Our bodies are amazingly complex and intricate. When something is wrong, or when we are not in homeostasis (i.e. lacking balance), the body has tons of compensatory mechanisms in place to restore us to good health. However, there does come a time when the body tries to communicate that we need to make healthier food choices. Here are some of the signs we should heed, along with tips on how to live healthier and eat well.
Brittle Hair/Hair Loss
Just like any tissue in the body, hair follicles need nutrients to stay healthy. When they are not getting the protein they need, hair can become brittle and straw-like, and may even start to fall out. This is a serious warning sign to take note of immediately. Consider your diet, and what changes you could make to be healthier and more balanced. Diets lacking in protein are associated with this side effect, so if that rings true for you, try to incorporate more lean meat, nuts, or beans.
Early Signs of Aging
One of the best things you can do to prevent wrinkles and signs of aging is not to invest in a thick and expensive lotion, but rather to regularly eat a healthy diet. More and more research is supporting the notion that a healthy diet has a big impact on skin health and glow. Try to incorporate a variety of whole fruits and vegetables, as these contain the vitamins and minerals your body and skin need to thrive.
Poor Oral Health
If you don’t brush your teeth, you are going to get cavities. But did you know that if you don’t eat a healthy and natural diet, you could get the same result? One of the most immediate signs of a diet that is lacking is poor oral health. This can include tooth loss, bleeding gums, and general mouth pain. Eating foods rich in vitamin C can reduce this kind of inflammation, and it also helps to minimize sugar intake.
Unexplained Weight Gain or Loss
Your body craves nutrients. If you are not giving it the kinds of nutrients it needs, it might respond by a) storing fat, or b) quickly dropping weight – muscle mass in particular. Malnutrition is associated with the latter. However, people who eat enough food, but not enough quality food, tend to present with excess fat around the middle. So if your body is not maintaining a healthy weight, diet is often the culprit.
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Story Credit: 9 Ways Your Body Is Trying to Tell You That Your Diet Stinks by Kristin Kirkpatrick, M.S., R.D., L.D.
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