by Rebecca Fratzke
We sometimes need
expensive tests to determine our state of
health, but often our bodies tell us all we need to know. Growing
up, we''re taught which bodily signs are
causes for concern. _(1)_
The first signs we learn about are changes in the color, odor, and texture of the stuff that comes out of our bodies, such as urine, feces, and mucus. Although these things might be embarrassing to talk about, they are easily recognizable. _(2)_ Yellow or green mucus is a sign of bacterial infections. The duration of changes in our bodily functions can also provide a clue about our body''s condition. For example, diarrhea is common, with over 500 causes. _(3)_
Not all bodily signs are that gross. The skin and eyes taking on a yellow tone can be signs of liver problems. _(4)_ Red eyes can be a sign of conjunctivitis, also called pink eye. This infection is contagious, so being aware of its signs early benefits everyone.
Beyond illnesses, an unhealthy lifestyle can also cause certain bodily signals. A lack of calcium can result in leg cramps or insomnia. _(5)_ Actually, white spots could just mean you use your hands a lot. A mild infection or allergic reaction to nail polish might also cause white spots. Changes in your body can tell you a lot about how your diet and behavior are affecting you.
Our bodies send out many signs about their health. By learning to read our natural signs, we can decide whether we just need a few days of rest, a lifestyle change, or a trip to the doctor''s office.
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