6 Signs That Your “Healthy Diet” Is Not So Healthy For You

6 Signs That Your “Healthy Diet” Is Not So Healthy For You

The key to losing weight is striking a proper balance between a healthy diet and adequate amounts of exercise.  Losing weight gradually is the best way to go because you will tend to keep it off and remain healthy at the same time.  Starvation and crash diets are not the answer in order to lose weight and can wreak havoc by causing a lot of unwanted health issues.  In fact, according to scientific evidence, many of our modern day health problems can be traced back to nutritional deficiencies.  It normally takes a while for the problems to manifest which can make them harder to notice until the problems become apparent.   The following are six signs that your body might be sending you to indicate that your “healthy diet” is not so healthy for you.

 The 6 Signs

Hair Problems.

When your diet is lacking in iron, zinc, Vitamin C, essential fatty acids, and/or protein, it can result in loss of hair, thinning follicles, and even a loss of hair color.

Dental Problems.

A diet that is high in sugar can increase your risk for dental cavities.  One study indicated that the more often you drink soft drinks, (in particular), the more often that it can result in cavities.  In addition, inflamed, bleeding, or swollen gums are associated with being deficient in Vitamin C, according to various studies.  To counteract this problem, try eating more foods that are high in Vitamin C such as potatoes, strawberries, green leafy vegetables, and tomatoes.

Decreased Brain Function.

The brain must have an adequate amount of Omega 3 Fatty Acids in order to function properly. In fact, according to a 2013 study, Omega 3 Fats are important for the brain during all stages of life.  If you are having trouble with your memory or with concentration, then try choosing foods that have a high amount of Omega 3’s such as wild salmon, walnuts, fish oil, and flax seed.

Digestion Problems.

Constipation and diarrhea are often problems that can be traced back to inadequate fiber intake.  According to a recent review, soluble fiber can help slow down the emptying of the stomach which causes you to feel full longer, allows more time for nutrients to be absorbed in the small intestine, and supports a healthy stool.  Soluble fiber includes choices such as carrots, celery, cucumbers, apples, blueberries, dried peas, beans, oranges, and strawberries.

It is best to stick with soluble fiber if at all possible.  This is because in some people, sources of insoluble fiber, (such as wheat and corn), can cause even more digestion issues; especially for those who have problems with IBS and low stomach acid.

Low Immunity.

If you find that you are constantly feeling bad or fighting infections, then you may benefit from adding some extra nutrients to your diet.  (http://www. huffingtonpost.com/kristin-kirkpatrick-ms-rd-ld/diet-problems_b_4456679.html).  Adequate intake of Vitamins E, C, A, and folic acid, along with minerals such as iron, zinc, and selenium, help promote immunity according to research conducted in older populations with impaired immune function.  So, you can try increasing your leafy greens, citrus fruits, and small amounts of brown rice and popcorn to help fight a compromised immunity.

Skin Breakouts.

If your face tends to break out frequently, then you should consider avoiding caffeine, dairy, sugar, and gluten products.  Instead, try to eat more veges, healthy fats, and lean protein.

Remember that the most important thing that you want to gain when changing your diet is to maintain your good health.  If you tend to feel hungry all the time while you are trying to cut your calories, then you are definitely on the wrong diet plan.  Sometimes, you might need to experiment a little to see what works for you.  However, if you are experiencing any of the unhealthy signs mentioned in this article, please look into what you can do to reverse these problems so that you will not cause any more damage to your body and mind.  May you experience good health as your pursue a healthy diet that is just right for you!

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