We often assume that bad health only refers to serious diseases such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes or kidney ailments. But these are major health afflictions, which are likely to show themselves through major symptoms.
More pervasive health challenges, however, come from seemingly minor conditions that do now show severe or intolerable symptoms, and hence are easy to ignore. These minor or silent signs could be your body’s warnings about your waning health long before you actually face a potentially life-threatening illness.
Your body talks to you in whispers, and if you do not pay attention to it, you could find yourself in a serious health crisis sooner or later. Here are 14 early warning signals that may indicate that something is wrong with your body or that you are not taking good care of yourself.
Persistent Digestion Problems
Digestion problems are some of the most common signs that may indicate that all is not well with your body (unless, of course, if you have been diagnosed with a gastrointestinal disease.) Be on lookout for the following signals, especially if they are accompanied by digestion issues:
- Low energy after eating and wanting to take a nap
- Skin problems
- Indigestion and heartburn
- Arthritic pain
- Foggy brain or lack of clarity
- Bloating after meals or gas
- Less than one well-formed bowel movement daily or more than three a day
An Apple Shaped Body
People who are overweight have a tendency to fall in two categories. They are either pear-shaped and carry most of the excess weight on their thighs and hips, or they are apple-shaped with the extra bodyweight around their belly or waist. While being overweight itself is an indicator of poor health, having an apple shape means that a person is at higher risk of heart-related ailments.
Frequent Mood Disorders
Anger, crankiness, and emotional outbursts are common emotions that are considered normal, but chronic mood swings are not a good sign. Regular mood swings can indicate that there is a hormonal imbalance. If such symptoms are not addressed, they may gradually lead to severe depression, anxiety, immune system dysfunction, and even cancer. The longer the problem is allowed to continue, the greater the chances are of subsequent problems escalating.
Perennial Low Energy
Energy is the first thing that starts getting low when your body begins to malfunction. One of the reasons for this is that most of your energy is consumed by a burdened digestive system and liver. Consequently, there is not much energy left to enjoy normal physical activities and mental processes. Low energy can also indicate thyroid, renal, and hormone imbalances generated by a lack of nourishment, stress or disease.
Poor Sleep Patterns
You may dismiss irregular sleep as something not very consequential, but it could be a harbinger of more serious health issues or a hormonal imbalance, and should be promptly addressed. Poor quality of sleep will also age you faster, both internally and externally, and is bad for your overall well-being.
You may be riddled with various types of skin disorders on a continuous basis, such as psoriasis, eczema, or acne. But do you know they all point toward some sort of imbalance in your body? Problems with the liver, digestive system or hormonal imbalances can lead to chronic skin disorders. Stress makes the condition worse and produces toxins. Do not bank on short-term topical cream treatments; rather, ensure that you get the root of the problem checked, especially your gut.
Prone to Allergies
You may ignore minor allergies as something that just happens, but they too could be indicative of problems with the immune system, liver, and digestive system. Moreover, a problem with either of these can have an impact on the other, leading to a major buildup of health issues that can cause bodily dysfunction. Allergies can sometimes indicate that your body is facing chronic health issues.
Cramps, Aches, and Pains
You may accept pains, aches, and cramps as a normal part of life, but they are often symptoms of malnourishment, toxicity, or both. If these underlying problems are taken care of, you will see a marked reduction in pains as well as injuries related to physical activities, exercises, or weightlifting.
Women tend to come to terms with chronic cramps as being a part of their menstrual cycle. However, period cramps may not be normal and can be addressed with proper hormonal balancing.Related: 12 Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms
Brittle Nails and Hair
Do not blame weather conditions, rain, or cold for nails and hair that are brittle. These may indicate that something is wrong with you internally. Poor nail and hair health is a sign of fundamental deficiencies and reveals inadequate protein intake, dehydration, lack of certain minerals and vitamins, or an underactive thyroid.
Yes, it is possible! A noticeable loss of height means that your bones are degenerating due to osteoporosis. Aging does not have to be accompanied by bone loss, and if you find yourself in such a condition, consult your medical practitioner because osteoporosis can lead to a humpback or hip fracture.
Cracked Lips and Increased Snoring
Cracked lips, also referred to as cheilitis, is a sign of vitamin B deficiencies, especially vitamin B 12. Such a deficiency can put you at a higher risk of anemia. Snoring can sometimes be an early indicator of sleep apnea. It is a sleep disorder that leads to an obstruction in the airways, thereby putting you at a higher risk of pulmonary hypertension and, in some cases, heart failure.Related: Do B Vitamin Supplements Cause Lung Cancer?
Unstable Body Temperature
If you find you have difficulty maintaining your body temperature or you keep alternating between feeling hot and cold, there could be something wrong with your body. Overheating of the body indicates that you have a hormonal imbalance or a low-grade infection. If you are always cold, then it could mean an underlying thyroid problem, which affects heat production and metabolism. So, the next time, do not joke about your chills or hot flashes and get yourself checked.
Dark Yellow Urine
If your urine is dark yellow in color, then it means you are not well hydrated. If you drink a lot of fluids, then your urine will be colorless. A dehydrated body is not a healthy body, so increase your water intake before it leads to serious problems or complications.
In addition to water, green juice, coconut water, green tea, and herbal tea are also good for you. While you are at it, lower your intake of soda, alcohol and caffeinated beverages, as they make the body even more dehydrated.
Pungent Body Odor
A daily fight with body odor is another signal that you are not in good health. Did you know that sweat itself is odorless? Therefore, excess sweat production cannot be the cause of your body odor.
Certain foods can cause a rank odor, such as cabbage, onions, garlic, seafood, and meats, but they won’t lead to a body odor that can be picked up by others. The real issue with body odor is that it can indicate an underlying fungal or bacterial problem.
Failure to recognize or acknowledge these mild signs can mean that your health is heading toward a downward spiral that can gradually put you in a precarious situation. Good health means a regulated body temperature, a clean smell, relaxed joints and muscles, beautiful skin, hair, and nails, balanced moods, consistent high energy, restful sleep, and a healthy appetite.
If you find yourself frequently struggling with some of these signs of ill health, do not hesitate to get yourself checked with your GP. Remember, a stitch in time saves nine.Related: 5 body odors you should never ignore