Signs For vitamin deficiency

The signs of a vitamin deficiency can be very subtle, but they are there. If you have a nagging feeling that something isn’t right with your health, but you just can’t figure out what it is, the problem might be as simple as not getting enough vitamins.

When we eat food and absorb nutrients from whatever we drink, our bodies need to convert them into usable substances like glucose (for energy) or hormones (to regulate bodily processes). The process of converting these things takes time and effort on behalf of the body, which means it needs the proper fuel – namely vitamins – in order to do so. Without those necessary components available, our bodies begin to break down and show symptoms of various vitamin deficiencies: fatigue, hair loss, weight loss or gain, etc.

The problem is that some vitamin deficiencies can be difficult to figure out from the onset because they’re so subtle. The following are five of the most common signs of vitamin deficiencies and what you need to know about them:

1. Fatigue  

One of the first things you might experience is fatigue. