10 Ways to Use Your Body as a Road Map

body map Every aspect of our bodies can tell us a story about our physical and emotional wellbeing – a road map so to speak.  Here are 10 ways to use the wealth of information our bodies share with us about our physical wellness:

Nails – Longitudinal ridges could represent a Vitamin A, protein or calcium deficiency or a thyroid or circulation challenge.  Longitudinal lines could represent malabsorption, which means that vitamins and minerals are not being properly absorbed.  Horizontal ridges come about after a fever, infection, inflammation, menstrual problems or a period of protein deficiency or they can be caused by malnutrition.  White spots on the nails can be caused by a calcium or zinc deficiency.  Peeling nails can be caused from a zinc or essential fatty acid deficiency.  Chronic nail chipping is usually damage from household chemicals.

Feet and toes – Fungus under the toe nails is usually caused by a fungal infection (Vitamin B deficiency) or candida.  Very dry feet can be caused by a lack of essential fatty acids (EFA) or hypothyroidism.  Cold feet are another sign of hypothyroidism.

Tongue – A white coated tongue can be caused by intestinal putrification or candida.  White patches on the tongue can be attributed to a deficiency of B Vitamins.  A sore red tongue can be caused by a folic acid or Vitamin B deficiency.  A purplish red tongue often results when there is a Vitamin B5 deficiency.

Teeth and gums – Cavities can be caused by poor nutrition or a calcium deficiency.  Crowded teeth are usually caused by a calcium deficiency.  Bleeding gums are usually the result of a Vitamin C or folic acid deficiency or an acidic diet.  Unhealthy gums are often caused by poor nutrition or parasites.

Hair and scalp – Dry hair is usually caused by a Vitamin A, EFA or selenium deficiency.  Thinning hair or abnormal hair loss is caused by poor nutrition, stress, Vitamin B, zinc or biotin deficiency.  Brittle hair can be linked to a Vitamin E deficiency.  Dandruff is usually caused by Candida or a Vitamin A or selenium deficiency.

Muscles – Spasms or tremors are usually linked to a magnesium deficiency.  Muscle weakness can be attributed to Vitamin D deficiency.

Here are some particularly interesting ones:

Warts – Wart growth is often caused by a Vitamin C deficiency (I just learned this interesting piece of information!)

Stretch marks – Stretch marks come about from a zinc deficiency.  Red stretch marks indicate that there is probably still a zinc deficiency in the body.

Brown skin spots – These are caused by the sun and/or a weak liver.

Sensitivity to bug bites – This occurs when there is a deficiency of Vitamin C, B1, calcium or if the body has become too acidic.

I personally find this information to be entirely fascinating.  There is far more information where this comes from; this is simply a snapshot to remind you of how wise our bodies truly are.  All Nutritionists are trained in symptomatology; please seek their help in narrowing down the cause of your specific health challenge.

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Meredith

 

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