What is Your Body Telling You? 10 Subtle Body Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore –
How well do you know your body, and do you listen when it speaks?
Our bodies are really super smart and will tell us everything we need to know about what is going on inside of it but sometimes we don’t listen or don’t know what those little signs may be telling us. These subtle signs can be very important in keeping our health on the right track.
Here Are 10 Subtle Body Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore:
A Craving to Chew on Ice.
Doesn’t sound important but this little sign can be telling you that you are running low on not only iron but oxygen as well. Those who constantly chew and crunch on ice can be unknowingly stimulating their responses into ‘waking’ themselves up. If you are an ice cruncher, you might need to get your iron levels checked.
A Constant, Aching Jaw.
Lyme disease is one of the hardest diseases to diagnose and is often overlooked. A recent study shows that jaw pain can be an underlying symptom of Lyme disease which often attacks the joints and lymph nodes. So, if you are having jaw pain (as well as other joint pain) that won’t go away you might want to get checked for Lyme disease.
Have you all of the sudden or gradually noticed that your ears have become reddish in color? This could be a sign of adrenal insufficiency. Your adrenal glands are located at the very top of your kidneys and produce the hormone adrenaline. If your adrenal glands or kidneys are not in tip-top shape this can lead to low blood pressure, fatigue, and even weight loss.
Constantly Cold, Even When it’s Warm.
If you are always putting on layers of clothes and are constantly chilly, you could have an underlying thyroid issue. Your thyroid acts like your internal temperature regulator. If your thyroid is underactive this heater can shut off. If you are having issues with always being chilly or cold, you may need to have your thyroid levels checked out.
A Bright-Red Tongue.
Have you noticed that your tongue has changed in color? The tongue should appear to be a light pink with little bumps on it called papillae. If your tongue looks red and beefy you could have an underlying Vitamin B deficiency. If you notice that your tongue’s appearance has changed to a bright red, may seem a little swollen, and the symptoms don’t go away, you may want to have your Vitamin B levels checked.
A Foggy Brain.
If you seem to feel like you are walking around in a fog and your brain just doesn’t feel up to par especially after a good night’s sleep and after eating, you may need to cut back on carbs, pasta, and bread. Your body may be telling you that it is intolerant to gluten or something more serious like Celiac disease. If you are feeling this way daily, try removing all gluten from your diet for a month and then slowly introduce it back in, if you notice a dramatic difference you probably are gluten intolerant.
While knee pain can certainly mean arthritis, it can also mean that you are emotionally stressed or depressed. We can carry physiological pain in our knees from mental suffering. If you are suffering from knee pain, reduce your emotional stress. If you cannot do it on your own you may want to consider seeing a doctor to help you with possible depression.
A Nagging, Hangover-Type Headache (when you haven’t had alcohol).
If you wake up with a hangover type headache and didn’t have any alcohol the night before you may be dehydrated. Dehydration can affect numerous things in the body, the head being one. It is your body’s way of telling you ’give me water.’ Being dehydrated can also cause high blood pressure, constipation, and muscle aches. So if you seem to get a headache in the mornings try drinking a big glass of water. Remember, our body is made up of 70% water and it needs water to function properly.
Rigid Vertical or Horizontal Lines on Your Nails.
If you develop vertical lines on your fingernails this could indicate inflammatory arthritis. Cracked and or splitting nails could indicate an underlying thyroid issue. If the skin around the nails appears to get red and puffy (and stays this way for an extended period of time), it could be an indicator of Lupus or other connective tissue disorder. Horizontal lines also known as Beau’s lines can be an underlying issue such as uncontrolled diabetes, circulatory disease, or a zinc deficiency. Pay close attention to your nails, they can tell you a lot about your health.
You could be taking in too many complex carbohydrates and sugar. When too much sugar or carbs are ingested it can cause a spike in insulin levels than quickly fall off, leaving you with a sudden drop in energy. By reducing your carbs and sugar you could notice a large increase in energy levels that will begin to stabilize. If you need a pick me up, instead of grabbing for the sodas or energy drinks, opt for nuts and bananas.
Our bodies are very complex and very smart. When they speak to us in ways of symptoms that aren’t normal, it is our job to pay attention to them so that we can keep our health at its most optimal.
To your highest good and greatest growth!