Your body is an amazing machine. We tend to think that someone else has to prescribe us medication to keep us healthy, but in reality, your body does most of the work. And if you listen to it, your body will tell you when something is wrong. Here are some signs to watch out for and what they can mean.
- Acidic food cravings.
Acidic food cravings are common when your body is going through hormonal changes, like during pregnancy. But it can also be a sign that your liver and gallbladder are not meeting your body’s needs. If you are suddenly craving acidic foods, it may be helpful to see your doctor to check this out.
- Bleeding from the mouth.
Bleeding gums can be a sign that you are simply not taking care of your oral health. If you floss after not brushing for a year, the bleeding can get worse. But bleeding gums can also be a sign of vitamin C deficiency. Before taking supplements, consider getting it from natural sources, like fruits and vegetables.
- Insomnia and cramps.
Everyone has occasional cramps and insomnia, but if they become a permanent problem, it could mean you have a magnesium problem. Magnesium is an important nutrient for brain, muscle and heart health. If you have similar problems, see your doctor and add foods like nuts, leafy greens, bananas and fruit to your diet.
- Seafood cravings.
As we said earlier, cravings for certain foods can be a normal part of the hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy. Otherwise, seafood cravings may indicate that you are deficient in various nutrients, minerals and proteins.
If you are a vegetarian or vegan and have meat cravings, keep a food journal and track your macronutrient intake. Your diet may not be balanced.
- Sugar cravings.
If you are craving sweets, it means you have been eating too much sugar and junk food lately. Sugar is addictive, and junk food has virtually no nutritional value, hence the name. If you have a sweet tooth, you can fight it by eating a big salad. Give your body what it really needs. It’s hard, but you can retrain your tastes.
- Sodium addiction.
Salt is an essential mineral for a healthy body, so it is sometimes normal to crave salt. The urge to eat salty foods may be a reaction to an infection or inflammation in the body. Try using healthier salt, such as pink Himalayan salt.
- Brittle nails and hair.
Brittle hair and nails are a fairly common symptom of nutrient and vitamin deficiencies. Low levels of B vitamins and calcium can make hair and nails brittle and dry. Try eating more whole foods, such as whole grain bread, legumes, potatoes, green leafy vegetables and almond milk.
- Persistent dry skin.
When vitamin E is deficient, it shows on the skin. The skin is the largest organ and must be well cared for! Vitamin E keeps it healthy. If you have a vitamin E deficiency, your skin will be cracked, dry, flaky and itchy. Try adding vitamin E to your diet through fish oil, nuts and other healthy oils.