Sometimes we can feel good but our body doesn’t look good. Is there a link between what is going on inside and what we can see outside?
Dry, Limp Hair & Hair Loss
If you used to have thick, shiny and lustrous hair but now it’s getting thinner and limp, you first want to know what you have been doing lately. Swimming in chlorinated water or undergoing massive hair treatments can make your hair brittle and susceptible to damage. But if you have been taking good care of your hair yet you are losing more than the average, it could be a sign of an underactive thyroid.
Most wrinkles are associated with getting old but sometimes these can be a sympton of osteoporosis. There is research to suggest that there is a link between skin and bone sharing the same tissue architecture so the skin of a menopausal woman may relate to the bone density.
Nails that are pitted, deformed or discoloured, and nails that are very thick or separate from the nail bed, can point to many health problems. Nail problems are common in people with psoriasis, joint problem, and Reiter’s syndrome (a type of arthritis).
Swollen feet can be caused by wearing tight high-heeled shoes or from an old injury. Other conditions such as obesity can cause your ankles to swell. Swelling in the legs, ankles and feet is a classic symptom of weak heart.
Dehydration is a possible cause of dry skin and so can diabeties be a drying out problem for the skin.
Severely cracked lips may be a reaction to the bad weather, medication use, allergy, infection, and many other conditions. Sometimes, it is a symptom of Sjögren’s syndrome – an autoimmune disorder that mainly causes dry eyes and mouth.
Brittle teeth and gum problems are not just a result of poor hygiene. Often, they indicate serious issues affecting the heart and bones. Oral health has long been linked to cardiovascular health. In 2010, a study published in the British Medical Journal suggests that regular tooth brushing lowers the risk of heart disease. In this study, the researchers found that people who brushed less frequently are 70 per cent more likely to suffer and die from heart disease than those who brushed at least twice a day.
Facial redness, which comes with acne-like skin sores, is a symptom of a chronic skin problem called rosacea.
Excessive Body Hair
Hair which grows in areas where they’re not supposed to grow is embarrassing, really. But they may indicate an underlying health problem. An example is the polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), which causes excessive hair growth in women at childbearing age. This condition may cause infertility, as well as irregular menstrual cycle.