Hello Health Champions Today we’re going to go over 10 important body signs and symptoms that you don’t want to ignore coming right up Hey I’m Dr. Ekberg. I’m a holistic doctor and a former Olympic decathlete and if you want to truly Master Health by understanding how the body really works make sure you subscribe and hit that notification Bell so you don’t miss anything So I want to go over a list of 10 different signs and symptoms but more than just listing them and knowing what they are we want to understand why they develop we’re going to understand the underlying mechanism so that we can put the bigger picture together so make sure that you pay attention to every step along the way as well as the mechanism cuz otherwise you’re not going to get the full value and if you stick to the end then I’m going to get you a really cool bonus you’re going to enjoy sign number one is thinning eyebrows especially if you start losing the outer third or outer quarter of the eyebrows and you haven’t been plucking excessively that could be an indication of hypo thyroid and hypothyroid is pretty important because the thyroid makes hormone that tells every cell in the body to do what they do it tells them how much to do of what they do so if the thyroid slows down it’s like the thermostat for the whole body if the thermostat slows down in the thyroid slows down then your heartbeat slows down your digestion slows down your peristalsis your breakdown of food your absorption of food the rate of healing the speed of nerve impulses your metabolism everything slows down so if you’re just have some thinning eyebrows than that in itself may not mean so much but if you see it together with weight gain and is feeling sluggish and a slow heart rate and constipation now you want to start putting it together and think that there may be some hypo-thyroid going on another popular solution to that there’s two popular Solutions one is give the person iodine and the other is give them thyroid hormone and sometimes that’s appropriate and sometimes it’s the completely wrong thing to do so the iodine is because in some parts of the world people don’t have much iodine in the soil and if there’s no iodine in the diet then the thyroid is going to try to compensate it’s going to start to grow it’s going to upregulate it’s going to hypertrophy so if you have a big blob sitting on the front of your neck that’s your thyroid that has grown into what’s called a goiter and that is a sure sign that you have no iodine and you need some iodine that part of the reason has mostly been eliminated since they started putting iodine in table salt but in some parts of the world they may still I’ll do that so it’s still possible that you could get a goiter but in the rest of the world where we have iodized table salt then the number one reason for hypothyroid is called Hashimoto’s thyroiditis it’s an autoimmune disease that starts eating away at the thyroid and what they do then is they just give you a synthetic hormone they give you Synthroid to replace the hormone that your thyroid isn’t making an that sounds like a good idea the problem is that the root cause is an autoimmune disease you have a problem in your body where it’s attacking itself there’s a reason your body is attacking itself and if you don’t do anything about it you just put some hormone in then you might get some more thyroid function added from the outside but you’re not going to address the immune issue so if you take the synthroid if you take the synthetic hormone make sure that you also understand what else is going on with the thyroid and that you fix the immune issue if that’s what’s going on. Sign number to is if you have a ravenous appetite if you eat all the time but you’re still losing weight you can have the opposite of hypothyroid which is hyperthyroid meaning too much the thyroid function is in overdrive and that’s called Graves disease. So if you’re eating and you’re losing weight then that could be it but you also if you want to think Graves if you think that’s what it is then you also going to have a high heart rate you’re going to feel like your heart is pounding you’re going to have a very fast digestion

of food is just going to go straight you have a very high metabolism you’re going to feel very hot you’re going to feel like you can’t wear clothes inside you wanted to be colder all the time you’re also typically going to have bulging eyes to all of those are signs of graves disease if you find that you have several of those then you want to get that checked out there’s one other condition that could result in ravenous appetite and losing weight and that’s type 1 diabetes the difference is that you probably will have even more thirst than you do hunger because the type 1 diabetes is just going to drive all the fluids out through your body the fluids are going to need to lose fluids with all the sugar through the urine and then you have to replenish those fluids because then no insulin to absorb the nutrients so you losing weight you’re eating and drinking but everything’s just going straight through you sign number 3 you my pay attention to is poor wound healing if you got a cut and it won’t heal especially on the lower extremities usually starts on the feet and that would be a sign of type 2 diabetes and what’s the mechanism here well high blood sugar makes the tissues swell a little bit the sugar kind of leaks into the tissues and it holds water so the microcirculation get stagnant things don’t flow through the way they’re supposed to so now your overall circulation suffers and with that circulation you don’t have the proper delivery of nutrients to the tissues cuz in order to heal something you need nutrients you need to replenish those tissues and even more than nutrients you need oxygen and that also of course is reduced when you lose that circulation the second thing that’s affected is similar to the damaged tissue that won’t heal is your nerve tissue you get neuropathy the nerves degenerate because they’re not getting their affected by the same mechanisms so now you have the nerves degenerating and you can’t send the proper signals to where they