Did you know that our bodies can tell us when something is wrong with them? Yes, they have a special ‘mechanism’ which can show us the bad symptoms and also reveal if we are suffering from some vitamin deficiencies. What this means is that we should not, under any circumstance, ignore the symptoms our body has been showing. Thus, the reason for writing today’s article is to show you the most common symptoms which show us if we suffer from vitamin deficiencies.
The Symptoms of Vitamin Deficiencies
1. Numbness in the Hands, Feet and Other Body Parts or Burning Sensation
If you have been experiencing some numbness, temporary loss of sense or a feeling of numbness and tingling in the hands and feet, it might mean that you are deficient of vitamin B9, B6 and B12. These vitamins are very important for the peripheral nervous system. If you lack vitamins B, it might result in anemia, depression and fatigue.
What you should do to solve this problem is consume more asparagus, spinach, beets and all types of beans and dairy products.
2. Red or White Growths that Look Like Acne- On Your Cheeks, Arms, Hips
These symptoms might indicate a hormonal imbalance, and it certain cases, it might mean that you are deficient of vitamin A and vitamin D, or essential fatty acids.
What you should do to solve this problem is consume foods that are rich in healthy fats and eat more nuts and seeds like flaxseed. Also, you have to consume a lot of green leafy vegetables, carrots and peppers to increase the vitamin A levels. Try eating more dairy products as well.
3. Red Rash on the Face that is Flaky and/or Excessive Hair Loss
A lot of experts claim that a scaly rash and redness that can be seen on the scalp or face are a clear sign of biotin deficiency.
What you should do in this case is eat more peanuts, goat milk, almonds, tomatoes, chard, yogurt, carrots, nuts, onions, sesame seeds, avocados, milk, bananas and mushrooms. Naturally, low temperatures and the harsh cold weather can damage the skin, especially the one on your face. Thus, this might include some common skin conditions like atopic dermatitis, rosacea, skin lupus, seborrheic dermatitis, allergic contract dermatitis on the fact, psoriasis, and erythematosus. All of these are chronic and might get worse in winter, thus, you need to pay more attention.
The most common causes for hair loss:
You need to know that sudden hair loss might happen even a couple of months after an illness or severe surgery. Some other causes are:
- Usage of hot hair oils and chemicals to make permanent curls which can cause inflammation of the hair follicles, which might lead to damage and hair loss
- Hairstyles like long braids or using tight curlers
- Patients with lupus or diabetes
- Fungal infections in children
- Some medications like anti-coagulants, gout, hypertension, heart disease and depression
- Some women might experience hair loss three weeks after childbirth
- Birth control pill
- Problems with the thyroid gland
4. Cracks in the Corners of the Mouth
The most common causes of this are:
- Weakened immune system
- Improper oral hygiene or poor sanitary conditions
- It occurs in people who moisturize their lips with their tongue while talking
- Infection caused by the bacteria streptococcus and staphylococcus, fungi (mostly candida)
- Anemia, caused by iron deficiency
- Lowered bite or missing back teeth
- Stomach disorders, which are linked to hyper secretion of gastric acid which can damage the mucous membranes of the lips
- Vitamin B deficiency
All of these symptoms are actually a sign of zinc and B vitamin (B3, B2 and B12) deficiency.
In order to solve this problem you will have to consume more tofu, quinoa, lean cheese, spinach, peanuts, chard, dried apricots, asparagus and all types of seeds and legumes. Additionally, you have to include kale and broccoli in the diet to improve iron absorption. What you need to know that also certain allergies can cause cracked lips, and they are usually due to ingredients that can be found in cosmetic products.
Now that you are familiar with the signs and causes of vitamin deficiencies, you can dedicate yourself and take our advice to fix them. After all, they are good for the body and the overall health.