The pandemic has brought along a lot of health challenges across the globe and we all are taking drastic measures to prevent ourselves from the virus. From washing our hands regularly to disinfecting surfaces, we are doing it all. However, amidst all this, are we paying attention to the food we are eating? We talked to Mr. Rajesh Sahetiya, Director, Human Nutrition and Health, DSM India Pvt Ltd. about the same and he shared, "It is equally important to get adequate nutrition and maintain a healthy diet, to build up a robust immune system that helps protect against viral infections." He further shared how the food we eat today lacks most nutrients. Scroll down to know why are we facing nutritional gaps these days.
Changes In Lifestyle And Eating Habits
There was a time when we used to have a healthy and balanced diet. Our traditional Indian diet used to have lentils, pulses, green vegetables, rice, and roti. However, now, a lot of us have starts to have fatty, high-salt foods that do not just make us put on weight but also give our body no amount of nutrition. For the proper functioning of our body, we need an adequate amount of nutrition which usually lacks due to the unbalanced and unhealthy diet. Also, our inactive lifestyle contributes equally to the nutritional shift. Most days we are overworked and don't get enough time to plan out our diets.
Lack of nutrition in the body can lead to a lot of health problems like diabetes, viral infections. It lowers down the immunity level of the body and puts you at the stake of different health issues.
Signs You Aren't Consuming Enough Nutrition
- Severe hair loss - Iron deficiency causes hair loss.
- Wounds take longer to heal - Wounds heal slowly when your body doesn't have enough zinc.
- Bone pain - Your bones start to feel weak and soft when there is a deficiency of vitamin D and calcium.
- Irregular heartbeat - Deficiency of calcium leads to an irregular heartbeat.
- Unexplained fatigue - You feel tired when your body doesn't have enough iron and this leads to anemia.
- Pale or swollen tongue - This usually happens due to the deficiency of B12.
- Weight loss - Unexplained weight loss happens when your body relies on the micro and macronutrients of your body which it had stored as emergency fuel.
- Night blindness - This usually happens when there is a deficiency of vitamin A.
Consuming Right Amount Of Nutrition
To prevent any health problems, you should be fueling your body with the right amount of nutrition. For this, you need to have a list of nutrient-rich foods that you can add to your daily diet.
Foods rich in nutrition are usually low in sodium, sugar, starch, and bad fats. These foods are packed with vitamins and minerals which are essential for your body. Such foods nourish our body and prevent the risk of any chronic health issues. Here is a list of foods that are rich in nutrients and you must consume them regularly.
- Leafy green vegetables
- Wholes grain foods
- Green and red bell peppers
- Sweet potatoes
Other than adding these foods to your diet, you can also have nutritional supplements. It is a good option for those who can't keep a regular check on their diet and are looking for an easy option.
To prevent yourself from the risk of health problems, you must fuel your body with the adequate amount of nutrition. We hope this guide helps you. For more such health tips, stay tuned.