We are what we eat. It is an old saying but a very true one. If you have a niggling health problem that just won’t go away it may be down to what you are eating. Diets are not only about losing weight. They are about ensuring that your body gets essential nutrients in the right quantities at the right time and this varies throughout your life.
Our bodies rely on what we put into them. If you are not giving your body what it needs, or are giving it something that it does not like, it will react and you will feel under the weather, tired and run down or worse.
All health issues need to be checked out by a doctor first but if the tests have failed to show anything serious it may be time to turn your attention to your diet. You can get professional help from Belcara Health who can analyse your diet and check for food intolerance and allergies. You can develop these at any age and they can come as a bit of a surprise!
Are you feeling weak and tired all the time?
There is nothing new about Mums feeling tired! But if you are feeling totally weak and exhausted despite getting enough rest it may indicate that something is wrong. Unfortunately, many young Mums are guilty of skipping meals because they are so busy juggling child care, a job, and household chores. If your calorie intake is dipping below a certain level you will feel ill.
Your body needs constant calories to keep going. When it doesn’t get them, your metabolism slows down and your body breaks down muscle and uses that for energy production instead. This makes you feel very weak, tired and even lightheaded. Your recommended calorie intake will vary by your levels of activity, your height, and your weight but around 1,800-2,400 calories a day is usual.
The cure is obvious! Make time in your busy schedule for some healthy meals. Put your diet at the top of the list of your priorities. Choose healthy, nutritious snacks and eat regularly through the day.
Are you suffering from continual headaches?
There are certain foods that may be causing your headaches and these are called trigger foods. A headache is often caused by the blood vessels in the head becoming swollen. The most common trigger foods are:
- Coffee and tea
- Deli meats such as salami
- Foods containing monosodium glutamate (MSG)
The only way to identify your trigger foods is to keep a food diary for a month. Write down everything that you eat and record the time, date and severity of your headaches. Then look back to see what may have caused the headache. A pattern will soon emerge. If you suspect several foods, it is important that you eliminate them one at a time from your diet so that you can be sure about what was causing the problem.