When we think of intelligence, the human brain comes to mind – and for good reason. However, our body falls short. The fact is, our bodies are also incredibly smart. One way this intelligence manifests itself is how the body responds to internal stimuli. Some of us are very in tune with the body’s signals, while others are not, when the body screams for help .

As a result, we can safely postulate that human health has become much more complicated, expensive, and intrusive, due to our unwillingness or inability to understand the body’s attempt to communicate.

Which brings us to the topic of today’s article: signals your body sends that may indicate you need help right away. Whether this help means medical intervention, dietary changes, or a need for lifestyle re-evaluation. Why is this important? For many reasons, disease prevention may be among the most crucial.

We must pay due attention to what, how and when our body is communicating to us in order to successfully deter and prevent health conditions that threaten our existence.

11 important signs your body screams for help

Without further ado, we present 10 signs that your body screams for help and you have not understood or heard it. Unsurprisingly, many of these signs revolve around dietary habits, as will be explained below.

1. Persistent dry skin

Dry skin is often uncomfortable and uncomfortable. Our largest organ, the skin, will crack, itch and flake if we are not consuming enough vitamins – particularly vitamin E – in our daily meals. To alleviate some of these symptoms, try adding more healthy fish, nuts, and oils to your diet.

2. Increased desire or consumption of sodium or salty foods

Most minerals have a salty composition. Thus, when the body is craving salt-laden foods (eg potato chips, peanuts, jerky, etc.), it is often an indication that additional mineral supplementation is needed. Also, the desire for salty foods can be a sign that there is inflammation or an infection somewhere in the body.

3. Cracked heels

If you are severely deficient in vitamin B3, you can develop pellagra, and symptoms of this condition include cracked and flaky skin. Treatment is usually the consumption of a balanced diet, rich in nutrients, as well as niacin supplements. Also, if your body is lacking in calcium, iron, vitamin E, zinc, and omega-3 fatty acids, chances are you have cracked heels, and your body is yelling it at you.

4. Increased desire or consumption of sugary foods

Like other cravings on this list, the urge to eat more sugar usually indicates a lack of proper diet. Aside from this, there are plenty of ways to counteract these cravings: drink plenty of water, eat fresh, leafy veggies, and / or eat healthier and more often.

5. Increased desire or consumption of raw food

Raw foods (eg sushi, sashimi, cheese) may indicate some imbalance within the gastrointestinal or digestive system. The reason: raw foods are effective in relieving uncomfortable conditions like gastroenteritis or colic. Supplement these foods with fresh and leafy vegetables and fruits, you will see effective relief if you do it regularly.

6. Increased desire or consumption of shellfish

Here, the problem can be twofold: Either there is a lack of nutrients or minerals (most likely protein), or there is some kind of iodine deficiency . Seafood – in many ways – is a healthy dietary option. However, be sure to include fresh cuts of meat or poultry (that are free range, or wild, if they are seafood), or some type of substitute for vegans / vegetarians, to avoid those cravings and balance your diet.

7. Psoriasis

Like other manifestations of dry skin, the presence of scales or psoriasis on the arms or elbows is indicative of insufficient vitamin and / or minerals. Vitamins A and C are common culprits. With this in mind, try to include foods like apricots, carrots, or oranges.

8. Brittleness of hair and / or nails

Similar to dry skin, brittle hair and nails, it usually indicates a nutrient or vitamin deficiency. Low levels of calcium and / or vitamin B can cause these areas to crack, dry out and become flaky. The solution is to include one or more of the following foods: organic whole wheat bread, whole grains, organic milk in a balanced intake, legumes or potatoes.

9. Colic, bad sleep or insomnia

Of all the symptoms, these three are often the most troublesome. Magnesium – a known inhibitor of neuronal activity, and potassium – an important nutrient for brain, heart, and muscle health – can alleviate many of these ailments.

Foods such as green and leafy vegetables, almonds, walnuts, apricots, plums, bananas, and many others, can help suppress or eliminate such physical and psychological symptoms.

10. Bleeding from the mouth or gums

Bleeding from the mouth or gums often occurs due to a lack of vitamin C. However, ensuring proper practice of oral care is essential as well. Vitamin C can be found in many sources: fruits (especially oranges), vegetables, and garlic.

11. A greater desire for sour foods and / or being

Hormonal changes (for example, in pregnant women), can result in cravings for sour foods or drinks. Additionally, the ingredients in acidic foods stimulate the liver and gallbladder – potentially indicating a problem with one or both.

Dr. Eric Jackson

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses. He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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