17 Signs Your Diet Is Sabotaging Your Health

By Elise Phillips Margulis | 16 September 2019 429 views
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There’s a lot of unhealthy foods out there, and most of them are hard to resist! Even foods that seem healthy can have hidden harmful ingredients.

Eating the right foods can prevent and heal illnesses. Your diet can be your ticket to good health

So many chronic physical and emotional conditions can be avoided or repaired by following good eating rules.

Here are some clues that can help you identify nutritional deficits and remedies for each situation.

1) Chronic Bloating

If you always feel bloated, you’re probably eating too much sodium. Restaurant food and processed foods like chips, bread, butter, canned foods, and crackers will cause you to retain water. 

You can find healthier alternatives in your supermarket if you vigilantly check and compare labels. 

A bloated belly can also indicate that you need more fruits and veggies because your potassium level is low.

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2) Perpetual Sugar Cravings

It’s not your fault that sugar is as addictive as heroin! Junk food is also frighteningly addictive. 

When you get a taste of sugar, you just want to have more and more. If you NEED to have sugar—and not just natural sugar from fruit—you have to figure out what you’re willing to give up to get your fix (and avoid delirium tremors). 

Soda and juices are sugar sources you might want to forgo if you’re a hardcore sweets lover and need candy or cake. If you don’t need a daily taste of dessert, you can have a soda or juice here and there.

It’s all about balance and trade-offs.

Keep in mind that too much sugar can lead to diabetes… and can contribute to heart disease, stroke, hypoglycemia, neuropathy, foot problems, kidney issues, gum and dental disease, eye problems, bladder, and sexual issues. 

Refined sugar can also damage your immune system, deplete essential minerals, cause cancer, decay your teeth, damage your liver, make you fat, and increase your cholesterol. 

The horrific reality of sugar is tragic for those of us who are addicted. Read over the last two paragraphs when you find yourself about to eat an extra brownie. Print it out and tape it to your fridge or pantry door.

3) Yo-Yo Weight

Does your weight go up and down? Even if it’s just five or ten pounds that you’re losing and gaining back… it stresses your body. This can lead to increased blood pressure, putting you at risk for heart disease and possibly cancer.

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The solution to fluctuating weight is to figure out a healthy eating plan and to maintain your weight. Living life on and off of various diets is actually dangerous

Your best bet is to keep the main food groups in mind and eat lots of fruits and veggies, grains, and low-fat protein. A little cheating now and again will keep you sane and happy.

4) Moodiness

Positive people live longer, especially if they eat healthfully. Amino acids are important for brain neurotransmitters like serotonin, GABA, and dopamine. They regulate your mood. 

Eating protein at each meal with one or two foods containing magnesium and vitamin B will keep your mood steady. These nutrients are found in nuts, legumes, seeds, whole grains, poultry, and meat. 

5) Depression

Food can help or cause depression! Not all depression is caused by food, of course… but eating too much junk food is a path to depression.

Make sure you have enough omega 3 fatty acids and folate, and you should feel happier. Omega 3 is found in fish, seafood, chia seeds, flaxseed, flaxseed oil, soybean oil, canola oil, and fortified foods such as some brands of eggs, yogurt, juices, milk and soy beverages, and walnuts.

Folate is found in eggs, leafy greens, asparagus, citrus fruits, beets, legumes, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, nuts, seeds, beef liver, papaya, wheat germ, banana, avocado, and fortified grains.

Depression is often associated with early death. Speak to a mental health professional if you are depressed and improving your diet doesn’t help.

6) Too Many Hangovers

Moderate drinking is fine, but if you’re waking up hung over A LOT… your body is telling you to not drink so much!

Excessive alcohol consumption can cause hypertension, cancer, liver disease, heart disease, stroke, and digestive issues. 

Nutrient deficiencies and malnutrition are also caused by too much drinking. Those, in turn, lead to other health problems.

The CDC says moderate drinking is one drink a day for women and two for men. (That doesn’t seem fair, but men are usually physically bigger).

7) Dark Yellow Urine

This condition has an easy fix. Dark urine means you need to drink more water.

Dehydration can lead to weight gain. That’s because you might confuse thirst with hunger. 

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Without enough hydration, you won’t have healthy bowel movements, your electrolytes will be unbalanced, and you won’t feel like exercising or doing much of anything.

Drink water all day until your urine is a pale yellow or gold. Drinking enough water will help you feel full, make your skin and hair hydrated, and do all sorts of wonderful things for your body. Speaking of skin and hair….

8) Dry Hair & Skin

Fat is demonized in our dieting society, but the healthy ones are mandatory for your well-being. Make sure you consume the good fats found in olive oil, avocados, fish, nuts, seeds, and low-fat dairy.

