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Malnutrition; Cellular causes, effects, and prevention

What if your cell is not getting enough nutrition? 

In this article, I will take you on a journey to discover the effects of cellular malnutrition, its causes, effects, and prevention. By going to the source, your cell, you can improve your overall health so that you can keep your cells healthy and enjoy a fulfilled life. 


Healthy Cells = Healthy and Happy You! 


A cell is a basic structural and functional building block of the human body. Imagine a complex building with intricate design and flawless construction. Just as the structure of the building depends on the building blocks, the human body depends on cells for its overall well-being and survival.


Trillions of cells work together to form tissues, organs, and systems. But meanwhile, each cell performs a specific essential task to maintain the health and functionality of the human body. A cell needs proper and sufficient nutrition to work optimally.


Cellular nutrition is just like the fuel for the engine. Just as a machine requires a specific fuel type to run optimally, cells require particular nutrients to function correctly. These nutrients include balanced carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, and minerals.  These are all essential for cellular growth, repair, and energy production.


Understanding cellular malnutrition

You have to juggle a lot with your daily grind. Your body gets affected by performing different tasks in different internal and external conditions and situations. The tiny workers of your body, cells, need a proper diet to maintain your health and body’s working condition.


Imagine your tiny workers need more diet to synchronize with your activities. That’s where cellular malnutrition comes in.   When your cells do not get enough nutrients or an imbalanced intake of essential diet (energy), it causes malnutrition. 


The food or diet for our body can be further divided into two categories; 

Macronutrients include carbohydrates, vitamins, proteins, and fats. These are the primary energy source and provide the fuel cells needed to perform their functions.

  • Fats absorb and transport fat-soluble vitamins.
  • Carbohydrates provide the body with glucose (blood sugar).
  • Proteins are essential for growth and repair.



 Micronutrients are the minerals and vitamins your body needs in small amounts. Minerals include manganese (Mn), iron (Fe), copper (Cu), chromium (Cr), Selenium (Se), and zinc (Zn).  Vitamins include Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, and Vitamin E. 


The nutrients necessary for hormone production and metabolism include: 

  • Iron and calcium aid in cell repair, growth, and overall health.
  • Vitamin C protects cells from damage caused by free radicals because it is an antioxidant.


Causes of cellular malnutrition

Malnutrition can happen due to several factors. Some of these factors are obvious, and you can easily estimate your condition. Here are some of the main reasons;

Imbalanced diet: “You are what you eat.” A diet lacking essential nutrients is one of the most common causes of cellular malnutrition. If the diet is inadequate or imbalanced, cells may not receive the fuel they need to perform their functions, leading to malnutrition and loads of health problems. A diet low in iron, for example, can cause anemia, a condition in which there aren’t enough red blood cells to carry oxygen to cells.


Malabsorption: This occurs when the body cannot absorb the nutrients from the food you eat properly. It happens due to digestive problems, damage to the intestines, or medical conditions such as Celiac Disease. In these cases, even if the diet is balanced and nutritious, cells may not receive the nutrients they need to function correctly, leading to cellular malnutrition.


Chronic diseases: Certain chronic diseases, such as cancer, can increase the body’s nutritional needs, leading to cellular malnutrition if not adequately addressed. This is because the body requires more energy and resources to fight the disease, and if not provided with the proper nutrients, cells may become weak and susceptible to damage.


Aging: As people age, their ability to absorb and process nutrients may decrease, leading to cellular malnutrition. This can be due to a decline in the function of the digestive system and a decrease in the production of enzymes necessary for nutrient absorption.


Lifestyle factors: Substance abuse, alcohol consumption, and smoking can all harm cellular nutrition, leading to malnutrition and cellular damage.  Alcohol can make it harder for the body to absorb and use nutrients such as phosphorus, and smoking can lower the amount of oxygen available to cells, which can damage them.  Substance abuse can also have a toxic effect on cells. 


Effects of cellular malnutrition

Until now, you are well aware that cellular malnutrition will never aid you in leading a happier and healthier life. It has several negative consequences on health and well-being. Now, sit back for 2 minutes and get comfortable. I am taking you into further depth to explore cellular malnutrition’s short-term and long-term effects.


Short term effects of malnutrition

Short-term effects of cellular malnutrition are (but are not limited to);

Decreased energy levels and weakness 

When cells are not receiving enough nutrients, they become weakened and exhausted, leading to decreased energy levels and a general feeling of weakness. The main factor may be insufficient micronutrients like iron and B vitamins.


