When it comes to health, the body always sends us signs that something is off balance long before a serious condition appears. Being able to notice those early signs and address them early can significantly improve our overall quality of life.
Here are 20 signs of poor health that are red flags.
If you’re living in a state of anxiety, it could be a sign of hormonal imbalance. Your adrenals or thyroid could be out of whack, or it could be related to adrenal tumors, all of which could lead to heart disease.
Snoring is a sign of sleep apnea, which means that your airways are being blocked in some way. This can potentially lead to hypertension and even, heart failure.
If you constantly feel tired and drained, it could be that your body is working extra hard to eliminate toxins from things like alcohol, cigarettes or processed foods. This effort puts additional stress on your adrenals which can cause long-term exhaustion.
Extra Belly Fat
Being overweight and obese is always an indicator of some kind of ill-health. However, if you tend to carry your extra weight in your belly, as opposed to your hips and thighs, you’re at a higher risk for heart disease.
Early Grey Hairs
Some people get grey hair at an early age simply because they’re genetically designed to do so. But for others, grey hairs at an early age can indicate thyroid disorders or some nutrient deficiencies.
As we age, we generally get a little shorter, but if this is happening at a fast rate, it could be due to loss of bone density. Low bone density is concerning since it means one has weak bones that can fracture easily.
Persistent itching on your body can be an indicator of allergies or a skin disorder. One possible cause of skin disorder is an unhealthy liver, so it’s advisable to ask your doctor for a liver checkup if itching is something you regularly struggle with.
Impaired Cognitive Function
If you have difficulty thinking clearly or if you experience brain fog, it can be due to excess fat in the body. Excess fat and obesity have been shown to affect the brain’s ability to function correctly and you could improve your condition simply by taking steps towards shedding those extra pounds.
Cold Hands And Feet
Do your hands and feet getting extremely cold in the middle of the summer? Then it could be that you have poor blood circulation and it’s worth talking to your medical practitioner about how you can improve this.
Having bumps, ridges or discoloration on your nails are all indicators that something in your body isn’t functioning correctly. Follow up with your medical practitioner to see what the root cause could be.
If you have very dry lips and you have to constantly apply lip balm, it could be the result of a vitamin deficiency. Adding supplements to your lifestyle and changing the foods you eat could help resolve this.
Insomnia is always a way for your body to tell you that something needs to be changed. For example, if you eat fatty foods before bed, don’t exercise, or if you spend most of your waking hours downing coffee, that can lead to restlessness when you finally lay down to sleep.
Skin problems like acne or other blemishes like stretch marks are often related to poor diet. Eating a whole foods diet that is nutrient dense can often improve the condition of your skin.
Is your ring finger longer than your index finger? If so, you could be at a higher risk for osteoarthritis and you’ll want to look into incorporating more exercise into your lifestyle to help strengthen your body.
Having black feces is an indicator of internal bleeding, most likely due to a stomach ulcer. Talk to your medical practitioner about what you can do to resolve the issue.
When you’re suffering from dehydration, one indicator will be your urine, which will turn black. If your urine has a red tone to it, then it’s likely due to blood and could be related to kidneys or liver issues.
Persistent bad breath usually indicates a condition like gingivitis, and it should be addressed as soon as possible. Left untreated, it could lead to gum disease and even, loss of teeth.
Wrinkles are a natural part of aging, but getting them in unusual places – like the legs and underarms – could be due to high blood pressure.
If you start to notice that your legs are expanding in size, it could be related to the health of your thyroid. Simple lifestyle changes, such as exercise, eating whole foods and taking supplements can often take care of this.
If you find yourself craving ice cubes or ice cream, it could be that your body is low on iron. When we are low on iron, we tend to crave foods that have no nutritional value, like ice cubes!