Sometimes, we are too busy to take a closer look at our body and understand what is trying to tell us. We fail to recognize the signals that our body is giving us, thinking that everything is fine.
Well, that is not the truth. We have 21 things your body can tell you about your health. So, let’s find out the root cause of your problem!
Cracked and Dry Lips
Cracked and dry lips can occur as a result of various factors. The New Zealand Dermatological Society claims that the most common causes include medications, dental hygiene products, lip cosmetics, metals and foods.
However, if you have this problem frequently, it may indicate an allergic reaction or dehydration. If an allergy is the cause of your chapped lips, this problem is known as allergic cheilitis.
Typically, foot swelling occurs in women who are pregnant or as a result of excessive standing.
However, if this is not the reason for your swollen feet, make sure to consult your doctor since it can be a sign of heart failure. Foot swelling is characterized by the heart not effectively pumping, which in turn leads to fluid retention.
The Emory Healthcare claims that every year in the United States, 550,000 new cases will be diagnosed. This condition can affect all people regardless of their age or gender.
A normal tongue should be pink and moist with visible taste buds. However, if you have a dry and pale tongue, this could be a sign that you are deficient in iron.
To find out if your iron levels are too low, make sure to do a quick blood test.
Abnormal Sweat Smells
The smell of our sweat tells a lot about our overall health. For instance, if your sweat smells like an acetone, this could mean that your blood sugar is abnormal.
People with diabetes can have a sweet smell as a result of the sugar accumulating on the skin. If your sweat smells like ammonia, this could mean liver or kidney problems.
Check the Length of Your Fingers
According to a 2008 study, women whose ring fingers are longer than their index fingers have an increased risk to develop osteoarthritis in their knees.
Loss of Eyebrow Hair
If you notice that your eyebrows are becoming sparse, this could occur as a result of thyroid disease.
This can happen with both overactive and underactive thyroid conditions. If this is the cause of your problem, you will notice the outer section of your eyebrows starting to thin out.
If your feet smell bad regardless of the proper hygiene, clean shoes and socks, you might suffer from athlete’s foot. This condition is caused by a fungal infection.
It is described as a rash that is red and scaly. When you first remove your socks and shoes, profound itching tends to be at its worst.
If women notice that their hair growing where it usually does not, this could indicate some problem with your health. Polycystic ovarian syndrome is one of the most common reasons for this.
Typically, it is characterized by a hormonal imbalance and different metabolic problems. The excessive hair growth occurs as a result of our body producing excessive male hormones.
In some cases, the hair may grow on the face, back and in the ears. It is estimated that this condition affects 8-20% of women worldwide.
Dark Velvety Skin Patches
In most cases, people who experience dark velvety skin patches for the first time, think that by exfoliating or scrubbing harder they will be able to eliminate them.
However, you should know that these patches could indicate a medication reaction or pre-diabetes.
According to a 2008 study, women with calves that are above 13 inches have an increased risk to experience a stroke.
This can occur because these people tend to develop carotid plaques more often. Taking fatty acids of out the bloodstream might reduce the risk of plaques.
Women whose breasts are a D cup or larger at the age of 20 are more likely to develop diabetes type 2 compared to women with an A cup or smaller.
It is believed that this can occur as a result of the hormonally sensitive fat in the breasts which makes women prone to developing insulin resistance.
It is believed that women who have shorter arms are 1.5 times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease. A short arm span is said to be 60 inches or less.
Puffy eyes and swelling under the eyes are associated with poor sleep and excess stress.
However, this could be also related to salt intake. It has been shown that allergies or food sensitivities could be the cause of puffy eyes, particularly in children.
BMI and Cognition
Most people are concerned about their ability to maintain their cognitive abilities later in life. If you are in your 40s and your abdomen is on the large side, you are 3.6 times more likely to develop dementia in your 70s compared to people with smaller waist.
It is considered that this is due to more inflammatory hormones being produced by the higher level of visceral fat.
Short People Live Longer
A study showed that short people live longer than taller, as long as they do not have major medical problems.
It is considered that this is related to one of the genes responsible for short stature which is also responsible for longevity.
Blood Type Matters
People with type O blood, either negative or positive have a reduced risk of pancreatic cancer.
Actually, people with AB, A or B blood are more likely to develop this type of cancer during their lifetime.
Stunted Or Uneven Teeth
If your teeth become uneven or more stunted, this could mean that you are grinding your teeth in your sleep. According to a study, teeth grinding is closely related to increased stress.
Premature Facial Wrinkles
As we get older, the production of collagen slows. This means that the occurrence of wrinkles is a natural process.
But, if you are in early menopause and you notice wrinkles, think about the health of your bones. A 2011 study showed that early wrinkling is associated with osteoporosis.
The quality of our skin is a clue into our bone mineral density. So, a lower bone density is related to the distribution and severity of wrinkles.
Check Your Nails
Our fingernails and toenails are the windows into our overall health. If your nails have side-to-side lines, this could mean stress while small cysts around the cuticles could be a sign of arthritis.
The Cleveland Clinic claims that side-to-side lines, white spots or streaks and ridged nails can indicate kidney disease.
Pungent Urine or Stools
If your stools are extremely smelly, think about what you have eaten recently. If you notice that there is a correlation between eating dairy products and smelly stools, this could be a sign of lactose intolerance.
Urine that has a chemical smell could indicate a urinary tract infection due to the E. coli bacteria.
It is normal to experience dry skin from time to time, particularly when the weather is cold and dry.
However, if moisturizers and increasing the consumption of water do not help in your case, it may indicate hypothyroidism, diabetes or nutrient deficiencies.
The most common nutrient deficiencies that lead to dry skin include essential fatty acids, vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E, and potassium.