need to go and signals is another thing that you need to heal so you need nutrients you need oxygen and you need signals but because of that high blood sugar and the lack of circulation you’re getting a reduction you losing all or part of all of that that’s why type 2 diabetes is the number one cause of amputation and because it damages micro circulation it is also the leading cause of blindness and kidney failure sign number four if you stick your tongue out and look at it in the mirror it’s supposed to be pretty clean supposed to be relatively pink like a neutral skin color what if it’s coded if it has a thick layer especially if it’s like a white frothy leathery thing on top of it then you probably have candida you have a yeast fungus overgrowth and what that means is that you probably have also dysbiosis in your gut because if you have an overgrowth of something in your body such as candida then you’re missing something that’s supposed to keep it in check and in your gut and your micro-flora you have about 40 trillion bacteria total with thousands of different kinds and there’s a certain amount of good ones they’re supposed to keep the bad ones in check and if that happens you have balance and then the bad ones aren’t so bad but if you get an imbalance if you’re feeding them improperly if you give them too much sugar than the bad ones are going to start to overgrow they’re going to start getting out of control so what that tongue indicates is more than just a coated tongue right it means that there’s a deeper problem there’s an imbalance at a very deep level so if you go to a doctor and he says oh I can give you some yeast inhibitor I can give you something to kill off that candida then you might improve a symptom of a sign or symptom for a while but if you don’t stop eating sugar and if you don’t restore the proper microbial flora in the gut then you still have the root cause of the problem there and then maybe the problem will come back or it will manifest as some other problem right so that’s why I always want to work toward the root cause and understand where is this imbalance coming from Body and Balance sign number five is an apple shaped body it’s

where when you look at the body and where they’re supposed to be a waist then there is no waist but it kind of goes the other way when the midsection of the body has expanded sideways and forward and you have a big belly when you carry a lot of your weight in the midsection that’s called an apple shaped body and why is that a problem other than that the clothes don’t fit so well well it’s the reason that the fat ended up in that particular place is called intra-abdominal belly fat or central obesity and it’s caused by two hormones insulin and cortisol there’s a disease called Cushing’s that puts the fat exactly in those places because those people have a pathologically high level of cortisol cortisol promotes insulin and insulin resistance and together those two hormones create that body shape so what’s so bad about that won’t cortisol is a stress hormone and if cortisol is high that means and you don’t have Cushings then that means that your stress level is too high that means that your nervous system which is supposed to balance between sympathetic fight flight and parasympathetic feed breed it is dominated by the sympathetic by the fight flight and when that happens that means that your parasympathetic is underactive and what does your parasympathetic nervous system do well just little things like digestion and immune system and healing so that apple shaped body means that your immune system and your healing and your digestion is not working as well as it should the nervous system is not allocating the resources so the apple shaped body is a sign that that is going on and how do you reverse it you eat less sugar you eat fewer meals to reverse insulin resistance and you learn how to de-stress how to rebalance the nervous system to activate that relaxation response sign number 6 is a loss of arm swing when we walk we’re supposed to have arm swing their arms were supposed to match the movement of the lower extremity it’s one of the earliest motion movement reflexes It’s called a gait reflex it the first one that we develop as a pattern in the nervous system and you’ve practiced it every day ever since you were crawling to everything that happens in the brain everything that happens in the body is controlled by the brain and how well it works depends on how well the brain can control those signals so how clearly you speak how regular and controlled your handwriting is your physical skills your coordination your balance your arm swing everything depends on how well and balanced that nervous system is so if we start losing arm swing that’s an indication that there’s a deficiency there’s a problem there’s something in your nervous system in your brain that the signals are not coordinated perfectly anymore so that’s one of the first signs of neural degeneration of a degenerating brain and this could happen long before you had any memory problems or any cognitive problem so this is an indication of Alzheimer’s and if you catch it early then you can actually do something about it it’s not the only thing you want to do want to cut out the sugar in can get some exercise and all that but it’s one thing and if you practice when you’re walking if you practice a symmetrical pattern of arm swing then you’re reinstating you’re practicing and rebuilding those pathways again sign number 7 is a loss of smell now you could get an upper respiratory infection you get a head cold and you could lose your smell but that should be temporary if you lose it gradually and it doesn’t come back that’s one of the earliest signs of Parkinson’s disease Parkinson’s is a devastating motor disease where people lose more and more control over their movement they get jerky and stiff and they can’t initiate walking or movement in severe cases it starts affecting their speech and their thoughts even And again it’s because of brain degeneration, but in the case of Parkinson’s

