It is understandable that you might not want to run to the doctor’s office with every ache or pain you experience. However, there are some instances in which your body may be telling you that it needs attention from a medical professional. These home health tests can be proof positive that you need to see a doctor:
The Urine Test
You don’t need to do anything special for this test; just go to the bathroom first thing in the morning and pay attention to what comes out. Urine is full of compounds that give clues to your body’s health and functioning. If you notice that your urine has an alarmingly unusual color or odor, then it could be indicative of any of a number of health conditions that require a doctor’s attention, and pronto.
Skin cancer is more common than you might imagine, and if you’ve ever had a sunburn (even as a child), you are exponentially more prone to developing skin cancer. Make it a point to look over your entire body on a regular basis, taking note of irregular growths (like moles and skin tags), dry patches, and/or discolored areas (like sun spots). Seek the advice of a doctor or dermatologist if you’re not sure what you’re seeing is completely normal for you.
Candida Spit Test
Candida albicans is a fungus that naturally lives in your body but that, when overgrown, can cause an array of serious health conditions. To detect Candida overgrowth in your system, try this simple test: Fill a glass with water first thing in the morning, before you’ve had anything to eat or drink, and spit in it. Let the glass sit, un-tampered with, for at least 15 minutes, and then examine the contents. If your spit has “grown” strands that hang down from it, or if you notice a pool of cloudy material at the bottom of the glass, it is possible you have a systemic Candida infection.
The Weight Test
Simply stand on your scale and take note of how much you weigh for this test. If you notice a sudden weight gain or loss that has no logical explanation (you know whether or not you are midnight snacking), then it could be that your body is affected by a condition like hyper or hypothyroidism, gluten intolerance, Cushing’s syndrome, congestive heart failure, or even pregnancy.
If you aren’t examining your breasts for unusual lumps and bumps, then you should be. These home tests are quick and easy, and they can mean the difference between catching cancer in time or letting it spread.
Remember that although there are things you can do at home to determine whether or not you are in your best health, there is no substitute for a doctor’s care and expert knowledge. When it comes to your health, the old adage is true: better safe than sorry. If you suspect that you have a health issue, make an appointment with your physician as soon as possible.
About the Author: Scott Hoyle works in healthcare and is a huge advocate of patient responsibility and education. He believes in all of the above testing, and even his wife has done the Candida spit test, which you can learn more about on the Candida youtube channel.