Our bodies are incredible machines. They have been intricately designed to give us the opportunity to experience all of what life has to offer. But the reality is that our body is often speaking to us when something is wrong – but were not always listening.
For example, when your body is beginning to ache and you suddenly begin to feel hot and exhausted, you might think that it may be time for a nap, but in reality it’s your body telling you that you’re coming down with a cold.
The issue with warning signs is that they’re vague, making it difficult to pinpoint the root cause. Read on for a list of the most common symptoms that leave us confused, and the root causes for each of them. If you address the root causes of each, chances are the symptoms will dissolve.
Leg Cramps: Waking up to a sharp, lasting pain that spreads down your leg is the worst. Inadequate blood supply is the main cause, which is the result of your arteries being too narrow at the time. Another cause is your spine may be too compressed, usually from walking for long periods of time. To prevent these cramps from reoccurring, eat more potassium foods such as tomatoes, oranges and bananas. Or simply drink a large glass of water throughout the day.
Food Cravings: We have all had food cravings, so that can’t be denied. But by paying attention to certain areas of your lifestyle may be the solution to solving the craving. People often crave foods because their body is lacking certain nutrients. To solve your cravings, stop buying processed foods and other salty snacks, and get enough rest. Lack of sleep can lead to more stress, which in turn can lead to more sweet and salty cravings.
Dry Skin: You’d be surprised how many people accept dry skin. May seem harmless, but there is more to it. The main causes are dry weather. For some it’s the cold winter, and others the humid summer. Also soaps and detergents can react harshly to certain skin, causing it to become dry. The solution is to incorporate good fats into your diet. These include avocados, fatty fish, nuts and seeds.
Headaches: Millions of people experience headaches every day. It can be caused by a cold, infection or fever. Or can be brought on my emotional stress like depression, poor sleep, over-medication, and skipping meals. It’s tough to do, but avoiding environmental exposure is one solution. The other is keeping a list of all the foods that may trigger a headache, and replace them with magnesium rich foods.
Brittle Nails: Brittle nails usually come with getting older, for women, there are other causes. Long-term nail polish is one cause, a hormonal imbalance such as depression, and eating a poor diet all contribute to brittle nails. The best solution is consult a health practitioner so they can specify what nutrients your body is lacking and set you up on a proper diet.
Split Ends: Split ends are almost invisible, but it’s not how they look, rather what they mean for your health. Using heated appliances such as blow-dryers and hair straighteners can dry out your hair. Also chemically-filled hair dyes can cause split ends. And most importantly, a lack of healthy fats like fish and olive oil in your diet. The simple solutions are to use an organic hair dye and give yourself some time to air dry your hair.
Bad Breath: We’ve all been face-to-face with someone with bad breath. The food you eat is usually the main cause. Broken down food particles begin to rot between your teeth and in the pockets of your gums. Dry mouth is another cause, without saliva there is nothing in your mouth to remove the particles. Lastly, oral infections such as gum disease or tooth decay. The best solutions are to eat more real foods and less processed foods, and good dental hygiene practices: brushing, flossing and gargling with salt.
Bloating: Feeling bloated after a delicious Christmas dinner is one thing, but constantly feeling it is a cause for concern. A diet consisting of rich and fatty foods is one cause, because they take longer to digest. Another could be food sensitivity that causes you to feel bloated. You may also have low stomach acid, which can result in improper breakdown of food. The simple solution is to eat less fatty foods, and if that’s not the cause, then go get your gut checked out to ensure that it’s healthy.
Fatigue: If you’re tired after a long day at the office, that’s fine. But if you find that you’re constantly tired even after a good night’s sleep and your brain isn’t functioning quick enough, it can be the result of a nutritional imbalance. The best solution is to incorporate more natural foods and remove processed foods and assess how you feel.
Purple Knuckles: If your knuckles look a bit swollen and purple, it could be a sign of dermatomyositis – an inflammation of underlying muscle tissue that results in the decline of collagen. This is usually associated with internal cancers and should be monitored closely. If it does not subside, see a practitioner.
Pain After Exercise: You’ve heard the expression “No Pain No Gain,” but if you’re feeling pain during exercise, you might have an injury. Could be from lack of stretching, or a pulled muscle, but the best solution is to stretch and rest your muscles for a couple of days and then see if the pain subsides or comes back.
Irregular Bowel Movements: From time to time we all have irregular bowel movements. But if you’re constantly having fewer than three a day, it should be a concern. The cause could be medication being taken, too much fatty foods in your diet and not enough nutrients. If this occurs, try adding in strawberries, almonds and broccoli into your diet. Also make sure you’re drinking adequate amounts of water.