12 Places to Look to Find Out What Your Body Needs

The best way to look at the human body is to realize that it is a system of mechanisms and parts which work together to form the whole. In order to optimize your own health and well-being you need to accept that and recognize the signs of an error in the system. Some signals are more obvious than others. For instance, if a person is over or under weight, it is a clear indication of an imbalance. Other pointers which are more subtle include the condition of your skin and hair, your energy levels, the colour of your tongue and also the icky shape of your stool.

You may think you are healthy but here are a few indicators of what your body may still be lacking, which I put together after studying nutrition. The simplest way to solve these problems is through your diet and taking additional supplements for what you need. But before you purchase that multivitamin, let’s see what your body is telling you and what natural, food-based supplements you can take. Look out for the signs and then pick the foods or supplements listed below to best combat whatever issue you may have.

Body Signs

1. Hair
If you have a dandruff problem, it could likely be a sign of a lack of essential fatty acids (EFAs), Vitamin B6 and Selenium in your body. Before you purchase what you believe to be the best anti-dandruff shampoo on the market, realize that you need to also solve the problem from within.

2. Face
Veins close to the surface of your cheeks or raised capillaries indicate low stomach acids or an enzyme insufficiency.

3. Ears
Cracks behind the ears indicate a zinc deficiency.
Wax oozing from the ears is a sign of an EFA deficiency.

4. Eyes
Pale inside lower lids warn of an iron deficiency or anemia.
Dark circles underneath the eyes may be a signal of weak kidney functioning.

5. Mouth
Cracks at the corners of your mouth could indicate a Vitamin B deficiency.
A puffy lower lip is a sign of poor digestion. Try some of the foods rich in enzymes.

6. Tongue
A crack down the middle of the tongue is an indicator of weak stomach enzymes.
Teethmarks on the sides of your tongue are a sign of nutritional deficiency.
A sore tongue means a lack of iron or vitamin B6.
A burning tongue means your stomach lacks gastric digestive juices.
A thick white coating on the tongue is a tell-tale sign of too much mucous in the body.
Horizontal cracks indicate malabsorption. You need enzymes and B vitamins.
A thick yellow coating is a signal of excess heat in the gut.
A very red tip indicates emotional stress. Ginseng is a good remedy. Look at your lifestyle to find ways to distress.

7. Arms
Tender spots at the shoulder-arm joint indicate a B12 deficiency.
Pimply bumps on the arms are signs of an EFA deficiency.

8. Hands and Nails
Breaking, splitting and chipping nails show that the stomach acids are low, possible liver problems and a lack of calcium, zinc and EFAs.
Cracks on the skin or tiny blisters on the fingers indicate a zinc deficiency.
Swollen fingers and puffy hands are a sign that your body is lacking vitamin B6.
Red or scaly skin means that you may lack EFAs, vitamin C, vitamin E and zinc in your body or have food sensitivities or allergies.

9. Stomach
A tender, flatulent and possibly painful stomach means that the body lacks digestive enzymes.

10. Legs
Sore knees indicate deficiencies in selenium and vitamin E.
Leg pains and cramps indicate a calcium and/or magnesium deficiency.

11. Urine
A difficulty in urinating or running to the bathroom too often may be a sign of an imbalance with the bladder and kidneys.

12. Stools
This is the bit that can be disgusting. Some of us don’t like looking at our stool after a trip to the toilet. However, your stool is a good indicator of how your body is processing foods and what you may be lacking in your diet.
A greasy stool that won’t flush is an indicator of a liver imbalance. So please deal with it in order to avoid leaving the next person to use the loo a floating surprise.
Foul smelling poop is a sign of poor digestion. Spare us and take in some enzymes.
Skid mark stools indicate too much mucous in the body.
Pellet or bunny stools are a sign of constipation.
A light coloured stool means you lack EFAs.
Food in your stool means that you do not chew your food properly. The point of chewing is to liquefy food for easy digestion. Remember this and don’t swallow whole chunks of food.
Worms in your stool are an indicator of poor hygiene.
Loose and runny stools mean your spleen is under strain.
A thin and shreddy poop is a sign of a weak colon.


Calcium – Dairy and soy products, dark green leafy greens and cereals are a good source.

Colon problems – Add fibre to your diet.

Constipation - Lecithin is a good supplement for this.

EFAs – Oils such as those made from flax seeds, linseeds, primrose and canola; pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and leafy vegetables are a good source.

Enzymes – Foods rich in enzymes include raw fruits, vegetables and sprouts. Well prepared and combined soups and stews also help to stimulate digestive enzymes.

Gastric digestive juices - Taking doses of Sweden Bitter syrup can help this.

Gut heat - Aloe Vera supplements or sage tea will help.

Iron – Rich sources include meats, artichokes, egg yolks, prunes, raisins and dark green leafy vegetables such as spinach and kale.

Kidney and bladder problems – Cranberry juice, grains, beans, vegetables and a frequent intake of fluids are needed.

Liver problems – Spirulina tablets, sage tea and linseeds can help.

Magnesium – Dark leafy green vegetables, beans, lentils and whole grain foods are good sources.

Mucous (excess) – Avoid dairy products and alcohol.

Nutritional deficiency (general) - Grains, starchy vegetables and leafy greens, and vitamin and mineral supplements will help.

Selenium – Rich foods include whole wheat and rye bread, mushrooms and Brazil Nuts.

Strained spleen - Avoid raw vegetables and eat more grains.

Vitamin B (general) - You’ll need to eat more carrots, dark green leafy vegetables and almonds.

Vitamin B12 – Meats, tofu, cereals, eggs, cheese and low fat dairy are rich in B12.

Vitamin B6 – Rice and pistachio nuts are common sources.

Vitamin C – Citrus fruit, chili peppers, guavas, bell peppers and dark green vegetables are good sources of the cold fighter.

Vitamin E – Tofu, seeds, nuts, spinach and avocados are rich in Vitamin E.

Worms – Avoid sweets and dairy and eat as healthily as possible.

Zinc – Sources include pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds and papaya.

A good combination of healthy eating habits and the right supplements (which do not need to be taken in pill form, but can be teas or herbs) will help keep your body in good shape. You do not have to buy creams and supplements you do not need. Understanding your body is the first step to optimum health.

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Maja Dezulovic

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