what is your body saying to you?
signs - symptoms - warnings...

Our amazing bodies are extremely efficient in warning us of nutrient deficiency states, underlying disease conditions and even possible future illness by means of physical signs. Exploring some of the ways in which your body is able to communicate with you can often be extremely helpful in diagnosing a potential health problem.

Part 1 – The Face & Head

Veins on the cheeks can indicate digestive enzyme insufficiency or low stomach acid. 

The Mouth:
Cracks in the corners are a sign of vitamin B2 deficiency. Eat plenty of dark green leafy vegetables, almonds, parsley and wheat germ or take B2 daily to overcome

A puffy lower lip (unless you have been injected with collagen!!) indicates digestive stagnation or constipation. Take Absorbade and / or drink warm herbal teas.

Bleeding gums are a sign of vitamin C deficiency. Taking 2g of vitamin C a day should stop this unless there is underlying gum disease.

The Tongue:
There are many ‘tongue’ symptoms, but these are the most common ones… 

A midline crack that doesn’t reach the tip of the tongue indicates weak stomach acid and poor digestion. 

Teeth marks around the sides of the tongue are also a sign of nutritional deficiency. This also indicates impaired digestion and a possible spleen deficiency, which often manifest in gas and bloating. 

A sore tongue is a sure sign of nutrient deficiency - often iron, vitamins B6, B3 or B12 – or all. Take a strong vitamin B complex with perhaps a vitamin B12 injection for added effect.

A burning tongue indicates a lack of gastric juices in the stomach, and often stomach trouble of some sort. Drink dandelion tea twice a day and try a teaspoonful of apple cider vinegar before each meal. If the burning is caused by a localised Candida albicans infection in the mouth, gargle with probiotics for a few minutes which quickly eradicates the problem.

A swollen tongue and / or thick white coating are signs that there is too much mucus in the body. They also indicate a lack of beneficial bacteria and also possibly an elevation of yeasts. 

A red tip of the tongue often indicates emotional stress and / or strain. Take Sceletium.

Horizontal cracks, small cracks or grooves are sometimes referred to as a ‘geographic tongue’. This is a sign of malabsorption of nutrients, particularly B vitamins, and is often accompanied by lethargy. Take a good B complex and Absorbade with meals. 

A thick yellow coating on the tongue indicates excess mucus in the digestive tract and a deficiency of healthy bacteria. If the coating is mainly at the back of the tongue, your colon needs attention – your bowels are probably not working as well as they should be. Stress is often to blame.

The Eyes:
A pale inside lower eyelid, instead of pinky-red may mean that you are anaemic. Take a vitamin B complex and a B12 injection or tablets.  Nettle tea is a great natural iron booster.

Dark circles under the eyes usually indicate food allergies or an iron deficiency, or possible weak kidneys.  Find out which foods you are intolerant to and rotate your foods by not eating the same few favourites day in day out. 

Dry eyes can sometimes be a symptom of severe fatigue. Glands in the eyelids secrete special oils, water and something called mucin, every time we blink. Staring at a computer or monitor for extended periods of time can slow down your ‘blink rate’, leading to visual fatigue, and often dry eyes. Another common reason for this condition, especially in older people, is a simple GLA, EPA and DHA deficiency.  Take Fish Oil or Krill Oil to offset this deficiency.

Dandruff is often caused by yeast overgrowth and / or deficiency in essential fatty acids, vitamin B6 and / or selenium. Take Fish Oil or Krill Oil, 200mcg Selenium, & 600mcg Biotin daily. Include an antifungal such as Grapefruit Seed Liquid Extract or olive leaf if yeast overgrowth is present, and eliminate sugary foods. 

Hair Loss:
Once chemotherapy, stress, hormonal issues and male-pattern baldness are ruled out, unexplained hair loss is frequently due to a protein deficiency and increasing intake of animal protein usually makes a difference in both quality and quantity within a few months. A low-fat diet can also lead to significant hair-thinning – another reason to reassess the fat-crazed world we live in, where fat has become the enemy. Healthy fats are absolutely essential to good health, and very often your hair reflects the status of these healthy fats in your body.

Part 2 – The Skin

Some skin symptoms are difficult even for specialists to diagnose, but the following examples may help to demystify a few of the more common skin complaints.

