Self-Health Checks

Your body can tell you more about your overall health than you realise.

Look out for these telltale signs:


According to US surgeon Dr Mehmet Oz, you can check on the health of your digestive system by looking at your tongue. If it has little white dots on it, your liver may be sluggish, while a visible line or crack down the middle of the tongue shows poor digestive function.

According to the Boots Health Club, an online pharmacy and health-care advisory service in the UK, seeing floating objects in your line of vision could indicate a detached retina. Itchy, red eyes that won’t clear up may be caused by conjunctivitis (or pinkeye), so see your doctor if the irritation persists.

Calculate your Body Mass Index (BMI) by dividing your weight in kilograms by your height in metres squared, like this: 65kg ÷ 1,63m x 1,63m = 24. If it’s below 19, you’re considered underweight and must eat more! A BMI between 19 and 24 is healthy, while 30 or more means it’s time to hit the gym.