Warning Signs Of Nutritional Deficiencies

Feb 17, 2015

With the busy lifestyles that many of us lead, we all too often neglect the importance of a healthy and balanced diet. Proper eating habits can go a long way to staving off conditions like obesity, but they also ensure that our bodies have the proper micronutrients to properly function. Too many of us neglect the impact that a proper balance of micronutrients has on the body, and the results can be quite alarming. Our bodies have ways of telling us that something is wrong, and these commonly dismissed signs can be indicative of something much greater.

Cold Hands

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Cold hands can be caused by a variety of conditions. It is common in those who are suffering from a weak immune system and bad blood circulation, but it is most often simply a sign of cold weather. However, some cases have been shown to be caused by an iodine deficiency. Iodine is imperative to proper thyroid function and can be naturally increased by eating more cod, shrimp, tuna, seaweed and baked potatoes.

Dry, Scaly Skin

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Dry, scaly skin is also symptomatic of many different conditions, including eczema, dehydration and changes in weather. Similar symptoms have also been tied to a deficiency in vitamin A or retinol. To remedy the situation, try eating more red meat, seafood and cod liver oil, as well as cream and butter from pastured cows.

Soft And Brittle Nails

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The condition of your nails is very reflective of your body's overall state of health. If you have nails that are soft and very brittle, you might be suffering from a deficiency in magnesium. This deficiency can lead to different problems including poor nail growth, high blood pressure, anxiety, muscle pain and weakness. If this sounds like something you are going through, you might want to try eating more dark leafy greens, fish, whole grains and dried fruit.


Spots On Nails


Most people have white spots on their nails at some point during their lives, but it is when they are in abundance that it might be a sign of a more serious issue. An excessive amount of these white spots is indicative of a zinc deficiency. Having a deficiency in zinc is easily remedied by consuming more seafood, spinach, cashews, beans and mushrooms.

Greasy, Red, And Scaly Skin

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Many people who suffer from greasy, scaly and red skin – particularly around the mouth – have conditions like rosacea and eczema. What can exacerbate these problems is the accompaniment of a deficiency in riboflavin or vitamin B2. If this sounds like something you are dealing with, try eating more soybeans, spinach, yogurt, beet greens and turkey.

Fissured Tongue

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This condition can be just as painful as it looks. When a deficiency in vitamin B occurs in the body, fissures can sometimes appear on the tongue as taste buds fuse and clump together. Aside from seeing the doctor, people suffering from this painful condition should increase their intake of fish, green peas, avocado, peanuts and sunflower seeds.

Premature Gray Hair

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All of us will start getting gray hairs at some point in our lives, but some will get them at a much younger age than others. However, premature cases are also caused by a vitamin B-12 deficiency. This problem is easily corrected by taking supplements and increasing your intake of salmon, white meat, bran and yogurt.


Smooth, Painful Tongue

When your body is lacking in folic acid, it isn't uncommon for your tongue to start resembling that of the one pictured above. Everyone needs to have a daily intake of 400 to 600 micrograms of folic acid to sustain a healthy body. People with this condition are heavily encouraged to see a doctor and to switch to a diet that is high in dark leafy greens, lentils, peas, broccoli, okra and asparagus.

Excessively Sweaty Head


Vitamin D is naturally created by the human body when exposed to sunlight. It is one of the most essential nutrients to the entire body, as it can affect the body's ability to absorb calcium and in turn can reduce your overall bone density. A deficiency can also lead to chronic sweating, lowered energy levels, muscle pain and depression. Deficiency of this nutrient is common during the winter due to a combination of the reduced amount of daylight and people spending more time indoors. Taking a supplement is usually recommended, but eating more fatty fish, mushrooms, fortified milk and egg yolks can also help.

Via: Little Things

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