When Your Healthy Diet Leaves You Feeling Worse

When Your Healthy Diet Leaves You Feeling Worse

Posted 2017-01-25 by vkjocfollow

Many people have been faithfully sticking to their new year's resolution for almost a month now. Over half of those people had some variation of a goal to eat healthier or lose weight. After almost a month though, some people are not seeing the results they wanted. In some cases, they might even be feeling worse. There is an explanation for this; in many cases, it all boils down to choosing the correct diet for yourself.

Acid Reflux
A few things have stayed constant throughout the years. Eating lots of vegetables is still considered healthy, and anyone looking to lose weight is probably going to lean heavily on adding salads and raw vegetables into their diet. Unfortunately for people with acid reflux, this can make them feel worse. Something about the raw vegetables and high levels of roughage triggers their acid reflux. If, after adding salads to your diet, you start seeing an increase in acid reflux, (bloating, heartburn or sore scratchy throat the next morning) try switching to cooked vegetables, or small portions of soft vegetables. If your symptoms clear up, then you will probably need to reconsider your diet for weight loss.

Another possible cause of your acid reflux is the glass of red wine you have started drinking with dinner. Some studies have shown that a regular glass of red wine can have many health benefits, including better cholesterol ratios, memory protection against Alzheimer's, and longer life. A component in red wine, resveratrol, has even been shown to help with improved sensitivity to insulin and in treating some cancers . However, any kind of alcohol can increase your chances of acid reflux. Once again, eliminate the red wine from your diet and see if your heartburn goes away.

If eliminating these two items from your diet doesn’t clear up your acid reflux, you might need to visit a doctor. Persistent acid reflux could indicate a more serious problem, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). There are two causes of GERD, chemical and anatomical dysfunction . If changing your diet didn’t end the reflux, you might have damage to the valve that separates your stomach from your esophagus. This can be diagnosed by a doctor. Left untreated, GERD can cause permanent damage to the esophagus, tooth decay or even esophageal cancer.

Whenever you change your diet, it will take your body time to get used to the new fuel you are giving it. One of the ways your body will protest is through headaches. There are several possible causes to consider.

  • Carbohydrate/sugar withdrawals - Eliminating or cutting back on carbs and sugars will cause headaches. This can occur if you are following a low carb diet or even if you are just moving to a clean diet. There are so many hidden sugars in most everyone’s diet that even if you don’t think you are cutting back, you probably are.

  • Dehydration - Often when starting a diet, we cut out all the sugary drinks we normally have. Unfortunately, we then forget to replace those beverages with something healthier, causing dehydration. Besides headaches, other signs include dizziness and dark-colored urine. If you experience any of these symptoms, start drinking water with your meals and throughout the day. It will help you feel full, and hydrate your body.

  • Caffeine withdrawals - You replaced all your sugary drinks with water, but you are still getting headaches. Did the sugary drinks also include caffeine? Caffeine withdrawal is a common cause of headaches. If you stick it out, your body will get used to no caffeine and the headaches will disappear. However, you can also slowly taper off to eliminate the worst of the effects. Just drink your coffee black or have unsweetened tea.

  • Insufficient Calories - if you have gone on too restrictive of a diet, you might get headaches. Go ahead and increase your portion sizes a little bit to eliminate the headaches. As your body gets used to smaller portions, you will be able to eat less without the headaches.

  • If your headaches last longer than a couple of weeks or are stronger than just a dull throbbing headache, you should visit your doctor to make sure it isn’t something more serious.

    Changing your diet or lifestyle can be exhausting. It is mentally and emotionally challenging to create and maintain new habits. You should make sure you are getting plenty of sleep and finding ways to eliminate stress. However, if you are still exhausted, there are a couple of things to consider.

  • Lack of Carbohydrates - With the popularity of the paleo diet, many people are not getting enough carbs. Your body uses carbs for sustained energy and you cannot get rid of them completely. Also, every person is different in a number of carbs they need to feel good. You just need to choose healthier carbs, such as potatoes, sweet potatoes or bananas rather than bread or pasta.

  • Insufficient Calories - like with headaches, if you aren’t putting enough fuel into your body, you will be tired. That is all calories are: fuel for your body. When starting a diet, your body is probably used to too much food so you need to count calories to find the sweet spot of enough calories, but not too many. Once your body gets used to smaller portions, then you can use your hunger to guide you on how much to eat.

  • Nutrient Deficiencies - depending on your diet regime, you could easily be missing out on much needed nutrients. This is especially common if you are eating the same foods day after day. This can deplete your immune system and sap your energy. Specific nutrients to watch out for are iron and vitamin B12 (prevent anemia), vitamin D, choline (brain health), and iodine (thyroid health).

  • Eating healthy is important to everyone. With the right fuel in your body, you will have more energy, improved mental alertness, and fewer illnesses. Sometimes, though, finding what is the right fuel for your body can be a challenge. If you are starting on a restrictive diet, you might not feel as good as you had hoped . Sometimes it is simply a matter of your body adjusting, but sometimes it is a case of missing ingredients that make your body work better. What is a great diet for your spouse, may not work for you. Don’t give up. Test things, talk to a doctor or nutritionist, and above all listen to your body.


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