Human body sends signals every time something goes wrong. Tracking those signals is of essential importance, as it prevents damages and disorders inside the body. In this article you can read more about the signals your body sends when it lacks certain vitamins.
Today, many people eat unhealthy and processed foods, so it is quite impossible to meet the recommended daily amount of vitamins essential for proper functioning. Moreover, most modern diet regimens cause vitamin deficiency.
What happens to your body when you lack vitamins?
As doctors explain, poor vitamin intake creates a perfect soil for diseases. In other words, vitamin deficiency affects vital functions in the body.
Vitamins participate in every single reaction within the body, and when it lacks any of its essential vitamins,it sends strange signs that you should pay attention to.
Vitamin deficiency -- Indicators
Here are five common indicators of vitamin deficiency:
1. Cracked corners of the mouth
It is associated with vitamin B deficiency, especially riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3) and vitamin B12. It also indicates lack of zinc and iron. Cracked corners are common in vegetarians. Eat more salmon, eggs, tuna, clams and oysters, or more seafood.
Individuals who do not eat meat should eat more lentils, legumes, peanuts, dried tomatoes, sesame and chard. Increase the intake of vitamin C, so the iron is easily absorbed in your body. Combine these foods with broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, red pepper, and others.
2. Rashes and hair loss
These symptoms indicate that your body lacks zinc, vitamin B7 and vitamins soluble in oil (fat-soluble), i.e. vitamins A, D, E and K. Hair loss is directly related to zinc insufficiency. Low iron levels or iron deficiency affects healing of wounds, dry skin, rashes, red spots, and dark bruises.
If you eat a lot of eggs, you may experience problems with vitamin B7 levels, as protein in eggs inhibits this vitamin. Eat more brewer’s yeast, dried fruit, pumpkin seeds, whole grains, dairy products, avocados, button mushrooms, raspberries and bananas.
3. Red spots (acne) on your cheeks, arms and thighs
Acne appear when your body lacks essential fatty acids, and vitamins A and D. These small spots resemble small sacks with sebum, and sometimes they are so painful that one can hardly resist the urge to extract them.
Reduce the intake of saturated and trans-fats and eat more healthy fats. Eat fish, flax seeds, dried fruits, almonds and walnuts. Eat carrots, sweet potatoes and red peppers to increase the level of vitamin A in your body.
4. Burning sensation, itching and numbness in arms and legs
If you have noticed these symptoms, you are likely to lack vitamins B, especially vitamins B6, B9 (folic acid) and B12.
This affects nerve endings in skin, and causes depression, fatigue, exhaustion, anemia and hormonal imbalance. The solution is to eat asparagus, spinach, green vegetables, legumes, eggs and seafood.
5. Cramps and dull pain in feet and legs
These symptoms occur when your body lacks potassium, calcium and magnesium. If you have started doing strenuous and exhausting exercises, this may be the reason that your body loses large amounts of minerals and water-soluble vitamins, such as B vitamin.
Levels of water-soluble vitamins drop as a result of excessive sweating. Do not quit your workout; all you have to do is increase the intake of bananas, hazelnuts, almonds, pumpkin, cherries, apples, broccoli, grapefruit, cabbage, dandelion, spinach.
Vitamin deficiency -- Symptoms
In addition to the aforementioned symptoms, we have listed other problems that may be triggered by vitamin deficiency:
Vitamin A deficiency
It causes fatigue, poor night vision, bad skin complexion and teeth, bleeding gums and a propensity for diseases.
Vitamin B deficiency
Insufficient intake of vitamin B1 causes insomnia, fatigue, muscle weakness, depression, irritability, weight loss, and problems with heart and digestive tract.
Vitamin B2 insufficiency causes eye irritation, oily skin, fistula in oral cavity, skin rashes and inflammation.
Vitamin B3 deficiency leads to headache, poor energy level, bad breath, anxiety, ulcers, intestinal problems and poor appetite.
If your body lacks vitamin B5, you are likely to experience burning sensation in feet and legs, cramps, fatigue, cardiac arrhythmia, an urge to vomit, and insomnia.
Vitamin B6 deficiency causes insomnia, anemia, skin problems, hair loss, cramps and fluid retention.
If your body lacks B12, you will deal with fatigue, diarrhea, depression, appetite loss, anxiety, inflammation in the oral cavity, and hormonal imbalance.
Vitamin C deficiency
It affects healing of wounds and fractures, bleeding nose and gums, aching and inflamed joints, indigestion, anemia, and bruising.
Vitamin D deficiency
It weakens bones, and causes rickets, tooth decay, kidney stones, muscle weakness and poor absorption of calcium.
Vitamin E deficiency
It is associated with anemia, anxiety, fertility problems, poor reflexes, difficulty to move and maintain balance.