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Your body sends signals! Are you listening?

When your body tries to tell you something, it is usually through a disruption in normal body processes. But do you pay attention? Learn how you can decode your body’s signals.

Mind Body By Ariba Khaliq / May 06, 2015

Paying Attention to Your Body’s Signals

Every day, our body sends us messages about our health—learning which can help us pay attention to what our body needs. Some signals, like pain, are more obvious than others—which is a definite sign that something is wrong. Unfortunately, most signals sent by our bodies are not so apparent. Here are some subtle signals your body sends that you need to pay attention to.

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Urine Colour

Your urine colour, especially that of the first pee of the day can tell you a lot of things about your health Light, straw-coloured urine indicates that you are well hydrated and healthy. Darker urine can indicate that you need more water or possibly have an infection. Also, the amount of urine you produce is important. When you are dehydrated, your body doesn’t produce urine because it is retaining as much water as possible. Changes in the smell colour or density of urine is often the first sign of health problems because urine is a by-product of your body removing toxins.

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Oral Health

Mouth, being the main gateway into our body, is the first indicator of health problems. For instance, if you notice that your gums bleed when you brush your teeth, there is a good chance that you have some form of gum disease. Gum disease can lead to other infections throughout the body, and are linked to several different medical conditions. Your teeth can give signs of infection or disease as well. Teeth that crack or break can be a sign of acidosis— acid build-up; sometimes even your saliva can weaken the teeth.

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Weight Issues

We all gain and lose weight throughout the year, but sudden changes in your weight could indicate bigger problems. Sudden weight gain can be a sign of fluid retention, which could mean there is a problem with your heart or kidneys. If your heart is not functioning correctly, it leads to fluid built-up, usually in the feet and lower legs which adds on extra pounds to your weight. Losing weight dramatically is a sign that something could be wrong with your digestive system. When your body cannot break down the nutrients you put in your bodies, you begin to lose weight quickly. A disturbed thyroid function also affects your weight.

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Nail Health

The colour and texture of our nails is a very obvious indicator of overall health because our nails are dead cells processed and expelled by the body. If your nails begin to turn yellow and thicken, that is a good sign of a fungal infection. Thin, brittle nails are a sign of calcium deficiencies that can affect several different aspects of health. Calcium is an essential nutrient for our body, so it is important to know when we don’t have enough of it.

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Skin Problems

Our skin is actually the largest organ of the human body. It is linked to everything going on inside us. Noticing things like rashes, dark spots, growths, streaking, or changes in colour are all signs that something is going on inside our body. After showering, take a few seconds to inspect your skin and look for any changes.

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Hair Loss

Like your nails, your hair can show you exactly what is going on in your body. Changes in hair colour can indicate high stress levels. A change in the texture of your hair can be an indication that your body is not getting the nutrients it needs. Dry, thinning hair can be an indication of thyroid problems.

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Body Odour

Everyone gives off a traceable amount of body odour, but excessive body odour can be a sign of infection. Changes in body chemistry can produce changes in body odour as well. The best time to assess body odour is in the mornings, before showering and before applying scents like deodorant or perfume.

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