Are You Vitamin Deficient?
By Sara Butler
Many people don't keep track of the vitamins and minerals they eat each day. Most of the time, thanks to a varied, balanced, and nutritious diet, many people have no problems and get what their bodies need to function optimally. But sometimes you may not be getting the vitamins and minerals you need. When that happens, your body lets you know loud and clear that it's not getting enough of something. Here are a few of the common signs and symptoms that may indicate a deficiency in vitamins or minerals.
Brittle Nails and Hairs
Lack of Vitamin B7 can cause brittle nails and hair. That's because B7 helps your body to convert the food you eat into energy. If you have a deficiency of this vitamin, then you may experience nails that split easily or thinning hair or nails.
There are other symptoms from a lack of Vitamin B7 in your diet too. You may experience muscle cramps, tingling in your hands and feet, muscle pain, and fatigue. Women who are pregnant, people who smoke or have issues such as Crohn's disease are at the highest risk for being deficient in this vitamin. To get more in your diet, then make sure to eat nuts, seeds, dairy, egg yolks, fish, bananas, sweet potatoes, yeast, whole grains, spinach, and cauliflower.
There are a variety of things that can cause bleeding gums, but in the world of vitamin deficiencies, it's a lack of Vitamin C that can cause this issue. You may have heard of this referred to as "scurvy," an issue that used to plague sailors on ships quite often.
Vitamin C helps your body to heal wounds, helps to prevent cell damage, and helps your immune system function as it should. If you eat enough fruits and vegetables, lack of Vitamin C shouldn't be an issue, but if you experience these symptoms, then it may be because you're not getting enough:
- Bleeding gums
- Tooth loss
- Weak bones
- Weak muscles
- Easy bruising
- Dry skin
- Frequent nosebleeds
To make sure you get enough Vitamin C, you should make sure to have three to four servings of vegetables each day along with two pieces of fresh fruit.
Vitamin deficiency is serious, so make sure you pay attention to the signs your body is sending your way to help you know what you need more of.
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