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Six Indicators Your Health is Needing Attention and the Easy Fixes

Six Indicators Your Health is Needing Attention and the Easy Fixes

Mirror, Mirror in the Bathroom – communicates a reflection that we are or are not caring for ourselves – if we are not eating well, not drinking enough water, not sleeping enough, the mirror is our friendly feedback friend.

Pale Skin; Dry Hair; Puffy Eyes; Colorless Lips; Bleeding Gums; Red Irritated Skin may be signs to see a doctor or may be as simple as following a few known antidotes if something seems off but not serious.

The following 6 revealing visuals let us know and the successive fixes may just be easy and quick remedies.

Overly Pale Skin

Few people can claim of having a tan all year long but if your skin has become completely pale compared to how you normally look, this may be a sign that you’re lacking vitamin B12. Without B12, you may feel tired, uninterested and just not look “well”. Vitamin B12 is needed to prevent anemia and whereas you may not be anemic at all, you may be lacking vitamin B12.

B12 is primarily in animal tissue therefore increasing meat and seafood consumption often does the trick. Be sure to only eat good-quality meats and seafood and do your research. Poor food quality does not cancel out consumption of a needed vitamin.

Vegetarians can easily lack Vitamin B12. A body can store up to five years’ worth of Vitamin B12 which is something to keep in mind if you have recently gone vegetarian. Vegetarians may not see any signs of a deficiency at first, yet it most likely will occur if not replenished.

To restore B12 levels in the body, depending on your dietary choices:

  • Eat more good-quality meats and safe seafood;
  • Increase your consumption of eggs;
  • Eat sea vegetables such dulse seaweed (an edible algae) – the best sea vegetable for B12, and a nutritional powerhouse;
  • Supplement with vitamin B12 in sublingual form for best absorption

Dry Hair

Dry, brittle hair could be a sign that you lack biotin, known as Vitamin B7 and is often the result of using antibiotics. Lack of biotin can also lead to anemia, high blood sugar, pallor of the skin, inflammation and cradle cap in infants.

Biotin aids in cell growth. Sufficient quantities are needed for healthy hair and skin. Biotin also helps to relieve muscle pain.

To restore Biotin levels in the body, depending on your dietary choices:

  • Supplement with brewer’s yeast (a good source of B vitamins, except B12 and protein);
  • Increase consumption of cooked egg yolks, meat, poultry, saltwater fish, soybeans, legumes, broccoli, spinach, cauliflower and whole grains.

Puffy Eyes/Eye Bags

If you’ve noticed puffiness around your eyes and in your limbs, your body might be lacking iodine or you may be dehydrated because of too much sodium intake. Both cases can cause puffy eyes and eye bags, among several other possibilities below.

Ask yourself the questions below of what may be the cause and then adjust accordingly:

  • Am I dehydrated? Did I drink enough water yesterday?;
  • Do I have allergies to something in my environment. Allergies would include itchy eyes;
  • Is my period on the way?;
  • Have I been eating too much salt? Greater than 2300 mg per day?;
  • Have I been consuming artificial sweeteners? (which causes inflammation);
  • Have I been getting enough sleep?;
  • Am I sensitive to fragrances?
  • Do I have a possible sinus infection?;
  • Have I been drinking too much alcohol?;
  • Have I been drinking an excessive amount of caffeine?

Many of the above are a combination of habits, over-indulgences or temporary circumstances.

If you believe you are not getting enough iodine, the most common source of iodine is iodized salt. Iodine is also contained naturally in seafood (lobsters, shrimps, seaweed), dairy products, and even bread.

Consider supplementing with electrolytes to balance out your potassium, sodium and magnesium. Stay away from Gatorade and sports drinks – seek out instead electrolyte supplements with quality ingredients. This tablet form electrolyte supplement is convenient, low in sugar and far better than Gatorade which has an incredible amount of sugar and just is not of good quality.

Colorless Lips

Pale lips can be a sign that you are lacking iron. Most often caused by insufficient intake from foods.  Low arterial pressure and regular colds can be further signs of this. To recover a healthy amount is not difficult.

To restore iron levels in the body, depending on your dietary choices:

  • Eat more good-quality meats and safe seafood;
  • Increase your consumption of eggs;
  • Increase your consumption of green leafy vegetables, almonds, avocados;

Vitamin b12 deficiency can lead to anemia too so check out the suggestions for pale skin above.

Bleeding, Red Gums

Bleeding gums can indicate a lack of property dental hygiene or a lack of Vitamin C or both.

Poor dental hygiene (lack of flossing and regular brushing), results in bacteria in the mouth forming plaque on and between the teeth, the bacteria causes your gums to be inflamed, which results in red, swollen, or bleeding gums. Many people with gingivitis (inflammation of the gums caused by a bacterial infection) do not even experience painful gums.

If you are practicing good dental hygiene and your gums are bleeding you may have a Vitamin C deficiency which can also lead to weak immunity and muscle pain. Vitamin C is an antioxidant which can increase the absorption of iron – notice the relationship with colorless lips and pale skin above.

Smoking, alcohol, analgesics, antidepressants all can cause depletion of Vitamin C.

To restore vitamin C levels in the body, depending on your dietary choices:

  • Reduce alcohol and analgesics;
  • Increase your consumption of berries, citrus fruits, red peppers (raw), green vegetables such as asparagus, avocados, broccoli, beet greens and mustard greens;
  • Supplement with Esterified Vitamin C (ester-C) for best results;
  • Avoid chewable Vitamin C as it can cause damage to tooth enamel.

What is a vitamin B-complex?

A vitamin B-complex contains all of the known essential water-soluble vitamins except for vitamin C. These include thiamine (vitamin B1), riboflavin (vitamin B2), niacin (vitamin B3), pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), pyridoxine (vitamin B6), biotin, folic acid and the cobalamins (vitamin B12).

Skin Redness

Unusual skin redness is commonly due to skin irritation and skin sensitivities. Red skin tones such as blotching on face or decollete may not always be removed completely, but they can be reduced.

Suggestions

  • Use cool or lukewarm water when showering, bathing or washing your face;
  • Use a gentle cleanser. Although scrubbing and exfoliating is the in thing, sensitive skin just becomes irritated;
  • Dry face with a soft towel by blotting and not rubbing;
  • Moisturize with a pH balancing, scent-free, gentle moisturizer;
  • Avoid fragrances, chemicals and other irritants including fragrances in fabric softeners;
  • Learn about any food allergens you may have that may be causing skin redness;
  • Avoid or cut back on blood-flow stimulating drinks and foods such as alcohol, spicy foods and caffeine;
  • Manage stress and blood pressure;
  • Consider your hormones. Have them checked. Balance them out naturally. Hormones can cause heat in the sex organs and this heat can rise into your chest, neck and face.

See your doctor or dermatologist if you suspect a disease or inflammation you cannot manage. Your doctor or dermatologist may recommend gentle skin care products which will not irritate your skin but will help make it less red.

Best of health and let me know if you have any feedback, thoughts, ideas.

Much love,

 

 

 

 

 

Signe Holiday

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