Five silent ways your body warns about vitamin deficiency


WEB DESK: The deficiency in your body may have its own way of telling you. For example, whiteness in your nails may tell you about any vitamin deficiency.  However, this is not the only way, your body reminds you of certain diseases, it has many unique ways.

Here are five ways, your body silently tells you about the deficiency of vitamins.

Cracks at the corners of your mouth.

Deficiency: Iron, zinc, and B vitamins like niacin (B3), riboflavin (B2), and B12.

Fix: Foods that contain vitamin C. Have more fish, eggs, poultry, peanuts, lentils, etc. Combine these foods with veggies like broccoli, red bell peppers, kale, and cauliflower.

A red, scaly rash on your face (and sometimes elsewhere), and hair loss.

Deficiency: Biotin (B7), known as the hair vitamin. While your body stores fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, K), it doesn’t store most B vitamins, which are water soluble.

Fix: Reach for more cooked eggs (cooking deactivates avidin), salmon, avocados, mushrooms, cauliflower, soybeans, nuts, raspberries, and bananas.

Red or white acne-like bumps, typically on the cheeks, arms, thighs, and butt.

Deficiency: Essential fatty acids and vitamins A and D.

Fix: Have more saturated fat and trans fats, which you should be doing anyway, and increase healthy fats. Focus on adding more salmon and sardines, nuts like walnuts and almonds, and seeds like ground flax, hemp, and chia.

Tingling, prickling, and numbness in hands, feet, or elsewhere.

Deficiency: B vitamins like folate (B9), B6, and B12

Fix: Seek out spinach, asparagus, beets, beans (pinto, black, kidney, lima), eggs, octopus, mussels, clams, oysters, and poultry

Muscle cramps in the form of stabbing pains in toes, calves, arches of feet, and backs of legs.

Deficiency: Magnesium, calcium, and potassium

Fix: Eat more bananas, almonds, hazelnuts, squash, cherries, apples, grapefruit, broccoli, bok choy, and dark leafy greens like kale, spinach and dandelion.

 

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