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How to Know if You Are Healthy - Check Here For The Tell Tale Signs

Updated on May 23, 2017
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Mazlan wasn’t into health or fitness, but as age crept up on him, he realized the important benefits of living a fit, healthy lifestyle.

Are You Healthy?

Mother nature has a way to solve our problem or tell us in advance that a problem could be on the way. Our health does not simply fail in a day. It deteriorates over time and if we are well informed, we can tell from the early signs that we are not going to be healthy.

So how to know if you are healthy?

Read on to find out.

(Note: These telltale signs are only symptoms and you should consult your doctor if it is an indication of specific health issues. If you don't take the necessary steps to remedy these symptoms, then the health issues could develop into something serious).

1. Can You Wake Up Without an Alarm Clock?

If you can wake up about the same time every day, without the assistance of an alarm clock, then you are well rested.

We all need a good night sleep and be well rested. A well-rested body means your internal systems are working effectively. This is important to good health. Lack of sleep or a good rest is not only physically and mentally tiring during the day but could be a sign of heart disease, overweight problem or even stroke.

(Some people try to make up for the late nights by sleeping longer on weekends. This is a wrong strategy for sleep deprivation).

An alarm clock is one of the  telltale signs of your health. How?
An alarm clock is one of the telltale signs of your health. How? | Source

2. Your Urine Color

Keeping your body hydrated is part of being healthy. You should be drinking at least eight glasses of water a day. You need to drink more if you are working in the sun and sweating, or had been playing sports or doing a workout.

To know if you are hydrated, check your urine color.

The normal urine color of a well-hydrated person will be a pale yellow or straw yellow. Any other colors could be due to health issues, medications, drugs or supplements that you are taking. Hence, stop taking these medications, drugs or supplements for a few days to recheck your urine color.

A foamy urine could be due to eating too much protein, more than what your body can absorb. If you have this on a regular basis, you should see a doctor as it can be an indication of gallbladder or kidney problems.

Cloudy urine or milky urine could be due to some foods that you had taken or simply balance of your semen that had remained in the urinary tract. If this problem persists, it could be urinary tract infection (normally with a burning urination), kidney or gallbladder problem.

Blood in the urine is serious enough for you to see your doctor immediately.

3. Your Bowel Movement

The quality as well as the quantity of what goes out of your digestive system is another telltale signs on the state of your health.

You are healthy if:

  • Your bowel movement is about the same time every day
  • Your stool is large, soft and easy to pass. It will also sink.

Check with your doctor if you have the following:

  • Irregular bowel movement or not going for a few days (could be lack of fiber, constipation, medication, lack of water, not having breakfast, etc.)
  • It floats and stinks! (could be from the unabsorbed fat)
  • Stool colors are either bright red (could be from your food or hemorrhoid), too dark (could be from your iron pill supplement or internal bleeding) or pale or gray color (could be due to pancreatic or digestive track problem)
  • Stool textures are hard & dry (could be from your medications, lack of water and fiber), look like small lumps (could be due to lack of fiber & water, high protein low carbohydrate diet) too liquid (could be from viral or bacterial infection or a sudden increase in fiber) and slim and slender shape, like a pencil (could be an indication of colon cancer)

Bowel movement, another tell tale signs
Bowel movement, another tell tale signs | Source

4. Your Nail Color & Texture

Signs of good health are when your nails have the smooth surface, pink in color and firm when touched.

If your nail shows the following telltale signs, then check with your doctor

  • dry and brittle that can split easily: thyroid problem
  • white nail: liver problem such as hepatitis
  • yellowish, thick and slow growing: lung problem
  • yellowish with a slight blush at the base: diabetes
  • half white & half pink: kidney problem
  • pale with a whitish nail bed: anemic with low in the red blood cell count
  • thin, concave and with raised ridges: lack of iron
  • rippling surface: arthritis

5. What Your Eyes Say of Your Health

Eyes and the eye area can tell a lot about your health. Below are telltale signs that might mean health problems:

  • If you see lumpy yellowish patches on your eyelid, it could be an indication of high cholesterol
  • Part of your eye that is white is slowly turning yellowish: symptom of jaundice
  • Brown spot on the eyelid could be a form of skin cancer
  • Eyes that appear to bulge could be an indication of an overactive thyroid.

Are you healthy? Your eyes can tell a lot about your health condition
Are you healthy? Your eyes can tell a lot about your health condition | Source

6. How Good Is Your Skin?

We tend to spend time and money taking care of our face. We put on moisturizer and sunblock but failed to observe the skin color, for signs of any health issues. Check the following if you have these:

  • Yellowish skin: signs of an underactive thyroid
  • A velvety patch near the neck or armpit could be an indication of diabetes.
  • If your hand or feet have a brown discoloration, could be an early sign of kidney problem

7. How Good Is Your Sense of Smell, another Telltale Sign

If you have problems with your sense of smell for items such as cinnamon, banana or even lemon, you are more likely to get Parkinson's disease (based on study by Annals of Neurology)

8. Are You Healthy? Check Your Tongue Color & Texture

Your tongue is also another indication of your health. So stick out your tongue now and check for the followings:

  • A thin white coating on your tongue is normal and healthy. However, a heavy coating could be fungus infection or over dosage of antibiotic or using too much of your favorite mouthwash
  • Pale color could be due to lack of hemoglobin
  • Bright red could be a lack of iron and vitamin B
  • Purple could either be high cholesterol or chronic bronchitis
  • If the texture shows raised red spots, it could be from drinking hot beverages, or lack of vitamin C
  • If you have a dry tongue, it could be due to stress.

