What you eat and drink has a direct effect on how you feel. In addition to regular exercise, a balanced and healthy diet is essential for feeling your best. Your diet can dictate hormonal regulation, organ function, brain development, mood stabilization, and energy levels. You may be aware of what a poor diet is; junk food, processed meats, etc., but other dietary intakes can cause havoc inside the body too.
Over the past few years, many fad diets like the ketogenic diet or intermittent fasting aim to cut out a specific type of food, but many people are essentially tricked into thinking that they are healthy. Every nutrient has a purpose within the body so cutting out a particular thing from your diet will not only cause nutritional deficiencies but also won’t cause miraculous results. However, something you consume may be making you feel worse.
Dairy – Moo’ve On
One of the most prevalent intolerances in the world is that of lactose intolerance. Lactose is a type of sugar found in cow’s milk. The human body produces an enzyme called lactase to break it down to be absorbed, but people with lactose intolerance cannot produce enough lactase to do this.
You are probably aware of the benefits of milk, such as its contribution to healthy teeth and bones. But a lactose intolerance will cause cramps, pains, and diarrhea. If you suffer from this after consuming milk, then you probably have an intolerance. Instead, you can get calcium from leafy greens, soy foods, and fortified cereals.
Gluten – Say Goodbye to Your Favorite Foods
A few years ago, the gluten-free diet was made famous by celebrities who touted the benefits of cutting it out of your diet. While there are benefits to cutting out gluten, it should only be done if necessary as gluten in and of itself isn’t bad for you. Gluten is a protein found mainly in wheat but is also found in barley and rye.
Most people who need to cut out gluten are intolerant to it, but some have a dangerous autoimmune disease known as celiac disease. Celiacs can die from gluten intake. If you find that you regularly suffer from diarrhea, acid reflux or heartburn, cramps, and poor concentration, then you may be gluten intolerant. There are now many gluten-free alternatives to everyday foods available in supermarkets.
Fat – More than Weight Gain
You would need to go far to find someone who doesn’t know about the dangers of consuming too much fat. For clarity, though, excess fat intake from meats, sugars, and junk food increase cholesterol in the body. This drastically increases the risk of serious illnesses such as heart disease and stroke. In addition, the liver and other organs can be affected, causing irreparable damage.
Too much bad fat intake has the apparent symptom of making you larger. But it can also make you feel terrible. This is because the greases associated with fats lie in the stomach and cause evacuation to occur slower. This results in feelings of bloating, nausea, heartburn, and pains in the stomach. Additionally, new studies are finding a link between excess dietary fat and mental health issues.
Making drastic dietary changes can impact your lifestyle in a big way. It isn’t usually easy as you adapt to a new way of thinking about food. Additionally, these changes will affect your body and you may want to consult a dietician or a GP before making an important decision.