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World Health Day

April 7th sees World health day. But what does health mean to you? Here are 7 signs that your body is giving you to improve your health…

  1. Look in the mirror

This is easy – just look in the mirror and observe your body fat, and the quality of your hair and skin. We shouldn’t be overweight and if you look in the mirror and you have excess belly fat this is a warning sign about your health. Thinning hair and dry skin with pimples can also give you an indication about your health.

  1. Your waist circumference

If you’re a man and your waist circumference is greater than 40 inches or a women and your waist circumference is greater than 35 inches you have a much greater risk of heart disease and diabetes, disability and early death – sounds scary doesn’t it. Losing weight immediately reduces the risk.

  1. Your blood pressure

You can do this at home if you have a BP monitor. Simply take you BP at regular intervals throughout the day to establish your true baseline. Remember, it needs to be a rested score, even running up the stairs will raise your blood pressure. The value you are looking for is 120 over 80. Anything over 140 over 85 is classified as high blood pressure and you need to act to lower it. Remember, one of the leading causes of high blood pressure is being overweight and obese.

  1. White marks in the nails

This rather unsightly but harmless condition is known as leukonychia punctata and leukonychia striate. Leukonychia punctate are small white marks in the nail characterised by a nutritional deficiency in zinc. Leukonychia striate is a larger striated white mark running across the nails characterised by a nutritional deficiency in selenium. Consuming meats, nuts and seeds for zinc and Brazil nuts for selenium can help remedy this.

  1. Cracks in the corner of your mouth

This is called angular chelitis and is represented as small and sometimes painful splits in the skin in the corner of the mouth. This is caused by a lack of B vitamins in the diet and is easily remedied by taking a B vitamin supplement and consuming foods rich in B vitamins such as vegetables, meats, whole grains and nuts and seeds.

  1. Abnormal hair growth

This normally affects women and is one of the symptoms of a condition known as PCOS. Women start to develop male pattern hair growth on the chest, abdomen, face and legs. PCOS is a condition of insulin resistance and can be reversed with good dietary habits such as eating vegetables, nuts, seeds, meat and fish and cutting out processed foods and reducing starchy carbohydrates.

  1. Excessive and smelly gas

Human cells don’t produce gas, bacterial cells do. Excess gas and smelly flatulence is a result of a condition called dysbiosis. The causes are varied such as eating too much starchy carbohydrate, excessive antibiotic use, or bacterial, fungal or parasite infections. It’s probably best to seek the help of a professional when trying to resolve this problem, however taking probiotics supplements might help.

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At Wandsworth Physiotherapy and Osteopathy we are focused on getting you out of pain and back to what you love doing. Whether it's playing with your kids or simply being able to sit on the train comfortably; whether it's being able to get back into the gym class or to run 5k again; whether it's to banish the Tena Lady or being able to lift your child without pain our expert physiotherapists and osteopaths are here to help.