We all experience abnormal symptoms from time to time, but many of us do not give much thought to what exactly could be causing them. The thing I love most about Holistic Nutrition is the idea that for nearly every symptom an individual experiences, there is a nutritional root cause or remedy. Many times, the causes are minor and the remedy is simple. However, sometimes these symptoms are your body's way of begging you to pay attention.
For this week's Friday Five, here are 5 Symptoms You Should Not Ignore.
Feeling tired is something that everyone experiences from time to time, especially if your routine or sleep patterns have changed recently. However, long-term feelings of fatigue can be cause for concern and should not be ignored. A few reasons that you may feel sluggish could be:
Blood sugar imbalances (a precursor to Diabetes)
An overgrowth of yeast in your small intestine, called Candidiasis
A suppressed immune system
2. Stomach Pain & Bloating
Bloating after meals is something that most people I speak with tend to ignore; they assume they've eaten too much and wait for it to pass. But did you know that feeling bloated or having pains in your stomach after meals is not always normal? A few reasons you might experience bloating or stomach pains after meals include:
Improper elimination, or infrequent bowel movements is something that affects almost everyone at some point in their lives. The good news is that most times, it is easily fixed with some changes to your diet. However, if you are chronically constipated or strain to have a bowel movement on a regular basis, you could be causing your body long-term damage, not to mention feeling poorly day to day! Constipation itself can cause a number of other symptoms too, including brain fog, headaches, and sleep interruptions. More serious reasons that you should not ignore this symptom are:
An under-active thyroid
4. Skin Rashes
When you have an allergic reaction to a food or substance, your body releases a chemical called Histamine to protect itself against the allergen and can show up in the form of a rash, hives, etc., so you should take these reactions as a sign that some part of you may be out of balance. Common issues that are related to skin rashes include:
An under-active thyroid
Headaches seem to be so common that many people do not give much thought to the root cause to their headaches until they become chronic. However, much like skin rashes, a headache is your body's way of trying to tell you something is off. There are many reasons that an individual might experience headaches, but some that you may not be familiar with include:
Note: Keep in mind that many times, these symptoms can be alleviated through minor changes to your eating habits and lifestyle. However, if you are experiencing these or any other symptoms on a regular basis that do not feel normal to you, consider speaking with a Holistic Nutritionist!