“Physical signs and symptoms are ways your body tries to alert you to deeper imbalances.” – Elson M. Haas M.D.
The human body is innately intelligent. It can detect, correct and adjust to stimuli in a way that is superb in the animal kingdom. The human body and brain are also meticulously connected, which allows the various areas of the body to signal when something, no matter how big or small, is awry.
Many symptoms are often indicative of a root problem. Sometimes, the root problem is something insignificant, at other times not so. However, as human beings, we possess the capacity to evaluate signals that our brain and body have become tuned to.
Here are 10 health warning signs your body may be trying to send you:
1. Constipation: You’re not getting adequate fiber
Constipation is one predominant, obvious symptom of low fiber intake. According to Dr. Mark Hyman “Our hunter-gatherer ancestors ate up to 100 grams of fiber a day and have an average stool weight of 2 pounds.” Now, fast-forward to today where the average American eats less than 8 grams of fiber…quite a large difference. Difficulty in passing or hardness in stool texture can also be a sign of low fiber intake.
Other signs of inadequate fiber intake: frequent hunger, digestive problems, unhealthy skin, inflammation, low energy and lethargy.
2. Gas and bloating: You’re eating food that isn’t tolerated
Similar to how we react when we see intolerable behavior – with disdain, revulsion, etc. – our bodies act similarly when we eat intolerable food. Simply put, some people can’t eat certain foods without an unwelcome reaction.
Infrequent gas and bloating is a normal byproduct of digestion. However, when we are consistently or constantly fighting gas and bloating, it usually means we’re eating a certain food that our body does not agree with.
Other signs of food intolerance: Sinus congestion, eczema (dry skin), brain fog
3. Cracking at corners of mouth: You’re deficient in B-vitamins
Various studies have shown that when cracks or sores appear at the mouth’s corner, it could be a sign of vitamin B deficiency. Dr. Hass, a prominent physician in California, says: “Deficiencies of one or more of the B vitamins may occur fairly easily, especially with diets that include substantial amounts of refined and processed food, sugar or alcohol.”
Other signs of vitamin B deficiency: fatigue, skin problems, dark circles under eyes, anemia
4. Sudden fatigue: You’re drinking too much caffeine
Caffeine is an effective energy boost in the very short-term. For sustained energy, it is necessary to seek natural solutions, such as additional sleep and relaxation, and good dietary habits. This is not to say that a cup of Joe in the morning isn’t okay, it absolutely is. However, caffeine is only good (and effective) in moderation. Too much caffeine over the long-term is counterproductive, health-wise.
Other signs of caffeine abuse: agitation, irregular heartbeat, jitters, heartburn, frequent urination
5. Frequent colds: Your gut lacks good bacteria
Strange as it sounds, the immune system is inextricably linked to the gut. More specifically, our gut is the dwelling place for a multitude of good bacteria. This bacterium aids the immune system by providing an additional defense mechanism against illness.
Other signals of gut imbalance: gas, bloating, constipation, urinary tract infection, yeast infection, unhealthy skin, athlete’s foot
6. Indigestion: Your stomach acid is low
Stomach acid plays a key role in the digestion of food. At low levels, the digestive process is much less efficient. Also, food is remains stationary in the stomach for longer periods of time, as does the air that is swallowed. Often times, this air moves up the esophagus and is expelled through the mouth in the form of gas, or a burp.
Other signs of indigestion: gas, weakened immune system, chronic infections, cracked fingernails
7. Chapped lips: You’re dehydrated
When we’re not hydrated properly, our skin naturally receives less moisture. Less moisture available to the skin means dryness and flaking. Our lips, in particular, require sufficient moisture to remain healthy. When lips don’t have moisture, they become chapped.
Other signs of dehydration: craving sweet or salty foods, fatigue, inability to focus or concentrate, irritability
8. Headaches: You’re drinking too much soda
The substance aspartame is a near universal presence in diet sodas, which is where diet soda derives its sweetness. Certain animal studies have even demonstrated aspartame’s neurotoxic effects in animals – something that is concerning to health professionals. In human studies, aspartame – along with some other artificial sweeteners – has been shown to produce headaches, even migraines.
Other signs of too much soda: craving sweet or salty foods, irritability, and inability to focus
9. Itchy ears and throat: You have a candida overgrowth
Candida albicans is a fungus that resides in the gut. Under normal conditions, the presence of this fungus is nothing unordinary, but imbalances in the gut can cause this fungus to colonize and spread. When it spreads, it often ends up irritating and inflaming the skin.
Other sides of candida overgrowth: fatigue, weak immune system, weight gain, yeast infections, mood swings
10. Constant coughing: post-bronchitis syndrome
After a particularly long bout with a cold, sometimes a long period of coughing follows. The symptoms of post-bronchitis syndrome mirror those of asthma, but naturally reside within the matter of a few months. Medical professionals recommend seeing a physician, who may find it necessary to prescribe an inhaler or an alternate form of treatment.
Other sides of post-bronchitis syndrome: wheezing, shortness of breath, sore throat