We think doctors have all the answers. And that couldn’t be further from the truth. Doctors have some of the answers some of the time. Many times, they don’t have the answers at all. For centuries, humankind didn’t look to doctors or Western medicine to heal themselves –they visited men and women that practice holistic medicine, shamans, or witches. Their techniques were something out of the movies, but that stuff was the real deal, that stuff worked because it came from nature. But now we’re all modern and modernized and we use technology to tell us what’s wrong with us and we take chemicals to cure us. Something has gone really wrong, like really wrong. So to get back to basics, study yourself –be your own doctor for a while. But of course, at the end of the day you should consult a professional who deals with ancient methods and herbs and by that I mean a medicine man or woman, a shaman, or a witch.
Whatever hairstyle you have, the hair follicles can speak volumes about what’s happening on the inside. When you’re overwhelmed, for any number of reasons, you hair will begin to show signs of stress –the means losing more than the standard 100 strands a day. If you’re eating too much junk food and not including fresh, vibrant fruits and vegetables, your hair will become brittle, thin, and dull. Those same symptoms can indicate that your system is dehydrated. Many of us don’t eat enough good food, those omega-3s can manifest itself in our hair when it breaks easily or has too many split ends. So make sure to pay attention to this. And your scalp matters, too –dry itchy scalp means you need more sebum, dandruff means you need more B6, and flaky hairlines can indicate things from psoriasis to arthritis to Crohn’s disease. Of course, as with anything of medical seriousness, consult a professional.
Face mapping is an Ayurvedic technique that teaches people how do identify internal problems by looking at the face. When it comes to acne on the face, location is the key. For breakouts in the forehead, the body is struggling with the liver and gallbladder so cut back on processed foods and high fat foods; the forehead is connected to the digestive system, but also the nervous system so breakouts here could mean stress. For breakouts or lines between the eyebrows on the right side means suppressed emotions in the liver whereas on the left side of the eyebrow indicates suppressed emotions of the spleen. Breakouts on the cheeks reveal problems with nutrient absorption in the body, slow metabolism, or lung issues. Breakouts on the nose are connected to the heart and blood. Breakouts on the chin area can indicate hormonal imbalance, especially related to menstruation. Dry skin on the body could mean thyroid problems and even psoriasis. Yellow bumps could mean diabetes whereas red bumps are more related to stress.
The lower lip is directly connected to the functions of the intestines. Browns spots might mean you are suffering from indigestion and/or poor enzyme function. In worse case scenarios, it could mean a possibility of parasites or worms in the lower intestine; in this case, adding more probiotics to your diet may help. Light colored or pale lips are often associated with anemia which registers low iron in the body. You should increase your intake of leafy greens and other iron-rich foods. Discoloration on the edges of your lips could point to kidney issues. If there is a distinct bluish tinge on your lips, it may indicate poor oxygen absorption — possibly even a heart condition — and if you’re experiencing breathlessness that goes with it, you definitely want to follow up with your doctor. Dry lips mean dehydration, so go fill up that water bottle. Cold sores or canker sores can mean a low immune system or high stress levels, so increase your vitamin C and try some yoga.
First of all, if your nails are yellow it’s either from smoking, which you should stop now, or from overuse of acrylic nails which damages the natural nailbed and depletes blood flow. Of course, yellow nails happen with age, but you’re not there yet, not even close. Pale, whitish nailbed can indicate anemia or in severe cases diabetes. If your nails become thick or thicker, it could be a sign of a fungal infection that must be cleared up with some proper herbs and medicines. Thin, brittle nails lean towards someone with thyroid problems and you should, therefore, have a blood test to check. Nail pitting, which is known as small divots, cracks, or depressions in the nail, can reveal psoriasis, but you should consult a professional to verify this. White, horizontal lines can be related to blood flow. Dark, vertical lines can be related to melanoma.