it’s one specific area kind of in the middle of the brain called the Substantia Nigra that means the black stuff and it makes dopamine and when you can’t make enough dopamine then you can’t control movement properly some other signs would be stiffness or jerky movements or temors and it could also be an early sign would be if you’re writing and the handwriting gets smaller and smaller you kinda write slow with really small letters called micrographia that’s another early sign of Parkinson’s Sign number 8 you want to pay attention to is snoring and now you’re going well everybody’s snores right well snoring is a brain thing again if you think about it don’t a lot of people snore a little extra after they have had some alcohol to drink right and what does the alcohol do. It inhibits it interferes with muscle tone and motor control so snoring is a lack of muscle tone and it’s in a specific place it’s in the soft palate that the upper part of the mouth that can close and open the airway so if we lose muscle tone then it’s more likely to close and then when we breathe and force the air through then it flaps in the wind and we create that snoring sound well that muscle tone is controlled by an area in the brain in the better that area in the brain works the better the muscle tone and the more control we have over the soft palate so the area that controls that particular muscle in the soft palate sits in an area called cranial nucleus number 10 cranial nerve number 10 is what controls that palate and it’s the only cranial nerve that leaves the head and goes wandering in the body and that’s why cranial nerve number 10 is called the vagus nerve which is the primary outflow for the parasympathetic nervous system right so if your cranial nucleus number 10 is starting to suffer it’s starting to de-generate a little bit that means that you’re also losing some parasympathetic functions so by working on some things to improve your parasympathetic function you can also actually improve your snoring they go together and what do you do about that then you can do little exercises one thing that works great is singing and if you are little embarrassed about doing that so anyone can hear then sing in the car no one can hear you there play the radio really really loud so if somebody hears something then they think it’s just the radio and other thing you can do is you can gargle with water so you take a deep breath you fill your mouth with water and you gargle for as long as that breath lasts and you do that three times and you do that a couple of times a day so this is exercise for the muscles in the soft palate your stimulating your driving signals to cranial nucleus number 10 you building up the strength of there so you can control you have better muscle tone and control that snoring better and this is also what’s involved with sleep apnea which is a buzzword these days it seems like everyone has sleep apnea and they’re selling CPAP machines like they were toasters right so that can help some people improve quality of sleep but what if you could solve the problem naturally by rebuilding the part that isn’t quite working. Sign number 9 if you stand up especially if you stand up quickly and you get light-headed so for a few second it’s like you want to hold on to something cuz you’re not sure if you’re going to fall and some people actually pass out altogether and this is an adrenal problem this is called adrenal fatigue and some people claim that adrenal fatigue doesn’t exist but let me explain here so when you sit down when you lay down sit down or crouch down and you stand up quickly what happens is your stretching out your blood you’re moving your blood pool up against Gravity so gravity is going to pull some of that blood down toward your lower body towards your legs and your feet which means that there is less blood available for the brain and you get light-headed so what has to happen the moment that you stand up you have to have vaso-constriction

your blood vessels have to squeeze tight to squeeze the blood up toward the head and this has to happen in a fraction of a second cuz if it takes a second or two it’s too late you’re already dizzy and the hormone that causes this vasoconstriction the tightening of the blood vessels is called adrenaline or norepinephrine and it’s produced by your adrenal glands so if your adrenal glands starts getting a little sketchy if they get a little tired they get little fatigued then they can’t kick in fast enough they can’t produce enough adrenaline right in that moment and you get that woozy feeling so a lot of people in the medical world they don’t recognize adrenal fatigue they have something called Addison’s which is the extreme end-case of adrenal fatigue it’s adrenal failure it’s complete failure where the adrenals are just barely hanging on by a thread the really not working at all and any kind of stress just leaves you like a sitting duck you can’t respond but in between normal and Addison’s there is a gradient there’s a lot of gray area in between called adrenal fatigue and if you have experienced where you’re sitting down and you’re standing up and you get light-headed then you have just proven the existence of adrenal fatigue and what can you do about that you can stabilize your blood sugar you can make sure you get regular and sufficient sleep and you can work to reduce stress because stress is the thing that wore out the adrenals in the first place along with unstable blood sugar so stabilize blood sugar get sleep and practice relaxation exercises sign number 10 is you stand in front of a mirror you let your arms hang down your shake it loose and you left your arms and up whatever they want to and if they end up parallel to the body that’s normal that don’t cheat just let them relax and see where they end up what’s going to happen in a lot of cases is you’re going to find that they’re turned in more or less some people are going to have like a 45° some people are going to have a 90 degree and other people are going to have one at 45 and one at 90 and all this means different things so if your hand ends up parallel that means you have a balance between the internal and the external rotators of the shoulder and these are linked to stress so when