How to Measure Your Own Health

Most people dread going to the doctor and undergoing a physical check up. Most times, people prolong their agonies and only visit the doctor’s clinic when the symptoms worsen. However, when it comes to our health, one must be his own advocate. It is important to pay attention to small warning signs that may indicate a bigger underlying health problem. And in any kind of illness, early intervention is important to a full recovery.

Here are a few warning signs that might indicate that you may need a thorough medical check up with your physician.

how to measure your own health

  • A warning sign of an underlying health problem is unintentional weight loss (AAFP). In the worse case scenario, unintentional weight loss may be an indication of onset of cancer (patient.co.uk), thus it is very important to pay attention to it, especially if one has lost more than 10 pounds in the last six months.
  • On the other hand, unexplained weight gain may also be a warning sign of a health problem (naturalnews.com / 3fatchicks.com).
  • Another warning sign is experiencing frequent abdominal pain or the feeling of being bloated or becoming full very quickly. It is important to take note of the frequency, location of the pain as well as the severity of the pain (mayoclinic.com)
  • Some people may have sudden craving for ice cubes or only wish to drink fluids and water, and often loses appetite. Additionally, if a person experiences change in his sense of taste, this might be an indication of a serious illness and the person should seek immediate medical attention (NY Times)
  • Additionally, if the person has unexplained bruises all over his body, this might also be a warning sign of illness such as leukaemia (wisegeek.com).
  • Another warning sign is the feeling of always being tired or feeling faint. He may also feel low in energy, loss of motivation and inability to focus. If a person experiences frequent headaches even after waking up in the morning, this might be a warning sign of a serious health condition (nhs.uk).
  • If a person misses bowel movement, this might indicate a problem with his digestive system. Regular bowel movements should be daily (lef.org) .
  • There are also other factors that might increase the susceptibility of a person to illnesses. If a person is a smoker or living with a smoker, this may increase the chance for him to develop lung cancer (hivehealthmedia.com)
  • If a person lives a sedentary lifestyle and exercises less than ninety minutes a week, this also increases his risk to illnesses such as hypertension and heart problems (healthhabits.ca / jarretmorrow.com)

These are just basic warning signs but can be a good gauge of a person’s health. One must pay attention to small warning signs so that further tests and diagnostics can be done in order to identify health conditions every before they worsen. Dismissing these small symptoms can prove to be very costly once the illness has become too severe which may later on cost one’s life. Furthermore, it is important to have regular check ups with your physician to prevent such illnesses.

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Healthy Lunch Ideas

For many of us, we don’t plan our meals ahead of time.  The common and inevitable end result is that we eat whatever we feel like when ever it suits us.  Obviously, this diet approach will only lead to one probably outcome:  obesity.

If you’re looking to shed some pounds or just lose that muffin top, one of the best things you can do is to plan your meals ahead of time.

Though it may take a little more time to plan your meals in advance, once completed, you’ll be on your way to eating a healthier diet.

Healthy Lunch Ideas for Work:

  1. Soup and sandwich
  2. Peanut butter and jelly sandwich PB&J
  3. Leftovers
  4. Frozen meals such as Lean Cuisine
  5. Salad – easy on the dressing
  6. Freeze-dried food

Benefits of the Gluten-Free Diet

One of the more popular diets over the past few years has been the Gluten-Free Diet.  For those with Celiac Disease, the gluten-free diet is a medical necessity, yet others are choosing to go gluten-free to benefit from the health advantages.

Gluten hasn’t historically been a normal component of our diet from an evolutionary perspective.  Some people suggest that they suffer from a whole host of health complaints that are related to consuming gluten.  In turn, they often choose to eliminate gluten from their diet.

If you’re thinking of going gluten-free yourself, here are some of the possible health benefits of the gluten-free diet.

Potential health benefits of the gluten-free diet:

  1. Improve digestion
  2. Improve energy levels
  3. Improve your skin (for those with hyperkeratosis pilaris)
  4. Lower your cholesterol levels

10 Healthy Living Tips

Here’s a collection of healthy living tips that our readers may find helpful.  If you’re looking to get fit, lose weight, and eat a healthy diet, these tips should give you a head start.

1.  Healthy Lunch Ideas –  While many of us don’t have much time to eat lunch at work, it’s best to plan ahead to eat healthy rather than trying to find something that’s healthier to eat on the fly.  This post has six healthy lunch ideas to get you started planning for a low calorie lunch.

2. Gluten Free Diet – Though this diet is a medical requirement for those with Celiac Disease, it’s becoming more popular among the general population.  Find out if we were meant to consume gluten from an evolutionary diet perspective.

3. Do Carbs Cause Atherosclerosis? Carbs or carbohydrates are necessary in our diet to provide needed energy particularly for the brain and heart.  However, many of us consume more carbs than we actually need.  Does this excessive consumption lead to heart disease?

4. Jillian Michaels under attack? Jillian Michaels is a source of inspiration for many who’re trying to lose weight.  She’s known as a celebrity fitness instructor from her role on the television show, The Biggest Loser.  Is Jillian providing sound advice for her clients?

5. World Obesity Statistics 2010 –  Obesity incidence continues to rise in what many refer to as the obesity epidemic.  Find out which countries have the biggest problem with obesity.

6. Primal Recipes – The paleo or paleolithic diet is another popular diet which focuses on eating from an evolutionary perspective.  Modern man did not evolve eating the foods that he consumes today.  Find out how you can cook with paleo.

7. Power Poses – New emerging research suggests that how you site or maintain your posture and body language can actually have physiological effects.  In particular, certain poses can actually help to elevate your testosterone levels.

8. Jackie Warner – Jackie’s another celebrity fitness trainer who’s recently launched a new online weight loss program.  It includes personal contact with a certified personal trainer who provides diet and exercise tips.

9. Erectile Dysfunction in Young Men – Commonly referred to by the euphemism, ED, it’s no laughing matter apparently even in younger males.  Find out why you may have problems when the moment is right…

10. Water and Weight Loss – People often wonder if drinking water really can help you to shed pounds and lose weight.  Find out the latest research on water and weight loss.