We all know that our health reflects our physicality and our behavior but most of us are not aware that the signs we may have can be related to us being unhealthy. Sure, our body send us out signals and things that can directly relate to how we are coping with our everyday lives.
“It’s important to diagnose things early before they have the potential to cause more serious, and sometimes irreversible, effects,” says Margarita Rohr, M.D., a clinical instructor of internal medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City.
To give you a heads up, here are a few of the weirdest signs that our body gives us that can most probably mean we are unhealthy.
Cravings for Ice
If you bypass ice cream, frozen yogurt, for something different – like ice – then that most probably means that you have iron deficiency, says Rohr. People who suffer from a serious lack of iron can mean that they have PICA; a disorder that makes you crave for things that has no nutritional value like ice, sometimes paper, and dirt.
If you know you don’t have this habit, then good for you and continue being healthy but if you stopped for a second and thought, then you might be in a position where you should be careful. If you have found yourself in the latter, try to reach out to a doctor and for sure, they’ll know what to do. But adding iron-rich food to your diet can have a very positive impact.
All of us have not-so-good smelling breaths every time we wake up and that is normal. But if you think you need to move from breath menthol mints to something more serious, then maybe it’s time to have yourself fully checked.
Having chronic bad breath can be a sign of gingivitis and, if it won’t be treated immediately, it can result to more serious gum problems, Rohr says. Visit your dentist and try to see what they would tell you about it but proper oral hygiene (brushing, dental flossing, and mouth wash) can be a big help.
Noticed that your urine lately is darkish in color? Well, this is one sign that you are dehydrated and you need to make sure that you drink more water. But according to Rohr, the color might be because of blood in the urine which might be a signal of potential kidney or liver problems.
Visit your doctor and ask what you need to do but upping your intake of water and avoiding fatty food can make a huge difference.
Wrinkles In Weird Places
Our health is connected to how we appear outside and that is most certainly true. It is also true that wrinkles are just a sign of aging but according to a research done in The Journals of Gerontology, wrinkles is also an indicator of high blood pressure. The research found that people who have wrinkles in areas where sunlight can’t actually reach like the upper arms tend to have hypertension.
The doctor would surely know how to treat this and by cutting off from cocktails and salty food, you can expedite the treatment as well.
Long Ring Fingers
In relation to the sign above, having long ring fingers can be a sign that a person has greater risks of having osteoarthritis especially in the knees, according to a research study from the University of Nottingham. Try and look if your ring finger is longer than your index finger, if that’s the case, better be active and have regular exercise and consume food that has a high count of calcium.
Are your legs looking swollen and outside-of-the-normal-fatty-look? This is called edema and this could be a sign of a thyroid-related disease or even more serious, kidney and heart, says Rohr. If you think you’re not getting fat but your lower extremities are looking bulkier and tighter, it’s better if you immediately consult your healthcare professional and have yourself checked.
Having a specialized exercise routine and drinking plenty of water can shorten the agony but won’t completely cure it.
These are just few of the weirdest signs that can tell you you’re being unhealthy. If you looked in the mirror after reading this and you’re experiencing something different with your life, consult your doctor immediately because it’s better off too soon that to be late.