The human body is not immune to vitamin deficiency and, when something like this occurs, it sends signals to prevent any damage. In order to cure any disease, you must identify the proper signals and interpret them correctly.
With all these diets that are thrown at us, and all the processed and unhealthy food, it’s unlikely that we are getting all the vitamins our body needs. And we must not forget that vitamins are essential for the proper functioning of the human body.
A lack in vitamins creates the perfect place for diseases, affecting the vital functions of the body.
How do I know if I have vitamin deficiency?
Here are the most common signs that you might be lacking some essential vitamins:
- Hair loss and rashes – these two indicate that you have low levels of zinc, vitamins soluble in oil (A, K, D, E) and vitamin B7. Zinc deficiency leads to hair loss. Also, if you have a wound that seems to have some trouble healing, it indicated you have low iron levels. Troubles with vitamin B7 can be caused by high consumption of eggs. Try and incorporate in your diet pumpkin seeds, whole grains, avocados, dairy products, bananas (high in potassium), mushrooms and raspberries.
- Pain and cramps in feet and legs – calcium, magnesium and potassium deficiency can cause some pain. If you started working out, this might be one of the reasons your levels are dropping. You do not have to quit your working out routine, but just enlarge your intake of hazelnuts, bananas, almonds, pumpkin, grapefruit, apples etc.
- The corners of the mouth are cracked – this is a common symptom met in vegetarians. It means you are lacking vitamin B – B2, B3, B12, and also iron and zinc. In order to gain back those vitamins, you must consume more eggs, salmon, seafood, oysters, tuna and clams. People who do not consume seafood at all should eat vegetables, dried tomatoes, peanuts and raise the intake of vitamin C. Broccoli, cabbage, red peppers and cauliflower are also other ingredients that are useful in this situation.
- Numbness and itching sensation in your legs and arms – these are symptoms showing a lack of vitamin B, especially B6, B9 and B12. You need to increase the intake of eggs, veggies, spinach, asparagus and seafood. You will also experience fatigue, exhaustion, anemia, hormonal imbalance and even depression.
- Cheeks, arms and tights full of acne (red spots) – these symptoms appear when you lack vitamin A and D and fatty acids. These spots are painful and look like acne. Start eating carrots, flaxseeds, almond, nuts, dried fruits, red peppers. This should help with your vitamin A levels.
Lack of Vitamin A can lead to poor night vision, skin problems and fatigue. Vitamin B deficiency triggers muscle weakness, fatigue, depression, diarrhea, insomnia, eye irritation, hormonal imbalance, depending on which B vitamin you are losing. Lack of Vitamin C can lead to healing problems, bleeding gums and nose, anemia, indigestion. Vitamin C deficiency causes weak bones, tooth problems and kidney stones. Finally, deficiency of Vitamin E can lead to fertility problems, anemia and anxiety.
The lack of essential vitamins and minerals can lead to a problematic life or chronic diseases that need medication. So, start eating more fruits, vegetables and healthy food to stay away from vitamin deficiency.