you have stress like when you trying to defend yourself if you imagine a boxer or a wrestler if you’re standing relax and then you get attacked you going to pull your shoulders up being a pull your shoulders forward to protect your neck and jaw you were going to turn the hands in to protect yourself and your going to have what’s called a defense posture which has flexor dominance the flexor muscles are dominating over the extensor muscles and you’re going to have internal rotation dominating over external rotation so if you relax them balance you’ll end up in the middle if you’re stressed then you’ll end up more internally rotated and the reason this matters is that there’s a portion of the brain called the frontal lobe that supposed to turn off that stress response so it’s normal to have stress and then we activate the internal rotators but then the brain is supposed to turn them back off and the side that is the most internally rotated is the side that doesn’t get turned off as much so if you have someone looking like this then this side which is my right side would be the weak side of the brain so there you can tell kind of how balance your brain is it’s an indication of how well that brain is balanced It’s not the only thing to look for because some people have just done too much exercise where all they did was bench press and arm curls and then they’re going to have they’ve developed a flexor dominance just from repetitive use but for most people who haven’t done that there should be a pretty good balance

So one thing you can do in general is you can practice posture exercises and then you basically do the opposite of internal rotation you practice external rotation and extension and the other thing you can do which is a little too complicated for this video is you can selectively stimulate the side of the brain that’s the weaker one and over time you can restore that balance between left and right so congratulations for staying through all 10 and for paying such close attention now we can talk about the bonus so this has a lot in common with some of the things we talked about but this is really cool so it’s not cool to the person that happens to but the mechanism once we understand it is kind of interesting so a loss of impulse control with age so if we get older and all of a sudden we stop being able to control some of the things that we’ve been able to control such as kleptomania this sounds weird but it actually happens in a lot of older people as they start getting demented even though they can fully well afford to pay for something they steal it because they have lost the ability to inhibit inappropriate behavior they have an Impulse but they don’t have the part of the brain that tells them that’s not appropriate that’s not acceptable social behavior so they start going back to more primitive or uncontrolled or even criminal behavior so this is very similar to the previous point with the palms facing inward and as we age we lose the ability to inhibit certain things so just like the frontal lobe inhibits the stress and our palms turn in that frontal lobe also inhibits impulses and secondary stimuli so that the same mechanism that is responsible for ADD if we’re supposed to pay attention to something but something flashes over here and we lose the attention that’s attention deficit cuz the frontal lobe supposed to inhibit that secondary stimuli something else that you might notice is people who have been calm and well behaved for most of their lives all of a sudden they get angry they have temper tantrums in their old age or they start using profanity they start They start using bad words. People who have been mellow and well-behaved and polite all of a sudden start cussing because the impulse is there but the frontal lobe isn’t there to dampen the response to dampen the impulse to this came in very handy from me just a very short time ago when I recorded this video the first time and after coming to the end of it I discovered I hadn’t turned on the sound so the frontal lobe then managed to keep me a well-behaved frontal lobe managed to keep me from breaking something really expensive so that frontal lobe came in handy to control that impulse so here’s an interesting thing that this impulse control is not something that were born with. It’s something that develops with age babies have no impulse control children have very little teenagers have some but it’s not fully developed and the Brain the frontal lobe keeps growing it keeps stabilizing it’s called myelination okay the white fatty substance that fills in the pathways and matures the brain the brain is not fully mature or myelinated until age 25 and an interesting little tidbit here is that’s why you can’t rent a car in the United States until you’re 25 years old and they probably don’t know that at the car rental places but they do know that people are more accident-prone before age 25 and the reason is that the brain is not fully developed enough to inhibit spontaneity and impulses. So then unfortunately it comes full circle so the babies have to develop it at age 25 we have it fully developed and then we keep it throughout life but then as we age and the Brain starts to go south and start to degenerate now we regress and we don’t have that inhibitory capacity and we go back to having the lack of impulse control that we had as children This channel is kind of unique in that we really try to not just list things, but we try to help you understand them

, because if you fully understand the mechanisms and the concepts and you watch videos that build on each other then you will end up with empowerment then you understand your body you can trust your body you can have confidence in it and most importantly you don’t have to fall for every little thing every little fad or trend that comes around you will know enough about yourself that you can make the right decisions for your health So if you want to learn more we have videos in our library on virtually every one of these videos and if you enjoyed this video then I think you should go look at that one next thank you so much for watching and I’ll see you in the next video