Five Signs Your Body is Aging Too Fast and Needs an Overhaul
Our body is amazing in its ability to let us know what’s going on inside, alerting us to potential health threats, giving us time to deal with the issue and possibly reverse the damage.
In a naturopathic visit, your doctor is constantly assessing your physical health by looking at these five key indicators of health.
1. Hair-Sheen, luster and suppleness are important signs of healthy hair. When it begins looking and feeling brittle and frizzy it may be a sign that it’s not getting enough moisture. It could also mean something more serious is going inside the body.
Each strand of hair is made up of three layers. The outer layer protects the inner layers. In dry hair the outer layer has broken down causing it to look dull and unhealthy. This could be caused by living in a hot, dry climate, spending a lot of time in the sun, overuse of bleaching products or frequent swimming in chlorinated water. It could also be the sign of more serious health conditions.
1. Malnutrition-Hair needs nutrients, dry hair may be a sign of malabsorption.
2. Hypoparathyroidism -calcium is a key nutrient for healthy bones, teeth, tissue and hair. Too little parathyroid hormone decreases the level of calcium in your blood.
3. Hypothyroidism-dry, brittle hair and hair loss are early signs of hypothyroidism.
Blood tests for nutrient deficiencies and hormone imbalances can determine if your dry hair is caused by any of the above conditions. Talk to your ND about which test is right for you.
2. Eyes-Chronically red eyes or yellow tinged whites could be caused by more than allergies or staring at a computer screen too long. They can also be the sign of chronic inflammation or a congested liver.
Chronic inflammation is associated with several lifestyle diseases such as osteoarthritis, cancer, and heart disease.
If your naturopathic doctor suspects inflammation, he will order specific tests to determine the level of inflammation and its root cause.
3. Droopy Eyelids and Fatty Deposits Around the Eye-Droopy eyes can be a sign of fatigue, allergies, hormone imbalance or fluid retention. When free radicals accumulate they can cause cell damage in the body. This is called oxidative stress and can manifest as poor skin quality, especially in the eyelids.
Fatty Deposits could indicate heart disease. Premature aging of our skin could be a sign of something more serious going on inside with the heart.
A whole foods diet rich in compounds that reduce puffiness, fight free radical damage and helps the body to eliminate toxins through the liver and kidney.
Holistic Cleanse with liver flushing and repairing herbs.
4. Oral Health
We all expect our skin to wrinkle as we get older, but if you are developing deep naso-labial lines and wrinkles much earlier than usual, you may have a congested or poorly functioning digestive system.
Specific warning signs of a poor diet include inflamed or bleeding gums, tooth loss, mouth pain, and dental caries. If your teeth have been drilled one too many times, it could be a sign that dietary changes are long overdue. While a diet high in added sugar is associated with an increased risk of dental caries, research also recognizes that the frequency of exposure to sugar can negatively impact your teeth. In one study, the frequency of soft drink consumption was significantly associated with dental caries. If you are sipping on sugary beverages all day long it means that your teeth are constantly being flooded with sugar. Try giving your teeth a break by cutting back on the sugar and soft drinks.
Another common nutrition-related oral health problem is swollen or inflamed gums. Studies show that swollen or bleeding gums are associated with a low intake of vitamin C.
To reduce swelling in the mouth, try consuming more vitamin C rich foods such as strawberries, tomatoes, green leafy vegetables, and potatoes.
Get regular checkups and cleaning.
5. Poor Wound Healing
In order for a wound to quickly and sufficiently heal, it needs an adequate supply of nutrients from the foods on your plate. Poor wound healing could indicate that you are not getting a sufficient level of essential nutrients. Poor diets impact the strength of new wound tissue, recovery time, and how well your body will be able to fight off an infection that manifests from the wound. Studies have shown that a sufficient intake of calories, protein, and micronutrients is essential for proper wound healing.
Ask your naturopathic doctor what test are appropriate for ensuring your levels of micronutrients are where they should be.
Take a diet diary to a nutritionist to determine whether you are getting enough calories and protein.