The human body routinely transmits information, steering people away from intolerable activities or to ones that will ensure continued good health. Here are six things your body is trying to tell you.
Sign: Kidneys gradually lose efficiency, and nerves that signal thirst decline Solution: Sip water throughout the day.
Sign: From early adulthood to late middle age, our metabolic rates fall by an average of 10 percent. Solution: Think of the metabolic slowdown as your body's way of getting you to be more mindful of what's on your fork or spoon.
Sign: The National Sleep Foundation says the architecture of sleep changes as we age; we spend more time in light stages of sleep and less in those that are more restful. Solution: Get more sleep than you think you need -- always at least 7 hours.
Sign: By our mid-40s, most of us have lost between 3 and 4 inches in the sit-and-reach test, ABC News reports. Solution: Do more activities like yoga and tai chi, which boost both flexibility and balance. After any workout, take time to stretch.
Sign: Psychologists have known for awhile that people tend to become more forgiving over time. Solution: Have a kinder heart. A UWM study shows heart patients who do forgiveness counseling have significantly fewer heart symptoms than those who don't.
Sign: Aging seems to reduce women's ability to tolerate alcohol. Drinking even a little more than usual increases the risk of tipsy mishaps. Solution: A little vino now and then is good, but stick to 1 glass at a time, and 7 servings per week.