Many things affect our health, but research has shown that people whose body weight is within a certain range tend to live the longest and enjoy the best health. Those who are underweight are below this range, which means their health could be at risk.
A number of underweight people are fit and well, they simply have a slender constitution. However, for many people being underweight means their bones aren’t as strong as they could be and they have fewer ‘reserves’ if they fall ill. It can also affect a woman’s fertility.
If you’ve experienced recent and unintentional weight loss and you’re always tired, you should see your doctor in case there’s an underlying health problem.
No matter how hard you may try you may find it hard to gain weight and calls of “You don’t know how lucky you are” from your well meaning friend can be utterly frustrating as your struggle along doing your best to gain a few pounds. However if you consciously restrict how much you eat, or feel anxious about the thought of gaining weight, you may have an eating disorder and should talk to you GP or contact the eating disorders charity Beat.
Diet – Often underweight people simply do not eat enough calories each day to meet their energy requirements. They may be through not eating the right foods or they may have a very active lifestyle. In order to gain weight at a healthy rate you need to eat an extra 300-350 kilocalories per day. Finding practical ways to incorporate extra calories and monitoring food intake with the help of Smart Nutrition can allow you to gain weight at a healthy rate of about 1 kg per month. Book a Consultation.
Parasites – Weight loss or difficulty maintaining weight is one symptoms of a intestinal parasites. Intestinal parasites are micro-organisms that live in the intestines. They survive by hijacking our nutrient supply! They can be picked up from undercooked foods, pets and when travelling abroad or eating out at home. If you suspect a parasite infection you should have A Traveller’s Tummy Test.
Hyperthyroidism – In healthy people, the thyroid makes just the right amounts of two hormones, T4 and T3, which have important actions throughout the body. These hormones regulate many aspects of our metabolism, eventually affecting how many calories we burn, how warm we feel, and how much we weigh. In short, the thyroid “runs” our metabolism. Hyperthyroidism is the medical term to describe the situation when the thyroid becomes overactive. Symptoms of hyperthyroidism include weight loss, feeling hot and irritable, nervousness, diarrhoea, increased appetite and difficulty sleeping. If you suffer from these symptoms it is advisable to have a thyroid blood test. This will measure the levels of thyroid hormones and check for markers that indicate the underlying cause of the thyroid dysfunction. Thyroid Tests.
High histamine levels – As well as being the chemical that mediates allergic reactions histamine is also an important signally molecule in the brain. When brain histamine levels are above normal symptoms such as hyperactivity, compulsive behaviour, poor pain tolerance and allergies can occur. In addition people with high histamine levels frequently have a rapid metabolism and difficulty gaining weight. A Smart Nutrition Consultation would help to find out if this was a possible cause of your weight loss and could work with you to improve lower your histamine levels. Book a Consultation.