Thursday, September 10, 2015

Sick Often? Could be your Diet!

Nobody enjoys being sick. You feel like absolute garbage. Your body hurts. You’re too tired to do anything other than lie in bed, and even that feels exhausting. You don’t want to talk to anyone. And you spend more time coughing, sneezing, blowing your nose, or sleeping than you do anything else.

For some people, getting sick is usually the result of a bacterial or viral infection they caught. Usually, some antibiotics, rest, and plenty of liquids will get them back on their feet in no time. However, there are some people who are constantly getting sick often. No matter the weather, or the season, or what they’ve recently had, there are some people who spend more time sick than they do being healthy.

Sound like you? If so, there’s a good possibility that your inability to remain healthy has everything to do with your diet.

Poor diets make you weak and tired.
If you want to be healthy, you need to get and stay strong. When you constantly feel weak, this can wreak havoc on the rest of your body. If you never feel like you have enough strength to tackle small jobs, such as carrying in a few bags of groceries or walking up the stairs, it could be your diet’s fault. Eating the right foods will give you the burst of energy you need to tackle your day. Not only do you need to eat foods that are high in protein, but you also need to make sure you’re eating the right amount of calories for your age and weight. For example, if you’re not consuming enough calories, then your body will resort to burning muscle in order to fuel it. This not only makes you feel tired and weak, but it can also lead to other symptoms, such as being lightheaded and dizzy.

Poor diets can lead to mood swings.
Face it. Whenever your mood swings faster than Tarzan, you have something else to blame for it. Stress and PMS tend to round out the top two, but there’s a good chance that neither of those are the culprit. Instead, if you don’t have enough carbohydrates in your diet, then you won’t have enough serotonin in your body, which is what you need to regulate your mood. Most people should consume at least 50 grams of carbs on a daily basis. Doing so will have a positive impact on your serotonin levels, which will also have a positive impact on your mood.

Poor diets can lead to headaches.
Headaches are a nuisance, but we tend to take some ibuprofen and forget about them until they come back. While some people associate headaches with stress, intense lighting, allergies, or a variety of other things, it could just be your diet that’s contributing to your head’s pain and suffering. There are certain foods that cause headaches because they allow the blood vessels in the brain to swell, which can put pressure on your head and cause pain. Some of these foods include chocolate, nuts, caffeinated beverages, cheese, and deli meats. If you eat these foods on a regularly basis, and if you constantly struggle with headaches, this could be the reason. Try avoiding these foods for a while and see how your head feels. If you haven’t touched these items and you feel fine, you may have found your trigger.

Poor diets result in digestive issues.
There’s a correlation between what you eat and how it will affect your stomach and your digestive system. If you are regularly constipated, or if you regularly suffer from diarrhea, it’s possible that you need to change your diet. Fiber is what plays an important role in your digestive health. No matter if it’s diarrhea or constipation, fiber can help. Insoluble fibers like oats can help with constipation, while soluble fiber like blueberries can help with diarrhea. Eating a diet that contains both soluble and insoluble fibers is important for a healthy digestive tract.


Lauryn Rescoe said...

I like this post, it is so true! A poor diet can definitely lead to being sick, as it can lower your immune system and the overall way you feel. I always find that if I'm out and about with the kids, bringing a healthy snacj is always better than the quick alternative!

D Johnson said...

This is so true. I have been trying to work on healthy eating and am having less headaches and weakness.

Natalie B. said...

I ate very poorly for a large part of my life and my health for sure suffered. Today I eat healthier but still get headaches. I guess I need to look at cheese and caffeine. Thanks for the information. :)

Lori said...

THIS! This is absolutely SO true! We have gotten so used to convenience foods that we've forgotten what real food IS! Thanks for sharing- we need more people to hear this message.