Although they can be caused by strenuous exercising or a prolonged sun exposure, these symptoms may hide a minerals and vitamin deficiency.
Vitamins and minerals are essential for the proper functioning of the body, making it necessary for life processes. The body needs daily amounts of vitamins and minerals, and foods are the best source for this purpose.
If your body does not receive a sufficient dose from food, you will notice certain signs of vitamin deficiency. In this regard, it is necessary to take certain vitamins and minerals, at the recommendations of your doctor, as medicinal supplements.
1. Chapped lips, a sign of vitamin A deficiency
Many of the signs of minerals and vitamin deficiency occur in the skin. Vitamins are those that help produce collagen, a protein present in connective tissue, but which is produced by your body in increasingly smaller amounts as we get older. Therefore, their deficiency may result in the emergence of some dark brown spots, dry skin, or wrinkles.
Among the “signals” of vitamin C, B12, B6, zinc, iron, folic acid, and essential fatty acids deficiency there could be listed eczemas and ulcerations which appear around the mouth area. Dry and chapped lips (especially in the corner of the mouth) are not only a sign of dehydration, but another sign of vitamins A, B2, B6, and folic acid deficiency in the body.
Another “consequence” of vitamin deficiency is reddened, irritated, and dry skin, requiring more intense hydration. Such disorders occur when the level of vitamins B, E, and zinc is low. Minerals and vitamin deficiency can also make wounds to heal more difficult.
2. Dandruff can be caused by vitamin B deficiency
Minerals and vitamin deficiency affects both the health and aspect of your hair. They are the ones that improve the blood circulation in the scalp, which in turn stimulates hair growth. Dry hair that tends to break easily and dandruff can be attributed to vitamins B2, B6, zinc, magnesium, and biotin deficiency.
3. Hair Loss and a Red, Scaly Rash (Especially on Your Face)
This can be a sign of biotin (vitamin B7) deficiency. Your body needs biotin for metabolizing fats, carbohydrates, and amino acids, but it’s most well-known for its role in strengthening your hair and nails. Egg yolks from organic, free-range eggs are one of the best sources of biotin.
The best way to consume eggs, provided they come from a high-quality source, is to not cook them at all, which is why my advanced nutrition plan recommends eating your eggs raw.
However, beware of consuming raw egg
whites without the yolks as raw egg whites contain avidin, which can bind to biotin and potentially lead to a deficiency.
If you cook the egg white, the avidin is not an issue. Likewise, if you consume the whole raw egg (both yolk and egg white) there is more than enough biotin in the yolk to compensate for the avidin binding. Wild-caught salmon, avocados, mushrooms, cauliflower, nuts, raspberries, and bananas also contain biotin.
4. Red or White Acne-Like Bumps (on Your Cheeks, Arms, Thighs, and Buttocks)
This can be a sign of deficiency in essential fatty acids like omega-3s, as well as vitamin A or vitamin D deficiency. Increase your intake of omega-3 fats by eating more sardines and anchovies (or wild-caught Alaskan salmon) or taking a krill oil supplement.
You can find vitamin A in foods like leafy green vegetables, carrots, sweet potatoes, and red bell peppers, while vitamin D is best obtained through safe sun exposure or use of a high-quality tanning bed.
5. Tingling, Prickling, and Numbness in Your Hands and Feet
This can also be a sign of B-vitamin deficiency (particularly folate, B6, and B12). The symptom is related to the deficiency’s effect on the peripheral nerves and may be combined with anxiety, depression, anemia, fatigue, and hormone imbalances.
Some good sources of B vitamins include spinach, asparagus, beets, organic free-range eggs and poultry, and grass-fed beef.
6. Muscle Cramps (in Your Toes, Calves, Backs of Legs, and Arches of Feet)
Muscle cramps may be a sign of deficiencies in magnesium, calcium, and potassium, especially if it happens frequently. Fix this by eating more almonds, hazelnuts, squash, dark leafy greens (kale, spinach, and dandelion), broccoli , and apples.