When it comes to your overall health and vitality, the nutrition that you fuel your body cannot be ignored. Think of it this way – if your car runs on unleaded gas, you could technically put leaded into it. It might even run for a while, but it wouldn’t be long before the engine was shot.
The human body is a lot more resilient than a car engine and so would be able to stand up to a lot more abuse, but the effect would be the same. If you keep eating the wrong kinds of food, you will never be as healthy as you would like to be and could be doing yourself some real harm.
So, how do you know that you are getting enough nutrients? If you are, you will feel healthy and well. You will have tons of energy. If not, you bound to feel a little tired. You might not go so far as to say that you feel sick, but you will not feel well either.
Deficiencies in any of the main vitamin groups may be hard to pick up initially, but they will manifest themselves before long. The infographic below will help you to see what the symptoms of these deficiencies are.
If you are deficient in any vitamins, you can also look at the infographic for food sources and check for the vitamins. Supplementation is the easiest route to fix deficiencies, but it should be noted that it would be better to try and increase your natural consumption of those vitamins by eating foods that contain them.
The only problem with natural supplementation is that improving your diet can sometimes be a bit difficult. A good compromise is using a meal delivery service like Blue Apron, as this will make the whole meal prepping process much easier and give you easy access to healthy meals.
So, if you are deficient in Vitamin C, for example, it would be an excellent idea to try and incorporate foods rich in the vitamin into your diet. So, you could eat lemons, or oranges, or kiwi fruit, for example.
The key would be to keep these foods as close to their natural state and as fresh as possible, because Vitamin C is damaged by exposure to heat.
It would be advisable to try to rectify any deficiencies by first adjusting your diet. If that does not work, it would pay to look into supplementation.
Author Bio: Josh Wardini is an Editorial Contributor and Community Manager at Webmastersjury. With a preliminary background in communication and expertise in community development, Josh works day-to-day to reshape the human resource management of digitally based companies. When his focus trails outside of community engagement, Josh enjoys the indulgences of writing amidst the nature conservations of Portland, Oregon.