With your busy life, you may often feel tired and worn out. After all, keeping up with your job, kids, spouse, and friends can have you running in circles. But there may be another reason why you might be feeling weak, your diet. Your body needs the right nutrients in order to function properly, and often, people don’t calibrate their diet the right way. Below, you will find 3 nutrients that may be missing from your diet.
Lack of Protein
One of the biggest reasons you may feel weak is that there is not enough protein in your diet. According to Healthline, a protein deficiency can cause a host of problems, including liver problems, low blood pressure, muscle wasting, and stunted growth. Vegans, especially, can have a hard time getting enough protein in their diets. Obvious proteins sources are meat, including chicken breast, but you can also add protein to your diet by eating plant-based proteins, such as tofu, black beans, almonds, lentils, quinoa, and oats.
One less obvious reason why you’re feeling weak is a lack of magnesium in your diet. Magnesium helps our bodies regulate our muscles and nerves as well as our blood pressure and blood sugar levels. According to Erbology, western diets often do not meet the necessary magnesium requirements. Magnesium deficiency is hard to detect as our kidneys are very good at handling the acute symptoms and lowering how much we lose. However, there are lots of ways to add magnesium into your diet, including eating leafy greens, spinach, nuts, and seeds.
Not Enough Water
Last, one reason you may be feeling weak is that you’re not drinking enough water. With all those drink options out there, you may find yourself choosing soda, coffee, or juice over water. And that’s where your diet suffers. When you don’t drink enough water, you can quickly become dehydrated. Once you’re dehydrated, your body suffers. For one, your cardiac system needs fluid in order to function properly, and when you’re dehydrated, your body has to work harder to maintain blood pressure and blood flow. What that means for you is that your body becomes weaker, and you might feel more tired. It’s recommended that you drink about eight 8-ounce glasses a day.
If you’ve been feeling weak and tired lately, then it’s time to take a good look at your diet. What we eat and drink has a large effect on the way we will feel, so make sure you’re getting enough protein and magnesium as well as drinking enough water.
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