Dry, blackened skin (pellagra) is caused by a niacin (vitamin B3) deficiency. A good B vitamin complex twice a day usually solves this problem. It may take time though and if you find you need to take more B3 than the recommended dose it is a good idea to have your liver enzymes tested by a health professional from time to time to make sure you are not overdoing it.

Dry, scaly skin indicates deficiencies in essential fatty acids (mainly in omega-3) vitamin E or biotin. The low-fat fad has meant that generally people are eating too much of the damaged fats and too few of the good fats as fat is perceived to be ‘bad’. Nothing could be further from the truth, and if you skin is dry and scaly, including avocados, raw nuts, seeds and fish in the diet in generous proportions will soon have a beneficial effect. By eating ‘diet’ foods you may be taking in enormous amounts of damaged fats and chemicals that rob the body of the important nutrients responsible for smooth skin. Of course it goes without saying that adequate water intake is crucial for smooth skin tone.

Greasy, scaly skin is due to riboflavin (vitamin B2) deficiency. It is common in teenagers, who typically have both scaly and greasy skin at the same time. Taking a good B vitamin complex can often make a difference.

Dry skin that stands up when pinched is a sign of severe dehydration  and drinking more water will sort this out. Cross-linking (wrinkles) and premature ageing can indicate a lack of antioxidants in the diet. Water and antioxidants are a powerful recipe for healthy skin.

A skin rash may be a sign of vitamin B6 deficiency, although there are many reasons for rashes.

Delayed wound healing can be caused by a lack of  vitamins A, C and also Zinc.

In the end what you put into your mouth becomes what you are – flesh, bone, skin and hair. Perfect health forever is out of our reach, but you can almost certainly attain an improved level of health by eating a sensible whole-food diet, avoiding toxins, eliminating refined and processed food, getting enough water and sleep, and finding peace in your life. Take care of your body and it will take care of you, displaying the outward signs of inner health for all to see – healthy hair, smooth skin & clear, bright eyes and more.

Part 3 - The Arms & Legs

Tender spots where the shoulder meets the arm could indicate vitamin B12 deficiency, common in vegetarians who don’t eat meat. Try vitamin B12 sublingual lozenges (1000 mcg daily).

Small pimply bumps on the arm are frequently a sign of long-standing essential fatty acid deficiency, remedied by taking 3g of Fish Oil a day. B complex vitamins also help and digestive enzymes assist with nutrient absorption.

Red spots on the front of the thigh could mean a vitamin A deficiency, but also appear to be linked to an omega-3 deficiency, in which case Fish Oil is helpful. Taking cod liver oil provides the DHA and EPA plus some added vitamin A.

A painful knee or knees (unless you have had an injury) may indicate widespread vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Try taking 400mcg Selenium and 400IU vitamin E for three months and a general good all-round multivitamin.

A sore lower leg bone when pressed indicates vitamin and mineral deficiency. You need a healthy diet, supplementing it with a basic regimen of vitamin C, Fish Oil or Krill Oil and a good multivitamin.

Leg cramps may mean that your magnesium levels are low, and often a supplement of 400-600mg, together    with green leafy vegetables, which are naturally high in magnesium, will address this problem very quickly.

Varicose veins could indicate nutritional deficiencies and / or congestion in the liver. Try vitamin E (400IU a day), bio-flavonoids (500mg a day) & magnesium (600mg a day). Spider veins seem to respond really well to proanthocyanidins, MSM and Ester C supplementation.

Fingernails can be a fascinating gauge of overall health. For instance, unless your spoon-shaped nails are inherited they could be a sign of thyroid insufficiency or iron deficiency anaemia. Nails that have no ‘moon’ or white crescent at the base, and are thin and brittle, might indicate an under-active thyroid. Naturally it is impossible to ‘diagnose’ a problem by looking at the nails alone, but they often give us early warning signs. If you are worried about any of the below it may be a good idea to check them out with your GP.

Brittleness may indicate impaired circulation, deficiency of vitamins A, C or B6, Niacin, Calcium or Iron, or thyroid insufficiency.

Pitting is often seen in sufferers of eczema and psoriasis.

Ridges, if not hereditary, often develop as we age, but can also be an early sign of weak kidneys or a poor thyroid.

A nail that lifts off the nail bed may be due to a fungus infection, iron deficiency or psoriasis.

Spoon-shaped nails can often indicate thyroid insufficiency or iron deficiency anaemia.

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