Vegetables are an essential part of a healthy diet, that we all know.
As of today in Australia, however, only 1 in 10 women are eating enough vegetables. 1 in 10!
If you fit into the 90% that aren’t eating enough vegetables, your body is probably suffering as a result.
Here are 5 signs you aren’t getting enough vegetables in your diet.
If you seem to bruise easily and heal slowly, it’s likely because you aren’t getting enough vitamin C in your diet. Vitamin C helps with the growth and repair of cell tissue.
Up your Vitamin C intake by eating more citrus fruits, broccoli, capsicum, tomatoes, kale, and chili peppers.
You’re tired all the time
If you’re not eating enough vegetables, your body will likely be deficient in essential vitamins such as folate and magnesium which help with energy production. Folate deficiency also causes fatigue.
Eating more dark leafy greens, asparagus, spinach, and beans will increase your vitamin levels and increase your energy.
You’re gaining weight
If the numbers on the scale are climbing, it’s most likely due to you not eating enough vegetables. Vegetables are the main source of fibre for your body, promoting digestive health and keeping you fuller for longer. Vegetables are also low in calories so you can eat a lot more without the huge amounts of calories. The foods you substitute healthy foods for are likely highly processed and calorie dense.
Foods high in fibre include carrot, corn, broccoli, and sweet potato.
You’re always sick
If you’re the person who always catches the bug that’s going around, it’s probably because you aren’t eating enough vegetables. An inadequate vegetable intake means your immune system doesn’t receive the essential nutrients it requires to fight off illnesses as effectively.
Look to Kale and Leafy Greens to give your immune system a boost.
You get muscle cramps regularly
If you cramp up easily, it’s likely the result of a deficiency in the mineral potassium. Potassium helps nerves and muscles function properly, and helps to move nutrients and waste around cells. When your muscles don’t have enough potassium, it results in muscle scamps.
Bananas, leafy greens, cucumber, zucchini, and beans are all great sources of potassium.