Our health and wellness may wax and wane through the cycles of life, but don't let a focus on yourself rest on the back burner for too long.
Today's post highlights 3 signs that you may want to prioritize checking up on your health and wellness and ensure you're taking proper care of yourself. While these signs may be inconspicuous and turn out to be "nothing", they may be indicators of something else going on OR they may be problems that are best addressed earlier than later, before they develop into something more serious.
bleeding gums or tooth pain
Believe it or not, poor oral health may be a sign of poor overall health in your body. Bleeding gums from gum disease serve as an entry point for bacteria that can lead to inflammation throughout your body, including heart disease. Scientists have found links between oral health and risk of cancer and pregnancy outcomes, too. Not to mention, mouth pain and tooth loss impacts your ability to eat the foods you want, maintain healthy nutrition, and your quality of life as a whole.
Invest in an electric toothbrush and floss daily (with floss or a water flosser). Ask your dentist about over-the-counter products like enamel-restoring toothpaste and mouthwash. If dental care is expensive for you, ask your dentist if they have payment plans or take alternative insurance.
sore or aching back
You may think that a sore back may be a normal part of getting older...but it could be something else. Visit a chiropractor near you to assess your flexibility and movement, determine if you would benefit from regular adjustments, and learn about stretches and exercises that can help you restore good posture and stay healthy for years to come.
more fatigued or anxious than usual
Having anxiety at certain stressful points in your life is a usual aspect of life, in some respects, just as being fatigued after working more than usual, after a strenuous workout, or after traveling is normal. However, if you reflect back on the last few weeks or months, ask yourself if you have been anxious more often than usual. Ask yourself if it's harder to fall asleep or wake up in the morning, or if you find yourself lagging behind on family walks.
If you think you are more anxious or fatigued then normal, talk to your doctor or a mental health professional to help find out how you can help yourself feel better.
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