What Your Body Says About You

There’s a lot you can say about your body, such as “My hair is dry” or “I’m getting fat”. However, there’s a lot your body can say about you too, especially your health. Do you ever wonder why your doctor checks out your tongue each time you go to a clinic? It may be a good idea to listen to what your body tells you. The following signs may help point out if you are healthy or not.

Nails

Healthy nails should be smooth and consistent in colour. If your nails are frail, it could mean nutritional deficiencies such as low calcium, vitamin D, or zinc. Bluish nails might be a sign that you’re not getting enough oxygen. Pale, whitish nails might mean low red blood cell count consistent with anemia. Nail beds that are thin, concaved and have raised ridges could be a result of iron deficiency.

Nails may also tell about some disorders in the body. Nail folds of a patient with lupus may have unusual, angular blood vessels. Splits and pits of the nail bed might indicate psoriasis. Red nail beds might be a result of heart disease. Signs of nail-biting or picking might be a sign of obsessive compulsive disorder. Dry, brittle nails can be caused by thyroid disease.

Tongue

You have a healthy tongue if it is pinkish in colour, moves freely and is gently moist with a light coating. When the tongue looks somewhat white and pasty, in patches or in whole, there might be some sort of infection such as bacterial overgrowth or an autoimmune-related inflammatory disease. If it is black, it might be from some issues in your diet or lifestyle, or it might be from medications you’re taking.

Hair

A healthy hair should have strength and shine. Dull and limp hair is a sign of insufficient nutrients often from very low-cal diets. Hair fall may be an indication of a very big nutritional deficiency such as from eating disorder or an indication of stress. High levels of male hormone, androgen could cause dandruff and thinning hair because they stimulate the overproduction of grease.

Bowel Movements

A normal stool should look like a sausage or snake, either with cracks on the surface or smooth and soft. Normally, bowel movements are done 1 to 2 times a day, without pain or burning sensation. The colour of stool should range from tan to dark brown and has smell but not striking. Too much stink might indicate infection, use of certain medication, yeast or bacterial overgrowth, malabsorption or poor digestion.

If your stool is lumpy and you experience infrequent bowel movement, it might indicate constipation and you are not drinking enough water. Very soft to watery stools might indicate diarrhea or too much fluid getting into the gut, which may lead to loss of fluid or electrolytes.

Bloody stool is an indication of ulcer. Black could be a sign of bleeding in the stomach. Grey might indicate insufficient bile, yellow might mean malabsorption and green might be telling that your waste is moving too fast.

Urine

Normal urine should be in a shade of lighter yellow. Darker shade than that such as brown might mean dehydration or liver problem. A completely clear urine means you’re drinking too much water.

Unless you have eaten beets, blueberries or rhubarb recently, if your urine is red, it has blood and might often mean a problem. Blue or green urine is rare and could be a result of eating dyed foods or enzyme issues.

Foamy urine is simply a result of urinating with more force or could be presence of protein, which could indicate a kidney problem.

Your body speaks volumes about how healthy you are or what ails you. Being vigilant about your body signs may help prevent any problems or complications that may occur, therefore it would not hurt to see a doctor if you see anything beyond normal.