Your body is giving you all kinds of clues about the status of your health. Are you reading them? Here is a little guide detailing how to read your body.
Let’s start at the top with your hair. Is your scalp dry? Do you have dandruff? That is a clue there is too much sugar in your diet. The sugar feeds the organisms that live on your scalp, triggering them to produce the excess flakes. Dandruff is worsened by a lack of essential fatty acids (EFAs) & B vitamins. Also try an apple cider vinegar rinse to correct your scalp’s PH. For EFAs, take an omega 3 and include salmon, leafy greens, flax oil, and walnuts.
Does your hair lack luster? Is it dry and brittle? Again, low EFAs + need B vitamins (especially biotin), iron, and protein. Even if you’re getting it, you may not be absorbing it if your digestion is faulty! Faulty digestion is caused by eating foods to which you’re intolerant, causing inflammation & malabsorption. Malabsorption is also caused by gut infections like yeast, parasites, and bacteria (all very, very common).
If your hair is thinning or falling out, check your thyroid. Low iron levels trigger hair loss too. Read more about hair loss and how to correct it here.
Let’s move down to your face. Rosy cheeks or broken capillaries on your nose? Low hydrochloric acid (HCl, or stomach acid. Needed to break down your food.) Treat with a digestive enzyme. Do you have rosacea? Could be due to food allergies, low stomach acid, too much booze or spicy foods. Acne? Could signal hormone imbalance or leaky gut. Also try a cleanse–poor skin is often a reflection of a congested liver. Zinc deficiency or possible food allergies trigger acne, too.
Bags under the eyes? Congested liver, sluggish lymph–too many toxins! (do a cleanse!) Dark circles? Try removing gluten or dairy–food allergy sign. Outer eyebrow thinning? Classic sign of low thyroid. Do you have eczema? Again, food allergies (most likely wheat) and low EFAs. Psoriasis? This auto-immune disorder can be treated by identifying food allergies and doing gut repair: the majority of the immune system lies in your gut, so an overactive immune system can be traced back to gut issues, most likely leaky gut caused by food allergies and inflammation, parasites, bacteria, and pathogenic overgrowth.
Yellowish skin? Liver issue. Dry skin? Low thyroid + a need for more EFAs. Raised spots on your upper arms that won’t go away? This is called keratosis pilaris and signals a vitamin A deficiency. Get dark green & yellow veggies & fruits. Liver and fermented cod liver oil are great sources for vitamin A too.
Look in your mouth, a great predictor of your overall health. First, stick out your tongue. Is it coated? This is a sign of yeast or candida overgrowth in the body and can be corrected by an herbal candida cleanse. Clean up your diet too: no sugar or refined foods like white flour. Is your tongue pale? Anemia. Are the edges scalloped? Food allergies. Bleeding gums? Low vitamin C. Cracked lips? Take a B vitamin complex. Cold sores? Treat topically with aloe vera and thieves oil, and take lysine to clear them up.
Earlobe creases? This is an interesting one: if you have creases (usually at 45 degree angle) on your earlobes, you could be at a greater risk for cardiovascular disease. It signals dehydration as well. Clean up your diet, take CoQ10, and work with a practitioner. Cracked skin behind the ears? Get more EFAs and Zinc.
Moving right along, take a look at your fingernails. White spots? Low zinc. Cracked nails? Get more protein and check your thyroid. Brittle nails? Get more B complex.
Varicose veins? Strengthen your veins & capillaries by getting more bioflavonoids through citrus especially. Also add fiber and magnesium. Easy bruising? Get more iron, vitamin C, and vitamin K. Cracked, callused feet? More EFAs and Zinc.
So get in front of the mirror and take a look!
Mary Vance is a Certified Nutrition Consultant and author specializing in digestive health. In addition to her coaching practice, she offers courses to help you heal your gut and kick nagging digestive issues for good. Mary lives in San Francisco and Lake Tahoe in Northern California. Read more about her coaching practice here and her background here.