We all try to eat as healthy as possible, but sometimes that’s easier said than done! Due to time or financial constraints, we can’t eat all the healthy food we’d like. We often end up eating poorly, and our bodies begin to show the signs of those poor diet choices. Here are a few signs of improper nutrition, ways your body lets you know you’re not eating right:
It’s normal to be tired. After all, you work hard, exercise, and have lots of things to deal with on a regular basis. But what happens when that tiredness turns into fatigue, a bone-deep weariness that never seems to go away? That’s usually a sign that something’s wrong! Anemia is one of the primary causes of fatigue. The iron deficiency can lead to a low red blood cell count, and it’s an indication you’re not getting enough iron in your diet. It may also be a sign of other health conditions, so any persistent fatigue is something to be concerned about.
If your fingernails start to curl upward at the tips of your fingers (the way spoons do at the tip), it’s a very clear indicator that you are suffering from an iron deficiency–a problem that can be easily connected by changing your diet. If your nails turned brittle or become discolored, it may also be a sign something is wrong. Your fingernails are a very good indicator of your health, so any abnormalities may indicate health problems.
If you are eating right, your hair will usually be healthy and lustrous. But when you’re not getting enough protein, vitamins, fatty acids, or minerals in your diet, your hair will lack nourishment. This may lead to dry, brittle hair, which tends to fall out easily and lacks a beautiful shine. Often, changing up your diet and adding more of the important foods to your meals can help to combat hair problems. Protein and healthy fats, specifically, are some of the foods you need to eat A LOT more of.
If you are eating a healthy, balanced diet, your bowel movements should be consistent and healthy. Diarrhea could be an indicator that your body isn’t properly absorbing the nutrients you eat, which could be the result of a digestive disorder. It may also be caused by an excess of fiber or water, or heavy alcohol use. Constipation usually sets in when your body isn’t getting enough fiber or water, so it absorbs as much moisture from your food as possible.
If you are on a very low calorie diet, your body has to burn a lot of fat to keep you going. This is known as ketosis, which can cause bad breath. If there is cracking or swelling at the corners of your mouth, it may be a sign that you’re not getting enough B Vitamins or iron in your diet. A swollen tongue may also indicate a B vitamin deficiency, as well as a sign of anemia. There is another unusual oral condition called burning mouth syndrome that may set in when your levels of zinc, iron, or B vitamins are too low.
If you feel annoyed or irritable all the time, it could be due to a lack of carbohydrates. Carbohydrates provide a “feel good” sensation when you eat them, and cutting carbs from your diet can cause you to be irritable. When your body doesn’t get enough energy from the carbs it requires, you may end up with a short temper and a desire to bark or snap at those around you.