11 Easy Health Tests You Can Do To Identify Serious Health Problems


Hi Viewers and Welcome back to our channel. You are well aware that health is your most
valuable asset. If you have poor health, life usually gets
pretty hard to live, let alone be enjoyable. In today’s exhausting world, dominated by
the digital, you can be more and more disconnected from your physical self and can often, shockingly,
be unaware of how badly your body is functioning. Visiting a doctor for a complete health checkup
once or twice a year is very important for you but it is an expensive process. You may also end up missing this checkup due
to your busy schedule and time constraints. But what if we told you that there are certain
easy tests that you can do at home yourself to check for some diseases. In today’s video we will tell you what these
tests are and how you can do these at home. So stay right there to find out more! Artery Check: It has been shown that your
flexibility is a good indication of the health of your arteries. Yes, odd, we know, but it only takes a minute
to perform this simple check also known as the Cushion Test. Lie on your back and, using cushions, prop
up both legs so they’re at a 45-degree angle. Stay in this position for a minute and take
note of the colour that your legs are turning; are they becoming paler or have they retained
their colour? When the minute is up, lower your legs as
fast as possible so they’re hanging off one side of your bed, or sofa, at a 90 degree
angle. If you noted that your legs were particularly
drained of colour whilst raised and then take a couple of moments to return to normal, it
could indicate that you have blocked arteries, known medically as peripheral arterial disease
or PAD. PAD is caused by fatty material known as plaque
building up in the walls of your arteries making it narrower for blood to get through
and can lead to coronary heart disease. Eyesight: Amsler’s test can help identify
macular degeneration, a condition that can make your eyesight less sharp. Macular degeneration usually appears among
people older than 50 and progresses very quickly. It can lead to complete blindness. Do this test in a well-lit room. Put the Amsler Grid picture 10-15 inches from
your eyes. Don’t lean your head forward or to the side
and don’t squint. Cover one eye with your hand, and look at
the point without blinking for ten seconds. Do the same with the other eye. If all the lines are even, without any distortions,
cuts or gray spots, it means that your retina is perfectly healthy. However, if you notice that in some part of
the picture the lines are noticeably curved, you should see a doctor immediately. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Carpal tunnel may
well be every office worker’s worst nightmare but you might find some relief in knowing
that it’s quite easy to diagnose and can be done at home. You can perform a test called Phalen’s maneuver
to check for this. Press the top of your wrists together, so
your fingertips are facing the floor, in a reverse prayer position. Your elbows should be extended. Hold this position for sixty seconds. If you feel tingling, prickling or burning
sensation or something akin to knocking your ‘funny bone’ in your thumb, index finger,
middle finger and part of the ring finger, then you most probably have carpal tunnel
and it might be time to give the typing a rest. Longevity Test: Researchers at the European
Journal of Preventive Cardiology had created a test called the squat test to check how
long you might live. It is a point based test and if you get less
than eight points in this longevity test, there’s a greater likelihood that you’ll
bite the dust in the next six years. You begin this test, which also measures your
muscle strength and balance, with ten points. Start by crossing your legs and squatting
down until you’re sitting on the ground. Then, get back up again. If you use your hands, then minus a point
from your initial ten points. If another part of your body touched the ground,
minus another point. If two parts of your body touch the ground,
for instance, your thigh and your elbow, minus two points. If you wobbled, knock off a point. If you fall, take a point away. If you’ve wobbled and six parts of your
body have hit the ground, leaving you with a score of three or less, you’re 6.5 times
as likely to die in the next six years. Although this is not a number which is set
in stone. Brain Test: You can do this test at home to
check the functioning of your brain. You’ll need a blank sheet, a highlighter
or a pencil, and a friend’s help. Draw a clock and ask another person to say
the time hours and minutes. For example, if it is 10:10 AM, then draw
minute and hour hands so that they show the time your friend indicated. This test involves lots of processes in our
brains. The parts of the brain responsible for arm
movement, spatial, and visual perception start working harder and that’s why the inability
to draw a clock and clock hands may be signs of early dementia. Respiratory System: This method is called
the Shtange test and you’ll need a stopwatch to perform it. Stand up and check your heart rate for 30
seconds. Then sit down and take 3 breaths in a row
without exhaling. Then hold your breath as long as you can and
count the time. After you exhale, check your pulse for 30