The tongue is the key to understanding what’s happening inside. In ancient Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, the tongue speaks for the internal organs. And the nice thing is that you don’t have to do many tests to determine just where you have an issue because your tongue is the first place where many internal disorders will show up. It’s best to have a good look in the mirror daily, preferably in the morning. Any white residue on the middle to the back of the tongue reveals that there is a build -up of toxins in the intestines or colon, so take some time to do a detox. Frothiness or abrasions at the edges of your tongue means issues with the lungs, so increase your exercise levels immediately. A tongue that has ridged or uneven edges could indicate poor absorption of nutrients into your blood stream, so decrease your consumption of processed and packaged foods and focus on clean eating of whole, fresh fruits and vegetables, especially those high iron and folic acid.
Our smells can attract or repel lovers and partners, it can tell an animal whether or not we’re scared, and it can be a mosquito magnet. But sweat can be tale-tell signs about disease. Dogs have been trained to recognize certain smells of diseases as they do when hunting down drug traffickers. Many pets have saved their owners lives by barking or meowing at certain body parts –later, it’s discovered that the owner had a serious disease or pre-cancerous cells or undetected full blown cancer. Your pets can be your saving grace. Humans have even been able to detect lower immune systems in loved ones. This can help close relationship and give hints to administer certain vitamins and minerals in their loved one’s diet. But knowing that diseases like cancer and diabetes change a person's smell doesn't help doctors diagnose disease yet. Doctors and scientist hope one day to use odorprinting or detection to diagnose illnesses in a faster more accurate way than ever before.
Having a good look at your urine could tell you more about what’s happening inside, or maybe what’s not happening, and give you a clue as how to correct the problem. If your urine is brown this could hint at a serious muscle issue, like muscle damage or overexertion –small piece of muscle fibers have been released into the bloodstream resulting in brown urine. Untreated, this could lead to kidney damage. Brownish-yellow surely seems to be a sign of dehydration, but it could be that your kidneys have concentrated your urine for some reason; no need for alarm, but definitely more water is called for. Bright yellow could be the cause of too much B vitamins which is nothing to panic about as this is the body’s way of excreting the extra riboflavin in B vitamins. Many multi-vitamins contain additional amounts of riboflavin, so this could be the culprit. Pale yellow is a good sign, you’re probably perfectly hydrated but this doesn’t indicate anything further about your overall health. And if your urine is clear you are, without a doubt, hydrated if not overhydrated, however there is no harm in drinking too much water only the pain in visiting the toilet multiple times a day.
Yes, your poop tells you what’s happening in that glorious body of yours. First, we have to talk about frequency, going at least once is day is vital –if you are not going every day, this is a bad sign. Next, we have to talk about form, this will give better insight as to what you are lacking or maybe what you’re consuming too much of, if anything. So let’s get started. Anything that is hard to pass, is lumpy, has cracks, or is dry are signs that you are not getting enough fiber, you are dehydrated, and you are constipated –but you already knew that. Anything that is liquid, that has no form, that is soft or mushy are signs not only of diarrhea but that your body is not absorbing nutrients properly which means you should visit a specialist. Normal bowel movements are sausage or snake-like and are easy to pass –this means you are eating real foods and your body is happy with you, so good job. Also, and
Eyes are the window to the soul, blah blah blah, but for real –your eyes can say some pretty interesting stuff about your insides. If your lower eyelids are puffy or swollen you could be suffering from impaired kidney function which means you should increase water intake and help kindle the internal fire by adding more spices to your food and making sure to chew your food well. According to Ayurvedic medicine, you should chew each morsel nearly 30 times before swallowing, yes, that is for real. If your eyes are bulging it could be a sign of thyroid eye disease. If you see any pupil abnormalities such as the pupil is large or reacts inappropriately to light you should see a professional immediately because it could hint at an underlying medical condition. Yellow eyes can mean a variety of things such as liver disease, hepatitis, cirrhosis, or diabetes. where one pupil is larger than the other or where one pupil reacts inappropriately when exposed to light ‘ could signify an underlying medical problem. Redness or inflammation can mean lupus, arthritis, thyroid disease, or scleritis. If you are having spasms or twitches it’s a sign of stress, caffeine, or fatigue –go get you some shut-eye, stat.
