The body is the mirror of our health. Sometimes the smallest changes or characteristics in our body, physically, mentally, and emotionally, can tell us a lot about our overall health.
Look at evaluate your body every week. The body is a direct reflection of what is happening to your health.
Here are 21 things that your body shows you about your health.
1.Cracked & Dry Lips
If you frequently have dry and cracked lips it may be a signal of an allergic reaction or dehydration. When caused by an allergy, it is referred to as allergic cheilitis. Stated by New Zealand Dermatological Society, cracked and dry lips occur due to cosmetics, medications, dental hygiene products, foods and metal.
2. Swollen Feet
Foot swelling can be expected in pregnant women. Swollen feet can be result of not effectively heart pumping. In this case you should consult your doctor. This condition is not uncommon and can affect people of all ages.
3. Pale Tongue
A normal tongue is pink, moist with visible taste buds. According to acupuncturist Katie Clifton, if your tongue is dry and pale this may show you that you are deficient in iron. Test of blood will show you if your iron levels are low.
4. Abnormal Sweat Smells
If your blood sugar is abnormal your sweat takes on an acetone odor. According to Dr. Lawrence Wilson, people who have diabetes may also have a sweat smell because of the sugar accumulating on the skin. If the smell is like ammonia you may have liver or kidneys problems.
5. Check your fingers length
Women want to examine their ring and index fingers to see which is longer. According to study in Arthritis & Rheumatism, women whose ring fingers are longer compared to their index fingers had bigger chances of developing osteoarthritis in their knees.
6. Lose of Eyebrows
According to Dr. David Wolfe, if the eyebrows become sparse it may be because of thyroid disease. You can notice that your eyebrows will become thinner if you experience thyroid disease.
7. Smelly Feet
Very common medical condition is smelly feet. Smelly feet occur due to buildup of sweat, which leads to bacteria growth on the skin. These bacteria cause bad odors. Smelly feet condition is also known under the name Bromodosis. Funagal infections like athlete’s feet can also lead to bromodosis.
8. Abnormal Hair Growth
Abnormal or excessive hair growth occurs to the polycystic ovarian syndrome. This condition happens due to metabolic problems and hormonal imbalance. You can get abnormal hair growth when your body produces too many male hormones. The abnormal hair growth can be located on the face, back and in the ears.
9. Dry Velvety Skin Patches
According to American Academy of Dermatology, dark velvety skin patches may signal a medication reaction or pre-diabetes.
10. Smaller Calves
Women with calves under 13 inches around might be at a higher risk of having a stroke. Smaller calves are linked to increased stroke risk. Having more subcutaneous fat in the lower legs might reduce the risk of plaques by taking fatty acids out of the bloodstream.
11. Breast Size
Women whose breast size is a D cup or larger when they were age 20 may be 1.5 times more likeable to develop types 2 diabetes compared to women with an A cup or smaller.
12. Shorter Arms
A study in Neurology states that, women who have shorter arms are said to be up to 1.5 times more vulnerable to Alzheimer’s disease. A short arm span is 60 inches or less.
13. Puffy Eyes
Puffy eyes can be result of lack of sleep or excess stress. However, hormonal changes and salt can also play a role. According to Dr. Sears, puffy eyes can happen due to food sensitivities or allergies.
14. BMI and Cognition
According to a study in Neurology, if you are nearing or in your 40s and your abdomen is on the large side, your chance of developing dementia in your 70s is up to 3.6 times more likely than your smaller waisted peers. This is believed to happen because of more inflammatory hormones being produced by the higher level of visceral fat.
15. Short People Live Longer
A research presented in Anthropological Review says that short people live longer that tall people. It is believed that this is linked to one of the genes responsible for short stature also being partly responsible for longevity.
16. Blood Type
According to one research, people with type O blood, either negative or positive, are less likely to develop pancreatic cancer. In fact, those with AB, A or B blood had a 44 percent increase in their risk of developing pancreatic cancer in their life.
17. Stunted Teeth
If your teeth become more stunted or uneven, this tells you that you are grinding your teeth in your sleep. According to a report on Colgate, teeth grinding is typically associated with increased stress.
18. Early Facial Wrinkles
As we are getting older is natural for wrinkles to start forming. However, if you are in early menopause and you notice wrinkles, you should concern about your bones. A research in Boston linked early wrinkling to osteoporosis. According to the research, the quality of a woman’s skin was a clue into her bone mineral density, and the distribution and severity of wrinkles is often linked with a lower bone density.
19. Your Nail Look
Your toenails and fingernails show your well-being. If you are stressed your nails develop side to side lines. According to Cleveland Clinic small cysts around the cuticles might signal arthritis. Side-to-side lines, white spots or streaks and ridged nails may be result of kidney disease symptoms.
20. Pungent Urine or Stools
Your urine or stools can show you about the changes into your body and characteristics. When stools are especially smelly, consider what you have consumed recently. According to AARP, if you notice a correlation between smelly stools and eating dairy products, this could signal of lactose intolerance. Urine that has a chemical smell may mean that you have an urinary tract infection, usually due to the E. coli bacteria
21. Dry Skin
When the weather is cold and dry is normal to have a dry skin. However, if your dry skin is not alleviated by moisturizers and drinking more water, an underlying condition might be at play. Dry skin may lead to diabetes and hypothyroidism. The following nutrient deficiencies might contribute to dry skin: essential fatty acids, vitamin E, vitamin D, vitamin A and potassium, says Susan Evans, MD.
Evaluate your health once a week. Your body is a direct reflection of your state of health. If you notice problematic changes that are problematic, consult your doctor.