How’s Your Health?

How’s your health? Lots of people have told me that they have been to the doctor, gotten a clean bill of health, but they don’t feel so well. Sometimes blood tests don’t tell the whole story. Here are some signs that can give you a clue to what is going on inside.

Are You A Morning Person?

Sorry to break it to you, but there are no natural night owls. If you need coffee and time to get moving in the morning, your adrenals are not working right. You’re stressed out, and your body knows it. A healthy person wakes up with enough energy to get through the day. When your energy doesn’t peak until later, that’s a sign that it’s taking that long to get your adrenals working. If you’ve always been this way, it could be that you were born with weak adrenals.

How’s Your Balance?

Good balance is a sign that your inner ear, muscles, vision, nerves, limbs, and joints are working well. Without good balance, your ability to walk, cook, drive, bathe, and carry on every day tasks of living is limited. Your enjoyment of life is limited. Once it starts to decline, it just gets worse. Staying active and doing things that require coordination, like tai chi and dancing, are great ways to maintain your balance. Or try a Simply Fit board. This is a “use it or lose it” type of thing.

What Do Your Eyes Look Like?

There is a whole science of health diagnostics called iridology. By looking into your eyes, a trained person can see the state of your whole body. Since dis-ease takes a while to manifest, this can give you time to correct issues before they become serious. However, you don’t have to be trained in iridology to see what’s going on.

Clear, sparkling, bright eyes are healthy eyes. “Bug eyes” are a symptom of an overactive thyroid. A grey ring around the cornea is associated with high cholesterol and/or triglycerides. Cloudy eyes are cataracts. While these can be removed, they are a symptom of other issues. Droopy eye lids could be a sign of muscle weakness. Achy, bloodshot eyes even after a good night sleep could be an indication of internal inflammation. Uneven pupil dilation is another sign of imbalance.

How’s Your Dental Health?

Your teeth and gums are another window into the interior. Those with gum problems are more likely to have heart disease, diabetes, and premature, low birth weight babies. Osteoporosis in the jaw can mean tooth loss. Pale gums can be an indicator of anemia, which is a low red blood count that leads to poor oxygenation of the body. Bad breath can be an indicator of poor gut health or other conditions. Thrust, fever blisters, cankers, and oral warts may be a sign of a compromised immune system.

What’s Going On With Your Feet?

Naturally those who wear good fitting shoes will have healthier feet, but aside from that, how your feet look speak to your overall wellness. Dry, cracked skin on your heels or balls of your feet can signal a thyroid problem. Since the thyroid controls metabolism, blood pressure, tissue growth, and nervous system functions, this can be a very big deal. …or maybe it’s just due to hydration and weather changes. If you have other symptoms, you might want to get this checked out.

Do you have hair on your toes? You should! If your toes are bald, this may be due to circulation issues. If your feet go numb while you are active, this is another sign of poor circulation. It can also be related to peripheral neuropathy or diabetes. Black spots or lines under the toe nail that is not caused by injury or fungal infection can be linked to melanoma. Morning foot pain can be due to rheumatoid arthritis, plantar fasciitis, or muscle cramps. Cramps are due to calcium, magnesium, and potassium deficiencies or imbalances. These impact the whole body, not just the area where there are cramps.

How’s Your Skin?

Your skin has a lot to say about your health! Tight, flaky skin is a cry for water. If you drink lots of water and still have dry, flaky skin, your cells may not be absorbing it. Since every function in your body relies on water, this shouldn’t be brushed off as something minor. Drink!

Deep wrinkles are associated with bone density. The more deep wrinkles you have, the more likely you are to have breaks or fractures. Diabetes is associated  with thick, dark, velvety patches on folds of skin on your neck, armpit or groin. Rough, bumpy skin on the backs of your fingers or upper arms is associated with thyroid imbalances. An under active thyroid can also be associated with hair loss, brittle nails or dry, flaky skin. Dull, dry skin or dandruff could be the result of an omega-3 fatty acid deficiency. Puffy eyelids are associated with sleep deprivation. Red marks, bumps, and other types of break outs can be related to stress.

Does Your Hair Shine?

What color is your hair? Did you know that grey hair is a sign of stress and malnutrition? Yep, your natural hair color can bounce back naturally if you clean up your lifestyle and your diet. Dry, thinning hair is another sign of dis-ease – perhaps a thyroid issue. It could also be related to dehydration. Are you losing hair? If you’re shedding hair in the shower or in your brush, this could be a sign of stress, anemia, diabetes, or hormonal changes. Does your hair lack luster? This is probably due to a poor diet. Eat fresh alive foods and healthy fats and this should improve.

Farmers have long known how to evaluate an animal by looking at its outer appearance. When buying a new animal, they look at the animal’s coat, hooves, teeth, and eyes. They see it walk. Does it walk steadily? They observe its demeanor. Is it nervous or peaceful? These same things apply to people!

If you have symptoms, don’t just mask them or treat them with beauty products. Definitely don’t ignore them because they seem minor. Get to the bottom of it! Find out what is wrong and correct the imbalance. Your outside is a reflection of your inside and vice versa. When your body is healthy, your mind and spirit will be healthier too.

Your own observation is the best way to do early detection of problems. When you notice and treat things early, they are usually easier to reverse. So give yourself a once over daily. When you see that your lifestyle is not in balance, gently correct it to get back on track. The good news is that most of these issues can be addressed through lifestyle changes so you are always in control.

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