July 31, 2013

Your Body Knows Best!


MANNA is all about nutrition and health.  And we take ourselves seriously.  This is why we want to keep you – our loyal readers – safe by sharing these everyday symptoms that people often neglect, but which could be a sign that something IS wrong.  You should always see a doctor for the following:

1. Unexplained weight loss:   Shedding pounds without trying could be a side effect of several medical conditions including; an overactive thyroid, diabetes, depression, liver disease, cancer, or malabsorption disorders.  A loss of 10% of your body weight in a six month period of time is considered significant.

2. Persistent or high fever:  Having a fever can actually be a good thing, it can aid in fighting infections.  However, speak with your doctor if you have had a fever for greater than three days or a high fever of 103 F or higher.  This could be a sign of a hidden infection such as an UTI or something more serious like cancer.

3. Shortness of breath:   Being unable to catch your breath or gasping for air should result in immediate medical attention.  If you are having persistent problems with breathing or feel breathless when lying down it could be a sign of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, chronic bronchitis, asthma, pneumonia, or heart and lung problems.

4. Unexplained changes in bowel habits: Every person’s bowel movements are different, if you notice a change in your bowel habits it could be a sign of bacterial, viral, or parasitic infections, irritable bowel syndrome, or colon cancer.

5. Confusion or personality changes: Infections, anemia, low blood sugar, and dehydration can all cause symptoms of confusion and changes in personality.  If you become suddenly confused about time or place or develop sudden problems with concentration or memory, seek immediate attention.

6. Feeling full after eating very little: If you develop early satiety or are eating less than normal, it could be a sign of GERD, irritable bowel syndrome, or in serious cases pancreatic cancer.  Contact your doctor if you suddenly develop early satiety, nausea, vomiting, unintentional weight loss, bloating or fever.

7. Flashes of light: Sudden flashes of light or bright spots could be a sign of a migraine headache or it could be something more serious such as retinal detachment.  Both warrant seeking immediate medical care from your physician.

Your body knows best!  Be sure that you stop and listen to the sometimes subtle messages it is sending to prevent what could become a major complication.