9. Your Resting Heart Rate

For most adults, the normal resting heart rate should vary between 60-80 bpm (beats per minute). Lower resting heart rate means a stronger cardiovascular fitness. Athletes who are fitter will have about 40 bpm or lower. For tabulation of resting heart rate for men and women of various age groups, check website.

If your resting heart rate is higher than 80 bpm, then you should start doing your cardio workout such as jogging, rope skipping, cycling, dancing, etc. to make your heart stronger.

Heart Rate Back to Normal

How long will it take your heart rate to go back to normal, after a strenuous workout or a cardio session? If it takes five minutes or less, then you are in good shape.

10. Are You Healthy? Check Your Body Mass Index BMI

Ideally, you should be within 10 pounds of your ideal body weight. Your ideal weight is measured by the Body Mass Index (BMI) which is based on height and weight. It also varies according to your age and gender. To check your BMI, go to the National Heart Lung & Blood Institute website.

In addition, you should also test your body-fat percentage. For male under 40, you should be between 8-19%. If you are above 40, then it should be in the range of 11-22%.

For female under 40, it should be 21-33%. If you are above 40, then it should be 23-35%.

If you are below these ranges, then you are under-fat, and if above the range, you are overweight.

Using both the BMI and Body-Fat data will give you a better indication of your health state.

To boost your immune system, read this article Five Great Immune-Boosting Superfoods:

How Can You be Healthy

If you follow the above tips, it is a step closer to keeping yourself fit and healthy.

Staying healthy is about taking care of your body, eating all the healthy foods, and staying fit!

If you don't know how then read this book on Ayurvedic Home Remedies. It will at least gives you a headstart.

So start your new you, today!

© 2012 Mazlan


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      Mazlan 7 months ago from Malaysia

      Hi, GalaxyRat, thanks. By the way, I like what you wrote on your profile page!

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      GalaxyRat 7 months ago from The Crazy Rat Lady's House

      Thanks! Bookmarked for future reference!

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      Mazlan 8 months ago from Malaysia

      Anita, thanks for dropping by and commenting. Waking up in the morning without the alarm clock is a good sign of whether you had a good night sleep and if you are in good health. I use this as my own 'health thermometer'!

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      Anita Hasch 9 months ago from Port Elizabeth

      Thanks for sharing. This was a very interesting and informative hub.

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      Mazlan 18 months ago from Malaysia

      Hi, Jo Lim. Thanks for dropping by and commenting.

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      Jo Lim 18 months ago

      Interesting and useful article. Thanks for sharing.

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      Mazlan 2 years ago from Malaysia

      Thanks for the vote and the visit kiwinana.

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      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      This is one of the best articles I have read for checking your health, giving clear signs if something is going wrong with your body.

      Voted up, thanks for sharing.

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      quinton 2 years ago

      Wow I am alwasys health conscious and sometimes even paranoid about it but because of this site I went from thinking im really unhealthy to proud of how good shape I am in id recommend this site to my friends ro have a quick eval or check up thanks random site!

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      emmie51 2 years ago

      Rest, water, eatting healthy, and staying fit is the best anyone can do. I agree with this article, it is best to know beforehand you have an illness especially when is something so treatable from the beginning.:-)

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      Mazlan 3 years ago from Malaysia

      Hi ubrish. Thanks for dropping by and commenting. Yes, you are right. Color of our nails and eyes will show our health condition.

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      ubrish ali 3 years ago from Pakistan(Asia)

      Color of our nails and eyes tells the story of our health

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      Mazlan 5 years ago from Malaysia

      roxanne459, thanks for dropping by and thanks for your comment.

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      Mazlan 5 years ago from Malaysia

      Hi amberld. You are right, we have to be careful of our health as we get older. So looking at all these signs are important. Thanks for dropping by.

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      Amber Dahnke 5 years ago from New Glarus, WI

      thank you for the great information! I will pay a little more attention to this stuff now that I am over 40. voted up!

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      Roxanne Lewis 5 years ago from Washington

      So interesting! Thank you! ;)

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      Mazlan 5 years ago from Malaysia

      Hi rosieannemayers, thanks for dropping by. It's good that you are monitoring your health by checking your urine color on a regular basis. I monitor both my urine and bowel movement daily, just to make sure my body is doing OK.

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      Mazlan 5 years ago from Malaysia

      aslaught, having high cholesterol can lead to serious problems later. Try drinking vinegar (apple cider vinegar or dates or pomegranate vinegar (you can check my hubs on these)first thing in the morning and last thing at night. Doing exercise is also important,to bring down the cholesterol level.

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      Mazlan 5 years ago from Malaysia

      Hi Natashalh, thanks for the compliment and your votes.

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      rosieannemayers 5 years ago

      I love this. I liked that it contained a lot of useful information. A friend of mine (who also happened to be a doctor) actually taught me to check my urine color regularly to make sure my UTI doesn't come back. She said that it should be light yellow or colorless. If it's dark yellow, red or brown, that means I'll need to visit my GP.

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      aslaught 5 years ago from Alabama

      Interesting. I have the lumps on my eyelids and I have been diagnosed with high chloestrol, so that is absolutely right on. I even asked my dermatologist about the lumps and he confirmed that.

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      Natasha 5 years ago from Hawaii

      What a great collection of easy to read, yet useful information! Voted up and useful.