It can sometimes be hard to notice the signs our body sends to us to tell us there is something wrong. This is very difficult because of our modern stressful and accelerated lifestyle many of us live today. Our body sends us different messages which we are usually ignoring. Or, when we acknowledge the signs, we are finding quick fixes using unnecessary medication without thinking about the essence of the problem.
The root of many health problems is bad nutrition. These problems usually don’t generally develop overnight.
Aging is a process that cannot be avoided. But with proper nutrition it is possible to delay the visible signs of aging. The first signs like wrinkles and liver spots, we usually notice around our eyes, hands and neck are due to ultraviolet rays from the sun. They damage the elastic fibres that keeps skin firm, and allow wrinkles to develop. Foods and supplements which are rich in vitamins A, C, D and E and antioxidants such as tocopherol and flavonoids will help delay premature ageing.
What we advise:
Stop intentionally sunbathing.
Any suntan means skin damage has occurred.
Always wear sunscreen protection. Choose a product with sun protection factor (SPF) 30 or higher. The hands and face are the most frequently exposed — cover them. Avoid the sun between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., when its rays are the strongest. Eat at least 3 portions of organic vegetables a day. Drink plenty of water.
Bad Oral Hygiene
Inflamed gums and halitosis are also symptoms of bad nutrition. When your gums are bleeding and your mouth is painful this is generally a consequence of lack of vitamin C . Bacteria from sugary foods and carbohydrates can also overgrow in your mouth.
The form of the food you eat, whether it’s liquid, solid, sticky or slow to dissolve, makes a difference.
Some points that make a real difference to our Oral Health:
How often you eat sugary foods and beverages and how often you eat or drink acidic foods and beverages.
The nutritional makeup of the food.
The combination of the foods you eat and the order in which you eat them.
The bacteria in your mouth is dependant on carbohydrate so when you cut back on sugar, and other sources of simple carbohydrates that are easily fermentable, you reduce your cavity risk. Limit added sugars in your diet by reading food labels to determine the amount of added sugar in a food.
What we advise to eat for strong healthy gums:
Goats Cheese, Goats or Almond milk, Plain Goats Yoghurt, leafy greens and almonds, are foods that will benefit your oral health. thanks to their high amounts of calcium and other nutrients they provide. Protein-rich foods like meat, poultry, fish, almond milk and organic eggs are the best sources of phosphorus. Both of these minerals play a critical role in dental health, by protecting and rebuilding tooth enamel.
Fruits and vegetables are good choices for a healthy smile since they are high in water and fibre, which balance the sugars they contain and help to clean the teeth.
Extreme Obesity or Weight Loss
If you gain excessive weight unexpectedly or lose excessive weight within a short period this could be the result of bad nutrition. Usually it is due to consuming empty calories. A unit of carbohydrate-based energy derived from refined food products that are high in sugars or salts, but essentially devoid of nutritive value, lacking protein, vitamins, dietary fibre, and essential fats. Empty calories are typical of ‘junk’ or snack foods like crisps, pastries, cakes, soft drinks.
Be aware – quick weight change can also be due to serious health problems such as diabetes, thyroid problems and cancer.
Weakened Brain Function
Is it difficult to concentrate on your work behind your desk? Most of us have noticed these in the office, mainly in the afternoon at snack time. The usual signs of bad nutrition are memory problems and lack of concentration. The brain is depending on good nutrition especially the consumption of an adequate quantity of omega 3 amino acids. So, you should eat nuts such as walnuts, pumpkin seeds, almonds, linseed, fish oil, sea fish etc. You will feel the difference!
Constipation is a very common problem among people from all age groups. This is very often your body’s sign that you are not consuming enough fibres. You should eat natural oats, brown rice, rye bread, nuts, seeds etc. Try to drink plenty of water or herbal teas. Be mindful – emotional and psychological problems can contribute to the problem.
Bad nutrition has a huge influence on your personal immunity and can cause disease and infections. Appropriate intake of vitamins A, C, E, zinc, iron and folic acid. All play an important role at strengthening the immunity. Consume plenty of vegetables and fruits every day to build a good healthy immunity.
Your energy levels could be one of the most important signals to show you whether you are following a nutritionally balanced diet. If you are constantly tired there is a great possibility that you are eating far too many carbohydrates and not enough protein. Combination of non complex carbohydrates, vegetables and good quality protein will help to stabilize blood sugar levels and this alone will help you to feel more energised. It is also possible that there you are suffering from a lack of vitamin C or Iron which will also lead to exhaustion and tiredness.
Living a healthy life and eating a balanced diet is vital for good health and our wellbeing. Food is fuel and it provides our bodies with the energy, protein, essential fats, vitamins and minerals to live, grow, function, train and enjoy life. We need a wide variety of different foods to provide the right amounts of nutrients for good health. Always try to go for organic products as the nutritional value is much better.
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