“If we are creating ourselves all the time, then it is never too late to begin creating the bodies we want instead of the ones we mistakenly assume we are stuck with.” – Deepak Chopra
The definition of what is or isn’t healthy has changed so much over the years. What people once thought was good for you – like smoking! – has now been known to have been unhealthy all along. But unhealthiness can manifest in more ways than just definable diseases, like heart disease or cancer.
The signs of being unhealthy in life can start quite early. Many of us, who are so busy with our day-to-day lives, often brush them off as inconsequential. Then, before we know it, it’s too late to turn back! It’s important to know the warning signs of bad health down the road, and what can be done to prevent it.
Here Are 6 Early Warning Signs of Bad Health
1. Being overweight in childhood
Being overweight these days is not always a sign of bad health – after all, there are plenty of people who could be considered overweight who work out daily, eat healthy, and can compete in the Olympics! Sometimes, our bodies are just predisposed to carry more fat than others. But being overweight in childhood can still be a sign of bad health, especially if that particular weight distribution hasn’t been otherwise genetic.
According to American Heart Association, “… obesity is causing a broad range of health problems that previously weren’t seen until adulthood. These include high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and elevated blood cholesterol levels.”
Therefore, being overweight can sometimes increase one’s risk of heart disease and other serious illnesses. Knowing if your child’s weight is right for their body is an important way to make sure they stay healthy.
2. Easily getting sunburned
If you have very pale skin, getting sunburned may just be another risk that you take going to the beach or the pool in the summer. However, if you find that you get frequent, easy sunburns just standing outside, it may be a sign of bad health. Toxins that get released through the skin have been known to speed up the burning process. A way to avoid this is to drink plenty of clean, filtered water and to keep an eye on the food that you eat. Processed food and additives can be released through the skin, and not all of them are healthy for you!
3. Always getting sick
If you find that you or your children are seeming to always catch every cold or flu that goes around, it may be a sign of poor health further down the line.
“If you’re that person who catches every cold your friends have or gets sick every time your kids do, your immune system may not be functioning optimally, which can put you at risk not only of infectious diseases, but of life-threatening body yells like cancer,” says physician and author Dr. Lissa Rankin.
The best way to combat this is to keep up with a doctor, as well as take immunity boosting vitamins.
4. Suffering from illness complications
When this happens, something as simple as a cold can turn into pneumonia. When illnesses don’t resolve in a short or timely matter, but rather get worse or become complicated, this is a sign of bad health. The body isn’t working correctly to fight off the illnesses, because of a compromised immune system or other health issues. A doctor’s help is the right way to go for this, because a compromised immune system may need more help than a daily vitamin can provide.
5. Suffering from allergies
Now, this isn’t a sign of bad health by itself. Many people have hay fever, or are allergic to pollen or cats and dog dander. But a sign of bad health is having more allergies than normal. Multiple allergies mean that the body’s immune system is working overtime where it shouldn’t be, which can leave it vulnerable or compromised. If your list of allergies is longer than your arm, you may be in need to a specialist to keep them under control.
6. Experiencing never-ending symptoms
Everyone knows what it feels like to have a cold or the flu – tired, heavy eyes, dry throat, runny nose. But those symptoms usually abate after a few days, and go away altogether. But a sign of bad health is when those symptoms never seem to go away. That is to say, you’re always fatigued or you have a constant or frequent runny nose. Getting your body the right nutrition and consulting with a doctor will make sure that nothing serious is going on.
Health is different for everyone – but keeping an eye out for the common signs of bad health can help catch disorders and chronic illnesses before they become a huge problem in your day-to-day life. Once you know what to look for, you’ll know how to keep yourself and your family as healthy as possible for a good, long life.