Healthy fats are good for your metabolism, energy, and vitamin absorption. 

9) Swollen Ankles & Hands

If you notice your hands and ankles look swollen toward the end of the day… you may be consuming too much processed food. You’re retaining water, and it’s puffing you up. 

Some examples of processed foods containing a lot of sodium include baked goods, processed cheese, deli meats, bacon, sausage, mac and cheese, canned food, snacks, sauces, gravies, and packaged rice.

Keep your fridge and pantry stocked with healthy, minimally processed snacks and meals. Bring a healthy lunch to work. It’s all about being prepared when hunger strikes. 

If you eliminate (or radically reduce) processed foods from your diet and are still swollen, your doctor can tell you if you have a health issue that needs to be treated.

10) Frequent Colds

Lack of immunity can be traced back to bad nutrition. Eat healthy food (veggies, fruit, grains, and low-fat protein). That can help your body be able to thwart more colds and other contagious diseases.

Who wants to be sick—especially if you may be able to prevent it?! 

11) Digestive Issues & Abdominal Pain

Time to eat more fiber!

Try to avoid refined carbs and alcohol and drink enough water… or else prepare for Diverticulosis (Diverticulitis’s more chronic form). It’s painful and can lead to death.

That’s a good reason to up your fiber, right?!

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12) Endless Hunger

If you are famished all the time, you are probably not eating enough healthy fats and protein. Protein makes you feel full. 

Omega 3 fatty acids are important because they reduce your stroke and heart disease risk and keep your blood pressure low. See the list of Omega 3 foods above in the Depression section.

Increase your healthy fats, and you’ll feel sated.

13) Inflamed & Swollen Gums

If your gums are inflamed and swollen (and it’s not a dental problem), you may need more Vitamin C.

Eat some strawberries, red bell peppers, green leafy vegetables, and tomatoes to correct that problem.

14) Constipation

Not able to go? If you don’t consume enough fiber, you won’t be able to move your bowels. 

Help yourself to fruit, non-starchy vegetables, and whole grains to avoid hemorrhoids, anal fissures, and other unpleasantries. Water and exercise are also very helpful. 

15) Never-Ending Fatigue

Being tired all of the time is often a symptom of an iron deficiency. Low iron intake can lead to anemia. Anemia can result in heart problems like arrhythmias or heart failure.

Without the iron you need, your body has to work harder to move blood through the body.

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Avoid the horrors caused by low iron levels by eating fortified cereal, oysters, spinach, tofu, lentils, spinach, white beans, and beef. Vitamin C foods also help with iron absorption.

Drinking tea and coffee at meal times hinders iron absorption, so drink those at other times.

16) Irregular Heartbeat

Does your heart feel like it’s beating irregularly? It’s okay if it happens once in a while… but if it’s frequent, it could be arrhythmia.

When your heart beats too quickly for a long period of time, it will have difficulty circulating blood—resulting in cardiac arrest. 

Arrhythmia can cause atrial fibrillation. This disturbs the heart’s chamber’s synchronized blood pumping and may create blood clots that cause a stroke.

Talk about being scared straight!

If your heart is beating irregularly, stop drinking coffee, tea, and energy drinks. Drink water. You can infuse your water with fruits or vegetables for flavor, or drink some flavored seltzer. 

Moderate exercise is also effective in regulating your heartbeat. See your doctor to make sure your heart is alright.

17) Not Eating Breakfast Because You Don’t Feel Like It

Some people eat a lot late at night and skip breakfast simply because they aren’t hungry in the morning. Then when lunchtime arrives, they are famished and eat too much.

Night eating can be bad for your metabolism. Eating breakfast, alternatively, can help you stay at a lower weight because lunch won’t become a binge.

It’s not healthy to feast at night. Disrupted metabolism can lead to diabetes and cardiovascular disease, which may result in death.

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This list of symptoms that are caused by diet mistakes is meant to help you figure out what’s wrong if you suffer from any of the above conditions. See your physician if you are seriously ill or if the solutions offered don’t help.

 

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If you have any of the symptoms above… don’t worry.

The good news is that it’s never too late to fix what you eat… 

And start healing your body with delicious, nutritious food. 

You’re going to be absolutely thrilled with how much of a difference this can make… 

And how ridiculously easy it is.

And often, it’s a simple matter of adding a few “superfoods” to your diet that are packed with vitamins, minerals, and nutrients.

These powerful fruits and vegetables can be added to almost any meal… 

And one of my favorite ways to enjoy them is in a quick-and-easy smoothie before work every day. 

Let’s get real—we ALL want a few extra minutes to relax in the morning.

No one wants to be stuck preparing complicated dishes before your day gets started.

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It takes just a minute to wash the ingredients… 

Another minute to blend together… 

And voila!

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