If You Test Positive on any of These 10 Home Tests, Consult Your Physician Immediately!
Unfortunately, when people don’t recognize symptoms of certain conditions and diseases, their health problem remain untreated for a longer period of time which may cause further complications. Therefore, we’ve prepared several useful methods that will help you read your body.
At-Home Health Tests
Count the taste buds to test your risk of cancer
Put a bit of blue food coloring on a pad and swab it onto the tongue. With the help of a magnifying glass, count the blue dots near the front part of the tongue. If there are more than 20, your sense for taste is superior; however, this may not be too good. Namely, this ‘supertasting’ may have to do with an increased risk of specific types of cancer. Veggies like cabbage, broccoli, and sprouts have bitter compounds that protect against cancer. For a ‘supertaster’, they may taste too intense. So, to neutralize the taste, eat bitters with potatoes or rice.
Squeeze the legs to test your intake of salt
Press firmly down in 3 to 4 places up and down the legs with your thumb. If the areas remain white for several seconds after you’ve removed the thumb, you might suffer from fluid retention, especially if your ankles and knees look puffy. To solve this problem, lower the intake of salt and processed foods. This may flush out the sodium and lower the retention.
Push the fingers to test the levels of iron
Hold out the hand, palm up, and push the fingers back. The palm will be pale and if the deep lines on the hand are white as well, you may suffer from anemia caused by lack of iron in your diet. To confirm this, you need to do a blood test. To treat iron deficiency, increase the intake of red meat and green leafy veggies.
Test your nutrient absorption by trying to burp
Add a tbsp of baking soda to a glass of water, stir the mixture, and drink it. If you burp right away, it means that everything’s okay. If you don’t, it means that your acid levels are low and you won’t be able to fully absorb nutrients from the food you eat, which may result in mineral deficiencies.
To test your vision, read a license plate
If you can read the number of a license plate from 20 full strides away, then everything is good with your vision. However, not being able to discern the numbers or blurriness may mean that you need to consult an eye doctor for further tests.
Test your levels of cholesterol by looking under the eyes
If you have flat yellow bumps on the skin above and below the eyes, you may have an increased level of cholesterol. Consult your physician for tests to determine if this is the case or not.
Test for food intolerance by checking your pulse
If you think that you bloat when you eat certain foods because of food intolerance, you need to measure your pulse and then eat a portion of the food you think is causing the problem and then measure the pulse once more. If it’s more than 10 beats per minute, you’re probably intolerant to that food. Avoid doing this if you think you’re allergic to certain foods because allergies need to be diagnosed by a professional.
Test the lungs by blowing out a candle
Light a candle and stand 30 cm away from it. Open the mouth and breathe out sharply and fully. If the candle didn’t go out, you may suffer from asthma or night-time coughing. However, if you experience no other symptoms of these two conditions, but the candle didn’t go out anyway, your lungs may not be as elastic as they should. To improve this, you need to be more physically active.
Test for Candida with the help of your spit
When you wake up, spit in a glass of water. After half an hour, if the spit has white tendrils growing from it or if it has gone gray, you may have Candida overgrowth. This could be a result of a poor immunity or digestive issues as well as allergies and fatigue. Consult your physician for further tests.
Test the strength of your pelvic floor by clenching the muscles
Sit and clench the pelvic floor muscles (the ones you use to stop yourself from peeing) for 10 seconds and then release and clench them again until you can’t anymore. If you cannot make more than 10 clenches, it means that your pelvic floor is weak which increases the chance of stress incontinence and sexual issues. To strengthen them, tighten the buttock and the draw up the pelvic floor muscles until your belly starts hollowing inwards. Hold for 6 seconds and then release them. Do this 6 times per day. Consult your physician if the problem persists.