Is Your Body Trying To Tell You Something?

by - January 15, 2019



If you cut your leg, you’ll probably see a few drops of blood, which will quickly be replaced by a scab. With superficial injuries, it’s easy to work on what’s going on. Unfortunately, a lot of the time, spotting health problems is not so straightforward. This is why it’s so crucial to listen to your body and to use your intuition if you think things aren’t quite right. Here are some signs to look out for, and some tips to help you improve your health.



Low energy levels
Do you feel tired all the time? Do you struggle to summon up the energy or the motivation to get up in the morning or to plod on when you’ve still got hours of work left? If your energy levels are low all the time and you feel exhausted, your body could be crying out for a break. If you’ve been burning the candle at both ends or your sleep routine has been all over the place, take a break and start devoting more time to rest and recovery. A chronic lack of energy could also be associated with your diet. If you’re not eating enough, or your diet is void of essential nutrients, you may feel sluggish. Increase your calorie intake if you’re falling short, and opt for complex carbohydrates, which release energy over a prolonged period of time. If changing your diet and getting more sleep don’t help, see your doctor.


Struggling for breath
Do you find yourself panting after walking up the stairs or do you struggle to catch your breath after running for a train or a bus? If so, this is a sign that your body isn’t used to physical activity. When you work out, it’s normal for your heart rate to increase to deliver more oxygen to your muscles. After exercise, if you’re fit, you should find that your body returns to normal fairly quickly. If you’re taking a long period of time to bounce back after very mild, short periods of activity, try and adopt a more active lifestyle. Inactivity can contribute to an elevated risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and obesity. It’s often very difficult to spot signs of damage to the heart or early symptoms of heart disease, and if you’re worried, it may be a good idea to have a heart scan. Symptoms may not be obvious, and often, they don’t become apparent until there are significant problems. It’s also a good idea to have your blood pressure checked on a regular basis, as high blood pressure increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Exercise lowers blood pressure, and you should also find that your resting heart rate decreases as you get fitter.

Weak, brittle, dry hair, skin, and nails
If your nails are prone to breaking, your hair looks limp and lifeless, and your skin is dry and dull, your body could be deficient in nutrients and vital minerals and vitamins. You may find that you’re not taking in enough iron, zinc, vitamin A or protein if you have these symptoms. Looking after your hair and skin doesn’t just involve cleansing and moisturizing or applying a hair mask once a week. You also need to focus on your diet. Foods that are rich in iron include spinach, red meat, beans and lentils, cashew nuts, fortified cereals and bread, and seeds. Good sources of protein include meat, poultry, and fish, cheese, eggs, seeds and nuts, tofu, and yogurt. Increasing your intake of omega oils can also make a positive difference to the look and feel of your skin and hair.

Susceptibility to illness
Do you pick up every cough and cold going? Do you never really feel 100%? Does it take you a while to get over an illness? Are you prone to cold sores and mouth ulcers? If you’ve answered yes to these questions, there’s a good chance that you’re run down and running on empty. When you’re exhausted, you’re under too much pressure, and you’re not getting the rest or sustenance you need, your immunity will suffer. Take time out to recover, rest up, give yourself a break, and look after your body. Get plenty of sleep, stay hydrated, and make sure you’re eating foods that have nutritional value. If you’re trying to soldier on when you’re sick, this will prolong the recovery period and make you even more susceptible to other illnesses.





Sometimes, it’s obvious when we’re under the weather and our bodies are struggling, but often, the signs are much more subtle. Pay attention to how you feel, keep an eye on your health, and don’t soldier on in silence if you are unwell.






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