Eating a healthy balanced diet is very important for your health. It ensures that your body gets all the nutrients it needs to function at its best.
If you do not supply your body with the nutrients it needs through eating the right foods in moderate amounts, your body becomes prone to a number of illnesses and diseases.
Nutritional deficiency can occur in anyone and it can lead to a decline of not just physical health, but also mental health. There is definitely more to eating than just gulping down food; what you eat matters.
A diet high in processed and highly refined foods can lead to nutritional deficiency. This is because the refining process removes a number of essential nutrients from these foods, nutrients your body should otherwise benefit from.
It is therefore possible for a person who eats “well” to suffer from nutritional deficiency. If you consume too much of processed foods, you should consider making healthier food choices.
Nutritional deficiency affects every part of your body. When your body is not getting those essential nutrients it needs in the right amounts, certain signs would begin to manifest. Here are some of them:
- Bleeding gums (a deficiency of vitamin C, folic acid)
- Hair loss (a deficiency of vitamin D, B2, B5, zinc)
- Dry and rough skin (a deficiency of vitamin A and E)
- Poor night vision (a deficiency of vitamin A)
- Swelling of the hands or feet (a deficiency of potassium, vitamin B1 and B6)
- Dry hair (a deficiency of vitamin A and E, protein, iodine, omega 3 fatty acids)
- Dizziness (a deficiency of iron, vitamin B2 and B12)
- Easy bruising on the skin (a deficiency of vitamin C)
- Muscle cramping ( a deficiency of vitamin B1, B2, B6 and magnesium)
Eating healthy can be very easy after all. Healthy foods are not only within reach, they also cost far less than processed foods. You should therefore be encouraged to start eating healthy.