6 Surprising Side Effects of Not Eating Enough Vegetables

The vegetables – I know not everyone is a fan, but vegetables should never be missing from a healthy and balanced diet. The lack of these foods, rich in essential nutrients for the body, can have negative repercussions on our health.

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Here’s how to know when you are at risk.

1. Dishes without color

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In spite of the flavor, some dishes are really sad to look at, because they lack color. That is, they lack of vegetables which, in addition to brighten up the meal, also guarantee a balanced diet, with the right amounts of essential vitamins and minerals.

2. Frequent bruising

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As explained in Reader’s Digest, a low intake of vitamin C can facilitate bruising, as well as increase gum bleeding and slow healing time. To be on the safe side, you can get your fill of vitamin C thanks to peppers, cabbage, chilli, green leafy vegetables, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and tomatoes.

3. Constant fatigue

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Folate deficiency can cause chronic fatigue and anemia. This is why it is good to stock up on vitamin B by consuming green leafy and starchy vegetables, such as beans (black-eyed, red, lima or navy), asparagus and lentils.

4. Infinite cold

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If you don’t consume enough vegetables, you don’t even get all the essential vitamins that these foods guarantee, which could negatively affect the immune system, preventing the body from fighting viruses. Filling your refrigerator with green leafy vegetables is a healthy and natural way to fight infections. In fact, these are an excellent source of vitamin C, which helps develop the defenses necessary to counteract free radicals and shorten healing time.

5. Clouded memory

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While an occasional forgetfulness can occur at all ages, a progressive weakening of the brain’s processing capacity and a lower efficiency as the years pass can instead be the indicator of a lack of nutrients. Lutein, a nutrient with proven ability to improve learning and memory, can be found in various green leafy vegetables, as well as in carrots, broccoli, corn and tomatoes. Adding all of these vegetables, or even just a part, to weekly meals can be a valid brain stimulus.

6. Stress difficult to manage

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Nutrition can play a fundamental role in the body’s ability to respond to stress. Inflammation is the body’s natural response to stressful situations, so you need to eat foods with anti-inflammatory properties, such as salmon and tuna, rich in unsaturated fatty acids and green leafy vegetables and peppers, which contain antioxidants, polyphenols and carotenoids.

Don’t forget to eat your veggies and stay healthy!

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  1. Great insights – and although it might not seem important, I’ve always thought a plate without some colour seems incomplete, even a side salad helps. The do say half the pleasure in eating comes from the visual aspect of the food, which I think is true, there’s an element of artistry at play with the presentation πŸ˜‹ 🍽

    1. Thank you! You’re right! Our eyes want they part too! A nice and colorful presentation says a lot about a dish πŸ˜‰A plate without colour or veggies is really incomplete. Happy and colorful meals πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‹

  2. From purple plums to red apples to greens like spinach and celery, there’s nothing more delicious than stuffing yourself with rainbow coloured foods! Thanks for sharing and have a nice day πŸ™‚ Aiva

    1. You’re perfectly right Aiva! Beside being healthy is also fun to eat all this natural colorful food πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‹ Thank you Aiva! Have an awesome day!

  3. I actually have some of these symptoms! I need to stock up on veggies. I’m really good about giving them to my daughter but I just don’t eat enough myself. Thanks for the reminder!

  4. Wonderful post Ribana! Veggies are so very important, I enjoy having them with every meal! So does Muffin, though there is some she doesn’t like.πŸ˜‚πŸ˜ΉπŸŒžπŸ˜»

    1. Thank you Steve! Oh, Muffin has her right to not like all the veggies 😼😺😻 but she’s still very good as some she eats πŸ˜‰πŸ˜»πŸ˜Ί

  5. Thank you for all that information!
    The veggies have innumerable good properties!
    Greens help prevent cancer and the Reds and oranges help in healing from it. Veggies are good for a constipated stomach and helps with the digestion as well, helps in building the cognitive abilities of a child, help in improving eyesight, etc.
    The benefits are plenty and cannot be just jotted down in one or two paragraphs.
    Your articles are pretty informative, you can go through our articles too!

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    1. Thank you for stopping by and for your inputs! Yes, the benefits of eating veggies and fruits are plenty and the good thing is that we have lots of varieties and we can’t get bored πŸ˜‰
      Great topics and articles πŸ˜‰

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