Your body is constantly talking to you. Are you listening? A disease usually has many signs that the body is needing help before anything manifests. Here are signs to watch for:
- Constantly tired
- Brain fog
- Trouble with digestion
- Sleep issues
- Skin issues: itchy, lip balm, psoriasis, etc.
- Leg swelling
Top reasons for fatigue include:
- Unbalanced lifestyle
- No exercise
Number one, get off the sugar and caffeine! Sugar and caffeine affect your adrenals, nervous system and overall health. If you hit the sugar or caffeine in the afternoon, it is highly probable you’ll have trouble sleeping. Fatigue can also be caused by low-iron in women who are anemic. Be sure you’re eating dark green leafy veggies or taking an iron supplement if you are anemic. (Check with your doctor.) Dehydration is another cause of fatigue. Create a system to make sure you get enough water throughout your day. Create a lifestyle of balanced rest, exercise, fun, and work. Rest is part of health!
If you feel like you can’t concentrate, remembering things or it feels like you’re in a haze, you might have brain fog. 5 symptoms of brain fog include:
- Lack of sleep
- Nutrient deficiency
- Sugar overload
- Possible Thyroid condition
You’ve done one of the best things for brain fog and that’s a DETOX! =) First, take a high-quality multi-vitamin. Stay away from sugar! 5-ways to improve brain fog include:
- Eat in 12-hour increments to give your gut a break
- Exercise (Take 2-weeks free to my online Get Fit program click here)
- Better sleep
- Relax and rest
- Eat good fat and protein (Omega-3 & Q10)
Brain fog is not normal and doesn’t come with aging. It can be remedied and you can think more clearly!
Trouble Digesting (3)
By now you should understand the importance of a healthy digestive tract. If you are feeling bloated constipated or have diarrhea, your body is telling you what you’re eating isn’t the best choice. To make sure your digestion is running optimally you must read the language of your gut and that comes through your elimination. Here is a chart to help you understand the language of your poo: Stool color is generally influenced by what you eat as well as by the amount of bile in your stool (4). 6 reasons the form of your poo is not normal include:
- Exercise Habits
- Autoimmune disease
What color should your poo be?
Healthy poo is light to dark brown and doesn’t have an intense smell.
Don’t get me wrong… It will smell but not be overpowering. This chart shows the various colors of poo and what they mean:
What it may mean
Possible dietary causes
||Food may be moving through the large intestine too quickly, such as due to diarrhea. As a result, bile doesn’t have time to break down completely.
||Green leafy vegetables, green food coloring, such as in flavored drink mixes or ice pops, iron supplements.
|Light-colored, white or clay-colored
||A lack of bile in stool. This may indicate a bile duct obstruction.
||Certain medications, such as large doses of bismuth subsalicylate (Kaopectate, Pepto-Bismol) and other anti-diarrheal drugs.
|Yellow, greasy, foul-smelling
||Excess fat in the stool, such as due to a malabsorption disorder, for example, celiac disease.
||Sometimes the protein gluten, such as in breads and cereals. See a doctor for evaluation.
||Bleeding in the upper gastrointestinal tract, such as the stomach.
||Iron supplements, bismuth subsalicylate (Kaopectate, Pepto-Bismol), black licorice.
||Bleeding in the lower intestinal tract, such as the large intestine or rectum, often from hemorrhoids.
||Red food coloring, beets, cranberries, tomato juice or soup, red gelatin or drink mixes.
(Taken from (4)) What color should your pee be?
Healthy pee is nearly clear!
Nearly clear pee is telling you you’re well hydrated and everything is working optimally(5). Healthy pee will have a slight odor but not overpowering. Overpowering odor can be a sign of dehydration or something more serious like a urinary tract infection. Here is a chart of pee color to be aware of(5): Your body speaks to you through your elimination. Now you know its language. Start observing what is normal for you and Pay Attention regularly!
Sleep issues are when your brain has trouble turning off and allowing you to rest. Possible causes include:
- Chronic pain
- Heavy meals before bed
Good sleep is crucial for good health. Here is an easy routine to follow before bed:
- Turn the TV and computer off an hour before bed
- Read something with soft light (red light is the best)
- Drink Valerian or chamomile tea (more sleepy teas click here)
If you get up in the middle of the night, don’t turn on the light. The light will signal your brain it’s time to get up. Always use soft or no light when getting out of bed. Lastly, melatonin can also help you sleep. It is created in the body to help you sleep and supplementing could support you.
Skin & Breath issues (itchy, lip balm, psoriasis, etc)(7, 8)
Your skin is the largest organ in your body. It protects you from outer elements that may harm your delicate systems inside. There are special immune cells in the skin that protect you from viruses, bacteria, and other harmful substances. If your skin changes in color, not due to sun exposure, texture or starts to itch, it is telling you something isn’t right…Pay Attention! First, get to know your skin by having your moles check on a regular basis. Know where they are and what is normal looking. I found a clients melanoma when it just started forming! Itchy skin, bad breath, and yellow eyes can be an indication your liver may be having issues. I’ve had psoriasis most of my adult life and discovered recently that it’s probably a copper deficiency. I’ve been taking a copper supplement daily and my psoriasis is looking a ton better and the inching as subsided to nearly nothing. Things that can cause skin irritation include the following:
- Wheather (sun, wind, cold, dry temp)
- Laundry soap
- Depression/Anxiety/ OCD
Know your body. Your skin should look and feel good. If it doesn’t, something in your environment, diet or emotions needs to change. For more info on skin issues and what to do about it click here.
Tightness and Knots In Your Body
If you feel a knot in your body, or pain in your joints, it might be stuck fascia.
Fascia is a thin layer of connective tissue that surrounds your muscles. It can get tight if you don’t drink enough water; if you do repetitive movements, and if you sit for long periods of time.
Plus, when you feel knee or elbow pain, it might not be the joint but the fascia around the joint pulling on it.
My sister was having back pain once. It came up when she drove a lot. I had her do a stretch that lengthened her driving leg and she felt a ton better. The pain wasn’t coming from her back it was the surrounding tissue that was getting stuck and putting pressure on her back.
Using a foam roller or lacrosse ball on tight muscles or muscles around painful joints works even better than stretching. It will actually help you stretch even further.
When you foam roll it lengthens the fascia and helps get it unstuck, which is usually causing the pain.
Here is a video I created that teaches you how to foam roll click here
To get your foam roller click here
For your lacrosse ball click here.
To help your fascia stay elastic and moving drink plenty of water especially after foam rolling. Your fascia is more open at that time and will suck in the water helping it to be more flexible.
When you have knots or pain your body is telling you something is stuck. Get it moving again and you’ll feel a ton better!
Always check with your doctor if the pain doesn’t go away.
Your Body’s Language
As you can see your body has a language of its own. If you pay attention and acknowledge when it’s speaking to you, you will have have a high quality of life and age gracefully. Not paying attention can lead you down the road to disease. You deserve the best quality of life possible!