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You May Read Nutritional Deficiencies in Your Face

By Sandy Schroeder

It really is true. You are what you eat. If there have been too many burgers, and too few vegetables, your face may tell the story. 

If you are eating fruits, vegetables, lean meats, dairy, fish, chicken, and nuts, your skin and hair will probably confirm the diet. Shiny hair and glowing skin tell all.

If your diet stumbles a little, you may be missing out on important nutrients needed to keep the body healthy. It may be time to pass on the pizza, and give up the burgers for awhile.

Here are some symptoms from Lifehack that may show up on the face.

Rash that is red and scaly – Vitamin B7, biotin, may be lacking in your diet. Vitamin B7 is essential to metabolize fats, amino acids and carbohydrates. Solve the problem with egg yolks.  Enjoy egg salad sandwiches, veggie omelets or a fritatta.

When lips are pale – You may have an iron deficiency.Treat yourself to some lean beef, fresh fish or black beans to correct the problem. Enjoy fish tacos, black bean burritos or ribeyes on the barbecue. If the symptoms persist, see your doctor to discuss supplements.

Cracks appear in the corners of the mouth – You may be lacking iron, zinc and Vitamin B. Choose salmon, eggs, clams, poultry or oysters. Add Vitamin C to improve the absorption of zinc and iron. Red bell peppers, cauliflower, broccoli, plums and oranges supply Vitamin C. Enjoy fried oysters, barbecued salmon or stuffed bell peppers and cauliflower soup.

Cheeks with red or white bumps – You may be lacking Vitamin A and D, and omega-3 fatty acids. Eat leafy greens, carrots and red bell peppers to get Vitamin A.  Get Omega-3 from salmon, sardines or anchovies. Get Vitamin D from milk, yogurt and time outside.

Eyes are puffy – You may be deficient in iodine. You may also be gaining weight and have dry skin. The body needs iodine to produce thyroid hormones. Iodized salt, saltwater fish, and sea veggies such as kelp or nori can supply the iodine.

As always, check with your doctor when you notice deficiency symptoms. You may need to review your diet, discuss supplements, or deal with additional issues.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.

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