Listen to Your Body in the Morning

Your body can give warning signs of chronic disease.  (Image: via  pixabay  /  CC0 1.0)
Your body can give warning signs of chronic disease. (Image: via pixabay / CC0 1.0)

Chronic diseases, such as diabetes, arthritis, and high blood pressure, are easier to treat when diagnosed early. It’s important to know the warning signs and to act on them. Your body will send out signals within 10 minutes of getting up, so spend some time every morning listening to your body. Take action if you have any of these symptoms.

1. Waking up hungry and nervous

You may wake up around 4-5 in the morning feeling hungry, weak, and nervous. There may be some improvement after eating, but be careful, as this can be a warning concerning your blood sugar level. Get checked for diabetes if the condition persists.

In the early stage of diabetes, consuming legumes and beans can improve symptoms because their fibrous content helps control blood lipids, and the oligosaccharides they contain can modulate gut flora, indirectly improving blood sugar and lipid levels.


The fiber in legumes and beans can help control blood lipids (Image: via pixabay / CC0 1.0)

The fiber in legumes and beans can help control blood lipids. (Image: via pixabay / CC0 1.0)


2. Numbness in hands and feet

Diabetics and people suffering from strokes may have this condition in the morning. If it continues or the frequency increases, seek consultation.

3. Sweating

According to traditional Chinese medical science, people waking up sweating are lacking in yang energy. They are prone to the flu and colds, and need to strengthen their immune system.

Foods such as yams and eggs should be consumed more often. During winter time, mutton and longan fruit are especially nourishing.

Traditional Chinese medicine recommends longan fruit to increase yang energy (Image: via pixabay / CC0 1.0)

Traditional Chinese medicine recommends longan fruit to increase yang energy. (Image: via pixabay / CC0 1.0)

4. Dizziness or headache

You should wake up feeling refreshed and full of energy after a good night’s sleep. If you’re waking up feeling dizzy or with an aching head and the symptoms have been going on for a long period of time, you may be developing high cholesterol and clogged arteries.

People with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and high blood sugar can include arrowroot in their daily diet by eating it in soup or congee. It helps relax blood vessels.

5. Swelling

Swelling in different places indicates different problems. As metabolism slows down with age, middle-aged and elderly people should limit the amount of water they drink prior to sleep.

Swelling around the eye area can indicate heart problems. It is unusual to see swelling in the upper and lower eyelids. If you find them swollen in the morning and they stay that way even after you have been up for some time, it may point to heart trouble.

Swelling all over can indicate kidney problems. If your whole body is swollen in the morning and the symptom persists, get checked out for kidney disease.

6. Joints feel stiff

We often ignore this warning because as we move about, our joints seem to loosen and the discomfort is soothed. In fact, it can be a warning sign of arthritis. In the early stages of the disease, mild exercise or the use of a heating pad can help loosen the joints.

Health is determined by a number of factors, including your genetics, your environment, your diet, and your emotional state. To live a long and healthy life, you need to look at these things comprehensively, and make improvements where you can.

1. A sensible diet is the foundation

We all need to eat, but only a sensible, balanced, and moderate diet can ensure good health. Pay attention to hygiene when purchasing and handling food, and drink only the minimal amount of alcohol.


A balanced and moderate diet is the foundation for a healthy life (Image: via pixabay / CC0 1.0)

A balanced and moderate diet is the foundation for a healthy life. (Image: via pixabay / CC0 1.0)

2. Adequate sleep is the best medicine

Having enough sleep is vital to well-being. Sleep quality is directly related to how well the immune system functions. The amount of sleep needed varies from person to person. You know you’re getting enough if you wake up feeling rested and refreshed.


Having enough sleep is vital to well-being (Image: via pixabay / CC0 1.0)

Having enough sleep is vital to well-being. (Image: via pixabay / CC0 1.0)

3. Exercise for no less than 30 minutes a day

Moderate exercise boosts your immune system, enhancing your body’s ability to resist pathogens. It is an important habit to develop and maintain for long-term health.


Exercise regularly (Image: via pixabay / CC0 1.0)

Exercise regularly. (Image: via pixabay / CC0 1.0)

4. Smile often

Optimism can improve immunity, strengthen the cardiovascular system, and help people overcome disease. On the other hand, people who are not good at dealing with setbacks in life are easily overwhelmed. This can lead to nervous debility, mental exhaustion, peptic ulcer disease, and make people more prone to strokes, cancer, and other diseases.

Smile often (Image: via pixabay / CC0 1.0)

Smile often. (Image: via pixabay / CC0 1.0)

5. Lead a regular life

Modern, fast-paced life and colorful nightlife upset your internal biological clock. This results in insomnia, irritability, drowsiness, anxiety, and so on. The mechanisms of your body suffer in the long run, resulting in illnesses and diseases. To avoid the avoidable, lead a regular life and be healthy.

Translated by Cecilia, edited by Mikel Davis

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