Unlock the clues: How to interpret your body’s symptoms of poor metabolic health

It is time to consider what your symptoms are telling you

Do you manage low energy levels mood swings, and struggle to lose weight even though you take regular physical activity and have reduced the refined grains and refined sugars from your diet?

Is your waist circumference, body weight and various health concerns impacting your lifestyle and ability to achieve your goals and dreams for a happy, healthier life?

Unlock the clues: symptoms of poor metabolic health

Symptoms Of Poor Metabolic Health

If you have noticed that your stubborn tummy fat, joint pain and feelings of depression are becoming more frequent, you may be developing metabolic syndrome.

This means you are at an increased risk of insulin sensitivity, high blood sugar, and high blood pressure.

(Even though recently you have started changing your food and lifestyle choices).

These are all metabolic syndrome risk factors and symptoms of poor metabolic health.

Our everyday symptoms are clues that our fasting insulin levels are too high, and that your lipid panel that shows high cholesterol levels, high density lipoprotein, and triglyceride levels will be related to our current metabolic health condition.

It is important to consider how you feel when you wake up each morning and what you see when you look in the mirror.

Instead of reaching for a painkiller or an anti-inflammatory to help you get through the day maybe it is time to understand what your body is telling you about your metabolic health.

In this article, we will unlock clues about what your body is telling you about your metabolic health. We will also discuss the importance of paying attention to these clues and taking action to prevent metabolic syndrome.

I’m Jen Adams: My purpose is to help those who want to address the root cause of poor metabolic health symptoms to discover what they can do to move away from being frustrated, depressed and tired to feeling confident and in control about what they eat and when so they can achieve and maintain their ideal weight.

Your body provides indications when your metabolic pathways are regularly struggling to cope.

Clues to poor metabolic health can manifest in many ways:

  1. Low energy levels and fatigue
  2. Mood swings and irritability
  3. Struggle to lose weight despite efforts in exercise and diet control
  4. High waist circumference, body weight, and various health concerns such as joint pain, inflammation, and depression.
  5. Increased risk of insulin sensitivity, high blood sugar spike, and high blood pressure.


Clues to poor metabolic health

These symptoms tell your body that your metabolic health is at risk.

Paying attention to these clues and taking action before it develops into a more severe condition like metabolic syndrome is essential.

Lifestyle changes such as improving nutrition, regular weight training, managing stress levels, and getting enough sleep can all help improve metabolic health.

Your body will continue to give you external signs of an internal problem.

So, recognizing those clues to the underlying systemic imbalances will help you enhance your future optimal metabolic health.

You may think a few aches and pains and bloating after dinner are signs you are just getting older, or it’s something you ate.

I’m sorry to tell you that it is likely there is something quite serious happening, and it was something you ate, but it was weeks ago.

It’s important to be aware of the most common signs and symptoms because, as you age, these are clues that you should be paying attention to before developing metabolic syndrome.

Some common clues include fatigue, weight gain or difficulty losing weight, high blood sugar levels, inflammation and frequent sickness.

Signs Of Poor Metabolic Health

Digestive system issues, such as bloating, constipation, and diarrhoea

Skin conditions like acne, eczema, and psoriasis

Hormonal imbalances such as irregular bleeding cycles and ongoing menopause symptoms when you have finished cycling

Thyroid conversion issues lead to abdominal obesity and sluggish or slower metabolism.

If you’ve been suffering from any of these symptoms or all of these for more than two years, then these are the clues that there is something wrong with your metabolic pathways.

Systemic imbalance is when one or more of your body systems are not functioning correctly, and symptoms are the triggers that tell you there is a problem.

That is why paying attention to your body’s clues is crucial, as they can help you identify potential underlying issues with your metabolism.

Your metabolism works best when all the metabolic pathways are balanced and work together to provide you with energy, repair tissue damage and eliminate toxins.

However, poor nutrition, lack of exercise, chronic stress, and sleep deprivation can cause imbalances in these pathways.

This leads to a dysfunctional metabolism and can eventually result in metabolic syndrome if not addressed promptly.

So next time your body is showing you symptoms like fatigue or inflammation, don’t ignore them as they could be indications of an underlying metabolic issue.

How to improve poor metabolic health

To improve your metabolic health, it’s crucial to address underlying systemic imbalances that manifest as symptoms.

By listening to our body’s clues and taking action towards better nutrition, regular exercise, stress management, and adequate sleep, we can prevent metabolic syndrome and achieve optimal health.

