As our access to medical information grows thanks to search engines like Google, we all fancy ourselves budding health experts. In reality, this access is turning us into a nation of hypochondriacs. There are few among us who don’t have a secret belief that we have a serious health problem. Why? Because search engines often give you the worst case scenario. It makes sense that the worst scenario should be the first to crop up, and in many ways it’s important. A doctor will always test for a big problem before they rule out smaller ones.
They’re just more subtle about it! We’re going to take a look at the most common health complaints, and show you that there may be a simpler explanation than you think.
ACHES AND PAINS
We all get aches and pains now and again. Instead of deciding that this a sign of a life-threatening illness, take a step back. It may surprise you to find that aches and pains are often caused by dehydration and a lack of physical activity. With dehydration, the solution is simple. A surprising amount of doctor’s visits are because people aren’t drinking enough. Few of us realize how much of an effect dehydration can have on the body. If you feel achy, lethargic, and even depressed, dehydration may be the cause. The good news is, it’s an easy problem to fix. Get into the habit of drinking more. It may even be worth finding a way to filter the water for your whole house. That way, you can get a drink from the tap at any time, and ensure it’s as pure as possible.
If a lack of exercise is your problem, the solution is as simple as moving more. None of us relish the idea of working out, but it’ll make all the difference. Exercise can improve your mood by releasing endorphins. Not to mention that it will loosen those stiff joints.
Lethargy is another problem many of us complain of. Most times, a doctor will do a blood test to ensure you don’t lack in anything important. For the most part, though, those blood tests come back normal. In truth, most of us are lethargic because we’re stressed, or not sleeping enough. Getting enough sleep at night will make a huge difference to how tired you feel through the day. Make sure you get a good night’s sleep by removing distractions. It’ll also help to allow yourself time to unwind before bed. If the problem persists, it may be worth investing in a new mattress. Being uncomfortable at night can cause significant disruption to our sleep pattern. Plus, a comfortable night’s sleep is sure to help out with your aches and pains!
If that doesn’t solve things, it might be that something is waking you up without your realizing it. Breathing problems during sleep can cause major disruption, and we often don’t even notice it. Invest in some nasal strips and see if they make a difference.