Nutrition is not always given the proper credit for its influence on how people feel and their overall health. It is possible for people to live and feel good for a while on a very poor diet. Unfortunately, the damage this type of diet does to the body will eventually catch up with the individual, and the results are often severe. Everyone needs to understand what they risk when they choose to not nourish their body correctly.
Nutritional Health helps to reduce depression-like symptoms in many people and helps regulate hormonal activity. A nutrient-rich diet boosts the mood by helping people to feel more energetic and comfortable. There are some very good reasons why this happens.
One of the main reasons is because the majority of serotonin is produced in the gastrointestinal tract. This neurotransmitter is what helps humans to balance their moods, regulate their sleep, and reduce their sensations of pain. When the gastrointestinal tract is clogged with too much sugar, fat, and chemical-laden processed foods, it cannot operate correctly.
A healthy gut will produce adequate levels of serotonin. The brain is where the remainder of the serotonin in the body is made. Adding B vitamins and Vitamin D to the menu has been shown in studies to help the brain to produce serotonin.
Nutritional Wellness increases the ability of the body to fight illness and disease. A poor diet reduces the strength of the immune system and puts people more at risk of catching colds and the flu virus. People with weakened immune systems require longer recovery times from their illnesses and injuries and are susceptible to a variety of infections.
Not eating correctly increases the risk of developing diseases like heart disease, type-2 diabetes, osteoporosis, and some forms of cancer. People that become overweight due to their diets face even higher rates of these types of diseases, and they suffer from additional problems. Too much weight puts excess pressure on the joints and reduces comfort and mobility.
Physical appearance is related to diet in many ways. The most obvious is how the diet influences body weight, but it is not only obese people that are not eating correctly. It is possible to have a terrible diet and be thin as well, which is called “skinny-fat”. Not consuming the appropriate level of vitamins and minerals could cause hair loss and the reduction of the shine and volume of the hair. The skin becomes unbalanced and may be either too oily or too dry. Acne breakouts, poor skin tone, and other skin conditions are reflective of gastrointestinal health.
Herbal supplements and vitamins are useful and should complement, rather than replace, healthy food. The best results will always come from consuming the natural nutrients in food. In some situations, more nutrients are required based on unique physiological needs. Anemia patients may require an iron or B complex supplement. Pregnant women take prenatal vitamins to ensure their growing fetus is fully supported. The need for certain supplements are temporary, but other health problems do require long-term supplement use.
There is a lot of contradictory information about health, wellness, and proper diets in the media today. People get frustrated and feel overwhelmed by the overload of information they receive. It is always a good idea to talk to a doctor before making any radical dietary changes. A nutritionist can provide a clear plan so each individual gets the calorie count and the mix of nutrients they need.
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