Doctor Oz did a segment on secret signs your body is telling you, because sometimes your body could be telling you very helpful clues well before you develop a disease. This Dr. Oz show was a must see (or at least a must read), so send this article to all of your friends and family! Dr. Kimberly Manning from Emory School of Medication also joined Dr. Oz to help us learn about the secret signs our bodies are telling us.
Everyone can tell when they feel tired or are starting to get a cold, but just like our body gives us hints about these topics, our body gives us signs of much more serious diseases too. Here are 4 secret body signals to keep our eyes on…
1. Your Height
A study done by the National Academy of Sciences showed that if you are under 5’2″ in height, you have a better chance of living to be 100 years old. The reason scientists think short people live longer is that they think the gene that determines a person’s height seems to be related to the gene that helps our body to recover from oxidative stress, which damages our cells through radiation every day due to the environment, our activities and our diet. So what if we aren’t 5’2″ or shorter, how can we prolong our life?
Tips to Prolong Your Life (Especially if You Are Tall):
1. Prevent Cardiovascular Disease, which is the main cause for death in America, by exercising and eating a healthy diet.
2. Reduce the calories you eat, because this seems to slow down how quickly our cells die, helping us to live longer lives. The studies done in this field have shown a decrease of 25% of your calories has helped cells live longer, but that is a very tough number, so lets try to decrease our calories by 10% (like Dr. Oz said).
3. Eat a colorful diet, because fruits and vegetables are full of antioxidants.
4. Exercise 30 minutes at least 3 times a week (and this is an absolute MINIMUM!)
5. Sleep at least 7 hours every night so that your cells can repair themselves and produce more growth hormone to improve our bone density and fight off our body fat.
2. Your Sense of Smell
If you cant detect the scent of cinnamon, lemon, bananas or other household items, a study in the Annals of Neurology found that you are 5 times more likely to get Parkinson’s disease, because the olfactory center in our brains that aid in our ability to smell is one of the first portions of the brain to be effected by Parkinson’s disease. You can lose your sense of small as young as 7 years old, so if you can pick up on this as early as possible, you can help fight Parkinson’s disease sooner.
Tip to Prevent Parkinson’s Disease:
Eat Omega-3 rich foods, because Omega-3 fatty acids may help you to build a resistance against the toxin that causes Parkinson’s Disease. For example, eat more Flaxseed Oil, salmon, shrimp, and walnuts.
3. Your Calf Size
If you have skinny calves, you may have a higher risk of getting a stroke. If you are a woman with calves under 13 inches in circumference, then a group of French researchers found you have a higher risk of getting a stroke. If you have skinny calves, you are more likely to get carotid plaques, and when the plaque breaks off it can travel to your brain and cut off your circulation, which causes a stroke. It is thought that the fat underneath the skin in the back of your calf can pull the fatty acids away from your blood vessels, so that they cannot go up your carotid artery and cause a stroke.
Tip to Prevent a Stroke:
Drink Green Tea! In Japan, men who drink over 5 cups of Green Tea a day had the lowest chance of getting a stroke.
4. Your Leg Length
If you are a woman with legs that are 20 – 29 inches long, you may have higher levels of 4 different enzymes that indicate liver disease (according to a group of British scientists). In addition, having shorter legs may indicate worse nutrition during your childhood, which can effect the role of your liver.
Tips to Prevent Liver Disease:
1. Limit your alcoholic drinks to only one beer or glass each wine a day.
2. Increase the amount of cruciferous vegetables, like broccoli, that you eat every day, because they are great for your liver!
Another one I heard of, and that Dr. Oz briefly mentioned as a secret sign, is a wrinkle in your earlobe. I heard that if you have a crease or wrinkle in your ear lobe, then it could be a sign of heart disease. Have you heard of other secret body signs? Mention them below in the comment section please!