In the course of our busy lives, very few of us run to the doctor for every little annoying ache, pain or vague symptom. Most times the average person will “wait it out” and hope that the issue resolves itself.
But there are symptoms your body may be giving you that should not be ignored.
Although the potential causes behind these symptoms may be relatively minor, they also can mean something more serious that should be addressed by your physician.
8 Warning signs you shouldn’t ignore
We all have periods of fatigue when we are working long hours, stressed, have a poor night’s sleep or are battling a cold or flu.
But regular, chronic fatigue can be a sign of being low in vitamin B12, a low-functioning thyroid, depression or even certain cancers.
Natural ways to help: If you’re low in B12, an oral B12 spray like Hydroxaden 2.5 can help turn that around fast.
And if you’re dealing with depression, vitamin B12 is helpful as well as vitamin D (as found in our Optimum DK Formula).
While your bathroom habits can get thrown off by stress, certain foods or medications, if you find yours have changed long-term and there is no logical explanation for it, get checked out.
Changes in bowel habits can be a sign of pancreatic insufficiency, a gallbladder problem, diverticulitis, inflammatory bowel disease or even colon cancer.
Natural ways to help: Make sure you’re eating a high-fiber whole foods diet and avoid refined carbs, sugars and processed foods. Also, a full-spectrum probiotic formula like Super Shield can help support a healthy gut microbiome and pave the way for more regular BMs.
If pancreatic insufficiency or gallbladder problems are an issue, a complete enzyme formula like Digestizol Max can help pinch-hit where your body may be lacking in enzymes.
The potential reasons for chest pain can run the gamut—including heartburn, GERD, costochondritis, pleurisy, sore muscles, bruised ribs and heart problems—so it’s best to get checked out.
And if you experience chest pain along with nausea, lightheadedness, shortness of breath or a cold sweat for longer than 5 minutes, call 911 or your local emergency services, as it may be a heart attack.
Natural ways to help: If GERD is an issue for you, Digestizol Max enzyme formula can help your body more completely break down your foods, and our new Gastro BeCalm Blend can help ease heartburn and GERD symptoms.
The most common causes of unintentional weight gain are a low-functioning thyroid, hormonal changes (especially menopause), and certain medications (including steroids, birth control pills and antidepressants).
While most people would LOVE the idea of losing weight without even trying, unintentional weight loss can be a sign of numerous things including hyperthyroidism, cancer, diabetes, celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, adrenal insufficiency and ulcers. So if you’ve dropped more than a few pounds recently without dieting, it’s best to get checked out.
Natural ways to help: Probiotics like Super Shield can be a Godsend for people with inflammatory bowel conditions like Crohn’s or colitis. In addition, if ulcers are an issue, our new Gastro BeCalm Blend contains mastic gum which is very effective at fighting the bacteria that causes ulcers (H. pylori).
Believe it or not, there are over 150 types of headaches, but the most common ones are tension headaches, migraines and cluster headaches.
Headaches can also be the result of a number of underlying health issues including hypertension, brain tumor or stroke.
If you find yourself getting headaches on a regular basis, resist the temptation to just mask the throbbing with OTC pain meds and see a doctor.
Natural ways to help: Headaches are oftentimes the result of dehydration, stress or nutrient deficiencies. So be sure to drink at least eight 8-oz. glasses of water a day, reduce stress in your life and have a nutritious real foods diet.
Skin and nail infections
Skin and nail infections can be due to allergies or lacking nutrients, but one of the most common causes is Candida overgrowth.
The problem with Candida is once it’s growing out of control, it’s very hard to keep it at bay. And the typical medical treatment (antibiotics) only makes things worse by upsetting your gut microbiome and making it even easier for Candida to rear its ugly head again.
Natural ways to help: If Candida is an issue, our Optimal Yeast Support Blend provides a very effective combination of natural antifungal and antimicrobial nutrients and herbs that have a history of success in countering yeast (Candida) and helping to restore a healthier intestinal environment.
Over and above male pattern baldness, thinning hair can be caused by many things, including an autoimmune disease, low functioning thyroid or nutritional deficiency.
So if you’re finding more hair on the shower floor than usual, something may be up and you should see a doctor.
Natural ways to help: Vitamin D can help ease the inflammation associated with autoimmune conditions. And if nutrient deficiencies are behind your hair loss, stick to wholesome real foods and supplement with a complete multi-vitamin and mineral formula like Super Core to make sure all your bases are covered.
To your health,
The information in our articles are NOT intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and are not intended as medical advice.