Just because you follow doctor’s orders—you eat your greens, choose organic when you can, exercise regularly, and get eight hours of sleep each night (err, most nights)—doesn’t mean that your health is in the clear. You may think your post-dinner bloat is totally normal, but sometimes, a subtle symptom like that can signal more serious health issues. Be sure to contact your MD if you notice any of these symptoms. Some foods are naturally difficult to digest, but “if you’re always bloated, it’s time for a health tune-up,” says Joy McCarthy, holistic nutritionist and Genuine Health ambassador. “It could mean you have a food allergy or sensitivity.” Learn about other scary (and normal) reasons your belly is bloated.
Make all the jokes you want about snoring, but it can actually be a sign of a serious health problem. Speak to your doc to rule out sleep apnea and make sure you don’t have a deviated septum. Here are 13 more signs sleep apnea could be killing you.
Like bloating, extreme gas can be a sign of major digestion issues. If gas is a problem for you more often than not, it could mean you have an unidentified food allergy or sensitivity, or are suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Don’t miss these other surprising reasons you’ve been feeling gassy.