If you listen to your body carefully, it’ll tell you when something’s wrong. Subtle changes can be harbingers of valuable information on where you’re out of step.
Unfortunately, many of us are in the habit of not listening to what our bodies are saying. And because of this, issues can fester for years without resolution.
Most people want to nip health problems in the bud before they develop into something serious. Therefore, it pays to look out for early warning signs that herald more serious conditions in the future.
You Feel Tired All The Time
The human body is capable of considerable activity levels throughout the day. Most people aren’t aware of the sheer amount of work they can do in any 24-hour period.
For this reason, feeling tired all the time is a sign of concern, particularly if you’re getting enough sleep. Causes of excessive tiredness include low blood iron counts, an underactive thyroid, depression, and restless leg syndrome. Always check all of these with your doctor. Also check that you are eating enough protein and calories, particularly if you are on a restrictive diet.
You’re Having Frequent Chest Pains
Frequent chest pains are another sign that there’s something wrong in the body – and not just that you have heart disease. Most chest pains are associated with problems with your body’s chemistry, such as high uric acid levels or inflammation of the tissue that holds the chest cavity together.
If you have stabbing or burning pains in the chest, see a doctor immediately. Pressure or serious pain is an indication of severe disease.
Your Skin Looks Yellow
Your skin shouldn’t have a yellow tone, no matter what your ethnicity is. If it does, then it suggests a liver problem that you need to address quickly.
You Have Regular Headaches
Getting regular headaches is a sign of a problem and isn’t normal. If you visit a chiropractor, they can tell you whether your pain is the result of poor posture or problems with your neck.
If your headaches arrive with other symptoms, such as numbness, rashes, or severe nausea, then see a doctor. Headaches should not come on suddenly or intensely.
You Have Swollen Feet
If your feet are swollen because you’ve been wearing tight shoes all day, then it probably isn’t anything to worry about. However, if you notice that they are swollen and puffy all the time, it could be an indication of kidney trouble. The body will hold on to excess sodium causing swelling around the hands and feet when the organs don’t work as well. The same is true for people with heart disease or problems with liver function.
You Have Night Sweats
Unless you’re sleeping in a boiling hot room, night sweats are not normal. Usually, they occur when your hormones are out of balance. Low estrogen levels, for instance, can cause night sweats in women. It is also a common perimenopausal symptom and something you may experience when going through rapid weight loss. If night sweats continue, it could be early menopause.
CANDY TAI is a wife to David and mom of 5 with a degree in Communications. She's a native Texan (Hook 'Em Horns!) who's been making her home in the Kansas City metro area for nearly 15 years. She loves being able to shuffle her kids from their various sports activities, piano lessons, and school activities. She enjoys fashion, beauty, reality TV, and moviegoing.