‘Listen to your body.’ This is true especially when it is trying to warn you that something is wrong with you health. There are so many subtle signs it gives us, that picking up on them, by being attuned to what is normal for you is vital to feeling well and preventing future problems. Here are some signs your body may be using to tell you something’s wrong your health and how to fix the problem.
1. Gaining weigh around the waist
It can put you at risk of developing diabetes and a condition called the metabolic syndrome if it is higher than 31 inches (80cm) as a woman or 37 inches (94cm) as a man.
The risk is substantially 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.
Regular exercise and a good diet can keep this in check but talk to your doctor about a test for Type-2 diabetes.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. Itchy feet
The damp environment can increase 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.
5. Cracks at corners of your mouth
This is when your body do`t have enought B vitamins and iron.Once dry and cracked, this can become infected. Topical treatment and moisturising usually clears it up.
6. 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.
7. Thinning hair
This is a sign that you don`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.
8. Brittle nails
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.
This is your body telling tha you need fibre 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.