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As the holidays approach, there is a big emphasis on food. Thanksgiving, Hanukah, and Christmas all revolve around delicious dinner traditions – sending diets out the window. A handful of indulgent, celebratory meals throughout the year won’t hurt your health or make a major impact on your waistline. However, if you tend to eat like every day is a holiday, you may want to digest some details on how foods affect your overall well-being.

Food gives your body the tools and nutrients it needs to function properly. Eating the wrong type of foods can lead to poor health, allergies, and even more serious conditions. 

What is Poor Nutrition?

Poor nutrition starts when you eat the wrong types of food that do not provide the nutrients you need most. Low-nutrient foods include those low in fiber and vitamins, or high in fat, sugar, and salt. Processed and pre-packaged foods are some of the unhealthiest choices you can make. They are packed with added sugar, sodium, and fat. These ingredients make food taste better, but too much of them leads to serious health issues like obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes. 

Even if you are eating the right foods, if you take in more calories than you are burning each day, this will cause weight gain and lead to obesity, which may in time lead to diabetes and heart problems. On the opposite end of the spectrum, if you are undereating, you could deprive your body of the nutrients it needs which may lead to anorexia or bulimia, two eating disorders that can cause a variety of dangerous health conditions.

Check out these food facts: 

  • Diet is thought to be partly responsible for about 30 to 40 percent of all cancers, although diet alone is unlikely to be the “cause” or “cure” of cancer.
  • Salty foods increase blood pressure. To balance sodium levels in your bloodstream, your body retains water to try and rid your body of the excess salt through urine. This excess fluid travels through your bloodstream, and the increased volume presses against your blood vessels to cause high blood pressure.
  • Women who drank two or more diet drinks a day had a 29 percent higher chance of heart disease, a 31 percent higher chance of stroke, and a 16 percent increased risk of dying earlier than women who drank the stuff less than once a week. 

 

Healthy Eating 

Breaking bad eating habits is not easy, but the important thing is that you start. Developing healthy eating habits is a gradual process. You can start with choosing an apple over a bag of potato chips as a snack. 

Here are some other helpful ideas to kickstart your healthy eating habits.

  • Reduce your sugar intake. Substitute sugar with honey in your daily coffee. 
  • As a dessert alternative, blend frozen bananas and top it with some strawberries.
  • Increase the number of fruits and vegetables in your diet. Aim for two servings of fruit and five servings of veggies each day.
  • Fill up on fiber. Start your morning with a bowl of oatmeal. Or try adding flaxseeds to your yogurt. 
  • Eat less saturated and trans fats. Read the labels on the products you are purchasing. You may be surprised at the ingredients and opt for a different brand.
  • Make a continuing effort to add less salt to your food; until just a dash is all you need.
  • Drink more water. You should aim to drink half your body weight in ounces. 
  • Use portion control. Fill half of your plate with vegetables or salad. A quarter of the plate should include lean protein foods such as meat, fish, chicken, or legumes. Grain foods such as rice, quinoa, and pasta should take up the remaining quarter of the plate.

 

Take Control of Your Nutritional Health 

Nutritional lab testing services can provide valuable insights into how the foods you eat are affecting the current state of your health. Take control of your dietary destiny immediately with the help of Any Lab Test Now. We have a variety of lab tests that will help you determine if food has been your friend or foe. No appointment is necessary, and you get the results within a matter of hours that you can discuss with your physician or nutritionist to get you on the right track. 

Check Out These 3 Tests That Will Help You Understand Your Eating Habits

 

  • Cholesterol Testing 

The Cholesterol Lipid Panel determines if you have abnormal cholesterol or triglyceride levels. Cholesterol is fat that is produced by the liver. It is also in foods like cheeseburgers and pizza. This test can determine if you are at risk for heart disease or other coronary illnesses. 

  • Micronutrient Testing 

The Micronutrient Test measures your body’s ability to absorb vitamins, minerals, and other essential nutrients. This non-fasting blood test reveals if you have a vitamin deficiency, so you and your doctor can develop a plan to correct it. More importantly, the results can help you reduce the risk of illness and disease related to such deficiencies.

  • Food Sensitivity Testing 

If you experience bloating, digestive problems such as gas and/or diarrhea, fatigue, and headaches after a meal, you should consider getting a Food Sensitivity and Intolerance Test. This can identify foods causing issues in your body. In some cases, food intolerances can be a reason for unexplained weight loss or weight gain. 

 

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Any Lab Test Now wants you to be at ease when it comes to seeking out any type of lab work, not just nutritional health testing. We provide you with a safe and clean alternative location for lab work. Each of our 190+ stores is sanitized several times a day, in accordance with the CDC’s protocols. Any Lab Test Now is a committed partner in helping you manage your family’s healthcare so you can make educated decisions that will directly affect your quality of life. We want to put you at ease as the pandemic continues. We are here to help. 

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