We’ve always been encouraged to have nutritious and balanced diet and this is not for nothing. The benefits of eating right cannot be overemphasized.
A well-balanced and nutritious diet has many positive effects, likewise a diet without important nutrients has lots of negative effects.
The negative effects that occur as a result of a lack of nutrients become visible and are the body’s way of crying out for these missing nutrients.
Vitamins are one of the most important nutrients to the health. It is the reason we can continue living healthy and without any negative complications. Still, many people have vitamin deficiencies as a result of low vitamin content in their systems . This could be as a result of poor vitamin intake or inability of the body to absorb available vitamins. Whichever one, deficiencies in vitamin could pose a threat to the body. Thankfully, they give warning signs first before they get serious much later. Those signs are what we’ll be looking at, nobody should be taken by surprise. It’s best you learn of it before hand and remedy the condition before things get worse.
Signs That Your Body Lacks Vitamins
Below are signs your body lacks vitamins,
We usually tend to think that dandruff is normal and should not be taken seriously. Unfortunately, it is a sign that the body is lacking vitamins. Generally, dandruff happens when the skin is unable to produce oil needed by the skin and the scalp. This in turn can be caused by a deficiency in pyridoxine, riboflavin, niacin etc. It could be remedied by eating lots of fruit. You also could eat foods like poultry, vegetables, eggs and whole grains, they are rich in vitamins and will get your body back to normal in no time.
Brittle Nails and Hair
Brittle nails and hair are a bad sign that something is wrong as they should be firm and strong. A lack in vitamins, specifically biotin causes the nails and the hair to weaken and dry up . Biotin plays the role of keeping hair and nails moist, and thus keeps the nails from cracking and the hair from breaking. There are foods that could up your biotin levels, these include broccoli, whole grains, spinach, cauliflower and egg whites. There are also biotin supplements you could get to raise your intake of biotin.
Feelings Of Exhaustion
A deficiency in vitamin C lowers your immunity as is often the case with smokers or people who are exposed to smoke without smoking. This deficiency could become manifested in feelings of extreme exhaustion and irritability. According to medical studies, males need about 90mg daily while females need 75mg. As for smokers, they require an extra 35mg, they are three times more prone to vitamin C deficiency. To increase your vitamin C intake, go for foods like pineapple, kiwi, tomatoes, peppers, cantaloupe, citrus, broccoli etc. There are also vitamin C supplements that could help.
Mouth Ulcers and Cracks at the Corners of Your Mouth
A deficiency in certain vitamins could lead to ulcers and sores in the mouth and around it. Mouth ulcers are usually known as canker sores and they occur as a result of vitamin B deficiencies and a lack in iron. A study carried out on patients with mouth ulcers found that 28% of them were more likely to have dipped iron levels. Another study found that 28% of the mouth ulcer patients had vitamin B 1, vitamin B2 and vitamin B6 deficiencies. The mouth could also begin to exhibit cracking at its corners, bleeding or splitting, this condition is known as Angular cheilitis and is often caused by dehydration or excess salivation. Sometimes though, it can be caused by lack of iron and vitamin B2 (riboflavin). To increase your vitamin intake, eat more of meat, poultry, whole grains, dairy, nuts, eggs, fish, organ meats, nuts, seeds, legumes, green vegetables, starchy vegetables etc. For iron, you could eat foods like legumes, nuts, seeds, green vegetables, whole grains, meat, fish, legumes, poultry etc.
This is one of the most common signs that your body is lacking in vitamins. You probably think this means just the hair falling out in tiny strands but actually, and terrifyingly, this usually happens in huge chunks. The hair losses are too noticeable to ignore as they occur in very large chunks, this is how you know your condition is not “normal “. It is different from when you’re going bald because you’ll be able to tell. Baldness is genetic and usually occurs gradually, you don’t lose large chunks at once, you sometimes don’t notice when your hair falls even. The loss of large tons of hair is caused by a deficiency in vitamin B3, iron and zinc. You could have these nutritional needs met by getting supplements for yourself or eat diet rich in necessary vitamins and minerals like vegetables, fruits, fish etc.
Low Blood Pressure
A dip in the blood pressure levels occur as a result of a lack in vitamin B12. A deficiency in vitamin B12 has negative effects on your neurological system, causing the inability of the body to bring the blood pressure back up naturally. You could also begin to lack control over your bladder, experience weakness in your muscles and notice a gait that is unsteady. The ideal amount of vitamin B12 needed in a day is 2.4 micrograms, you could choose to get that from foods rich in said vitamin. Such vitamin includes eggs, milk, beef, salmon, trout and clams. You could try supplements too. You would most likely be advised to go sublingual, that is, to have them under your tongue especially if your body has difficulties absorbing the vitamin through oral supplements and foods as a result of their low stomach acidity levels.
A deficiency in vitamins might happen subtly sometimes but it is not as hard to identify if you’re attentive enough. You will definitely spot the malfunction and strange manifestations your body exhibits
If you’re not so sure after noticing a few signs, then see your doctor and talk to them. If you have noticed none of these signs, then kudos, you have been eating right, just the ideal way. If you notice these signs and you would prefer to handle it yourself, then by all means, please go ahead and provide what your body needs. This doesn’t mean you cannot make a few improvements to your diet even if you haven’t noticed any of the signs. You can always step up your game and eat even better foods, you don’t have to wait to come down with a deficiency before improving your dieting. Also don’t forget that supplements go a long way in helping meet your nutritional needs and should not be ignored. If you will simply improve your diet, in no time your body will stop crying out for vitamins and start moaning in thankfulness.