Weird Signs That You Need to Start Treating Your Body Better

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Do you dream of becoming a person who wakes up at 6am, meditates then drinks a green smoothie before setting off on a run before work? What a way to start the day that would be. In reality, most of us wake up ten minutes late, run around like a headless chicken, down a large coffee and skip breakfast. We don’t live in a perfect world, having commitments like work or education, family, running a home and everything else it can be tricky to get the balance right. What this often means is our health can suffer. We go to bed late and don’t get enough sleep. We are tired, stressed, we don’t always make the best decisions when it comes to food. Some people find themselves reaching for vices like cigarettes, alcohol or drugs as an unhealthy coping mechanism.
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If you are especially interested in health, there are online nursing graduate programs which can allow you to advance your career and learn more while helping others. But even if you’re not, you should pay attention and at least take an interest in your own health. When you have been mistreating your body for a while, you can usually tell. You gain weight, your skin looks sallow and breaks out, and you generally feel sluggish and lethargic. However, if you’ve been doing this for a while these negative symptoms might not be as noticeable, it’s only when you feel better you realise how bad you felt. There are some other signs though which are hints that you need to start treating your body better. Are you experiencing any of these right now?

Hair Loss

Hair loss on the crown of the head is common in men, in fact by the age of thirty-five most will have some degree of hair loss. This is due to male pattern baldness, and unfortunately, there’s not much you can do about it. But there are other kinds of hair loss which are down to a lack of vitamins in the diet. Vitamin b7 also known as biotin isn’t stored in the body, so we need to get it from our food. It’s present in oily fish like salmon, avocados, mushrooms, cauliflower, nuts, raspberries, bananas, soybeans and eggs. You can also take biotin capsules too if this is a cause. If your hair is coming out in clumps, fixing up your diet could be helpful but speak to your GP or a trichologist too to make sure there are no other underlying problems.

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Tingling or Numbness in the Hands and Feet

When you lack in B vitamins such as folate, B6 and B12 it can cause problems related to the peripheral nerves which can cause tingling in the hands and feet. You can combat this problem by including foods like beans eggs, beets, shellfish poultry and spinach into your diet. However, it’s important to be aware that these symptoms can also be related to anxiety, depression, anaemia, fatigue and hormone imbalances. Some people also notice this a day after drinking alcohol but it’s usually short lived. Type two diabetes also can cause this sensation, so it’s important to get it checked out, especially if you’re at risk. Risk factors include being overweight, inactive, having a family history of diabetes and certain ethnicities have also been shown to be more prone to the illness.

Wounds That Won’t Heal

Whether it’s bruise, scratch or cut if you’re noticing that any wounds on your body aren’t healing the way they should then it could be a sign that something isn’t right internally. Since protein is the major macronutrient associated with cell building and repair, it makes sense to look at your protein levels first. If you’re a meat and fish eater, a small portion each day will do the trick (go for poultry instead of red meat as it’s lower in fat). If you’re vegetarian, vegan or looking for alternative protein sources, there are lots to choose from. Tofu, lentils, beans, milk made from nuts such as coconut and almond, even vegetable contain some protein. Again, wounds that won’t heal do also indicate diabetes too so have this checked out to be on the safe side. The problem with wounds taking a long time to heal, not only do they hint at something wrong in the body but open cuts put you at risk of infection.

Misshapen or Brittle Nails

Low iron levels can lead to whitened or ridged nails, and biotin deficiency can increase your risk of fungal infections which cause ridging and discolouration. If you have a vitamin B12 deficiency, this can make your nails take on a brownish colour. You can incorporate dark leafy green vegetables, seafood, beans and fortified foods into your diet to help combat this. If you’ve already had a nail or two taken over by fungal nail infections, then be sure to visit your GP or chemist for some treatment to clear this up. It’s very infectious and can spread to others, as well as other nails so don’t delay.

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Some of these might seem like subtle problems, but they can be a huge hint that things aren’t running well in your body. Often just switching up your diet, taking vitamins and doing some exercise can be enough to put things back on track. If you’ve ended up in a bit of a rut with your health, and damaging behaviours such as overeating, smoking and drinking then put a stop to this. You only get one body and one life, so it’s crucial you take care of it to the best of your ability. You don’t need to be perfect, just make better decisions and be aware of the damage a bad lifestyle can cause.

Have you experienced any of these issues? Have you fallen into bad habits when it comes to your health, if so how do you plan on getting out of your rut?


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