Most people realise that eating healthy is important but may not know or be surprised by the multitude of reasons why. What we put into our mouth affects our mood, body processes and health in more ways that you might realise and may be the reason you are living a healthy happy life or one where you feel like you are dragging yourself around and feel borderline terrible all the time.
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So what does poor nutrition affect? Let’s look at the 7 body processes/body affects below and see if you can identify with any of them:
1) Premature aging
In a society that is obsessed with staying young this should grab your attention. There is a growing body of evidence suggesting that a balanced nutritious diet is a must have for your skin health and delaying extrinsic skin aging. Diets rich in Vitamins A, C, D and E, in addition to antioxidants such as carotenoids, tocophernols, and flavonoids have beneficial effects on skin-aging parameters. These nutrients can be found in fresh vegetables and fruits so aim to get at least 5 servings a day to keep that youthful appearance. Your skin isn’t the only part of your body that will thank you – there’s also a growing body evidence that good nutrition will improve your cognitive function as you age, too.
2) Shocking Oral Health
Without a nutritious balanced diet your mouth can be the victim. Symptoms like inflamed or bleeding gums, tooth loss, mouth pain and tooth decay are common in people that choose to eat a lot of processed and sugary foods. The evidence is clear on the effects of sugar and your teeth so try swapping that sugary drink for water.
3) The battle of the bulge
Unintentional weight gain is often the result of over-eating or eating too many discretionary, or processed foods. Any calories that you eat above and beyond those that you use, will be stored in your body as fat, regardless of whether they came from carbohydrates, fat or protein. In order to keep a beautiful body, it is important to increase your consumption for nutrient rich foods rather than those potato chips.
4) Brain Fog
The brain is not immune to the effects of poor nutrition. Memory and/or concentration problems are often indicators of poor nutrition. Furthermore, there are increasing studies on the gut-brain connection, as well as studies linking poor dietary habits to depression. Our brains need good nutrition, specifically and adequate intake of omega 3 fatty acids which is important in cognitive development at all life stages. Foods high in omega-3s include flax seeds, wild caught salmon, fish oil and walnuts.
5) Poor Wound Healing
There are a number of studies that have shown that a sufficient intake of proteins, calories, and micronutrients is essential for proper wound healing. A diet not sufficient in these nutrients can affect the healing time and integrity of the new tissue. Often wounds take much longer to heal, the new tissue is not as strong and your body may not be able to fight off as effectively infections that come in through the wound.
6) Digestive Problems
If you are feeling digestive discomfort it might be that you are not getting enough fibre. Fibre is important because it slows down the rate that your stomach empties itself which allows you to feel fuller for longer, slows the absorption of nutrients in the small intestine and promotes a healthy stool output. Fibre also adds bulk to your stools to help it pass more effectively, through your digestive system.
7) You are sick all the time
Poor nutritional choices can have a real impact on your immune system leaving you more prone to sickness and infection. Everyone needs good nutrition but if you always seem to be sporting a cold or are calling in sick on a regular basis it is time to increase your intake of nutrient rich foods, paying particular attention to your vegetables. Vitamins and minerals such as Vitamins A, C, and E, zinc, selenium, iron, and folic acid play a very important part in keeping sickness and infection at bay.
So there you have it nutrition is the cornerstone to a healthy and happy lifestyle. You must also consider though, our bodies are unique and therefore we each have our own individual nutritional requirements. This is why some people do well on certain diets and for other people these same diets can be disastrous. The best advice here is to see a nutritionist who will determine what type of diet will best suit your individual needs. This can be the difference between jumping out of bed full of energy and vitality or dragging yourself out to face another exhausting day.