A healthy lifestyle has long been - not just a popular trend, but a necessity. It is a "dictatorship" of time in the face of numerous stresses and realities of a polluted environment. Healthcare is an important priority of a conscious person. It covers not only the dynamics of life and psycho-emotional stability, but also the saturation of the body with nutrients that keep us in shape.
Causes of diseases on our plate
According to WHO research, nutrients are responsible for protecting the body from non-infectious diseases, including diabetes, heart disease, stroke and cancer. Constant lack of beneficial nutrients provokes the development of chronic diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, nervous and cardiovascular systems. Our body is a coordinated mechanism, each organ carries out its assigned function. Some nutrients are even able to do some work instead of organs that themselves cannot "cope" with the load. This is a kind of insurance of the whole system.
The gastrointestinal tract requires enzymes. The body produces them by itself. However, it also needs nutrients, some vitamins that are coenzymes. The body cannot properly function without them. In our body, old cells die every day, and new ones must be formed instead.
Constant "building" would be impossible without proteins and amino acids. Otherwise, new "bricks" would be defective or unhealthy. Lack of essential substances can provoke serious autoimmune diseases and even the development of tumors. It is not only about benign, but also about malignant neoplasms.
People often believe that they have a predisposition to certain genetic diseases. They argue that parents and other relatives have similar problems. In fact, the reason may lie elsewhere: some nutrients are difficult to obtain from food in a particular geographical area. Or in other case, the eating behavior of family members is similar: the whole family eats spicy, salty or sweet food. The same diet of all or most relatives, for example, results in thyroid problems - not because it is a genetic problem, but because iodine deficiency is not compensated.
Deficiency triggers a detrimental economy regimen
There are a number of diseases associated with a lack of specific nutrients. Let's get acquainted with them:
- Iodine deficiency, which is observed in the majority of the population of Ukraine, leads to the development of more than fifty serious diseases. These include autoimmune diseases, thyroiditis and infertility.
- 80% of people have B vitamins deficiency. This affects, first of all, the health of the gastrointestinal tract, as it reduces the production of gastric juice, worsens heart function, develops neuritis, increases the risk of skin diseases and blood diseases.
- Calcium, manganese, silicon deficiency is the cause of osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is no longer a disease of the elderly people, as previously thought. According to the World Health Organization, osteoporosis is the fourth most common disease in the world after cardiovascular disease, oncology and diabetes.
- Magnesium deficiency is a time bomb for the body, which increases the probability of stroke and heart attack. Magnesium is a structural component of 300 enzymes, which determines the systemic effect of magnesium on energy processes in the heart, nervous system, working muscles.
- Zinc deficiency increases the risk of autoimmune diseases, skin diseases, infertility in men. Zinc deficiency slows down the healing of damaged tissues. Zinc is not accumulated in the body, and therefore its reserves must be regularly replenished.
- Selenium deficiency - there are diseases of the thyroid gland; hypothyroidism, endemic goiter, cretinism, reproductive failure; skin, hair and nail diseases; decreased immunity; cardiopathy; growth impairment in children. According to epidemiologists, selenium deficiency affects approximately 80% of the population, and this micronutrient controls premature aging.
Prolonged deficiency of nutrients necessary for the normal functioning of the body, primarily disrupts metabolism in the body and depletes the immune and non-specific defenses of the body. This contributes to obesity, muscle weakness, osteoporosis, immunodeficiency, impaired self-destruction of weakened cells and the development of cancer.
Most non-infectious diseases occur because the body lacks the necessary elements to meet all needs. If the shortage is not replenished in time, the negative consequences are inevitable. However, infectious diseases can also occur or progress more actively with underlying nutrient deficiencies. Thus, without the proper balance of omega fats and vitamins A, C and E, the body is unable to actively fight inflammation.
According to a study by Keenan Walker, Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins University, the chronic inflammation affects the body and can damage joints, internal organs, tissues and cells. Inflammation can also lead to cardiovascular disease, stroke and cancer. Not all processes can be recognized at once, which makes them even more dangerous. However, there are some markers that will help to understand and identify the danger.
Taking care of your health and consuming nutrients will help you avoid many diseases, significantly increasing your chances of happy longevity.