Who would not want to know whether they are healthy or not? You would do all to know whether your pink eyes or pale nails are signs of sickness. Well, Mother Nature has a way to warn you of bad healthy. It is for you to be alert to read these signs and then act accordingly.
It all starts with noticing small changes in your body and general abnormal symptoms which point to a problem with your health. So, what are the ways on how to diagnose if you are healthy?
What comes out of your digestive system can tell whether you are healthy or not. The quantity and quality of your stool tells a lot about your health. If you have regular bowel movements then you can rest easy. Relatively soft, large and easy to pass stool is an indication that you are healthy. Any change with your bowel movement timing or hard to pass stool tells you that you need to see a doctor.
The texture and color of your nails
Naturally, healthy nails are supposed to be firm, pink in color and smooth when you touch them. If this is what you see when you look or touch your nails then you are healthy. You are not healthy if your nails show the following signs:
- Pink-whitish nails: you probably have kidney issues
- Fragile nails: you have thyroid problems
- Whitish nails: liver problems such as hepatitis
- Thin nails with raised ridges: show that you lack iron
The color of your skin
You tend to focus so much on your face that you forget the rest of your body skin. This is detrimental for you may miss crucial signs on your health. Your body skin should always be in your natural tone. Therefore, there is a problem if part of your skin changes color from your natural complexion. Example of health problems shown through the skin include:
- Brown discoloration on your hands and feet: it denotes a problem with your kidney
- Yellow skin: this is a sign of underperforming thyroid
- Neck or armpit velvety patches could be signs of diabetes
Greying before 40 years
Dr Joan Liebmann-Smith in the book Body Signs has categorically stated that you should not have 50% of your hair greying before you reach 40. If this happens it means you should get checked for diabetes.
Cold feet and hands
Your feet and arms are the farthest from the heart and they would be the first to show any signs of vascular conditions. If you get cold hands and feet often this may be a clear message of a vascular condition. This phenomenon is called Raynaud’s syndrome which starts at your toes and fingers. When this happens, forget about grabbing your socks and instead go for an immediate check-up.
Do not wait till your symptoms reach a point of no turn to see a physician. Read the signs your body is giving you and take appropriate action. Many diseases and conditions are curable and it is only that we wait till the last minute when little can be done to reverse the dire situations.