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Health Issues: Is Your Diet the Problem?

By Sara Butler

You are what you eat! And if you’re not eating enough of the good stuff, then your body isn’t getting what it needs to be healthy and to function optimally. There are some very serious health issues that are an indication that your diet might seriously be lacking in very important ways. Here are just a few.

Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a condition that affects the bones in the body, making them brittle and easy to break. It has many different risk factors, but insufficient Vitamin D intake, as well as insufficient calcium intake, could be the culprit. Vegetables should always be your go-to for vitamins and minerals, but milk or other sources of dairy such as cheese will work too. Make sure to keep an eye on your levels of Vitamin D and calcium so that later in life you don’t increase your risk of this serious health issue.

Heart Disease

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report heart disease as the cause of death for 610,000 Americans each year. That means that 1 of every 4 deaths can be contributed to heart disease -- and that’s a pretty sobering statistic considering that diet can help you avoid that fate. A poor diet high in saturated fats and sugar can lead to heart and cardiovascular issues, so make sure to keep your heart in good shape by avoiding excess sugar and fat in your diet.

Anemia

Anemia is a serious health problem that can have a big impact on the quality of your life. You can help to avoid it by eating fewer convenience foods, such as fast food, and increasing the amount of iron-rich foods in your diet. Foods such as beans, lentils, tofu, spinach, and lean protein are all part of a healthy and balanced diet.

Gout

Gout is a painful condition that is caused by the buildup of uric acid in the body. Eating too many foods high in purines such as alcohol and red meat can exacerbate the problem and make inflammation worse. So, watch out for foods high in purines if you struggle with issues caused by gout.

A well-balanced diet is important, so do what you can to make sure you get a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and protein in your diet each and every day. This helps to keep your body strong and disease at bay.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Riverside, Calif.

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