Nutrition Change Symptoms
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Most people don't eat particularly healthy. Then, long-term and healthy dietary changes are a way to improve your own health. Many people are surprised, however, when certain symptoms arise and the sense of well-being takes time to appear. This is usually a natural part of the process.
During a dietary change, your body needs to adapt. For instance, if you now avoid processed foods and industrial meat, your body needs to get used to the nutrient-rich diet. It might initially struggle to break down complex carbohydrates and digest meat from hunted, wild animals. However, these initial challenges usually subside. Common initial symptoms of a dietary change include:
As you can see, the side effects of dietary changes can be diverse. So, don't be surprised if you experience gastrointestinal problems or constipation in the first days of the dietary change.
As part of a dietary change, your body may detoxify. When the intake of everyday toxins is interrupted, your body can begin to completely flush out the remaining toxins. This can cause the symptoms mentioned above. In addition, Skin Impurities should be mentioned, as toxins may also be expelled through the skin. Increased Sweating and Urination may also result as your body rids itself of additional environmental toxins.
As part of a dietary change, new sources of energy need to be tapped into. For instance, if simple carbohydrates like white flour and sugar are replaced by complex carbohydrates and fiber, your body needs to efficiently tap into these energy sources. It may take a few days or weeks for your body to get accustomed to this. During this period, you might experience lower energy levels and reduced performance. However, these dietary change symptoms should diminish promptly and give way to higher energy levels, as you will be consistently taking in energy and no longer experiencing spikes in blood sugar levels.
Weight fluctuations can also occur in both directions. You shouldn't view these with suspicion, but rather as an integral part of the process. An unhealthy diet could promote water retention, which is why consuming healthy diuretic foods can enhance your quality of life. So, if the scale shows a bit more or less, it doesn't necessarily mean you're gaining or losing fat cells. It could also be water or glycogen retention.
When undergoing a dietary change, it's important that nutrient deficiencies are avoided. If they do occur, dietary change symptoms like persistent diarrhea can arise. This is one of the points where you can recognize nutrient deficiencies. Otherwise, each nutrient has its own symptoms that it triggers in cases of deficiency. So, it may be worthwhile to consult a doctor after a dietary change and get tested for nutrient deficiencies. As a rule of thumb, a varied and balanced diet helps.
Especially restrictive diets like vegan or vegetarian diets can predispose you to nutrient deficiencies.
If bloating due to dietary changes is only temporary, you should notice a reduction within a few days to a few weeks. Various factors such as the specific dietary shift, previous eating habits, individual body, etc., influence bloating during dietary transitions. If bloating does not improve after 1 - 2 weeks, you should consult a doctor.
This, again, varies widely. As a rule of thumb, if there is no noticeable improvement after 2 weeks of dietary change, it's advisable to consult a doctor. Even better, involving professionals such as a nutritionist or naturopath in guiding the dietary transition is recommended.
Again, this is quite variable. It depends on several factors, including: