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Are you healthy? We mean really healthy. Sure you might workout, eat whole foods and limit the amount of drinks you have each and every week, but sometimes being healthy can be a little more complicated than that.

Just because you happen to be at a reasonable body weight (or maybe you’ve even dropped a few pounds thanks to all of your hard, post New Year’s work) doesn’t mean you’re necessarily the epitome of good health. When it comes to your body, there are numerous signs that could paint a very different picture.

Funky nails

Some of us have stronger nails than others; that’s just a fact of life. But sometimes, it’s important to look at the shape and colour of your nails to get a better idea of what’s going on internally. Yellow nails could indicate psoriasis, while white, horizontal bands across nail beds can sometimes be an early sign of kidney disease. Seeing horizontal grooves? Perhaps that’s your body’s way of dealing with some of the stress you’ve been under lately.

You’ve got a permanent “food baby”

We all have different body shapes, that’s for sure. But some may be healthier than others… at least when it comes to our midsections. People who carry more weight on their waist and belly (as opposed to their hips and thighs) are at a higher risk of heart disease. Meanwhile, if you find yourself feeling constantly bloated after meals, it could be an indication of a food intolerance or sensitivity. Try keeping a food journal to determine potential culprits — it’ll make your dietitian’s job a thousand times easier.

Cracked lips

In the colder Canadian months, sometimes cracked lips are simply a result of the dry air and cold weather. But if you find that Chapstick isn’t helping and your lips continue to crack — especially at the corners of your mouth, you may be at risk for anemia. Check your vitamin B12 intake and make sure you’re getting enough from sources like red meats, fortified cereals, fatty fish or even nutritional yeast.

Red palms

We all get itchy palms once in a while, but if you find they’re a bit redder than usual, it could be an indication that something else is going on. Pregnant women may get them thanks to hormonal changes, but red palms can also be a sign of wonky thyroid levels, diabetes or liver problems. If you have them, it’s a good idea to check in with your doctor.

You’re always tired

If you clock enough hours of sleep every night, but you still find yourself always feeling fatigued, your body may be trying to tell you something. Perhaps it’s time to get your thyroid levels checked, or maybe you’ve been under a lot of stress lately. Sometimes if your body’s fighting off a ton of stress, it can throw itself into overdrive trying to protect you from infections and other illnesses. Unfortunately, chronic fatigue is often an early sign before something more serious manifests, so definitely don’t ignore it.

You’ve got a lot of anxiety

We all deal with anxiety at one point or another. With so much going on these days, it’s a natural way to handle many of the things life throws at us. But if you find yourself overly anxious and have a hard time pinpointing the exact cause, it may be time to speak with your doctor. Sometimes hormonal imbalances, your thyroid or even adrenal tumors can be the cause.

Acne

#AdultAcne is a very real and awful thing. Most of us experience breakouts every now and again, and while it’s kind of the worst thing ever when it happens, we eventually move on with our lives. But if you find that you’ve been breaking out a touch more than usual, your body could be sending you mini pimple-sized warnings. After all, your skin is your body’s largest organ. So consistent breakouts could be a warning that you’ve got an allergy or your nervous system is working in overdrive. It could be time to take a look at your diet, chug back some water and try to relax.

Bad breath

Don’t let those gum commercials fool you – bad breath isn’t just unsexy; it could be an indicator that something else is wrong. If you find that your breath isn’t as fresh as it used to be or you have a permanent bad taste in your mouth, try and remember the last time you were at the dentist. When bacteria and plaque build up on your teeth, toxins form and can lead to other problems, including gum disease.

Low sex drive

There are so, so many reasons why your libido just isn’t what it used to be. But if you find that you’re still connecting with your partner, you haven’t been under any extra stress lately and medically, you haven’t had any major changes or surgeries, perhaps your low libido is a sign of something else. You hormones may be all out of whack, or perhaps it’s your body’s way of warning you against a larger medical issue, like arthritis, cancer or high blood pressure.

The bottom line? If something feels off it’s always better to get it checked out by your doctor than to shrug it off and wait it out — your body may thank you in the long run.