Our body is giving us signs all the time, telling us what it needs more of or less of, but do we listen to it? Most of our nutritional education at school didn’t go further than the 5 a day rule and even that has been revised now to a healthier goal. So we want to give you a crash course on 5 signs to look out for and what your body is telling you it needs.
- Your stool!
We don’t like to talk about but it can be one of the best indicators of what’s going on in your body. Take a look at the Bristol Stool Chart to get an idea of where you are; type 3 and 4 are considered normal. If you have been constipated for more than 5 days there can be an increase in toxin levels in the blood so please speak to a Nutritionist or Doctor. At the other end of the scale you may need more fibre in your diet. You also want to consider the number of times you go to the toilet for a number 2, 1-2 times per day is most common and ideal.
- Your skin
There can be many reasons for having dried or flaky skin but a good place to start is your fluid intake. If you have a lot of spots or redness, this could be an inflammatory response to something you are eating. Dairy is a common culprit as the animal protein can cause an inflammatory response in the body and we don’t have much of the lactase enzyme after the age of 5 to digest lactose which leaves the bacteria to digest it which can result in bloating, gas or stomach cramps.
- Feeling sleepy
Our diet can have a direct link to our mood and energy levels. Skipping out on breakfast is a big no no! Convenience food nowadays can have a lot of refined sugar which gives us a surge of energy but then comes the slump afterwards giving us that feeling of low energy and tiredness. Try to reduce your intake of refined sugar and look for foods that release energy slowly throughout the day such as oats. Sunflower and pumpkin seeds are great for giving you an energy boost and improving low mood. It may also be a result of low iron levels so it is worth getting a blood test to rule that out.
- Feeling bloated
In our gut resides a family of micro-organisms and when in a balanced proportion, they help our digestion and get the nutrients we need from our food. If however we don’t eat a balanced diet then these micro-organisms become out of balance too. If you feel bloated or have a lot of flatulence then there is too much fermentation activity in your gut and could lead to inflammation.
- You’re often unwell
This is a big sign that you’re not giving your immune system what it needs. We are constantly coming into contact with germs and it’s our immune system we rely on to fight off the bacteria and viruses. Make sure you are getting enough fruit and veg, dark leafy greens are especially good! A healthy source of protein is also essential such as beans, nuts and pulses.
If you want to have a chat about how you can improve your health get in touch with us and we can organise an appointment with our Nutritionist. It might just take one or two sessions to get to the bottom of your symptoms, create a plan and you will be on your way to a healthier, happier you!