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Five red flags that your health is in trouble 

By Dr. Christopher Davis, M.D., F.A.C.C. 

1. Chronic Fatigue 

The most common symptom that is frequently heard is fatigue. “I’m so tired. I feel like I’m getting enough sleep and I’m just tired all the time.” Fatigue is a very vague type of symptom; however, it is a harbinger of many particular underlying chronic illnesses. Infections, toxin exposure, micronutrient deficiencies, hormone imbalance, and heart disease could all lead to symptoms of fatigue. 

2. Weight Gain 

Most of us think weight gain is all about just what we’re eating and how much you are exercising. Both of those things are super important; however, there are a lot of underlying metabolic disturbances such as insulin levels or cortisol being too high or your other hormones, thyroid hormone, or estradiol, and testosterone levels being low. Hormones have a really important role in weight management that we must address. 

3. Insomnia 

Poor sleep quality is a sign that there is underlying chronic illness. Again, a lot of times this is related to a hormonal imbalance particularly cortisol levels. There’s obviously a relationship between cortisol and melatonin; melatonin is that hormone that really does help us sleep better. An imbalance between cortisol and melatonin levels can result in insomnia. 

4. Chronic Pain 

Chronic pain is a sign of underlying increased oxidative stress. “Oxidative stress” is like getting rusty inside. As we get older, we tend to build up this oxidative stress and our body doesn’t get these particles or molecules out called reactive oxygen species. Those reactive oxygen species have to be kind of tempered with these antioxidants. We’ve all heard about antioxidants like vitamin C and vitamin E. There are many antioxidants to combat oxidative stress based on individuals’ needs and deficiencies. 

5. Brain Fog 

Neurocognitive issues are manifested quite frequently, and unfortunately in today’s world, we have a lot of issues with people having psychiatric issues as evident by the recent violence. We have a real tough time explaining or trying to understand the cause of what these people are thinking. 

What Can You Do About It? 

If you are experiencing this combination of symptoms, make an appointment to discuss them all with your physician, and 

  1. Eat Non-Processed Foods 
  2. Exercise 
  3. Detox 
  4. Restore Hormone Balance 
  5. Get More Sleep 

Dr. Christopher Davis is an Interventional Cardiologist and Chief Executive Officer/Founder of Manatee Cardiovascular Wellness Institute. He is also the Founder & CEO of Reveal Vitality. After medical school, Dr. Davis trained at the prestigious Johns Hopkins/Sinai Hospital for his Internal Medicine residency. During his training, he was recognized and honored for his commitment to patient care by being bestowed the honor of Chief Medical Resident at Johns Hopkins/Sinai University. Dr. Davis continued his training in cardiology and interventional cardiology with fellowships at the renowned University of Virginia. 

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