You have never felt so tired in your life. You’ve only been at work for an hour but you already feel like you’re about to pass out. You know you slept through the night.
The problem could have less to do with your sleeping schedule and more to do with the fact that you need to switch your diet. Certain foods bog your body down more than others, which causes low energy levels and brain fog.
It’s time for you to beat the fog! Your body will give you tons of signs to tell you that your diet isn’t working. Keep reading to learn what they are.
You Toss and Turn at Night
You’ve had another sleepless night. This makes the third time this week where you’ve tossed and turned until the early hours of the morning. There are many things that can cause this issue but the most common thing is your food.
If you drink caffeine too late in the day, it will stimulate your brain and keep you awake during the night. Avoiding caffeine isn’t as easy as staying far away from your nearest Starbucks.
Many of the things that you eat and drink contain hidden doses of caffeine. Even the decaf stuff.
Always flip over the box and read what’s in your food/drink before you consume it. At least in the late evening anyway. You’re free to do what you want in the morning within reason.
Constant Bad Hair Days
Have you noticed that your hair is falling out in the shower? Does it feel brittle to the touch? This is a good indicator that you’re missing out on a ton of essential vitamins and minerals.
You need vitamin E, protein, magnesium, and iron if you want to keep your beautiful locks looking great. Start out by incorporating more fruits and vegetables into your diet.
Since hair is made up of proteins, it’s going to be the most important nutrient on the list. Try to eat more Greek yogurt, eggs, pork, turkey, fish, and chicken. As far as iron goes, pumpkin seeds, lentils, and spinach are all rich in it.
You’re Always Tired
If your diet mostly includes fast food and coffee drinks, it’s going to be hard for you to stay awake long enough to function. Sugars and carbs will give you a big boost of energy but as soon as your body is done processing it, you’ll experience a major crash.
Low iron levels can also bog you down. Your body needs it to transport oxygen around and keep it going like a well-oiled machine. If you’re deficient, you’re going to feel sort of weak and tired.
Again, spinach and pumpkin seeds can help increase your iron. You should also try to eat more red meats. If none of this works, you should head to the doctor for a blood test.
They’ll be able to make recommendations that will help. Supplements may do the trick but you should hold off on that until your appointment. Taking them may cause you to get a little too much iron in your system, which isn’t good either.
You’ve Got a Bad Case of Dry Skin
Your body is made up of roughly 60% water. So, it stands to reason that you need to keep yourself replenished with it. If you allow yourself to get too dehydrated, your skin will suffer.
If your skin is feeling a little dry, fill up a bottle with water, and sip on it throughout the day. It shouldn’t take long for you to start seeing results.
Don’t like water? No problem! Most drinks contain at least a little bit of it.
As long as you’re not trying to use alcohol or sodas as your water source, you should be fine. There are also little tricks you can use to make your water taste better. For instance, you can invest in an infuser water bottle or make a cup of green tea.
You Feel Sad All the Time
You want to feel better about yourself and less sad so you cut out carbohydrates and put yourself on a strict diet. A few weeks in and not only does the diet not seem to be working but you feel sadder than ever.
This is because you need carbs. There are many types of diets out there that villainizes them but they aren’t bad. In fact, carbs that contain resistant starch can actually speed up your metabolism and help you meet your weight loss goals.
When you try to avoid them, your body starts to crave them, which can cause you to overeat later. So, if you want to be happy, go ahead and consume the carbs.
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If your poo is coming out hard and pebbly (or not coming out at all), you need more fiber in your diet. If you’re not used to eating tons of fiber, you should incorporate it into your diet as slow as possible. If you go full in on the stuff, it might cause the exact problem that you’re trying to fix.
Eating fiber isn’t all about oats and bran. You can snack on broccoli, peas, raspberries, avocados, apples, and strawberries. Just consult your doctor and don’t get too much fiber in your diet or you might hurt your stomach.
You’re Always Being Offered Mints
Your co-workers might not be offering you mints because of the onions you had for lunch. Having an unbalanced diet can cause you to have chronic bad breath.
If you don’t get enough carbs in your body, it will start to break down proteins and fats to use as your energy source instead. When this happens, your body will release a chemical known as ketones, which is the source of the bad breath problem.
You Have a Lot of Sick Days
Your immune system needs a healthy balance of vitamins and minerals to stay strong and fight off viruses. If you find that you’ve been having to call out of work a lot lately due to being sick, it might be time for you to make a few dietary changes.
Vitamin C has been known to increase the body’s white cell production. The problem is that Your body doesn’t store or produce it so it’s wise to eat citrus fruits or take a supplement every day.
Broccoli isn’t only a rich source of fiber. It’s also packed full of the vitamin C, E, A, and antioxidants your immune system needs. The key to getting the most out of your broccoli is to eat it uncooked.
Your Mood is All Over the Place
An unbalanced diet causes more than depression. Humans were on to something when they invented the word hangry. When it comes to dieting, the idea is to consume as little calories as possible.
Consuming less than 1,200 calories isn’t good for you though and will leave you feeling malnourished and moody. You need to eat. Especially if you’re active.
If you hit the gym on a normal basis, you should try to eat around 1,500 calories instead of sticking with the recommended 1,200.
You Have a Problem with Migraines
If you’re getting horrible migraines during the day, it could be from eye strain or a lack of nutrients in your body. More often than not though, you ate something that your body didn’t agree with.
There are certain foods such as cheese, dried fruits, wine, and chocolate that can set off a horrible headache. We will say that different foods trigger migraines in different people. You may be fine with all the foods we listed but if you eat a hot dog, it’s game over.
The best way to spot your triggers is to keep a journal. If you get a headache from eating a certain food for lunch write it down so you can avoid it in the future.
It’s Time to Switch Your Diet
Do you spend most of your days feeling tired and sick? It might be time to switch your diet. The one you’re on now lacks the vitamins and minerals that your body needs to function as it should.
If you’re unsure about what you’re missing, go talk to a doctor. They’ll be able to run tests and recommend a new diet that will help you gain what you lack.
If you’re not able to make the doctor’s trip, we might be able to help you. Check out the health and fitness section of our blog daily for all the latest dietary tips.