There are certain things you don't have to head all the way to the doctor for. Try these simple little tests to determine your health level and possibly even save your life!
I'm not talking about drawing your own blood here, people - but there are a few really cool, and very interesting things you can do to test for things like vision issues, Parkinson's disease, irregular heartbeat, as well as bone and joint problems.
Joint and Bone Health
Without using your hands, sit down into a cross legged position. If you are able to do this without the aid of your upper body, chances are your joints and bones are in decent health.
Blood Sugar Steady
Hold up you left hand, with your palm down. With the other hand, place a piece of paper on top of you left hand. Slight shaking is normal, but anything more than a small amount should be taken seriously. You could have low blood sugar or even the onset of Parkinson's.
Take your pulse with you pointer and middle finger. Now, tap your foot to the beat of your heart. If you find yourself tapping to anything other than a steady rate, you may have something called atrial fibrillation. This can occur for a number of different reasons, but if you suspect that something isn't normal with your heart, it is always a good idea to get checked by your doctor.
Stand in front of a door or window that has a frame. Close one eye for 30 seconds, then do the other eye. If the lines of the frame aren't parallel you may want to get your vision professionally checked for macular degeneration. According to WebMD, this is caused by deterioration of the retina. While there is no cure, there are a number of treatments available.
Blood Pressure Test
Lay on your bed with your legs elevated to 45 degrees. After holding them there for one minute, hang them off the edge of the bed at a 90 degree angle. If you legs feel numb, or color has not returned to your feet after a minute, you may have PAD, or peripheral arterial disease. This can lead to blood pressure issues, heart attack and stroke. Mayo Clinic suggests maintaining a blood pressure of about 120 over 80.
Absorption Of Nutrients
Chug a glass of water mixed with a teaspoon of baking soda on an empty stomach. This should make you burp within a few minutes. If not, your body may be absorbing nutrients improperly.
Grab a sheet of paper and draw a clock showing 2:50 on it. If you were able to easily do this, that is great news. People who are unable to, or have a hard time completing the task may be experiencing early signs of dementia. The Alzheimer Association outlines 10 warning signs of dementia, as well as normal changes we can expect as we age. This technique can save your life. In fact, it saved Susannah Cahalan, a journalist whose life one day took an unexpected turn when she began experiencing paranoia and began suffering from hallucinations at the young age of 24. When asked to label a clock her drawing revealed more about her condition than people expected - and it ultimately saved her life.
To learn more about her story, watch the video below.
Well, what are you waiting for? These few little tests are free and only take a few minutes, but could save your life if not ignored!