Secret Messages Your Body Is Trying to Tell You — Eat This Not That


Welcome to Eat This Not That, a guide to understanding the secret messages your body is trying to tell you. Our goal is to help you make healthier food choices and understand the signals your body is sending you. We’ll provide you with tips and tricks to help you make better decisions about what you eat and how you nourish your body. We’ll also discuss the importance of listening to your body and how to interpret the messages it’s sending you. So, let’s get started!

Secret Messages Your Body Is Trying to Tell You — Eat This Not That

Your body is constantly sending you signals about what it needs and what it doesn’t. It’s up to you to listen and take action. Here are some of the secret messages your body is trying to tell you about what to eat and what to avoid.

Eat This:

  • Whole grains: Whole grains are packed with fiber, vitamins, and minerals. They can help keep your blood sugar levels stable and keep you feeling full longer.
  • Fruits and vegetables: Fruits and vegetables are loaded with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Eating a variety of them can help you get the nutrients you need to stay healthy.
  • Lean proteins: Lean proteins like fish, chicken, and beans are a great source of protein and can help keep you feeling full longer.
  • Healthy fats: Healthy fats like olive oil, nuts, and avocados are a great source of energy and can help keep you feeling full longer.

Not That:

  • Processed foods: Processed foods are often high in sugar, sodium, and unhealthy fats. They can cause your blood sugar to spike and can lead to weight gain.
  • Refined carbohydrates: Refined carbohydrates like white bread and pasta are low in fiber and can cause your blood sugar to spike. They can also lead to weight gain.
  • Sugary drinks: Sugary drinks like soda and juice are high in calories and can lead to weight gain. They can also cause your blood sugar to spike.
  • Unhealthy fats: Unhealthy fats like trans fats and saturated fats can increase your risk of heart disease and other health problems. Avoid them as much as possible.

By listening to the secret messages your body is sending you, you can make healthier food choices and feel your best. Eating the right foods can help you stay energized, maintain a healthy weight, and keep your body functioning properly.

Our bodies are incredible! From healing, to breathing to fighting off infections, our body can accomplish so much on its own to protect us, but it can also communicate with us and send off warning signs that something is wrong. Dr. Jacob Hascalovici, the Chief Medical Officer with Clearing, a telehealth platform for chronic pain patients explains five ways our body is trying to make us pay attention to a health issue and what to do about it. As always, please consult your physician for medical advice. Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had COVID.

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According to Dr. Hascalovici, “Many of us know that if we frequently feel chilly, have brittle nails, and are often tired, we might have iron deficiency. A lesser-known sign of being low in iron is unexplained hair loss. Stress can make hair fall out, but so can iron deficiency. If you also crave the sensation of chomping down on ice, that could be due to low oxygen levels in your blood–when you crunch ice, researchers think, you might drive more blood to the brain, making you feel more alert. Since iron helps your cells transport oxygen via hemoglobin, being low in iron correlates with low oxygen levels. An iron supplement could help, but it is also possible to get too much iron, so consult your doctor or nutritionist to establish the right dose for you.” 

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Dr. Hascalovici explains, “You might get a strong whiff of cut grass, skunk, carnations…anything, really. The smells might come and go or linger. But if others can’t smell the same thing or the smell doesn’t seem to be coming from anything in particular, it might be phantosmia (“phantom smells”). This could be your brain signaling you that something could be off. Epilepsy, Parkinson’s or a brain tumor can all cause phantosmia, so it’s worth checking these smells out.” 

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Dr. Hascalovici says, “Tiredness and fatigue can be signs your body is trying to pump the brakes. You may need more sleep, may be warding off an infection, or may be simply stressed. Surprisingly though, fatigue can also be a sign you’re not moving enough. Lack of exercise can tire you out, paradoxically. So if you’ve been quite sedentary recently, try brief bursts of exercise, or even a long walk. That could help you reset, raising your mood, boosting your energy, and banishing some of that fatigue. If that doesn’t seem to be the problem though, consider getting checked out by your physician. A few other concerning causes of fatigue could be at play, including issues with your thyroid or possibly fibromyalgia or depression. Thyroid problems are often accompanied by feeling cold or weak and noticing dry skin, while with fibromyalgia you might have pain, moodiness, headaches and trouble concentrating. If you’re dealing with depression, sadness or a low mood may accompany your tiredness, plus a lack of interest in things you used to enjoy. “

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Dr. Hascalovici shares, “Thirstiness and needing to pee more than usual could be early signals of diabetes. It’s easy to dismiss signals like that, especially if you’re working out a lot, spending time outside in summer, or just in the habit of drinking a lot of water. It may be because you have high blood sugar, though, and your kidneys are working overtime trying to stabilize your blood glucose, which makes you want to urinate more. Excess urination makes you feel dehydrated and very thirsty. If you’re also noticing any tingling or numbness in your limbs, if your eyesight becomes blurry, or if you’re also hungry and/or losing weight without meaning to, consider getting a medical check-up. Diabetes is serious, and the sooner you catch it, the better you can control it.”

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“Pay attention to that,” Dr. Hascalovici emphasizes. “It could be an early clue that you might have Parkinson’s disease. Other early Parkinson’s clues include having hyper-real, intense dreams or starting to write much smaller than usual. The earlier you detect Parkinson’s, the better.”

Heather Newgen

Heather Newgen has two decades of experience reporting and writing about health, fitness, entertainment and travel. Heather currently freelances for several publications. Read more