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Nutrition and Aging: 5 Signs of Inadequate Nutrition

If you stop and think about it, we truly live in peculiar times. Never before have we had such vast knowledge and options when it comes to food. And, yet, the percentage of obese people and people suffering from poor nutrition has never been higher.

How to explain this? Simple. People simply don’t care about what they put in their bodies. This leads to quite a few problems that they are usually not aware of until it is too late. So, what are the signs of inadequate nutrition and how can you come back from it? Let’s have a look.

5 Signs of Inadequate Nutrition

The most important thing you need to realize about inadequate nutrition is that it impacts our whole body. There is not a part of your body that doesn’t require food in order to function properly. Therefore, when you eat bad food, all of those parts suffer.

Some start suffering sooner, which produces the early signs of inadequate nutrition. Others can start later but can develop into serious illnesses and conditions. Just like a car needs proper fuel, our bodies need proper food in order to function. So, what are the signs that you are not eating the right things?

Dental issues

The first place on your body that has contact with your food is your mouth. Therefore, it is no surprise that one of the first signs of inadequate nutrition is dental issues. Those can range from bad breath to your teeth falling out.

Sugars are known to hurt your teeth and cause them to rot. Furthermore, they can cause bacterial imbalance in your stomach which can produce bad breath, even if you wash your teeth regularly. The lack of vitamin C can cause bleeding gums and gingivitis.

After a long time without it, you can even develop scurvy. So, there is more to dental health than simply having a beautiful smile. Keep track of your teeth and breath in order to figure out if you are eating properly.

Mood swings and mental issues

One of the trickier ways in which food impacts our lives is mental health. If you eat properly your food will give you no troubles. But, unhealthy food can easily cause mood swings, depression, and fatigue. Bad diet impacts your hormones which play a big role in your brains biochemistry.

Therefore, it is no surprise that a lot of depressions and insomnias are caused by not eating properly. Do yourself a favor and try having a balanced diet before you start taking pills.

Poor immune response

Another way in which your body responds to poor nutrition is by having a poor immune system. If you are getting sick constantly, it might be because you are not eating right. Vitamins, proteins, minerals, sugars, all of those are necessary in order for you to have a healthy immune system.

Not to mention the fact that large amounts of sugar can cause you to have constant inflammations. Such inflammations impact your immune system and make you more prone to various illnesses.

Lack of energy

One of the best things about healthy foods is that they are easy to digest. Most of them are made of up simple nutrients that our stomach digest in no time. But, this is not the case when it comes to junk food. Junk food is usually made up of complex, yet empty nutrients.

They offer little food to your body while taking up a lot of energy to be digested. This leads to you feeling tired. Which, unfortunately, can lead to you eating more sugar. Which makes you more tired… And the spiral keeps on going. So, if you are felling a constant lack of energy, consider your diet first. Don’t increase your caffeine and sugar intake.

Injuries and slow healing

And the final, and arguably the least know sign of inadequate nutrition are injuries and slow healing. This usually happens when people decide that they want to experience, but don’t want to change their eating habits. Well, what ends up happening is that your muscles get really tired, really fast.

This is due to the simple fact that your muscles need both stress and nutrition in order to grow. And, if you only stress them, they will soon fail you. This usually manifests as losing your grip strength or having a hard time keeping balance. Or, and this is quite common, you end up having a hard time healing your injuries.

Keep yourself vibrant and healthy

Having a proper diet is must if you hope to have a healthy life and to age slowly. Everyone knows that bad habits cause you to age more rapidly, and bad eating habits are no exception. But, is nutrition all there is to living a healthy life? Of course not.

Exercise

Exercise is just as necessary to a healthy lifestyle as nutrition. Not only does it help you keep your energy up but it can even help keep your everyday life healthy and exciting. Just find some form of exercises that encompasses your entire body and that is fun for you do too.

You don’t have to lift weights and run. There are always some yoga exercise professionals at your service, or dance studios nearby, if either of those sounds interesting. Key to exercises is finding what you like and exercising it regularly.

Sleep

It feels suitable to end this article with the thing that should be the end of a healthy day. Sleep is just as important as experiences and nutrition. Not only does sleep regulate your body and helps keep it running, but it keeps your mind healthy and young as well.

Lack of sleep, on the other hand, can destroy your metabolism and mental health if not dealt with. So, do yourself a huge favor and make sure that you have the trinity of health in check. Nutrition, exercise, and proper sleep.

Author Bios:

By being professional trainer for years, Connor Cormier has seen what impact diet, exercise and sleep can have on a person. This has given him the necessary knowledge to give helpful tips on all things healthy.

Lisa Roberts is a writer and assistant editor. She has been engaged in writing blog articles for the last 7 years.  She started off her career in the moving industry and today, her range of topics spans from moving across the globe to everyday lifestyle tips, traveling, marketing and software-related news, etc.

This article is for informational/educational purposes only. Healthtian does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, read more.

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