For taking care of health, a full medical exam is a must. However, you must watch out for signs of ailments between visits by the doctor. Special tests, warnings, and symptoms can indicate you are on the path to severe illness, even before the first symptoms emerging. These are simple, 2-minute tests you can do to find out if you are indeed under the threat of a disorder or disease that could pose a serious challenge to your health and fitness levels.
Signs of Ailments and Their Symptoms: At a Glance
|Cholesterol Levels||If you see fat deposits or nodules on the upper and lower eyelids, your cholesterol levels are extremely high.|
|Thyroid||Stretch out the palms facing downwards and place a sheet of paper atop the arms stretched out. If the layer shakes, you could have an endocrine problem.|
|Lung Health||Light a candle and stand one meter or so before it. Blow at the candle.|
Blowing it out on the first try: Lungs of a 20-year old
The closer you need to be to the candle to blow it out, the worse your lungs are.
|Checking for Body Toxicity||Put your hands together, with your fingertips and palm touching together at the center. If a right angle is formed at the palm touching the fingers, your body is devoid of toxins.|
|Test Premature Aging||Stand on the right leg with the left leg raised 10 cm above the ground.|
If you can do this for 30 seconds, you are 20 years old biologically.
For 25 seconds= 30 years
For 20 seconds = 40 years
Less than 10 seconds = 60 years.
Tests for Checking Bodily Ailments
1. Heart or Lung Disease
Shape your fingers in an upside-down manner, making a letter J and place nails against one another. If you see a tiny diamond-shaped space between them, your vessels and heart are healthy.
If no space exists between your fingernails, it is a sign of nail clubbing. In this condition, fingers become thicker because blood lacks oxygen. Oxygen deficiency is caused due to multiple reasons. For instance, lung problems, GI issues, and cardiovascular diseases(1).
2. Dementia and Stroke
A timer is required for the test. Lift the leg, so the hip remains parallel to the floor. Start using a timer. Standing for 20 or more minutes means you have a negligible chance of dementia or stroke, and vice versa. Trouble balancing on one leg indicates problems with brain vessels.
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3. Anemia/Iron Deficiency
Stand in front of a mirror. Pull your bottom eyelid down. If the color is a healthy pink shade, everything is okay. However, if the patient has anemia, the color of the lower eyelids can be pale pinkish or even yellow. Anemia is caused due to lack of hemoglobin and muscles or tissues in the body do not receive adequate oxygen and cannot work with cent percent accuracy. If one is pale, getting tired rapidly, or breathing heavily, it is time to see a doctor.
[ Read: Treat Anemia Naturally ]
4. Hormonal Imbalance/Lack of Microelements
Losing hair is a natural process. As per the doctors, we suffer everywhere from 50-100 hairs every single day. This is not a problem. But when it’s time to worry, you need to carry out a simple test to see where you stand.
First, wash and dry your hair. Then take a small lock of hair and pull lightly at it. If there are 2-3 hairs in the hand, it is normal. If there are more, it’s time to visit a hair-care practitioner. Some of the reasons people lose hair include stress, serious health issues, or lack of hygiene. Hair thins due to nutritional deficiency or hormonal imbalance. Such symptoms should be heeded.
5. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
The bane of office workers and desktop ninjas is the carpal tunnel syndrome. It also cripples bikers and artists. For testing for this condition, lift your hands. Your face should be parallel to your forearms. Then, try to make the base of the palm and the fingertips meet.
If this can be done for 1-2 minutes, you are fine. For those facing numbness, pain, or tingling, these are early signs of carpal tunnel syndrome(2) setting in. Carpal tunnel syndrome worsens when neighboring tissues use median nerve pressure. The numbness and pain worsen without proper care.
For this test, ask your friend to take a pencil that has an eraser at its back. Get them to touch your feet, specifically the toes using the sharp and soft end of the pencil alternately. Can you tell which side of the object touched you without looking? If so, you’re safe from diabetes. For those who cannot feel the touch, your feet’s nerve ending is malfunctioning. Diabetes is characterized by lower sensitivity.
[ Read: Natural Treatments for Diabetes ]
7. Artery Blockages
While resting on the floor, place your feet at a 45-degree angle. Sustain the pose for a few minutes. Then, evaluate the feet’s color. White or pale feet indicate poor blood circulation and the possibility of artery trouble. The reason for this is that peripheral arteries deliver blood to the extremities like the limbs. Unpleasant symptoms, like numbness and pain, may occur. This condition is called Peripheral Artery Disease. If left untreated, it can cause heart disease or stroke.
8. Hearing Issues
For this test, go to a quiet room. Place your hand close to your ears and rub your fingers together. Do you hear the sound? Then put the side at a distance from the ear and rub your fingers again. Once the sound is heard, your hearing is normal. Try this for each ear.
9. Tendency for Cardiovascular Diseases
To perform this test, climb a ladder or stairs while singing a song or talking on the phone. If your heart is pounding and you cannot breathe well, the heart system and lungs cannot tackle the physical activity. Self-made tests cannot replace the doctor’s professional opinion, though. If symptoms are bothering you, check with the doctor at once.
The Bottom Line
So, these are a few simple tests that can be used to detect and diagnose chronic ailments and diseases early on. These tests are cost-effective, quick, and extremely beneficial for you. Do remember to consult your doctor for any severe signs or symptoms such as dizziness, nausea, lack of sleep, rapid weight loss, or chronic fatigue. Use such tests to make it easier to detect diseases before they even strike and find out how healthy you are at this very moment.