Symptoms

Here’s Why Some Women Get Depressed Before Their Periods

Another reason periods are the actual worst.

August 29, 2016

4 Surprising Reasons Why Your Allergies Are Officially Out Of Control

Grab some tissues and the antihistamines, pronto! 

July 12, 2016

I Convinced Myself I Wasn’t Sick. Till I Wound Up In A Psych Ward.

Life was good. I believed nothing could go wrong. Then something went wrong.

May 11, 2016

This Is Why You’re Always So Tired

And your busy lifestyle isn’t to blame.

April 19, 2016

What I Wish My Doctor Knew About Having An Invisible Illness

There’s no such thing as an easy cure.

April 15, 2016

Are You Just A Worrier, Or Do You Have An Anxiety Disorder?

When worrying is a sign of something serious.

February 23, 2016

7 Signs You Have A Hormone Imbalance

Sometimes our hormones can get the better or us, and we’re not just talking about that time of the month. Did you know that low energy, increased fatigue and even unusual cravings can all stem from a hormone imbalance?

RELATED: How To Naturally Balance Your Hormones

If you are feeling under the weather without warning, your general practitioner will run a quick and easy test to determine the state of your hormones. In the meantime, watch out for these common signs:

Fatigue

Feeling unusually tired even after a good nights sleep? This could be more than just a lazy day, especially if your body and mind feel like they’re working over-drive.

Mood swings

While we all suffer from mood swings every once in a while, watch out for those which never seem to pass. If you do feel like they’re getting out of control, run yourself a warm bath and try to relax with some aromatherapy candles.

Insomnia

Trouble sleeping at night could have more to do with your hormones, rather than your mind. While it might feel impossible trying to get to sleep, a warm cup of chamomile tea will help to keep your body relaxed – try it!

Weight gain

A little extra weight gain can be a symptom of many other disorders such as an over-active thyroid, so make sure to document any odd weight patterns.

Acne

Watch out for those spots around your mouth, chin and just under the nose since they are usually a sign of your hormones acting up. Drinking more water and avoiding sugary foods is the best way to regulate your entire system from the inside out.

Joint pain

Although joint pain is also a major sign of an impending cold or flu, it is also one of the main symptoms of a hormone imbalance. Make sure to take it easy, and try to relax as much as you can.

PMS

Even though we all suffer from PMS in our own way, it is important to document any major shifts from the previous month. Cysts are easy enough to find with a simple ultrasound and could be the source of your pain.

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April 17, 2015

5 Signs You Might Have A Vitamin D Deficiency

How do you know if you are suffering from a vitamin deficiency? Many of the initial symptoms can often be misunderstood and swept under the rug, especially since they are so similar to those of a common cold.

If you have had a vitamin deficiency in the past, look out for these signs which could get progressively worse without seeing your general practitioner. A simple blood test will determine if you do have a deficiency (most commonly vitamin D and vitamin B12).

RELATED: Can You Take Too Many Vitamins?

High blood pressure

Not only does regular Vitamin D (in both food and sun) help to keep your mind healthy and happy, but it controls your blood pressure as well. Getting some sun on a daily basis can do a world of good for your overall wellbeing and will relax your entire body.

Chronic pain

Headaches, migraines and even pain in your arms and legs are all symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency. Make sure to document them if they turn severe or get out of hand, and see your doctor.

Depression

Did you know that women who have a Vitamin D deficiency are more likely to suffer from depression than men?

Don’t withdraw or keep to yourself and make sure to tell someone about the severity of the pain you are suffering from. A burden is always lightened with the support of a friend or family member.

Irritability

Sometimes misconstrued for simple PMS, but it can also be linked to a Vitamin D deficiency. If you don’t get enough serotonin it can certainly impact your mood and is also linked to depression.

Sleepiness

Ever find yourself feeling tired and lethargic even after a good nights sleep? If your levels of vitamin D are relatively low, it can make you feel sleepy during the day, which is especially difficult if your job is being compromised by your energy levels.

Sources of Vitamin D

  • Mushrooms
  • Salmon
  • Milk
  • Whole grains
  • Eggs
  • Ricotta

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April 14, 2015

5 Signs You Might Have A Thyroid Problem

Thyroid-related diseases have become way too common in our society, but are often left undiagnosed for months or even years.

To quickly treat the early stages of this multifaceted disease, it’s important to listen to your body, and regularly report any signs to your general practitioner. Below we have compiled a list of just five common signs that you might be suffering from a thyroid related illness.

RELATED: Simple Ways To Stay Healthy in 2015

Enlarged neck

One of the most common ways to identify if you have a thyroid problem is through an enlarged, or swollen neck. The glands are often one of the first signs that your thyroid is in turmoil, and can even expand to the size of a goiter or enlarged gland. Your doctor can easily examine the area, and run a few non-invasive tests on your next check-up.

Hair loss

Increased hair loss is another huge sign that your body could be suffering from an overactive thyroid. We’re not just talking a few stray hairs after the shower, this is mostly hair which falls out in thick patches, but also constantly feels very dry and brittle.

Family history

If you have an extensive family history of thyroid disease, it’s important to regularly follow the signs, and get yourself checked out. It can also be accompanied by swollen glands and tonsillitis which are very much misdiagnosed.

Weight gain

Many people suffering from a thyroid related illness usually find themselves gaining much more weight than usual. Even sticking to a low-calorie or sugarless diet won’t help if you’re suffering from a hyper thyroid. The correct diagnosis will not only give you peace of mind, but help your body to lose the extra weight through other means.

Fatigue

Sometimes feeling absolutely exhausted after an extensive amount of sleep can be more than just usual fatigue. This is a common symptom of hyperthyroidism which can make you feel like a walking zombie.

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February 16, 2015