5 Signs That Your Diet Is Harming Your Health

It’s been said that if a person follows a diet, they’re always hungry and in turn, angry and annoyed. But sometimes our irascibility turns into depression. It might not necessarily be connected with hunger but rather from a change in your eating patterns. When we start keeping a diet, we usually focus on getting rid of excess weight and completely forget that our bodies need lots of microelements to be healthy.

Bright Side has decided to find out why our eating patterns can cause depression. Here are 5 signs indicating that your diet is affecting your health and mood.

5. Menstrual problems

This sign indicates one of the most common issues when it comes to hormonal problems. These hormones are responsible for our metabolism and if a hormonal imbalance occurs, it can cause depression. If you think your thyroid is failing to work normally, you should go visit an endocrinologist.

In most cases, the reason for this is a lack of iodine in the body. But even if we eat many products containing iodine, it may still not be enough. So it’s recommended to take iodine supplements (don’t forget to consult your doctor first).

4. Memory problems

Omega-3 is a fatty acid that helps our brains work properly, concentrate, and remember important things. If your body experiences an omega-3 deficiency, it starts absorbing more trans fats. Scientists have proven that such fats can cause depression.

If your depression is accompanied by memory problems, try to consume more omega-3. This acid is contained in:

  • fish
  • nuts (especially walnuts)
  • oils (especially flax oil)
  • sprouted wheat grains

3. Leg cramps

You have to pay attention to your diet if you start experiencing recurring leg cramps. This may indicate that you need more magnesium which helps activate enzymes responsible for serotonin production (that’s why you feel depressed).

In cases of a lack of magnesium and depression, doctors usually recommend magnesium-rich medications. In cases of minor deviations, you may consume foods enriched with elements contained in:

  • pumpkin seeds
  • peas
  • pine nuts

2. Loss of appetite, fatigue, shortness of breath

A loss of appetite can really make a person who wants to lose weight happy. But it may also be accompanied by shortness of breath and fatigue, which aren’t good at all. These symptoms indicate that your body is experiencing iron deficiency anemia which causes depression.

You can solve this problem by consuming iron-rich supplements or foods like:

  • liver (beef or pork)
  • kidney (beef, lamb, veal, or pork)
  • octopus
  • soybeans

1. Bowel disorders

If you follow an unhealthy diet, your gut will soon let you know. It’s important to remember that the intestine is an organ where lots of significant hormones are produced. For example, serotonin, a hormone of happiness, is produced in the small intestine.

If you feel depressed and experience gut problems, try to control the amount of zinc that you consume (it’s also responsible for healthy digestion). Zinc is contained in:

  • wheat germs
  • cheese (especially ricotta, cheddar, mozzarella, and gouda)
  • meat (especially liver and beef)
  • seafood (especially oysters)

Bonus: A drink to clean out your colon

Did you know that it’s really important to clean out our intestines from time to time? Don’t worry, it’s not scary at all! We’d like to share a great recipe for a drink that you can make at home.

You’ll need:

  • a pineapple
  • a cucumber
  • an apple
  • aloe vera

Mix all the ingredients in a blender and enjoy your healthy and incredibly tasty drink. Your intestines will definitely thank you.

We want to remind you that depression isn’t the only possible side effect of an unhealthy diet. So if you notice any changes, you should go see a doctor. Don’t forget to let your doctor know that you keep a diet.

Source : https://brightside.me/inspiration-health/5-signs-that-your-diet-is-harming-your-health-625310/

5 Signs of a Nitrate Watermelon That Can Help You Avoid Poisoning

August and September are always associated with watermelons. And there are several tricks that will help you choose ripe, sweet, and naturally grown watermelon. For example, measuring the size of a watermelon with the help of a tape can help you make the right choice. Additionally, putting a piece of a watermelon’s pulp into clean, room temperature water before serving it will help avoid unnecessary troubles.

