How bulimia leads to malnutrition and what you can do about it

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Bulimia really does play havoc with your body and can often cause a whole range of vitamin deficiencies. In this article explore the relationship between poor nutrition and bulimia, discussing it's impact on the physical and psychological symptoms of bulimia...

Due to inadequate food consumption, poor absorption, excessive loss of nutrients, overeating, vomiting and/or excessive exercise, bulimia really does play havoc with your body and can often cause a whole range of vitamin deficiencies.

In many cases bulimia can cause malnutrition. If you are malnourished then your body will slow down and not work as well. You will notice that suffering from malnourishment causes a lot of the common symptoms and side effects that are associated with bulimia such as:

  • Reduced muscle and soft tissue mass
  • Decreased mobility and stamina
  • Breathing difficulties and an increased risk of chest infection and respiratory failure
  • Wounds that take longer to heal and illnesses that take longer to recover from
  • Slower immune response - meaning it takes longer to recover from an infection
  • Difficulty staying warm increasing the risk of hypothermia
  • Low libido (sex drive)
  • Fertility problems

Malnutrition and Vitamin Deficiencies go hand in hand and many experts now believe that Vitamin Deficiencies contribute to the onset of bulimia.

We also know that malnutrition can cause adverse psychological symptoms and side effects such as apathy, tiredness and depression. Over an extended period of time malnutrition can actually be fatal.

All of our recovered members say that once they got their nutrition back to normal (initially by using structured eating) they found the physical and psychological symptoms and side effects of bulimia to be dramatically reduced.

Here at Bulimia Help we really believe that nutrition and rebalancing your body is the magic key to

But how can vitamin and mineral deficiencies lead to bulimia?

Lots if not all of the symptoms we associate with bulimia are actually a direct result of several vitamin and mineral deficiencies.

Here at Bulimia Help we know the most common cause for bulimia is dieting. Almost all of our members note going through a severe phase of restriction before the onset of their bulimia. At some point during that restrictive phase essential vitamin levels will have become dangerously low.

Read through our resources on Vitamin Deficiencies, Mineral Deficiencies and check out the section on how bulimia effects your brain to gain a better understanding of how poor nutrition can directly lead to Bulimia and it’s associated psychological symptoms.

You will also be able to review how Vitamin Deficiencies can directly disrupt our natural brain chemistry (which influences the way we think and feel about ourselves) and access two useful lists outlining foods that contain essential vitamins and foods that contain essential minerals.

The information provided in this website is for information purposes only. The information on this website is NOT a substitute for proper diagnosis, treatment or the provision of advice by an appropriate health professional. Please refer to the full disclaimer and copyright. If you do think you might suffer from an eating disorder, it is important that you talk to your General Practitioner, as there are many physical complications that can arise from being at an unhealthily low weight or from losing weight very quickly, or from purging. We advise you to seek professional help with working on an eating disorder.


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