seconds again. If you were able to take your breath for less
than 40 seconds, the work of your respiratory system isn’t that good. The average result should be 40-49 seconds. If you can hold your breath for more than
50 seconds, you’re in really good shape. Stomach Acid: Mix a heaping teaspoon of baking
soda into a small glass of tap water, stir and swallow immediately on an empty stomach. A loud burp within five minutes can indicate
healthy levels of stomach acid. Mixing sodium bicarbonate with stomach acid
or hydrochloric acid creates a reaction that gives off carbon dioxide gas, which causes
burping. Levels of stomach acid are thought to decline
after the age of 40 in some people, causing poor digestion or poor absorption of nutrients
because food is not properly broken down and you’re likely more vulnerable to an upset
stomach. On the flip side, low levels of the acid can
cause heartburn because, to compensate, your body throws the little acid there is to the
top of the stomach and it can get into your oesophagus. Thyroid: This thyroid test is rather easy
to perform. Just stretch out your hand, palm down, and
place a piece of paper on top. If the paper trembles or shakes excessively,
you could have an overactive thyroid gland or hyperthyroidism. A fine tremor of your hands is a sign of thyrotoxicosis
or excessive amounts of thyroid hormones. The movement could be too small to see on
its own, but the sheet of paper accentuates any shaking. A slight tremble is very common and can be
caused by caffeine, asthma medication, anxiety or low blood-sugar levels. It can also be a sign of early Parkinson’s
disease though in this case the tremor is more likely to appear when the hand is at
rest rather than when muscles are in use. Hyperthyroidism occurs when your thyroid gland
produces too much of the hormone thyroxine, causing your body’s functions to go into hyperdrive,
leading to a racing pulse and twitchy muscles, as well as possibly unexplained weight loss,
anxiety, mood swings and difficulty sleeping. Strength and Agility: The chair test is a
widely used measure of strength and agility to test its possible decline. Measure a 10 foot distance and place a dining
chair at one end. Ask a friend to stand at the other end with
a stopwatch. Sit comfortably on the chair, start the timer
and get up, walk the distance, turn around, walk back to your chair and sit down again. The clock should stop the moment your bottom
hits the chair. A score of ten seconds or less indicates normal
mobility, 13-20 seconds means your balance could be impaired and you could be at risk
of falls, while 20 seconds plus may mean a more serious mobility problem. You can improve your score by practising this
sit to stand technique at every opportunity. If you’re watching TV, get up every time a
commercial comes on and concentrate on lowering yourself slowly into the chair when you sit
back down, to work your muscles against gravity. If you slump into a chair with an audible
oooof, it means you’ve not engaged your muscles and properly controlled your descent. Back Pain: This curled spine test is for you
if you have back pain. Sitting in a chair, let your chin drop to
your chest and curl your back. Lift your leg in front of you to straighten
your knee, and finally, pull your toes towards you. Do the test slowly and stop immediately if
pain increases at any point. If you do feel pain during this test it’s
more likely that it originates from the sciatic nerve than, say, a pulled muscle. The sciatic nerve runs from your lower back
down the back of each leg. Sciatic pain can be caused by problems with,
or degeneration of the discs in the back that press on the nerves. It’s unlikely to disappear on its own and
if it is left untreated it can cause permanent nerve damage. Consult an immediate specialist intervention
to help it get better faster. Bowel Health: This might be the strangest
test on our list. It is also called the sweetcorn test and is
very simple to do. Eat a tablespoon of sweetcorn, either alone
or as part of a meal and note how long it takes for the first kernels to appear in your
stool. Ideally this should be in 12 to 48 hours,
any faster than this could lead to poor nutrient absorption, longer can signify constipation
or more serious problems. Sweet Corn is hard for your body to digest
which makes this test a simple way of checking what’s known as gut transit time. It is how long it takes for food to pass through
your body as you can see exactly when it has passed through. What test are you going to try? Do you have any at home tests you’d like
to share? Let us know in the comments section below.

17 thoughts on “11 Easy Health Tests You Can Do To Identify Serious Health Problems

  1. WATCH 🎥: What The Color Of Your Urine Says About Your Health – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiCYI5lNflA&list=PL_fl96m7OLQUZuUwYCH7NnU9b_bP6sRlp&index=20

  2. What test are you going to try? Do you have any at home tests you’d like to share? If you enjoyed this video, please give it a like and share it with your friends! 🙂

  3. Yes because if i fall when trying to sit down i have a 6.5 times chance 2 die i have never heard such bs in my life .

  4. If these tests are so effective why haven't I ever had a doctor do any of these tests on me, nor have I heard of any doctor doing these?

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