When it comes to health, the body always sends us signs that something is off balance long before a serious condition appears. Is a nagging cough “just” a cough, a persistent headache something to be concerned about? Sometimes, a symptom in one part of the body may be a sign of a problem in another part of the body. Being able to notice early signs and address them early can significantly improve overall quality of life.
Here are 20 signs of poor health that are red flags and could indicate a serious health condition…
Craving ice cubes or ice cream? It could be that the body is low in iron. Doctors call it “pica.” It’s when the body starts craving things that have no nutritional value like ice, clay, soil, or paper. Specifically, chewing ice is associated with iron deficiency anemia.
There are no clear studies that show the reasons, but one study indicates that the alertness in people with an iron deficiency declines when they chew ice. There are other problems associated with pica like those with emotional problems such as stress and obsessive-compulsive disorder.