Your teeth can give away your bad habits –from thumb sucking, nail biting, to eating disorders, your dentist can be the first to tell you about your bad habits. Dentists can also tell if a woman is pregnant because the majority of women have gingivitis during pregnancy. They can also tell if you have a drinking problem or notice anything related to mouth cancer due to smoking. Breath also speaks about your inner health –fruity breath could indicate uncontrolled diabetes or a dietary fast that has gone too far, while fishy breath could be a sign of kidney or liver failure. Dentists can also tell if you have any gastro-intestinal problems based on the state of your teeth and tongue and if you have diabetes based on the dryness of your mouth. And they can also tell if you suffer from stress and headaches based on the thinness of your teeth and enamel.
5 Waist Line
Just because a woman has a greater waist circumference does not mean that her BMI (body mass index) is high. They are often connected, but a larger waist doesn’t mean a high fat content or concentrated fat distribution. A larger waist has been linked to various diseases like diabetes, cancer, and heart related illnesses. Knowing what your BMI helps, but your waist measurement is much more important. Find the bottom of your ribs and the top of your hips –the midpoint between the two is your waist. More than 31.5 inches (80cm) means you are at risk, but a waist that is 34.5 inches (88cm) indicates a problem. For those who are apple-shaped, women who carry their fat around the waist-line, you should really be careful. Pear-shapes, women who carry their fat around their hip areas, should be careful, too, but it’s more about precaution than entering any danger zones.
While we cannot really see anxiety, we can feel it. But anxiety does show up on the body, on the face, in unhealthy nails and hair, in thin, dry skin. Not always do we recognize the visual signs. So we should pay attention to our bodies responses –like rapid heartbeats, increased breathing patterns, quick blinking, or any twitching, shaking, or trembling throughout the body. Any of these symptoms can indicate a deeper mental issue. Those suffering from anxiety could be depressed, have phobias, be OCD, PSTD, or GAD. These all require the help of professionals, therefore if you are feeling anxiety or noticing physical signs, you should seek the counsel of a professional as soon as possible. Anxiety can reek havoc on your body in terms of your cardio-vascular health, your nervous, digestive, and immune systems, and play tricks with your brain.
3 Sleep Patterns
Not getting enough sleep is bad, but so is over sleeping. There is, like most things, a happy medium or a healthy balance. People who don’t get enough sleep could suffer from obesity in the long run. Somehow less sleep affects our metabolism and ability to put on or take off weight. People who don’t sleep enough also are at risk for diabetes due to how it influences blood sugar levels. Not sleeping changes how the heart responds to situations and studies have shown that those who don’t sleep enough can suffer from hypertension; those who oversleep could suffer from strokes. Not getting enough sleep messes with the immune system, big time. This is why we are more prone to get colds when seasons change because the amount of daylight is affected which in turn affects our sleep habits. Sleeping around seven to eight hours is ideal, but more or less can lead to some serious health complications that could be avoided had you just found that perfect sleep pattern early in life.
As with anything else, this varies and while it can indicate some health issues, it just might be part of your genetics. But if you find yourself sweating more than normal, this could be a sign of some internal cry. It could indicate a host of things. First, could mean you are dehydrated and that you need to increase the amount of water in your diet either through liquids or certain fruits and vegetables. Second, it could mean that your blood sugars are low and you should see a specialist to balance your diet. Third, it could mean you are nervous and have high stress levels and you should try to manage stress through meditation or exercise. Other things sweat signifies are hyperhidrosis, heatstroke, or fear. Or it could mean that your endocrine system is telling you that you’re pregnant.
Headaches can be warnings of some serious illnesses, so it’s best to pay attention to what kind of headaches you have and how frequently you get them. Common issues can be heat exhaustion, stress, eye strain, poor posture, dehydration, low-blood sugar levels, lack of sleep, and lighting. But headaches are directly related to other parts of the body like the nervous and the cardio-vascular systems. If your headaches are accompanied by excessive tension around the head and nausea, you probably have a migraine. If you have problems with your vision, difficulty speaking or walking, confusion, loss of appetite, sensitivity to light or noise, you should visit a neurologist to find solutions to your migraines. But try to investigate some triggers than might be causing your headaches and migraines. It can be related to food, odors, mental health, misuse of or missed medications, low blood sugar, weather changes, or hormonal changes.