We at Bright Side like sweet watermelon a lot. That’s why we collected useful recommendations from internet users on how to avoid mistakes when buying this yummy fruit. At the end of the article, there is a bonus that will tell you how to choose a truly tasty and ripe watermelon.

1. A yellow rind is a sign of a high concentration of nitrates.

Nitrogen is an important element for the growth and development of plants. However, watermelon growers tend to exceed the acceptable norms because this trick helps them to get the plant to weigh up to 25 pounds within just 3 weeks. A buyer can get poisoned after consuming this type of watermelon. That’s why when cutting the fruit, pay attention to the color of its rind — it shouldn’t be yellow, while its flesh shouldn’t contain white stripes.

2. Check to see if the watermelon has holes.

Some people believe that holes in watermelons are traces from insects and not nitrate needles, but still try to stay away from fruit with holes. Even if it’s good inside, a part of its flesh will be spoiled because of the hole.

3. Don’t eat a watermelon with a big, hollow center.

Fractures in the pulp indicate that the fruit is over-ripe or contains growth hormones. An over-ripe watermelon can be a little bitter, while a watermelon with growth hormones can cause poisoning. That’s why it’s better to not eat it if you see the fruit in this condition.

4. Put a piece of the pulp into the water before eating a watermelon.

You can check the concentration of nitrates in a watermelon and avoid poisoning by placing a little piece of its pulp into clean water at room temperature. If the fruit is dangerous, the water will take on a bright pink color and you’re better off throwing the melon away.

5. A watermelon shouldn’t be light when you lift it.

Sometimes even a beautiful and smooth rind, a yellow hue, and a dry tail can’t guarantee that this watermelon is tasty. Remember to always weight it before purchasing — it should be dense and heavy. If there are no scales in the store, listen to your instincts. A ripe fruit should be quite heavy when you lift it.

Bonus: How to choose a tasty watermelon

1. Choose a watermelon without dents.

A ripe and sweet watermelon should be shiny, smooth, and free of visible damage. Small dents can be the result of a hit. The process of spoiling happens faster in these places and there is a high chance you’ll end up throwing the whole watermelon into the trash.

2. You shouldn’t be afraid of small and shallow holes on the rind.

As we mentioned before, many internet users say that these holes are the traces of watermelon growers’ needles that they use to inject watermelons with nitrates. But, if the holes don’t go all the way through the rind, you shouldn’t be afraid of them because these are the traces left by the larva of wireworms and they affect neither the quality nor the taste of the fruit.

3. When choosing a watermelon, search for small beige traces on the rind.

These beige ’scars’ on the smooth rind of a watermelon are the places where bees ’tasted’ the pulp. Internet users checked and decided that these watermelons are usually very sweet.

4. A ripe watermelon that weighs 9 lbs (4kg) must have a circumference of 25 in or more.

According to a 1986 publication in the old Soviet magazine Young Technician, a ripe watermelon weighing 9 pounds must have the circumference of 25 inches and more. Internet users checked this information and it turned out to be true — these watermelons are ripe and sweet.

5. A watermelon’s tail and the area of its fixation to the stem should be dry.

Watermelons that have green and fresh tails are not ripe. Choose watermelons that have a dry tail. If the fruit doesn’t have a tail, then pay attention to the area of its fixation to the stem — it should be brown.

6. Opt for a watermelon with the brightest yellow spot on the rind.

A yellow splotch on the rind is the side on which the watermelon was lying on the ground. The longer it was ripening, the sweeter it will be. Ripe melons always have creamy-yellowish or even orange-yellowish spots.

7. Try not to buy watermelons cut in advance.

Buy only whole watermelons because when cutting it with a knife, the microorganisms from the blade get onto the fruit. They quickly reproduce in this sweet and warm environment, especially under the clinging film and these can cause intestinal diseases.

What tricks do you use when you are choosing a watermelon? Please tell us about them in the comments!

Source : https://brightside.me/creativity-cooking/5-signs-of-a-nitrate-watermelon-that-can-help-you-avoid-poisoning-597510/