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NutritionalDefiA busy life sometimes gets in the way of adequately providing our body with the nutrition it needs to run efficiently and to its top potential. No matter how hard we try to remember to take a Multi-Vitamin or get enough greens in our diet, there is always a Vitamin we find lacking in our system.

With a busy schedule, getting blood work routinely just sometimes seems like a task upon itself. That being said, how can we use our body to detect the nutritional deficiencies we are facing? Check out these telltale signs of our bodies warning us of what our body is lacking nutritionally. Please use this as only a guide; as always, please consult your doctor!

Hands/Feet:

  • Cold hands/feet signify a Magnesium deficiency. Those with cold hands/feet often are diagnosed with hypothyroidism, chronic fatigue due to low cardiac output.
  • Tingling, Prickling, and Numbness in your Hands/Feet indicate a B-vitamin deficiency (folate, B6, B12).
  • Sunken Toenails could bean you have an iron deficiency (Anemia).
  • Foot cramps can be triggered by dehydration, lacking sufficient calcium, potassium, or magnesium

Legs:

  • Restless Legs can keep you awake at night. The problem has been linked to a deficiency in Vitamin D.
  • Deficiences in calcium, potassium, magnesium, or sodium can lead to leg cramping.

Heart:

  • Did you know Heart Disease is a Vitamin Deficiency? Studies have reported that if your folate levels are low, it can lead directly to a lowering of heart attacks and strokes.
  • An irregular heart beat or high blood pressure can indicate a deficiency in magnesium and CoQ10.

Nails:

  • White spots on your nails are linked to mineral deficiency, especially zinc.
  • Have ridges on your nails? Blame that on low zinc levels, too!
  • If hangnails are problematic to you, it’s probably because you’re low on Vitamin C, Folic Acid, and protein.
  • Stop your peeling nails with a boost in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Calcium.

Face/Skin:

  • Acne, although a problem mostly for teens, can be due to zinc deficiencies.
  • Rid the grease from your face by bumping your B2 intake.
  • Hot flashes begs for a boost in Vitamin E, boron, magnesium, and calcium.
  • Face pale? Your biotin and folic acid levels can be low.
  • Stretch Marks indicate a low zinc level.
  • Dry scaly skin indicates a Vitamin C, Vitamin A, and Vitamin E deficiency.

Eyes:

  • Cataracts are linked to chromium deficiencies.
  • Vitamin A is important! Vision loss is linked to a Vitamin A deficiency. Starting as just night blindness or problems adjusting to dark, the progression of the deficiency will eventually lead to a loss of vision and blindness.
  • Got that annoying tic in your eyelid? That’s due to a deficiency in magnesium, Vitamins B2 and B5 as well as zinc.

Mouth:

  • A sore tongue may be a hint to bump up your B12, folate, zinc, or iron.
  • Cracked lips need more than just a good lip balm. Bump your intake of B2!
  • Gingivitis starts with a Vitamin C deficiency. Boost your intake of citrus fruits, tomatoes, or peppers.
  • Nobody wants periodontal disease. A deficiency of Vitamin D could affect the formation of teeth (not to mention provoke kidney disease)
  • Thyroid swelling? Check your iodine levels.
  • Get rid of those white patches on your tongue by upping your Vitamin B2.

 

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