Keeping tabs on your health can be as simple as giving yourself a 5 minute examination every so often. The trick is knowing what to look for, and recognizing patterns in behavior or appearance that may actually be your body warning you that something is not working right. Here are a few signs that can help you assess whether you are healthy… or not.
- Yellowish Whites of Your Eyes
Some people are just born this way so if this is the way you’ve been your whole life don't read into it. But if your eyes seem a bit yellow consistently, and not only when you are unusually tired or hungover it could be a sign of something called Gilbert’s syndrome. This condition is characterized by a buildup of bilirubin in the blood, causing the whites of your eyes to turn yellow.
- Short Eyebrows
Thinning eyebrows and thinning hair in general could actually be a sign of an under active thyroid. So instead of reaching for that thickening shampoo take a trip to your doctor so they can help you restore your the thickness to your hair and arches!
- Creased Earlobes
A correlation has been found between creased earlobes and the risk of heart disease. This may be because the crease shows a decline in elasticity, which is a lack of elasticity in your arteries as well. But, more simply it could also be a sign of aging, and the older you get the higher your chance of contracting heart disease becomes.
- Cracked Lips
If you find yourself constantly plagued by painful cracks at the corners of your mouth your body could be trying to tell you that there is a shortage of vitamin B or zinc in your system. If left untreated a fungal infection could form, try treatments for oral thrush to help with this.
- Adult Acne
Acne in adults is usually caused by a hormone imbalance and can even be a sign of an unhealthy gut. So, if you are experiencing stubborn acne well into adulthood it may mean that it is time to stop treating it topically and start to looking at treating the underlying issues with a doctor.
- Bad Breath
Sure popping those breath mints might mask the smell, but it’s not doing any favors for your health! Persistent bad breath could be a sign of gingivitis which can develop into gum disease and even lead to tooth loss. Make sure you are making your oral hygiene a priority and take time to talk your dentist.