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9 Signs From Your Body That Should Never Be Ignored

There are certain signs our body gives, which are not of much discomfort or trouble with the daily activities, but might be pointing towards something very serious.

The busy work schedule, demanding workloads and trying to catch up with the fast-paced world leave us tired, cranky and ultimately sick. The smart system, our body is made of, starts dropping hints to us to understand where we need to put a stop and give a thought to what it is saying. Ignoring these signs or hints which our body is giving can lead to a bigger problem, which could be avoided if we learn how to read the physical cues given by the body.

9 Signs From Your Body That Should Never Be Ignored

9 Signs From Your Body That Should Never Be Ignored

Changes in Weight

Excessive weight gain or weight loss can be a sign of mental ill health.(1,2,3,4) Most of the time food is used as a coping skill for mental issues, such as anxiety and depression.(5,6) At this point, a person tends to binge on all unhealthy and large quantity of food to satisfy self.

Changes in weight can also be due to various digestive problems also, such as gastroparesis and endocrine dysfunctions, such as diabetes and thyroid disorder.(7)

If you find yourself losing or gaining weight at a constant pace, then do not ignore this sign from your body and it is important to consult a doctor and get appropriate advice and treatment.

Difficulty in Sleeping

Who doesn’t like getting a sound sleep and waking up fresh for the next day’s tasks?

Excited for something the next day and giving you a sleepless night or sitting up till late hours to finish off to your favourite TV series is a normal thing for today’ s generation. However, if you just keep tossing and turning in the bed, sleepless, every night, it is a sign from your body that should never be ignored.

Disturbed sleep can be a sign of serious mental issues, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and other health conditions, which impact the healthy rest habit.(8)

According to national sleep foundation, trouble in sleeping can also be related to asthma, arthritis, hyperthyroidism and other endocrine disorders.(9)

Never ignore the sleepless night or daytime fatigue. Go for specialist advice to get rid of this problem.

Mood Swings

Frequent mood swings are a sure sign of depression.(10) Therefore, if you find yourself fluctuating between happy and sad mood, lashing out on others for no reason, losing interest in your favourite hobby, and not wanting to socialize, then it is high time to visit a professional.


Finding yourself pushing hard to complete the daily tasks, feeling tired since the very beginning of the day can be very frustrating. Lack of energy can be a sign of hormonal imbalance and can lead to health issues, such as heart diseases, thyroid problem and diabetes. Slow metabolism leads to low energy, and the thyroid gland is responsible to control the metabolism. Deficiency of thyroid hormone can cause slowing down of the metabolism of body.(11)

Normal tiredness is not alarming, but if you cannot kick it off even by sleeping or resting well, do give it a thought and never ignore this sign from your body.

Hair Loss

Loss of hair has many reasons. From the harsh use of chemicals in the hair care products to side effects of medications given to treat a certain illness, to deficiency of certain essential nutrients in the body.

Dry hair and hair fall is a major sign of slow metabolism and if the hair is not growing well, it could be that the circulation of the body is disturbed. Stress is also a cause of hair loss.(12) Hair loss is another important sign from your body that should never be ignored.

New Moles

It is very important to be aware of the appearance of new moles in the body and change in color of the existing moles. Moles getting darker or black in color could be a sign of malignant melanoma,(13) also if the moles if lighten up, then do not ignore this sign, which your body is hinting that something is amiss.

Unexplained Rashes

Rashes, which develop on the skin of the face, upper chest, and arms after exposure to sun, can be a sign of something very serious. It can be a medicine reaction especially the water pills taken for high blood pressure or the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs taken for arthritis. Such skin rashes can also be a sign of lupus.(14)

Rashes on elbow, knee, back, and scalp could point towards celiac disease.(15) On consumption of gluten, the body releases IgA antibodies, which attack the intestine. These antibodies if get caught in the blood vessels leads to the development of rashes.

Brittle Nails

Nails reflect the signs of skin and internal diseases.(17) Thyroid problem can cause brittle nails.(16,17) Nail abnormalities can also result from a fungal infection. If you are suffering from brittles nails then do pay attention to this sign which your body is giving.


Getting acne is a very common problem among teenagers. Women of all ages get acne occasionally. If a pimple does not go away then consult a dermatologist, as it may be something dangerous extending inside deeper. Basal cell cancer has a common presentation. Persistent pimples or acne is a sign from your body that should never be ignored.


Paying attention to the body and signs presented by it is very important. With the busy schedule, we often give a miss to the warning signs with turn up into a disease we obviously do not want to suffer from.

Give time to yourself; listen to what your mind has to say, or your body presents. It can be helpful in managing or helping you out of many problems, which can later prove to be big time trouble.


Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:February 12, 2020

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