Top Healthy Eating Habits to Increase Vitamin and Mineral Intake

Are you one of those people who complains about appetite loss, fatigue, dizziness, shortness of breath or muscle weakness? Do you often experience numbness or tingling or suffer from constipation and abdominal pain? Maybe you have an irregular heartbeat or regularly feel nauseous. There’s a chance you’re suffering from vitamin, mineral or other nutrient deficiencies. 

Well, if you are, you’re just like this week’s #SmoofiiLover Lethargic Logan. Just like many of you, Logan has been suffering with vitamin D deficiency since he started working nights and often looks like he’s in a desperate need for a caffeine fix. 

Here are a few healthy eating habits Logan, and you, can adapt to your daily routine in order to increase the nutrient intake in the body:

1. Opt for Healthy Carbs Not No Carbs

A lot of people believe that the best diet is a low-carb or no-carb diet. But carbohydrates are a very important and fundamental macronutrient as well as a significant fuel source in our body. And it’s so easy to replace bad carbs with a healthier alternative, not to mention you can avoid the agony brought on by tough, arduous no-carb diets. Some healthy alternatives to bad carbs:

  1. Choose water, smoothies or natural unsweetened fruit juices over sodas, alcohol or artificially concentrated juices and drinks.
  2. For an after-dinner snack or dessert option, eat fruits instead of cakes and ice-creams.
  3. Swap out white bread or pastas with whole wheat grains, quinoa, oats and more. 
  4. Snack on dry fruits or nuts, instead of chips or fried products.
  5. Consume more legumes, beans, green leafy vegetables instead of red meat.
  6. Go for vegan options like almond milk, soymilk products instead of dairy products.

2. Fill Yourself Up with Proteins

Sure, you’ve heard it multiple times already, but this cannot be stressed enough – try to include lean proteins with every meal. Proteins helps you balance your blood sugar, which in turn, can help manage diabetes, support cardiovascular health and accelerate weight loss. Beans, lentils, spinach, broccoli, nuts, fish and poultry are essential for good protein health in your body. Additionally, if you’re a person who exercises regularly, proteins are the most important food source for building muscle strength and harnessing the energy within you.

3. Break Your Fast Every Day

“Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” How many times has that claim been made? It’s the way for your body to recharge itself after a long night of sleep, by replenishing your glucose and other nutrient levels in order to boost your energy and remain active throughout the day. It kick-starts your metabolism which is essential for burning calories all day. Breakfast is often associated with good memory and concentration, decreased risk of heart disease, diabetes, cholesterol and other health issues.

4. Shake off the salt

Cutting out canned or processed food go a long way in decreasing your sodium levels. Apart from having many other health benefits, lower levels of salt in your body are big asset for those complain about high blood pressure very often.

5. Watch out for hidden sugars

Another healthier option for a better lifestyle is reducing the amount of sugar you consume. Beware of attention-grabbing labels with diet or no sugar options – they usually have hidden sugars like fructose, sucrose and glucose somewhere in the fine print. Although natural sugars in fruits, honey and other syrups are the healthier alternative, they can lead to weight gain if consumed in big amounts.

6. Practice mindful eating

Cutting out canned or processed food go a long way in decreasing your sodium levels. Apart from having many other health benefits, lower levels of salt in your body are big asset for those complain about high blood pressure very often.

If you adopt these habits into your everyday life, you’ll see an improvement in your body’s nutrient level. Take a step towards a better lifestyle with these small change and watch out for the big change. Maybe one day, after religiously practicing these habits, Lethargic Logan may turn into Lively Logan. Speaking of our weekly #SmoofiiLover, give us a chance to introduce his favourite Smoofii product _