If you’re experiencing a severe health issue, by all means please don’t try to diagnose yourself. Make an appointment with your doctor to get a reliable answer to what's going on. But there are also some smaller signs and symptoms that something might be wrong. Maybe you’re always thirsty, for example, or you have patches of itchy, dry skin. If you know what may be causing these symptoms, you can make lifestyle changes to prevent them before they worsen.
Here’s the thing: Your body is really smart. The little nagging discomforts you feel are often your body's way of communicating with you. But often, we miss these warnings completely. In some cases, a minor symptom could point you toward a simple lifestyle change or alteration to your diet that could help you feel better.
Some nutrient deficiencies, for example, can become apparent with certain symptoms — if you have the tools to recognize them. You might consider adding certain nutrients into your diet in greater quantities or taking a vitamin. Learning what these physical messages mean is one of the many things you can do to improve your health and quality of life. Here are 20 of the most common symptoms and what they mean.