While many deadly diseases have been cured or altogether eradicated in the majority of first world countries, our 21st century living lends itself freely to a different set of diseases – such as diabetes, heart disease and obesity – often labelled as diseases of affluence. With this easy and affordable overexposure to environmental pollutants and processed foods, it has become increasingly important to be proactive in monitoring and maintaining your own personal health and well-being. Here are six common signs of unhealthy body function that should never be ignored.
1. Blemished skin
Skin redness and acne can indicate body toxicity, hormone imbalance, food intolerance, or even liver congestion. A good first step for those with excessively blemished skin is to eliminate processed foods that stress the liver and digestion. Then evaluate your diet to identify which other foods may not agree with your body. The result should be clearer, healthier skin.
2. Hair loss
Strong, full and shiny hair requires a balance of many vitamins and minerals, including vitamins A,B,C and E, Iron, Zinc, Iodine, and others. If you are losing hair, consider your diet. Cut back on nutrient depleting sugars and unhealthy oils, eat more whole fruits and vegetables, and consider whole food supplements to fill in the gaps of nutrients you may still be lacking.
3. Dry lips and skin
While factors such as climate can be a consideration for dry lips and skin, excessive dryness may actually be your body’s way of telling you it needs more water, so don’t ignore this common bodily indicator. Make sure you are drinking the recommended 8-10 glasses per day. When in doubt, drink more water.
. Spider veins
Did you know that spider veins and varicose veins can actually be a sign of liver stress? Keep an eye on the veins in your legs; if they are easily visible or protruding, consider having some blood tests done to monitor your liver function. Eat whole foods that support liver function, and eliminate or reduce processed foods, non-prescribed medications, alcohol, and sugars, which add stress to the liver’s detoxification duties.
5. Cold hands and feet
Cold hands and feet may mean it’s just cold outside, but they can also indicate a problem with your thyroid. If your hands and feet seem to be cold all the time, consider asking your doctor for blood tests and a detailed review of your thyroid levels.
6. Excessive fatigue
Feeling too tired to function most days, even with the recommended 8 hours of nighttime sleep, could be another indicator that your thyroid is out of whack. It might be time to see your doctor for that thyroid check. Consider having other hormone levels checked as well. In women, imbalances in estrogen and progesterone could cause sleep troubles, skin problems, weight struggles, and a plethora of other common symptoms.
Bodily discomforts and blemishes are your body’s ways of telling you that something is wrong. Research, pay attention to your body, and work closely with a natural healthcare practitioner to safeguard yourself against the myriad of diseases plaguing our modern culture.