Your Body’s Top Cues to your Overall Health

Health & WellnessDo you consider yourself healthy? Maybe you try to eat all of your vegetables, drink 8 glasses of water a day and hit they gym at least five days a week. But how do you know if it’s all really working? There are other ways besides closely watching your weight to tell if your diet and exercise program is contributing to overall longevity and health.

Our bodies are constantly trying to send us messages and signals to tell us whether we’re on the right path to healthy living. The key is knowing what to look for and what it means.

Here are some of your body’s biggest cues:

Symptom What it means
Chapped lips, Headaches, bright yellow urine You’re dehydrated. Not only should you drink more water, at least half of your body weight in ounces is recommended, but avoiding liquids like soda and coffee which dehydrate your body even more. Carry around a large bottle of water to sip on throughout the day.
The corners of your mouth are cracked, fatigue You’re vitamin deficient. Add in a quality B vitamin to your daily routine and eat a couple more servings of leafy greens to get back on the right track.
Dark under eye circles While this could be genetic, chances are under eye darkness means you’re suffering from allergies. Make an appointment with your local La Jolla physician to pinpoint the culprit so that you can pick up the appropriate medicine.
Brittle, discolored, spotty or rippled nails Your fingernails are a good indicator of overall health. Brittle nails usually points to a vitamin deficiency. Try adding in a calcium supplement and multivitamin. Discolored nails with white spots or ridges could point to a more serious condition, such as diabetes, which is why making an appointment with a doctor is a good idea.
Bloating, mood sensitivity, irregular bowel movements These are all telltale signs that you’re not getting enough fiber. Be sure to consume a serving of fibrous vegetables or fruit with each meal and consider supplementing with Fiber One cereal or Metamucil.
Swollen or bleeding gums Chances are you have gingivitis or periodontitis. This could stem from poor oral hygiene or other medical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke or hormone imbalances due to menopause or pregnancy. Make an appointment with a trusted La Jolla dentist who can treat your condition and provide information on underlying causes or conditions.

 

Maintaining a well-balanced diet and a moderate exercise routine is crucial if you want to live a long and healthy life. It’s also important to maintain regularly schedule appointments with your local physician and dentist to catch these symptoms early in order to prevent major medical conditions.

If you’re new to the La Jolla, CA area or are looking for a new physician, dentist or health practitioner in San Diego turn to the trusted La Jolla directory at LaJollaBlueBook.com. Click on the “Health Care” tab on the left to find the contact information you need to schedule your next checkup today!

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Vanessa Turkeltaub
Vanessa Turkeltaub graduated from UC San Diego with a BA in Communication. She has been with Blue Book Publishers for over 5 years, and has written over five-hundred La Jolla related articles. She enjoys going to concerts, art, and traveling. (vanessa@lajollabluebook.com)

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