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Have you ever had a craving to do something and it has puzzled you as to why suddenly your body is acting that way? The sudden urge to eat sugar, or chew on ice, or eat packets of chips because you just have to have something salty in your mouth? It can be a weird feeling no doubt and it is associated with your health. Experts now say that such feelings or cravings are also due to a lack of minerals and vitamins in the body. They could also be a sign of an underlying health issue which is why when a sudden urge develops over a prolonged period of time, its wise to pay attention to it and figure out why it is happening. This is a list of things your body is trying to tell you that something is wrong so you can do something about it. 

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1Creepy crawly sensation in your legs

Have you ever had the feeling that a whole bunch of ants are crawling over your legs and feet? If such weird sensations in your legs and feet are experienced daily, then here’s what it could be. The feeling is as if insects are crawling over your legs, tingling, creeping or the urge to keep moving your leg. It could be due to restless leg syndrome which is a long-term disorder that usually manifests at night especially when you are trying to get rest. 

What you can do about it

You can try taking a warm bath or shower which is one of the remedies for restless leg syndrome. This is because the heat relaxes muscles and prevents twitching and spasms in the leg. Epsom’s salts added to the bathwater can reduce pain.


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2Thickening of the skin

Skin problems should never be underestimated or ignored. If your skin becomes itchy or thick, it could denote several internal problems such as allergies, eczema or hormonal problems like thyroid disorder that causes dry and itchy skin. If your problems are getting worse, consult a doctor and consider some tests because conditions like diabetes and kidney problems also cause itchiness.


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3A change in handwriting, a loss of smell, and intense dream

You must have heard of Parkinson’s disease but it isn’t a disease whose symptoms everyone knows about unless they have got it or someone in the family has. Doctors say that the signs of Parkinson’s include slowness of movement, poor sleep, sleep with intense dreams and nightmares, speech changes, changes in handwriting and other changes in cognitive habits.


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4Anger and aggressive behavior

Sometimes, depression, stress and frustration can give way to venting and bouts of anger but that isn’t all the time and neither is bursts of anger the result of someone’s personality. According to doctors, depression isn’t only about panic attacks, and experiences of sadness, lack of energy or lack of self-esteem. It can manifest as anger as well. 

Consulting a psychologist or therapy that trues to get to the root of your problems may help. Anger management remedies include meditation, yoga and exercise. Going for a long walk can do much to curb anger and calm you down.


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5Sleeping too much

If there is insomnia, there has got to be an opposite of that too and it is hypersomnia which means sleeping too much. This may be a result of other underlying conditions not linked to only tiredness. As per doctors, autoimmune diseases like hypothyroidism makes you drop off to sleep just about anywhere. But drinking alcohol before sleeping could also have the same effect.


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6Changes in eye color

If you have noticed a white or grey ring around the cornea of your eye, then this is a sign of high cholesterol especially if you are below 45 years old. This has been observed by doctors who say the ring itself is not a problem and a visual effect but the fact you have high cholesterol is not a good thing. High cholesterol increases your risk of clogged arteries and cardiovascular disease. To reduce cholesterol, you need to make some dietary changes, avoid eating processed foods and excessive meat, and exercise.


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7Salt cravings

It is ok sometimes to like salty food such as a packet of chips but if you just can’t control salt cravings and eating a lot of it, then that’s something to worry about. Craving salty food can mean a sign of anemia, iron deficiency, dehydration, premenstrual syndrome.


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8Forgetfulness, fatigue, and a low libido

All these problems are often confusingly linked to depression because people think that their forgetfulness is due to a lack of energy resulting from being too fed up with life and the stress. Doctors say that one shouldn’t ignore such conditions because it can also mean a problem with your thyroid which may also make you gain weight, and feel extra cold even though it isn’t.


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9Always feeling thirsty

Excessive thirst is not exactly normal say doctors. One of the main reasons for feeling excessive thirst is the food that you eat say doctors. You should take note if you are eating too much spicy or salty foods. A health issue that could be causing your excessive thirst is diabetes and in some cases pregnancy.


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10Wanting to chew ice

Well, that will definitely hurt your teeth and wishing to chomp on ice could be more than a habit. It could mean an iron deficiency or even anemia that is the cause of this unusual habit. It is advisable to do some blood tests to check if you require supplements in which case, take only what your doctor prescribes for you.


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11You keep losing hair

While common balding occurs with age and in some men, who may have androgenetic alopecia, there are underlying causes also such as thyroid disease such as hypothyroidism, anemia, protein deficiency, and lack of vitamins. It is advisable to consult your doctor if your hair loss isn’t usual.





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