Wonders never cease when it comes to the human body. A lot of people don’t know that laughing heartily after a meal is good for you and that premature greying is a sign of a malfunctioning thyroid gland.
The problem is that we live in a utopian, idyllic world where we tend to ignore warning signs and take our health for granted. Coupled with that is our aversion to regular health check-ups. Here is a list of warning health signals that you must never ignore.
Health Warning Signs You Should Never Ignore
Pain in the Ankles
Pain in the ankles does not always indicate a muscle pull or an injured tendon. It could indicate a more serious condition like diabetes, osteoarthritis and high cholesterol. As the cholesterol builds up, the tendons around the Achilles heel start to hurt. In such cases it is better to get your cholesterol levels tested and to bring them within the range of normal values.
Strong Lungs and Alzheimer’s
Lungs that are strong and have been kept in good shape lead to better memory retention. When the lungs don’t work as well, there is a lesser chance of optimal levels of oxygen reaching the brain and poor memory and attention span. Make sure that you strengthen your lungs by incorporating a few minutes of deep breathing exercises.
Hair Fall and Premature Greying
Hair fall and premature greying are the first signs that all is not well. An imbalance in the thyroid gland is the first indication of hair fall and premature greying. So, if you are suffering from this along with weight loss/weight gain, depression and period problems, visit your doctor for a thorough check up.
Gum disease and Pregnancy
Scurvy, bleeding gums and cavities can increase your chances of giving birth to a premature baby. In order to prevent this make sure that you floss daily.
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Take regular dental check-ups especially when you are pregnant. It will keep your teeth and gums healthy.
Warm Feet and Catching a Cold
Yes, it is true. You need to keep your feet warm if you want to not catch a cold. When feet are cold, the blood vessels constrict and the body’s ability to fight off infection are reduced so make sure that your feet are always warm.
Slouching Makes you Crave for Sugar
Slouching reduces the blood flow to the brain, triggering sugar cravings as less sugar reaches the appetite centre of the brain. Sit up straight and keep your feet flat up on the floor. Make sure you tuck in your tummy.
Treating Colds can Affect your Fertility
Colds should be allowed to run their own course. Taking medications for cold can dry up your cervical mucous and make it harder for the sperm to reach your egg and fertilize it. Avoid decongestants. Take steam inhalation instead to treat a congested nose.
Talking and Walking can lead to Back Pain
Make sure that you don’t walk and talk at the same time. This does not allow your breathing to be synchronized with your walking. Thus your feet are not able to absorb some of the shock while walking. This can lead to back pain.