Are You Lacking These Vitamins?
By Genevieve Cunningham
Most of us don’t think about our vitamin intake on a daily basis. We may take a multivitamin or a little extra Vitamin C during the winter, but worrying about getting enough of every single vitamin? Most of us remain unconcerned. Unfortunately, when we’re deficient in certain vitamins, it can wreak havoc on our health. Take a look at what deficiencies in Vitamins B and D really look like, followed by what you can do to get yourself healthy again.
Signs of a Vitamin B Deficiency
Vitamin B is important for the blood, energy, and cognitive function. If you’re not getting enough, a few of the side effects might include:
A lack of energy - A deficiency in B6 and B12 can lead to excessive exhaustion.
Confusion - B12 has been linked to cognitive ability. If you’re suddenly heavily confused often, you may need your B12 levels checked.
Poor balance - Those suffering from a Vitamin B deficiency have experienced a loss of balance. If this is you and you’re not suffering from vertigo or an inner ear infection, the culprit could be the B vitamin.
Signs of a Vitamin D Deficiency
Vitamin D is mainly absorbed through exposure to the sun. It’s vital for overall health. If you’re not getting enough, you may experience:
Depression - When you don’t get enough Vitamin D, it often manifests as the blues or even depression. If you feel sad for no reason, think about your sun exposure. If you haven’t been getting much, get to the doctor to get checked.
Bone pain - Because Vitamin D affects the bones, not getting enough can lead to aches in the bones. If you have that deep aching sensation, a doctor can point you in the right direction.
How to Heal Yourself
If you’ve been found to have a deficiency in either of these vitamins, there are things that you can do to balance yourself back out. Start with a well balanced diet. Eat plenty of red meats and dark leafy greens for Vitamin B, milk and cheese for Vitamin D, and plenty of fruits and veggies to help with absorption. It can also be helpful to take a supplement in the mornings after breakfast. If you’re severely deficient, a doctor can help you find the right dosage. Being deficient in any vitamin is tough, so get the help you need and feel better in no time.
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