50 Signs You’re Healthy from Every Type of Doctor

Not everyone has an apple a day, so how do you know if you're healthy enough to keep the doctor away? We asked medical professionals of all stripes—dermatologists, GPs, dentists, surgeons, psychologists, nutritionists—their top indicators of good health. Here are their 50 gold-star seals of sound, strong health.

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If you're a woman, your menstrual cycle is regular

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"Regular menstrual cycles (intervals of 27 to 35 days) are a sign of reproductive health. Regular cycles suggest normal ovulation, and that reflects balanced hormone levels from the brain down to the ovaries. Women who are unhealthy because they're overweight or underweight tend to have more erratic or even absent periods; the brain shuts down ovarian function and ovulation doesn't happen or happens unpredictably." —Janet Choi, MD, reproductive endocrinologist, CCRM-New York. These are the period problems you shouldn't ignore.

You have thick hair and strong nails

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"Thick abundant hair and firm, fast growing nails tend to be a sign of good health. The opposite, thinning hair, brittle or cracked nails are often a sign of marked nutritional deficiencies such as lack of iron, Vitamin D and other key vitamins." —Arielle Levitan MD, founder of Vous Vitamin, LLC. If you're looking to get more luster in your hair and nails, check out these quick tips.

You tend to have a lot of energy

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"If you spring out of bed each morning, ready to hit the gym and face the day, you are likely doing pretty well. Many illnesses and vitamin deficiencies can leave you sluggish, lacking energy and fatigued." —Arielle Levitan MD, founder, Vous Vitamin, LLC

You can deal with your emotions and others' emotions.

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"We've all got needs—for connection, nurturing, respect, autonomy, to name just a few—and being able to recognize, express, and pursue these creates better relationships and a happier life. Healthy people also try to understand and meet the emotional needs of others. They're curious and attentive to how others feel. When they do something that's hurtful, they make amends and they make changes." —Holly Brown, marriage and family therapist. These are the five things you need for emotional intelligence

You don't get many headaches, and they don't last long

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"Headaches—we all get them. They are the result of stress, or tense musculature, and are normal. In a healthy person, they pass in time and do not linger. An occasional migraine or other headache is not uncommon, but if medications no longer work, and other medical causes have been ruled out, you may benefit by exploring other options such as Botox, or even surgery, depending on the origin or type of headache." —Matthew Kaufman, MD, plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Co-Director of the Center for Treatment of Paralysis and Reconstructive Nerve Surgery at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. Look here for natural remedies for headaches.

You breathe well, even when you're sick

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"Breathing well is definitely something people take for granted. Until it becomes more difficult, that is. When a cold sets in, a healthy person will feel congested in the nose, head or chest. In seven or so days that should ease. If it does not, there may be some abnormalities in the nasal passages that can be resolved with a functional nasal surgery (which may be combined with rhinoplasty/nose job)." —Matthew Kaufman, MD, plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Co-Director of the Center for Treatment of Paralysis and Reconstructive Nerve Surgery at Jersey Shore University Medical Center

Your circulation is good

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"With good circulation, you might occasionally have an arm or leg fall asleep and get that 'pins and needles' feeling which clears up fairly quickly. It may occur with sitting or lying in an odd position. However, if tingling, numbness, or weakness endures, it may signal compression of a nerve—often called a pinched nerve. Prolonged symptoms should not be ignored, since they may indicate a problem which requires a variety of surgical solutions." —Matthew Kaufman, MD, plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Co-Director of the Center for Treatment of Paralysis and Reconstructive Nerve Surgery at Jersey Shore University Medical Center

You have fresh breath

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"The smell of your breath is a large clue into your overall health, since much of your immune function takes place in the gut. Fresh breath is a good indication that your gut health is balanced. For example, overly fruity smelling breath can be an indication of diabetes, foul smelling breath can be associated with reflux, a fishy smell could mean kidney failure, a sour mouth can be a sign of sleep apnea." —David Borenstein, MD, founder of Manhattan Integrative Medicine in New York

You don't have an afternoon crash every day

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"The goal is to feel energized when you wake up in the morning, and maintain a good stable energy level all day. No major crashes demonstrates a healthy adrenal function, and stable blood sugar levels." —David Borenstein, MD, founder of Manhattan Integrative Medicine in New York. Here are some quick ways to boost your energy naturally.

Your skin looks healthy

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"The skin is in many respects the largest organ of the human body. The state of skin of the face and the neck not only reflects the person's genetic characteristics and health, but also reflects the impact of environmental factors. The color of skin should be well vascularized and somewhat pink and even toned." —Fred G. Fedok, MD, President of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS).

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