You are a person who takes pride in taking good care of your body. The gym is not a scary place for you and you eat fruits and vegetables every day. So you totally dismiss strange occurrences such as a craving for sweets or hiccups that never seem to end. But maybe you shouldn’t.
Your body is constantly giving you signals when it needs you to take fix a problem whether is dehydration or a developing heart problem. You just need to be able to read them. The latter, for example, can lead to blood clots and seizures. Studies have made a connection between even mild dehydration and bad mood and lack of energy.
The body has a very complex scheme of interconnected systems. If one is not working right, all of the rest can be affected and you can have health problems you never knew were possible. Unfortunately, not all diseases are preceded by warning signs we know are dangerous such as chest pain or constant headaches.
If you have problems seeing, you may think that’s because you’re tired or getting old. But vision loss can be an indication for a serious condition. The American Optometric Association recommends eye exams every two years for people who have no pre-existing conditions such as diabetes. When was the last time you had your eyes checked (apart from the vision test to get a driver’s license)? Paying attention to little things may save your life.
Other than physical symptoms, people often dismiss sign of mental health concerns and attribute them to stress or tiredness. But it can actually be depression. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 19 million Americans suffer from it. At some point in their lives, 10 to 25 percent of women and 5 to 12 percent of men will be diagnosed with clinical depression
Here is a list of 10 unexpected signs your body may be giving you if it’s not feeling well.
1. Bad breath
Saliva has many anti-bacterial properties and studies have shown that licking wounds make scientific sense because it is a natural antiseptic. However, if you don’t have enough liquids in your body that are necessary for it to function properly, then it won’t be producing enough saliva. That can result in a lot of bacteria growing in your mouth, causing bad breath.
2. Geographic tongue
Have you notice dry white lines in a strange formation on your tongue? This is known as the “geographic tongue” because the lines look like an outline of a map and it can be an indication that you have Celiac disease – your body can’t process gluten. This sign usually comes with more common symptoms such as tiredness, significant and quick weight loss, and diarrhea.