Your body talks to you all the time… but the question is, are you listening to it?
The world we live in today is what some would call “connected.” This means that there is some platform or outlet that allows you to stay in constant communication with those near and far from you… In real life, you may have a small circle of friends but on Facebook, you have 700-plus friends, and you’re able to stay updated on their status every day!
So how is it that we’re able to stay current and up-to-date with the status of our social media friends but can’t stay updated with the status of our own bodies and overall health?
Well, you know what they say… ignorance is bliss. But the truth of the matter is that our bodies communicate with us every day letting us know when things are going right and when things have gone haywire. And despite our body’s constant communication with us, we either choose to ignore what it’s telling us because we’re afraid or too busy, or we take heed to what it’s saying and do something about it.
When you actively listen to your body and pay attention to its signals, you’re cultivating a positive relationship with your body. In fact, it’s just like cultivating any other type of relationship where it requires communication from both parties…
Take for instance certain foods you eat… Your body will communicate with you to let you whether it’s good for your body or not. Let’s say you decide to try cabbage for the first time. The moment you swallow a few bites, you start to feel bloated and uncomfortable. That isn’t a normal feeling you should experience after eating and your body is letting you know that.
The area where most people have the issues are in their responses to what their body is telling them. You might treat a headache with two ibuprofen but if you’re having recurring headaches, you shouldn’t always solve them with pain killers. Instead, you should see a doctor to get to the root cause of why you’re having recurring headaches.
Unfortunately, we don’t always do what’s best for our bodies, despite what it tells us. Some of the things our bodies communicate to us are due to age-related issues and some are due to underlying health conditions, but nonetheless, these communication signals from our bodies are nothing to be ignored.
Take a look at some of the different ways our bodies communicate with us.
Communications and Signals From Our Bodies That We Need to Listen To
You Have a Hard Time Fighting Off Infections
Everything from the common cold to healing time from cuts and bruises, these are signs that you could potentially have a weakened immune system. With a weakened immune system, it can have several different causes but according to hopkinsmediceine.org, immune disorders can happen in four different ways:
- You’re born with a weakened immune system: primary immune deficiency
- You have an immune system that attacks your own body instead of infection: autoimmune disease
- You contract a disease that weakens your immune system: acquired immune deficiency
- You have an overactive immune system: associated with allergic reactions
Just as there are many causes of weakened immune systems, there are also many different treatments as well. Some people have seen great success in building and sustaining a strong immune system by boosting the NAD+ levels in their bodies (Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide) for immune dysfunction.
You’re Always Cold
It’s pretty common for people of an older age to state that they’re cold, even when it’s over 100 degrees outside. It’s almost a bit of a running joke. But whether you’re young or older in age, if you always feel cold, it’s no laughing matter. The feeling of always being cold is your body’s way of letting you know that something isn’t right.
In most cases, this feeling of coldness is typically due to an underlying condition of anemia. Anemia is when your body doesn’t have enough properly functioning red blood cells to give your tissues enough oxygen. This can make you feel cold, fatigued, dizzy, and cause changes in skin color.
Anemia can be caused by deficiencies in iron, B-12, or folate but in order to diagnose deficiencies in your body, doctors often run blood tests. So instead of always wearing a jacket to stay warm, talk to your doctor about your symptoms. They may recommend certain supplements for the deficiencies in your body.
Hair Loss or Thinning Hair
Thinning hair is something that comes with age. Maybe you start noticing more shedding when you comb your hair or when you wash it… there’s no need to immediately become alarmed but there are also other factors that can play into thinning hair or hair loss as well.
Certain medications and stress are other causes of hair loss… certain autoimmune diseases are as well. If you weren’t previously noticing hair thinning or loss previously, but start noticing it now, stop and think about what’s causing it. Is it a new medication? If so, your doctor may need to change it. Is it because you’re experiencing premature aging? If so, maybe think about hair, skin, and nail vitamins.
Whatever is going on with your hair, it definitely not something to ignore.