These 7 Easy Tests Will Tell You If You Are In Good Health
While there may be several people who consider a doctor’s chamber or a hospital a second home, there are many others who are concerned about their health. The big question is, how do you determine if you are in good health or not? Well, the answer lies in reading this article and following these few simple tests to check your health and the condition of your body.
1 Eyes Test
First, stop what you are doing!! Stand up, take five steps back from your PC or laptop monitor and close one eye. Now take a close look at the circle above. Do any of the lines appear darker than the others? If yes! It’s time to visit an optician as you may have developed astigmatism. (A refractive error in the eye where light is not focused evenly on the retina resulting in blurred vision at distances.
2 Flexibility Test
Sit on the floor, place both legs together and stretch them out in front of you. Now attempt to touch your toes with your fingers in the same way as the image. If you can do this easily, your body is still flexible and in good shape. If you experienced difficulty in doing it, then it’s time to start exercising to increase flexibility and prevent deterioration of joints. Join a yoga or Pilate’s class. Better still, try swimming.
3 The heart
Among test to check your health, taking your pulse is important now and then. Calm yourself down by taking a few deep breaths. Remain like that for five minutes. Now check your pulse by placing two fingers or your thumb lightly on the edge of your inner wrist, one or two inches below the base of your thumb. Measure your pulse beats per minute. A healthy pulse beat is 60-100 beats per minute. More or less means you may be having pressure problems. However, do not make an assumption or diagnosis but see a doctor.
4 Fingers Test
Take a glass and pour ice cold water into it. Now dip your fingers into the water and allow it to remain for 30 seconds. If the tips of your fingers turn white or blue, you may be experiencing blood circulation problems. A sudden drop in temperature contracts blood vessels which supply blood to your fingers and toes, ears and nose. These parts of the body do not possess the right amount of blood which is why they get numb. Avoid any sudden changes in temperature. Those who do have circulation problems, please do not try this to see if you are getting better, your doctor is the best guy for that.
5 The respiratory system
Hold a lighted match in front of you. Inhale deeply from your nose and then exhale from your mouth. While exhaling attempt to extinguish the flame. How many times did you try before it went out? If you made several attempts. Then you have a weak respiratory system caused most probably by smoking, no exercise or respiratory illness.
6 Fluid retention
Place the ball of any foot on the floor or in a position where you can observe closely. Now press down on the upper side of your foot with your thumb. If the indent made remains for a long time, there is a possibility of your body having problems of fluid retention. Reduce your salt intake and avoid processed foods high in sodium.
7 The thyroid
Stretch out your arms in front of you and close your eyes. Now spread all your fingers out and ask someone to place a thin piece of paper on top of your fingers. If the paper and your fingers start to tremble, it’s time to see an endocrinologist as you could be having thyroid issues.
All of these tests to check your health are just an indication of the risk or the possibility of an illness and should not be treated as a diagnosis. But! As prevention is better than cure, if you did experience any of the symptoms, a visit to the doctor for a detailed examination is advisable.