There are several ways your body may be telling you that you are not healthy.
Talk to your health care provider if you have any of these symptoms.
You have a low grade fever. Fevers often accompany infections and are part of your body’s natural defense against them. Body temperature can also be elevated by physical activity and environmental factors, such as wearing heavy clothing or a high ambient temperature. A low-grade fever may also occur following immunizations, during teething, or as a symptom of cancer or inflammatory and autoimmune conditions. It can also occur as a side effect of some medications.
You are extremely thirsty. Causes may include:
A recent salty or spicy meal
Bleeding enough to cause a large decrease in blood volume
Medicines such as anticholinergics, demeclocycline, diuretics, phenothiazines
Loss of body fluids from the bloodstream into the tissues due to conditions such as severe infections (sepsis) or burns, or heart, liver, or kidney failure
A mental disorder called psychogenic polydipsia
The palms of your hands are red (PE) . PE can be caused by a wide variety of diseases. Liver disease is a common cause. Up to a quarter of people with liver cirrhosis; can manifest PE. PE has been reported in more than 60% of patients with rheumatoid arthritis. A fifth of people with hyperthyroidism (elevated thyroid levels) have PE. PE occasionally occurs in patients with diabetes mellitus. Several drugs can cause PE. The more common offenders include; amiodarone, gemfibrozil, cholestyramine, topiramate, and albuterol. Fifteen percent of patients with cancer either originating in the brain or spreading to the brain will have PE. Smoking and chronic mercury poisoning are environmental causes of PE.
The whites of your eyes are not white and clear. When your eyes develop a yellowish appearance, it might be a sign of a serious disease that should not be ignored. Yellow eyes in particular have a lot of different causes. You should seek help initially from a primary care doctor for a diagnosis and any necessary treatments. Some people refer to yellowish eyes as “looking jaundice.” Jaundice is a result of a yellowing of the sclera (the white part of your eye) from a build-up of bilirubin in the blood. Jaundice is a sign of many possible liver problems. The two major causes are liver dysfunction and issues with the breakdown of the red blood cells. Alcoholism most commonly causes cirrhosis (scarring of the liver).
You have cracked lips. Dry lips can be caused by dehydration or malnutrition. If the severe dryness and cracking doesn’t improve with self-care measures, you should see a dermatologist. Cheilitis is often to blame for severely chapped lips. This is a condition marked by cracked skin at the mouth corners, as well as several cracks on your lips.
You are not sleeping well. Common conditions often associated with sleep problems include heartburn, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, musculoskeletal disorders, kidney disease, mental health problems, neurological disorders, respiratory problems, and thyroid disease. Talk to your Doctor if you are not sleeping well.
You have a decreased appetite and/or losing weight. Causes of loss of appetite may include pregnancy, metabolic problems, chronic liver disease, COPD, dementia, HIV, hepatitis, hypothyroidism, chronic kidney failure, heart failure, cocaine, heroin, speed, chemotherapy, morphine, codeine, and antibiotics.
Your urine is a dark yellow. Dark urine is most commonly due to dehydration. However, it may be an indicator that excess, unusual, or potentially dangerous waste products are circulating in the body. For example, dark brown urine may indicate liver disease due to the presence of bile in the urine. Bloody, or reddened urine is an indication of other potential problems, including direct injury to the kidneys. If you have these symptoms, it’s important to see a doctor.
Your fingernails look unhealthy. Did you know your nails can reveal clues to your overall health? A touch of white here, a rosy tinge there, or some rippling or bumps may be a sign of disease in the body. Problems in the liver, lungs, and heart can show up in your nails. Keep reading HERE to learn what secrets your nails might reveal.
Your bowels are not moving regularly. People whose diets include a good quantity of fiber are significantly less likely to suffer from constipation. It is important to consume foods rich in fiber such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Fiber promotes bowel movements and prevents constipation. Physically active people are much less likely to become constipated than inactive people. If constipation is already present, drinking more liquids might not relieve it. However, regularly drinking plenty of water reduces the risk of constipation. Many sodas and drinks contain caffeine which can cause dehydration and worsen constipation. Alcohol also dehydrates the body and should be avoided by individuals who are constipated or very susceptible to constipation.