9 simple test to check your health at home

9 simple test to check your health at home

If something bothers you about health but is not sure if you need a doctor, there is another possibility. Do any of the described tests at home and you will find out how are your cross, eyes, arteries or digestion.

Your back is strong if you dance limbo

Back pain is like an epidemic, especially when working at a desk. In half of the cases may have arthritis, explains the spinal surgeon Mushtak Ashak at Birmingham. The joints that are located on both sides of the spine, connect the individual vertebrae. If you have a disease in the lower back, the tissue which connects joints wears and a pain in the back appears.

To check if you have a problem stand up, then lean back from the waist as you can, as if playing limbo dance. If you have a problem, this movement will strengthen the friction between the bones and you will feel pain. You may need to clarify the diagnosis by a scanner, then the doctor will prescribe steroid injections and physical therapy to reduce inflammation.

Check digestion with corn

Delayed digestion may be associated with various health problems – the syndrome of the nervous stomach, gastroenteritis or, very rarely, a tumor formations. Eat some sweet corn, and then measure the time of eating until you will throw away the scales in the toilet. Time to digest from 24 to 48 hours is considered as normal. After three days is believed that the process is too slow. If you throw out the corn from your body in less than 24 hours you have nothing to worry about.

The lungs can be tested by climbing stairs

The simplest way to check how your lungs work is to walk quickly for two minutes while talking. You can talk on the mobile phone while climbing stairs. If your breathing gets faster and you feel discomfort you should go to your doctor. It is disturbing if you hear a whistling sound.

A sheet of paper for testing the thyroid hormones

Thyroid diseases are common – it may come to excessive secretion of its hormones or for reduced production of them. Trembling hands are often a sign of a hyperactive thyroid and this is especially true for women between 20 and 40 years of age. If the gland produces too much of the hormone thyroxine, the pulse accelerates, the muscles become tense, the person loses weight inexplicably, nervousness appears and you start to have sleep problems.

To check the thyroid hormone – stretch forth your hand with the palm down, on top of it put a sheet of paper with the medium size. If the paper is shaking visibly, this could mean that you have an overactive thyroid.

In the reverse process when the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroxine, metabolism and reflexes are slower. One way to check if you have this problem is to check the reflex of the ankle. Cross your legs. Stretch slowly above by watching the Achilles tendon, which is located just above the heel. Sharply hit it with a spoon. Ankle usually react instantly. However, if you have slower reflexes or your leg slowly returns to its original position, you may have an hypoactive thyroid.

Touch your nose to check your little brain

Problems with coordination may be a symptom of diseases such as multiple sclerosis or even a stroke. To do the test, sit against a friend and ask them to move fingers of your hand (so to reach) a few centimeters to the left, then right, back and forth. With each movement touch his finger and then your nose. If you have damage to the cerebellum won’t be able to grasp his finger.

High up your feet to check the arteries

Clogged arteries are a serious risk for the heart, but the rest of the body also suffers. Many people have peripheral artery disease, leading to an impaired blood supply. Whether you have suck a case you can check with the popular Berger test. Lie down on the bed and lift both legs at an angle of 45 degrees. Hold for 2 minutes. If any of your feet become very pale, this may be related to poor circulation. Then put down the legs on the bed. The blood rushes quickly into them. If there is a problem, you will have to wait longer. Instead of the normal pink color, your foot will become red.

Ticking clock tests your hearing

Over the years, your hearing weakens, but there may be other reasons than age. You can quickly check the status of your hearing by using a watch. Go to a quiet room. Plug one of your ears with a finger, keeping the watch in your other hand. Then gradually depart the watch. You have to hear it even at a distance. You can do the test in another way: ask a friend to whisper loudly. In this case, you should be able to hear the words from one step away.

Capture your moles for cancer check

Moles that we have by birth, should be monitored because of the risk of melanoma, which is the most dangerous skin cancer. The main sign of malignancy is if a mole starts to change its color and shape. It’s hard to remember how it looked a year ago, so you can take photos with a digital camera during a period. And put a ruler to them, and then upload the image to the computer as dated. Do it every 6 months. If there is a difference in the pictures, you will notice her.

The door frame can check your eyes

This is a test of the status of the central portion of the retina. With age sometimes it develops a macular degeneration, leading to blindness. Look to the frame of a door or a window from a distance. First, close your eye and then the other. You should see the edges of the frame as vertical and horizontal parallel lines. If all somehow you see crooked, then you may have macular degeneration. Take the test regularly. If you notice a problem, immediately go to the eye doctor.


About Jane Peterson

Jane Peterson is a supportive nutrition and fitness coach and registered dietitian nutritionist known for her health advices and innovative ideas to inspire and motivate people to reach their goals. She has a passion for personal training and enjoys motivating people, using specific exercise programs and track their progression for success. As a parent herself, Jane Peterson knows what it means to have to work hard to keep a good shape during pregnancy and after having a baby. She is interested about improving the way children eat, pediatric nutrition and family meal planning. Jane has several years of personal and professional experience and is practicing as a freelance food and health writer. She works personally with a small number of hand picked clients, transforming their health and their physiques using her four key elements of wellness: lifestyle, exercise, nutrition and supplementation.