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Are You Getting Enough Vitamins?

By Sara Butler

It's not uncommon for even the healthiest eaters to fall short on some essential vitamins and minerals, let alone everyday folk who don't count their macros. That's why it's vital to pay attention to the signals your body sends you. It lets you know if you're getting enough of something or if you need to strive to do better. Here are a few signs that you may have a nutritional deficiency that needs your attention.

Brittle Nails

Iron is an essential mineral that your body needs to perform all kinds of vital tasks. If you aren't getting enough of it, then you may notice brittle fingernails and toenails -- possibly pale inner eyelids, too. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, women and vegetarians are more likely to be low on iron while men can get far too much.

To ensure you get enough iron in your diet, make sure meat and poultry are a part of your diet. If you're not a meat-eater, then it's essential to make sure you get enough plant-based sources of iron in your diet such as chickpeas, spinach, and tofu. If you can pair them with Vitamin C, then you can increase your body's absorption to them, too.

High Blood Pressure

Most people associate high blood pressure with too much of something such as salt, but it can be a sign that you're not getting enough Vitamin D, too. Research out of the CDC has linked high blood pressure with a lack of this vitamin, so if you're struggling with your blood pressure, then it's worth a shot to have your Vitamin D levels tested, too.

Salmon, fortified juice and milk, swordfish, and mushrooms grown under UV light or sunlight provide you with a good amount of Vitamin D. Pair it with a healthy fat to increase absorption.

Cracked Corners of the Mouth

A lack of Vitamin B6, though rare, can reveal itself through skin conditions such as scaly, cracked lips or a swollen tongue. People deficient in Vitamin B6 also may experience confusion or depression. Certain medications can make it difficult for your body to absorb B6, so ask your medical practitioner about it if you experience symptoms you suspect are connected.

You can get Vitamin B6 from foods such as salmon, bananas, marinara sauce, fortified cereals, tuna, and chickpeas.

If you're concerned about the vitamins and minerals in your diet, then talk to the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic today.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Mission Viejo, Calif.

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