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Subtle Signs You'e Not Eating Right

By Sara Butler

Your body is smart. So smart that it protests when things aren't going the way it likes. When you're not eating right, it'll break out its bag of tricks to help you understand there's a major problem. Here are some of the subtler ways your body is trying to tell you that your diet isn't up to snuff.

Your Hair is Thinning

If you notice more than a few strands are coming out and things are starting to look a little thin on top, then it may mean you're not getting enough iron. Iron helps produce red blood cells to carry oxygen throughout your body. If you're not getting enough iron, then you may notice thinning hair as well as lethargy.

Boost your intake of iron with vegetables such as broccoli and spinach, as well as other foods such as chickpeas, red meat, lentils, and kidney beans.

You Don't Have Enough Energy

Sometimes feeling tired all the time or low on energy can mean that you're eating too many carbohydrates that get turned into sugar. After that initial sugar high, you may notice you feel sluggish and not very energetic as your blood sugar dips back down. Many people counteract this by adding more sugar to their diet, but that just keeps you on a crazy roller coaster ride of peaks and valleys for your blood sugar. Instead, try to focus on eating foods that release energy more slowly, such as nuts or bananas, when you feel as if you need a boost.

You Have Bad Breath

There can be a lot of reasons for bad breath, but one to be on the lookout for is the result of not getting enough to eat. If you don't eat enough your body may start to burn stored fat for energy, releasing acids called ketones that make your breath smell bad, sort of like nail polish.

While burning fat may sound like a good thing, it's not. It means that you're not providing your body with what it needs to fuel itself. Give your body what it needs and you'll feel a lot better -- and your breath will be better too!

When you give your body everything it needs to work as it should, then you won't experience issues like these. If you notice these issues, then it's time to take a good look at what -- and how much -- you're eating! 

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

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