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Body Language - How it indicate diseases

You need not undergo complicated scans to detect signs of disorder. Your bulging eyes or bleeding gums are indications of ailments to come. Here is all about the warning bells our body rings.

Did you laugh it off when your child called you a frog because of your bulging eyes? Or were you just ‘mildly surprised’ why chapped lips came visiting you in summer? It’s time you pay attention to something you’re going to live with your entire life – your body. Intriguing as it sounds, our bodies have mechanisms smart enough to indicate diseases much before they afflict you or simply warn you of your improper food habits. We jotted a list of common symptoms noticed among people. 

BRITTLE NAILS 

WARNING OF 
Malnutrition, vitamin deficiencies, abnormal calcium levels or simply bad hygiene. 

WHAT YOU CAN DO 
Re-check your iron and vitamin levels. You may have to increase your intake of iron, calcium and multivitamins (have more milk and greens). You could also have contracted a mild fungal infection. However, press the panic button only if more than 50 per cent of your nails are brittle.

BULGING EYES 

WARNING OF
Hyper-thyroidism. You may also be suffering from sleep apnea or a chronic respiratory disorder. 

WHAT YOU CAN DO 
Not much on your own, unfortunately. Consult a specialist for thyroid-related problems or a sleep specialist to correct your sleeping habits.

DRY LIPS 

WARNING OF 
Inadequate moisture and dehydration. Your lips may crack also because of sitting in your air-conditioned office cubicle for long hours. But most importantly, dry lips are an alarm bell for those who overdose on antibiotics. 
WHAT YOU CAN DO 
Cut down on those antibiotics, go natural for a change. Make it a habit of drinking the recommended six glasses of water every day. It hasn’t harmed anyone yet. And if your job demands you to sit in an air-conditioned environment for prolonged hours, do your best to avoid the blast coming exactly towards your face. Not to forget, apply moisturiser regularly.

SWOLLEN FEET 

WARNING OF The protein levels in your system have crashed, or are about to crash. Swelling in feet and ankles may also be due to obesity. Lastly, if you sit in one position for long hours, the swelling may settle in or increase. 
WHAT YOU CAN DO 
If both your feet have swollen (bilateral swelling), you might have had a lucky escape, for it only indicates a general disorder as stated above. However, if it’s only on one leg, do not ignore this symptom. Rush to a pathologist and get a blood test done ASAP to rule out a 
kidney/liver/heart/lung disorder. Lastly, if you spot varicose (swollen) veins, do not delay in consulting a doctor.

DRY HAIR /EXCESSIVE HAIRFALL 

WARNING OF 
It is safe to blame all hair-related problems to malnutrition, directly or indirectly. Also, if you’ve been having only selected (read ‘tasty’) calciums, vitamins and minerals, your hair is likely to be dry. Lastly, do not rule out local infections such as dermatitis and dandruff. 
WHAT YOU CAN DO 
While you go out and buy that fancy shampoo which promises hair as smooth as Priyanka Chopra’s, take some time out and improve your nutrition levels. Have a balanced diet if you really care for your hair. If the problem still persists, see a trichologist.

BLEEDING GUMS 

WA R N I N G OF 
Vitamin C deficiency is the culprit for bleeding gums. If undetected, it can lead to chronic gum infections. 
WHAT YOU CAN DO 
Binge on citrus fruits such as oranges. Often overlooked in this category are potatoes, which, when not cooked for long, supply sufficient amounts of Vitamin C. Also, check your brushing habit. If you’ve been brushing haphazardly and if your toothbrush is of the hard or semi-hard variety, it can cause serious damage to your gums.

DISCOLOURED STOOL

WARNING OF 
An imbalanced diet. You’re p r o b a b l y overdoing on spinach and beetroot, to produce a dark stool. If this isn’t the case, then occult (hidden) bleeding in the upper part of the gastric system (which can occur due to many reasons), can produce a tarry colour. 
WHAT YOU CAN DO 
Go easy on the greens for a while. If it doesn’t help, go for a stool examination to rule out blood-related diseases and then take appropriate measures. 


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