13 symptoms to identify Hidden Health Problems

In our day to day life we all have some small health problems. Some times there are symptoms we usually ignored regarding our health. But there are few or many unlikely symptoms which can pinpoint hidden health problems. If you have any health problem then your body began to tell you what food it needed because every outcome is caused by a specific set of circumstances. There is a reason for everything that happens, even if the reason is sometimes obscure.

Jim a top forensic scientists analyzes other unusual signs of underlying health problems, using scientific research to try to work out why they were occurring. Jim has collected more than hundred of these in his new book , The Body Language Of Health. Here is extract of some of the baffling or seemingly innocuous body language signs and their possible meanings.

1. Nail Biting
Possible Cause – lack of Calcium & other Minerals : Millions of people do it & unable to give up this habit. By biting nails it is considered that they harbor so many bacteria & that bitten nails look so unpleasant. But there might be a good reason for it. The mineral contents of hair and nails are similar to that of bone , comprising sodium , calcium , potassium , magnesium , iron , copper and zinc. These elements are often deficient in our food, so nail material is a good source.

It is thought that your body realizes that nail-biting , known as onychophagia , is a convenient way to replenish those missing minerals. Research suggests that the alkali metals in nails also help to remove excess acids produced by your body at times of stress , hence nail biting is often associated with stressful situations. Taking a good mineral supplement might help you break the habit.

2. Sitting or Standing Crossed-legged
Possible cause – low blood pressure : Everyone might assume this shape just as a habit but it could signify something serious. People who are prone to low blood pressure , standing with one leg entwined around the other is very effective in limiting the fall in blood pressure which occurs when they get up from a chair quickly. The same way crossing legs or sitting on them prevents the blood pressure lowering by reducing the amount of blood that drains downwards into legs.

3. Nose or Gums bleeding
Possible cause – a lack of Vitamin C or K : Often nose bleeding which take a long time to stop , regular bleeding from gums after cleaning teeth & slight skin injury which bleeds too much are symptoms of blood not having clotting efficiency. In your blood , clotting function is carried out by blood clotting protein called prothrombin.

Vitamin K plays an important role in blood clotting & without it even smallest cut would cause continuous bleeding. It is given as an injection to infants at birth. It also present in green vegetable such as spinach , broccoli & Brussels sprouts.

4. Hand Tremors
Possible cause – a lack of Vitamin B1 & Magnesium : All over the world 5% of the people over the age of 40 may have problem of tremor which is not caused by any neurological disorder. This problem can effect hands , neck , face & feet. People may experience irritation , sensitive to noise , as well as suffer from insomnia , an irregular pulse & muscle weakness.

This problem could be lack of Vitamin B1 & magnesium , both are essential for nerve control. Vitamin B1 and magnesium are soluble and are easily flushed out of the body, so need to be replenished constantly.

5. Rubbing Your Eyes
Possible cause – stress : Every one rub his eyes when he is tired. When you rub your eyes , you apply pressure around the rectum muscle that move the eyeball. The stimulation as a result of this rubbing is called ocular cardio reflex by causing a response in the vagus nerve. This is a main nerve in the body which controls how the heart works - in turn , lowering heart rate.

For most people this feels good, and may be why stressed people gain benefit from rubbing their eyes and face with their fingers and hands. If this describes you, take a look at what could be stressing you out.

6. Chicken Skin of Upper Arms
Possible cause – a lack of essential fatty acids : The tiny raised rough bumps on the skin are known as KP or literally heaps of keratin , a protein found in skin , hair & nails. Although these bums tend to appear on the arms , they can emerge anywhere on the body. KP develops when there is an excess build-up of keratin within skin follicles.

Without enough sebum, the natural process of skin shedding is disrupted and the keratin builds up, particularly in areas such as the upper arms, legs and buttocks where lubrication is naturally lower anyway. The best way to optimize your sebum production is to eat more essential fatty acids. They are found in oily fish and fish oil , olive oil , eggs , walnuts , flax-seed oil & hemp seed oil.

7. Yellow Skin
Possible cause – an under active thyroid : Often a slightly yellow skin tone all over the body is tends to associate with jaundice & liver disease. But more common & less threatening condition is an under active thyroid gland or hypothyroidism. It is autoimmune disease. Basically your immune system turns on the gland.

In this disorder , the thyroid is not able to produce enough of the hormone thyroxine which converts the antioxidant carotene into retinol. So if there is not enough thyroxine you get too much carotene, which gives the skin a yellow tone.

8. Colored Sweat
Possible cause – bacterial infection of the skin : Yellow, green, blue or even black sweat is , despite its alarming look , nothing to worry about. It's a sign of apocrine chromhidrosis. Where pigment-forming bacteria have collected in the sweat glands in the armpits , genitals & breasts. The colors are the result of the bacterias exposure to air.

9. Excessive Sweating
Possible cause – diabetes & lack of chromium : Excessive sweating can be spontaneous and embarrassing. Obese people often sweat profusely as their body has to work harder. Sweating can also be caused by a more sinister underlying problem. Diabetes type-1 disrupts the function of the sweat glands as a result of reduced circulation of blood.

People with Type-2 diabetes can develop 'hyper sweating' in areas such as under the arms as a result of hot flushes due to changes in their insulin levels. Chromium can stabilize blood sugar and lower insulin levels. But it is often removed from foods during processing.

10. Stretch Marks
Possible cause – a lack of zinc : Stretch marks are common during pregnancy. But they can also occur at the time of rapid body size change like as the teenage years. Zinc helps produce collagen , which makes skin elastic. So a deficiency can lead to stretch marks being more pronounced. Its deficiency also affects healing, fertility and many other health factors, so stretch marks are a classic early warning sign.

To avoid problems , you should include plenty of the zinc-rich foods in your diet such as shellfish (especially oysters), wheat germ, nuts , cheese, eggs & meat. Zinc is quite hard to absorb from food , much of it will go into the cooking water, so that liquid should be consumed as well as a soup or in a gravy.

11. Burning Feet
Possible cause – a lack of Vitamin B5 : This problem is occurred when suddenly feet feel hot , swollen & redden , mostly occurred at night. This is cause of a lack of Vitamin B5 known as the anti-stress Vitamin. It also involved in the production of the brain chemicals which controls the nervous system. It releases energy from fat stores.

Vitamin B5 deficiency appears to upset the production of energy from the fatty deposits in the extremities , causes burning feet & sometimes lower legs especially when resting in the evening or at night when blood circulation reduces.

12. Excessive Earwax
Possible cause – a lack of essential fatty acids : Ear wax is essential for the ear because it cleans , lubricates & protects the ear canal by trapping dirt & excess water. It generally flakes and falls out by itself but excess of wax can built up into a hard plug inside the canal which causes dulled hearing & itchiness.

Excess ear wax is a symptom of deficiency in essential fatty acids. These control compounds called pros-taglandins. If there's an excess of prostaglandins in the ear, the body thinks there is an infection and goes about trying to get rid of it by producing more wax.

13. A Crease on the Tip of Nose
Possible cause – an allergy : Small children often suffer from nose congestion & breath through mouth in spite of nose. They sniff frequently & rub their nose because they haven't yet learnt how to blow it. If the child habitually pushes up their nose with the palm of the hand until a crease develops at the tip they could have an allergy.

The nose is a first line of defense against airborne irritants , so inflammation of the nose is a sign that allergens have been inhaled. The habitual nose rubbing that accompanies childhood allergies is sometimes known as the 'allergic salute'. Unless the allergy is eradicated, the crease on the nose may remain for life.


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