7 Health Conditions Linked with an Unhealthy lifestyle
Your body is highly dependent on the nutrients it gets from food to function smoothly and optimally. However, the modern world is plagued with increasingly processed, calorie and sugar-laden, nutritionally poor foods that are not only responsible for weight gain but a number of health conditions as well.
1. High Blood Pressure
Although high blood pressure does not have any symptoms, it may lead to serious complications such as heart disease and stroke. An unhealthy lifestyle can increase your risk of being overweight or obese, which can dramatically offset your risk of high blood pressure. Having a larger body size means that your heart has to work harder to pump blood to all parts of your body.
2. Nutrient Deficiency
Your diet should contain a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, meat and other whole foods that provide plenty of nutrients your body needs to function properly. However, research shows that an average American consumes inadequate amounts of vital nutrients like fiber, potassium, calcium and vitamin D. There are many types of nutrient deficiencies that cause a set of problems each. For example, insufficient calcium can cause bone loss, not getting enough iron may contribute to anemia and lack of potassium may cause muscle weakness and fatigue.
Omega 3 fatty acids are good fats many people aren’t getting enough of nowadays. Lack of omega 3s in your diet will affect serotonin levels in your brain, which can result in mood swing and depression. Not getting enough vitamin B6 and B12, zinc, selenium, magnesium and iron can cause depression as well. To combat depression, it’s vital to avoid processed food and sugar and stick to whole foods such as fish, nuts, seeds and whole grains as much as possible.
4. Heart Disease
It’s no surprise that an unhealthy diet will contribute to coronary heart disease. The condition is characterized by the narrowing of your blood vessels, which leads to limited oxygen and blood supply to the heart. People who consume too much trans fat and sugar while not working out have a higher risk of coronary heart disease than others.
5. Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is a health condition in which your body cannot process glucose. A large number of factors can contribute to diabetes, some of them include, a poor diet high in sugar, calories and processed food, lack of activity, a sedentary lifestyle and excessive stress.
Poor nutrition and lack of exercise can seriously weaken your immune system thus, inhibiting the body from being able to fight certain types of cancers in the long term. In addition, people who do not get sufficient nutrients from their diet are at a higher risk of cancers linked to nutrition and immune deficiency.
Obesity is one of the most common health concerns in the modern society due to inadequate nutrition and inactivity. The number of children and adults who are affected by obesity increases each year in the US and the WHO considers obesity as a global epidemic. Consuming calorie-dense, nutritionally poor sources rich in trans fat and sugar is likely to lead to obesity, especially if not paired with sufficient activity.
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