4 Signs of Poor Eating Healthy eating is so much more than fad diets and weight-loss trends. It is a mindset. It will be very difficult – even impossible – to faithfully follow a healthy lifestyle without first appreciating how food works with or against your body. The food you eat should provide nutrients that fuel your body and nourish it. If your body is lacking what it needs to function as it is intended to, the consequences can be catastrophic. If you are unsure how balanced your diet is, consider the following 4 poor eating warning signs: Fragile Immune System Nutrient deficiencies from poor eating habits can dangerously decrease nutrient absorption and drastically change the body’s metabolism. These effects can quickly result in a weakened immune system. With your immune system impaired, you’re more susceptible to illness and infection. If you feel lethargic and under the weather day-in and day-out, it is time to examine your eating habits. To stay healthy and vibrant, your body requires certain micronutrients (e.g. calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, sodium, zinc, vitamin A, vitamin B6 and B12, etc.) to strengthen your immunity and a sufficient intake of macronutrients (carbohydrates, protein and fats) for energy. Try boosting your immune system by adding more fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains to your diet . Digestive Issues Digestive discomfort can stem from a low dietary intake of fiber. For example, both diarrhea and constipation can be the result of inadequate fiber intake. Many people fail to meet the recommended amount: 38 grams per day for men, and 25 grams per day for women. Note, it is important to consume both types of fiber: soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber draws in water, preventing watery stools. Insoluble fiber – also known as roughage – adds bulk to the stool, since it cannot be digested by the body. Sources of insoluble fiber include: vegetables, whole grains and wheat bran. Soluble fiber sources include: oat bran, legumes, nuts and seeds. Declining Brain Function Do you often suffer from Brain Fog ? Common warnings signs of unhealthy food choices are memory and/or concentration problems. Studies have also shown that those who suffer from poor mental health – depression, bipolar disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder (to name a few) lack critical nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. To function properly, the human brain depends on good nutrition. You can support your mental health by making sure you incorporate foods high in omega-3 fatty acids; such as, fish oil, flax seed, walnuts and salmon. Other critical nutrients for healthy brain function are B vitamins, minerals and amino acids. Unintentional Weight Gain/Loss Excessive, unintentional weight gain does not happen overnight. It develops slowly due to a poor diet and lifestyle choices. Consumption of fast food, sugar-sweetened beverages and refined grains increase the risk of weight gain, obesity and diabetes. A poor diet heavy on empty calories will cause weight gain to spiral out of control, while your body is provided with little nutritional value. Unintentional weight loss, on the other hand, can be a significant indicator of malnutrition. Without adequate nutrients, you can impair functions of the body, experience chronic fatigue and even risk damage to vital organs. To maintain a healthy weight, increase your consumption of nutrient-dense foods like: kale, broccoli, cauliflower, red peppers, salmon, asparagus, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, sweet potatoes, black beans, tomatoes and grass-fed beef.