times a day, others may only go every couple of days. If you have regular bowel movements according to your own individual body schedule, then your body is doing its job. According to the Cleveland Clinic, you may need to see your doctor if you have disturbing changes in bowel movement color, consistency, or frequency.
7. Clear, Yellow Urine
Normal urine can come in a variety of shades of yellow. It should be clear, not cloudy. Cloudy, murky, bloody, or foul-smelling urine can be a sign of a urinary tract infection or kidney disease. Keep your kidneys and urinary tract healthy by drinking plenty of water. The general rule is six to eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day. Fruits and vegetables high in water content can also contribute to good hydration. Make sure you visit the restroom when your bladder sends the signal it is time to go.Related: 8 Things Your Pee Can Tell You
6. Quick Healing from Wounds or Illness
Even the healthiest individuals occasionally fall prey to illness or injury. One sign of good health is quick wound healing. The American Academy of Dermatology offers tips for promoting healing and preventing scars from wounds. They include keeping the wound clean, using fresh bandages, and applying sunscreen after healing. Timely recovery from colds or flu is also a sign that your immune system is robust and able to fight off infection.
5. Strong Muscles and Flexible Joints
If you are able to walk, run, carry your groceries, and hug your loved ones, you are doing well. A healthy body is one that carries you where you need to go and allows you to sit, stand, bend, and flex when necessary. Keep your joints and muscles strong with daily exercise. Squats and pushups are great ways to exercise your joints and keep them flexible. Be sure to include stretching, warmups, and cooldown exercises in your exercise routine. Wearing supportive shoes will support the joints of your legs and help keep them strong.
4. Good Blood Pressure and Resting Heart Rate
Your heart pumps the blood that supplies the rest of your body with the oxygenated blood it needs for proper function, growth, and repair. Normal blood pressure is a systolic pressure of less than 120 mm Hg and a diastolic pressure less than 80 mm Hg. The American Heart Association recommends treating your heart right by exercising, eating a nutritious diet, and limiting alcohol. Dietary salt can contribute to high blood pressure. Protect your heart by incorporating other spices and herbs into your recipes instead of salt.Related: 7 Natural Ways to Lower Blood Pressure
3. Suitable Body Weight
Maintaining an appropriate body weight is another sign of good health. The CDC recommends an adult body mass index (BMI) of 18.5-24.9 and offers this BMI calculator for adults age 20 years and over. Provide your body with lean proteins, nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables, and digestion-promoting fiber and whole grains. These help to keep or achieve an appropriate weight. Avoid added sugars, refined white flour, processed foods, and excess salt to prevent your body from packing on excess weight.
2. Clear Thinking and Good Concentration
Everyone has those moments where they misplace their keys or forget their reading glasses are on their head. But, if you find you are generally able to think clearly and concentrate on tasks at hand, you should be in good mental health. Continue to keep your brain healthy by learning new and interesting things, reading or engaging in puzzles, and eating nutritious foods.
1. Good Stress Management
We face many stressors in life. Financial worries, pressures at work, and conflicts in relationships can all take a toll on our bodies. While you may not be able to prevent the tensions and stresses presented by daily life, good coping mechanisms can help you get through them. Healthy techniques to relieve tension such as exercising, getting out in the fresh air, and sharing worries with pals contribute to a healthy mind and strong body.Related: 14 Silent Signs That You Are in Bad Health