Poor cognitive function 

Micronutrient deficiencies can also affect cognitive function. It leads to confusion, memory loss, and difficulty concentrating. This can significantly impact your daily life and overall quality of life.


Slow wound Healing

The coordination of numerous cells and tissues, including skin cells, blood vessels, and immune cells, is necessary for the complex process of wound healing. When the body experiences cellular malnutrition, it cannot provide the necessary nutrients for these cells to perform their functions.

The healing process gets slowed down because of decreased blood flow and weakened immune response. Slow wound healing increases the risk of scars and causes serious health issues.


Acute Anemia 

Due to the deficiency of certain micronutrients, your red blood cells are reduced, which leads to decreased oxygen-carrying capacity. Less oxygen means you will always feel tired, weak, and unmotivated.


Long-term effects 

Long-term effects occur due to prolonged exposure to micronutrients or the deficiency of primary food sources. These effects are;

Growth and developmental delays

A prolonged insufficient intake of nutrients leads to growth and developmental disease. If your body does not absorb proper nutrients, physiological processes get affected. This effect is more common in children. Both micro and macronutrients are responsible for the proper growth and development of the body.  

Chronic disease

Lack of nutrients for an extended period can cause chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and certain types of cancer. This is because micronutrients play a crucial role in maintaining overall health and preventing chronic inflammation, a critical factor in developing many chronic diseases.

Congenital disabilities

Women who are deficient in certain micronutrients, such as folic acid and iron, during pregnancy are at increased risk of having a baby with congenital disabilities. For example, a lack of folic acid has been linked to neural tube defects, while a lack of iron has been linked to preterm birth and low birth weight.


Chronic Anemia 

Long-term exposure to the deficiency of nutrients causes serious health problems. Although chronic anemia is also widely linked to exposure to toxic chemicals, nutrition, and diet play a crucial role. In this condition, there is a persistent low level of red blood cells or hemoglobin in the blood.


Signs and symptoms of malnutrition

Although, after reading about the causes and effects of cellular malnutrition, you can easily guess some apparent signs and symptoms. But, cellular malnutrition can occur due to being undernourished as well as toxic amounts of certain nutrients. Here is a brief list of some evident signs and symptoms for both;

  1. Gaunt appearance, including sunken cheeks and eyes
  2. Mood swings, including depression and anxiety
  3. Reduction in both fat and muscle tissue
  4. Low energy levels and exhaustion
  5. Inability to focus and concentrate
  6. Impatient and easily agitated
  7. Coarse and dry hair and skin
  8. Slowed healing of injuries
  9. The decline in body weight
  10. Abdominal distension


Prevention of malnutrition

A pinch of prevention is better than a pound of cure. Cellular malnutrition is fatal but preventable.

Here are some proven methods to keep your cells in a nutrient-balanced state:

  • Monitor your mineral levels at least bi-annually on a Hair Mineral Analysis.
  • Make sure you are taking proper intake of calories, which are essential to provide you with enough energy.
  • Consume a diet rich in minerals, vitamins, and essential nutrients.
  • Consider taking supplements for the best health possible.
  • Spend more time in sunlight.
  • Avoid drinking and tobacco.
  • Exercise regularly. 
  • Drink more water, ideally ½ your weight in ounces. 


Determining of cellular malnutrition

  1. The first step in investigating cellular malnutrition is to assess body weight.
  2. You can conduct a simple calculation called BMI (Body Mass Index). It helps to determine if a person is underweight. A low BMI can indicate malnutrition.
  3. Examine your physical condition. The body tells many signs, such as dry skin, hair loss, and muscle wasting. 
  4. The psycho-social assessment also helps determine whether an individual’s mental or social factors contribute to cellular malnutrition. Stress, depression, and anxiety can all affect an individual’s appetite and ability to consume a nutritious diet.
  5. You can contact an expert at Scientific Nutrition to evaluate your physical condition through a painless and fast Hair Mineral Analysis Test


Hair Analysis and malnutrition

Taking care of your cells should be your top priority when leading a healthier and happier life.  You will not be able to escape the fatal consequence of cellular malnutrition.  But worry not; like every problem brought a solution, cellular malnutrition is also curable.


First of all, take the best care of your health. Eat natural, non-GMO, and organic foods. Genetically modified (GMO) or bio-engineered food is trash.


Secondly, seek help if you have evident symptoms of cellular malnutrition. Hair analysis is the best way to assess your physical condition at the deepest level.


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