A lot of people neglect themselves when it comes to checking the symptoms the body is sending. In this article you will find tests that you can do at home so you can read your body and see whether you have any issues you want to discuss with your doctor.
10 Useful At-Home Health Tests
- Count Your Taste Buds, Test Your Cancer Risk
Put a little bit of food colouring on a pad and use it to swab it on your tongue. Then, take a magnifying mirror and see how many blue dots you have on the front of the tongue. Your sense of taste is excellent in case you have more than 20 blue dots.
This test can be used to see whether you have an increased risk of certain cancer types. Vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli, or sprouts have anti-cancer compounds, but have an intense taste. Therefore, you can eat them together with rice or potatoes if you want to neutralize the strong taste.
- Squeeze Your Legs, Test Your Salt Intake
Press down few places on your legs with the thumb and see whether the areas stay white after you lift the thumb away. If this happens it means that you have fluid retention, and you should remove any processed foods from your diet and limit the salt intake. Also, stay hydrated so you can eliminate the excess sodium through the urine.
- Push Your Fingers, Test Your Iron Levels
You should hold out your hand with the palm up, while pushing the fingers back. If the deep lines on the hand go white along with the pale you might lack iron in your blood. Make a blood test to confirm this, and if this is the case you should eat more leafy greens and red meat.
- Try to Burp, Test Your Nutrient Absorption
Put one tablespoon of baking soda in one glass of water and stir. Drink the mixture and notice whether you will burp right away. If you do that it means that everything is OK because when you add an alkaline compound into an environment that is acidic you actually create gas. So, if you don’t burp, you might have very low acidic levels and your body can’t absorb every nutrient you digest.
- Read a License Plate, Test Your Vision
You should distance yourself around 20 strides from a car and then try to read the licence plate. If you see everything clearly, you are good. But, if you see it blurry, it means that you don’t see well enough and you shouldn’t drive without any glasses or contacts.
- Look Under Your Eyes, Test Your Cholesterol Levels
Look at the skin above and below your eyes. If you notice any yellow bumps around the eyes it means that you have high cholesterol levels. Visit your doctor so you can be sure whether this is the case.
- Check Your Pulse, Test for a Food Intolerance
If you have ever doubt whether you have been bloated due to a food intolerance you should sit down, take your pulse, and eat the food you suspect that might be causing the intolerance. Check your pulse again and if it has increased it means that you are probably intolerant to that food.
- Blow Out a Candle, Test Your Lungs
Position yourself around 30cm away from a candle and breathe out fully. If the candle is still lit, it can mean that you have asthma. If you don’t have any additional symptoms such as night-time coughing you should be more fit to improve the function of your lungs.
- Spit in the Morning, Test for Candida
Take a glass of water in the morning after you wake up and spit in it. If your spit turns grey, it means that you probably have candida. Candida is mostly caused by weak immunity, or digestive issues, and can be often linked with allergies and fatigue.
- Clench Your Muscles, Test Your Pelvic Floor Strength
Take a sit and clench the muscles on the pelvic floor. Release the muscles and repeat once again. If you do less than 10 clenches, it means that you have a weak pelvic floor, which increases the risks of stress incontinence and other sexual issues.
You should tighten the buttocks and draw your muscles until the tummy hollows inside. Stay in that position for few seconds and release. Do that five times per day.