By Orla, July 8, 2013
1. You’re always tired, but you sleep loads?
If you are sleeping well, or even excessively, but still find that you are constantly tired, you may have a problem with your thyroid gland.
Problems with your thyroid can lead to your body being run down because it is working overtime to try and protect you from the various toxins that you can pick up from your daily environment. If you are experiencing symptoms like this, get your thyroid checked out by your doctor.
2. Your urine is very yellow.
The colour of your urine can actually indicate what state of health you are in. If you are hydrated, your urine should run almost clear, however, if you are drinking plenty of water and your urine still runs a dark yellow colour, you may have an issue with your kidneys.
Try drinking more fluid, water in particular, and if there is still no improvement in your urine colour, you should get your kidney function checked out.
3. Your lips are constantly cracked.
Most people think that their lips crack due to the weather and climate changes, but regularly cracked lips, particularly at the sides, indicate a deficiency in vitamin B12.
Upping your vitamin B12 intake should sort your lips out. Foods that are high in vitamin B12 include fish (especially shellfish), beef, lamb, eggs, cheeses such as swiss, mozzarella and parmesan, and lastly, milk.
If you are a vegan, you should consider taking a vitamin B12 supplement.
4. Your skin flares up regularly.
People who develop skin disorders such as acne or eczema very regularly often put it down to having sensitive skin, or a bad skincare regime. But in reality, it could be the result of an allergic reaction to a food, a skincare product, a washing detergent, or any number of things.
A lot of the time, it also an indicator that your body is stressed and needs you to take it down a notch or two. Your skin is the biggest single organ in your body, so take care of it and listen to what it is telling you.
5. You suffer from indigestion regularly and burp a lot.
If you find yourself needing to burp a lot and suffering indigestion, you’re probably low on stomach acid. When you’re low on stomach acid, your body can’t digest foods efficiently, especially fats and proteins.
When food sits in the stomach, so does the air you swallow while eating it, which often leads to it making it’s way back up the oesophagus and out the mouth.
Tip: Before you start eating, enjoy the sight and smell of your food first so that your stomach has time to release digestive factors, in anticipation of the meal. Chew all food, especially fats and proteins, well to aid digestion.