Posted on July 06 2018
Our body executes incredible feats every second of the day without receiving conscious commands from us. But we tend to abuse our health with overexertion and overindulgence. That's when our bodies send out signals to let us know that things are out of kilter. Here are five signs that your body needs help:
1) Leg cramps
If you have a severe case of recurring leg cramps, it could be because of a variety of factors like strenuous exercise, compression of nerves in the spine, certain medications, lack of proper blood circulation, insufficient nutrients, etc. Combat this by doing simple leg stretches. Additionally, eat more potassium-rich foods like oranges, bananas, spinach, and tomatoes.
2) Food cravings
You need to understand that both hunger and lifestyle factors can affect our cravings. Therefore, have a nutritious, wholesome diet so that your body receives essential nutrients. Next, get proper sleep since this can affect the leptin and ghrelin levels which control your appetite. Finally, manage stress with meditation or other lifestyle changes to prevent stress-eating.
3) Dry skin
Temperature changes, dry indoor environments, hot water baths, over cleansing, bad diets, etc. can lead to dry skin. Therefore keep the skin moisturized with oils or lotions. Also, include more good fats like avocados, fatty fish, nuts, seeds, and oils in your diet. Finally, take showers and baths in cool or warm water.
4) Brittle nails
There are two popular causes for brittle nails - regular use of nail polishes and hormone imbalances. The first one can be remedied by taking a break from nail polishes or by using organic alternatives. Hormone imbalances, on the other hand, call for a health practitioner who can adopt a multi-pronged approach.
5) Bad breath
The most common causes of bad breath are lack of oral hygiene and bad diet. Therefore, brush and floss your teeth twice a day to get rid of lingering food particles from between your teeth. Similarly, consume a balanced diet and cut down on processed foods.
Feeling bloated after meals is frequently a symptom of bad gut health. Therefore, adopt a long-term approach that involves a complete diet overhaul. Try an elimination diet to rule out all the foods that severely impact your digestion. Likewise, replenish the good bacteria in your gut with traditional fermented foods like curd and pickles.
These tips can be useful to a considerable extent. However, if the issue persists, please consult a doctor. Else, there’s nothing a proper diet, proper rest and a workout routine won’t fix!