Balanced Diet - You Don’t Know What You’re Missing

Balanced Diet - You Don’t Know What You’re MissinHaving a well balanced diet isn’t just a way to enjoy diversity in your palate, it also helps prevent certain dietary deficiencies. We explain some of the most common here.

You try and eat ‘well’ and do the right thing by your diet and waistline, but if you’re like 70% to 80% of men out there, you still might be missing the point. For instance, do you know whether or not you’re getting the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of Magnesium? How about Zinc?

Lower-than-advised levels of these essential nutrients often present with anxiety, confusion, depression, insomnia, muscle issues (like spasms, cramps or twitching), poor immune response, lethargy, loss of energy, lackluster hair and skin, irritability and more. Magnesium can be found in all green leafy vegetables, the darker the better – Swiss chard, spinach, kale, broccoli rabe, collard greens as well as black beans and navy beans and seeds... To rack up more zinc, try beef, liver, mushrooms, spinach, peas, beans, seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, pine nuts, etc.)

Living in balance might be a little easier in theory than in practice but a lot has to do with your mindset. If you follow simple steps like allowing yourself to eat when you're hungry and eat some of the "bad" food you would like to eat (in moderation) you trigger the fulfillment sensors in the brain. When you feel fulfilled with your diet adding in a few less desirable items like healthy kale or eggplant doesn't seem as tedious and you will be more likely to go for these options. If some of the healthier foods out there seem foreign or just too expensive to purchase try adding a few to your grocery bag each trip. There is no need to clear out your fridge and stuff it full of perishable vegetables that you really would prefer not to eat in the first place.

Of course, you can also take a supplement, but magnesium and zinc have a tendency to cause digestive upset and, like all nutrients, the body often absorbs essential ingredients better from food sources which can make balance delicious.

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