Self Checks You Should Be Doing Every Day
By Genevieve Cunningham
When it comes to your health and well-being, you’re ultimately responsible for yourself. Yes, doctors and fitness professionals can certainly help you along the way, but it’s up to you to protect yourself and make changes when necessary. But of course, that’s often a lot easier said than done. Unless something is wrong, it’s tough to know what to do and what to keep an eye on. To help you along your own healthy journey, take a look at these simple self-checks to do every single day.
Take a Good Look at Your Eyes
Eyes are more than windows to the soul; they’re also windows to your health. Pick an optimal time of day and take a good, hard look at your eyes. Don’t choose a time when you’re overly tired or stressed, and do your best to pick roughly the same time every day. So what are you looking for? Notice the color. Are the whites of your eyes still white? If they have either a red or yellow tint, it could mean that something in your health is amiss. If you notice problems with your eyes for multiple days in a row, get with your doctor for a quick check-up.
Check the Toilet Water
OK, it might sound gross, but it can save your health. What are you looking at specifically? Just do a quick check of the color of your urine. Dark urine indicates possible infection or dehydration. A red or orange color may indicate blood, which would need an examination by a doctor. It’s an extremely simple test, and even though the thought is unappealing, a one-second glance might very well save your health before a bigger problem arises.
Step on the Scale
No one wants to obsess over weight, and this is not suggesting that you do. But stepping on the scale just once a day can help you avoid serious weight gain. Remember that a little bit of fluctuation is completely normal, so don’t panic if you’re heavier one day than the previous (be sure to weigh yourself at the same time). Just keep an eye on the scale, and make note of any significant changes that seem to stick around. It’s a lot easier to lose five extra pounds than it is to lose 100. Don’t let it get out of control; instead, learn to use the scale as a healthy asset rather than an enemy.
Keeping your health in check definitely takes some effort and thought on your part. But with just a few precautions and self care tips, you can make it a lot easier on yourself. Use these tips to make your health a priority and manage your wellness now, tomorrow, and long into the future.
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.