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5 Physical Signs of a Poor Diet

5 Physical Signs of a Poor Diet

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There are many ways we can do harm to our bodies. If you’re leading an unhealthy lifestyle, chances are your body is trying to sending warning signs that danger lies ahead. If you’re experiencing some of the following symptoms, it may be time to see your doctor, change your habits, or both.

1. Damaged Hair
Some people have naturally lush, beautiful hair. Others aren’t so lucky. But having great hair isn’t just about your genes. It can also have a lot to do with the things you put in your body.

In fact, one of the first things to suffer from a poor diet is the hair follicles. Starvation diets can result in a protein deficiency, which can be seen in stringy, straw-like hair. This can also be the result of a diet low in essential fatty acids, vitamin C, zinc, and iron.

2. Wrinkles
We all get wrinkles, they’re fairly inevitable. But we can control how early our skin starts to show signs of age by eating well and avoiding bad habits, like smoking alcohol on a regular basis.

According to research from Oregon State University, the best way to keep your skin looking healthy is to eat foods that are high in vitamins A, C, D, and antioxidants.

3. Bad Teeth and Gums
If you’ve developed a case of bleeding gums or battered, painful teeth, there’s a good chance you’re going something rather terrible to your body. Smoking, and drinking too much alcohol can all have an adverse effect on oral health.

But, sugar is still the primary culprit. Consuming too much sugar can wear away the enamel on the teeth, exposing them to decay and pain.

4. Gastrointestinal Problems
If you’re constantly in discomfort following a meal, meaning you feel indigestion, upset stomach, diarrhea, or constipation, it can be a sign that you’re doing your body harm. This problem could be the result of a problematic diet, starting with an insufficient supply of fiber. It’s recommended get about 25-35 grams of fiber each day.

5. Wounds Heal Slowly
Puzzled by that minor wound that just won’t seem to heal? You may have your diet to blame. It’s possible you’re not getting the nutrients your body needs to fight these problems. Try to eat important vitamins, from vitamin A and B12 to vitamin C.