These clues will only continue creating systemic imbalances, creating a greater risk of cardiovascular disease and insulin resistance syndrome.

These symptoms have a root cause within your metabolic pathways, such as energy delivery, liver clearance and gut absorption.

If there is a systemic imbalance with energy delivery into cells, you will manage brain fog, lack of concentration, headaches, migraines, skin tags or deep wrinkles and ageing skin.

When the liver struggles to clear toxins, common symptoms include constipation, hot sweats, and hot flushes.

When you look in the mirror, you will see puffy eyes, oily skin, and large open pores to hold that extra sebum that’s on the skin.

Gut absorption clues that relate to your gut microbiome. When imbalanced, it can affect your mental health, cognitive function, sex hormone regulation and immune system due to endothelial dysfunction.

You may experience changes in appetite, cravings for certain foods, and increased bloating after meals.

There are certain types of food that some people cannot tolerate due to their intolerance, which can cause bloating and constipation.

This problem is slightly related to the body’s ability to get rid of waste, but it is mainly caused by an issue with the body’s ability to absorb nutrients properly.

And then with that comes sensitive skin or reactive skin, dry skin, dry skin patches, flaky skin, which leads to things like psoriasis or eczema patches on your skin.

These are all clues that there is an issue with the absorption of nutrients within your gut flora.

So if you experience any of these clues, instead of automatically reaching for over-the-counter medication or searching for more skincare products to treat the skin condition, take a step back for a moment and think about the root causes.

Consider if there is an underlying issue with your metabolic health and how you can improve it through lifestyle changes.

  • Do you drink too much caffeine?
  • Have you previously had years of a sedentary lifestyle?
  • Is there a family history of high blood pressure?
  • Do you carry excess body fat?
  • Do you add sugar to your tea?
  • Do you do any strength training?

Remember, your body constantly communicates with you, so don’t ignore the clues it gives you about your health.

Suppose you have concerns about your excess weight, poor sleep quality, and blood glucose levels. In that case, you can discuss them with a healthcare provider and order blood tests such as LDL, HDL, High triglycerides, and blood glucose levels to determine the inflammatory markers that will influence your cardiovascular system.

By learning more about how your body burns calories and your metabolic processes with a blood test, you can begin to understand more about the obvious signs of poor metabolic health and the underlying causes.

Incorporating healthy habits and addressing imbalances can improve your overall well-being and prevent future health concerns related to metabolic syndrome.

In Summary, the primary outcome is for you to become aware of the frequency or intensity of existing symptoms because they are clues that you may be managing metabolic syndrome and various health problems that will have other complications with various health conditions.

Mainly insulin resistance, chronic inflammation, and potentially a dysfunction in your metabolic pathways that can lead to diabetes mellitus, heart disease and metabolic syndrome.

Recognizing the clues and addressing the root cause can enhance your metabolic health and overall well-being for years.

Listen to your body, pay attention to its clues, and take proactive steps towards good metabolic health. This may prevent certain cancers, heart attack, heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, or coronary artery disease.

Remember, it’s not just about treating the symptom for temporary relief but addressing the underlying imbalance to becoming metabolically healthy for long-term health and vitality.

The next time you experience any of the symptoms listed, don’t ignore them.

And always consult with healthcare professionals for guidance on your journey towards a healthier and happier life.

While paying attention to these clues is important, it’s also essential to understand that everyone’s body is different.

What may be considered normal for one person may not be the same for another.

Take a moment to reflect on your blood sugar regulation, the consumption of processed foods and your gut microbiome and consider various lifestyle interventions to improve your metabolic health.

Your body will thank you in the long run.

Educating yourself about what goes into your body is an important step towards making better food choices.

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What’s next? What is your metabolic health age – use the online Metabolic Age Calculator and answer a few simple health and lifestyle questions. It takes a few minutes, but it could help you change how you manage your energy levels forever.

If your Metabolic Health Age is equivalent to or lower than your actual age, then that is great news! This means your blood sugar levels, triglycerides, high-density lipoprotein, (HDL) cholesterol, blood pressure and waist circumference are potentially all within an ideal range.

However if your Metabolic Health Age is more than 10 years of your actual age, and you are struggling with low energy and fatigue you could be prone to some or all of these conditions as these are all markers that directly relate to your risk of insulin resistance, fatty liver, dysbiosis, high cholesterol and blood pressure.


In the following article, we will look long term consequences of these clues to metabolic dysfunction and the effect of treating the symptom without making lifestyle changes to address the underlying cause.