Fatigue is a known sign that you are lacking basic nutrients. On an everyday basis, you should not feel like you’re ready to pass out. On the contrary, if you are eating right you should have bounds of energy. This is a no-brainer but what are some other less obvious signs that you may be lacking more than your share of vital minerals, vitamins, and other essential nutrients? Read below to find out some signs that you need to watch out for. If you do experience any of these signs, consult with your doctor as to the best course of treatment to ameliorate the situation.
Dry skin is not uncommon in cold weather or after you get sunburned but if your skin is feeling drier and flakier than usual or you suddenly see more wrinkles, then you may be missing omega-3 fatty acids. Why is this important? Omega-3s lock in moisture by nourishing the lipid barrier of your skin. To get more omega-3 fatty acids in your diet eat fatty fish, such as salmon, mackerel, herring, anchovies and sardines. If fish is not your thing, try soybeans (roasted), walnuts, flaxseed and chia seeds. Toss them in your salads, smoothies or cook your everyday food with canola oil. Omega-3 supplements are readily available. To check out some good reviews and find the one for you, see Research and You.
Pale skin is one of the outwardly visible signs of low iron or anemia, which generally results from a reduction in the number of red blood cells or if those red blood cells are smaller and filled with less hemoglobin. You may also notice a shadow underneath your eyes. Iron deficiencies may be a sign of an underlying issue, so make sure you see a doctor. You can load up on lentils, beef, spinach, liver, sesame seeds and dried fruit (such as apricots, prunes, and raisins) to increase your iron.
Swollen, Cracked and Sore Lips
In the winter, lips crack easily and may even bleed but if you notice that your lips are seriously cracked and sore for long periods of time you may be dehydrated or you may have a riboflavin (or vitamin B2) deficiency. You can tell the difference if the dryness occurs around the outside of your lips and if you also have a swollen, dark-red tongue. Don’t delay in getting treatment since a riboflavin deficiency may cause nerve damage. To include more riboflavin in your diet eat almonds, salmon, broccoli, cheddar cheese, eggs, beef liver, lamb, milk, yogurt, mushrooms, spinach or sun-dried tomatoes.
If you see a little blood on your toothbrush, it most likely means you need to floss more often or that you may have the beginnings of gingivitis. However, if you do floss regularly and your gums start bleeding for no reason, you may have a vitamin K deficiency. The role of vitamin K is to help blood clot or coagulate. You can get plenty of this nutrient from dark, leafy green vegetables, such as kale, spinach, turnip greens, collards, Swiss chard, mustard greens, parsley and Brussels sprouts. You can also consume other vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage or fish, liver, meat and eggs.
Gray hair is a normal part of aging but if you notice a sudden change in your hair texture or if you’re going gray sooner than expected then a copper deficiency may be the culprit. Copper helps you create melatonin, one of the pigments that gives your hair its color. Low vitamin D or vitamin B-12 levels might also trigger premature graying. Try consuming almonds or hazelnuts to get more copper, drink fortified dairy products for vitamin D and eat animal products, including fish, meat, poultry and eggs for a vitamin B-12 deficiency.
Nutritional deficiencies may be a result of underlying medical issues or conditions. Your body is a temple and will start to break down if you are depleted in certain minerals and vitamins. Each morning take a close look at your body and don’t delay if you see any of the signs we mentioned or others that concern you. Early detection is key.
Kelly is the founder of RegularityFitness, where she and associates blog about the best fitness exercises, weight loss methods, diet, muscle building. That will help you get a good shape and healthy.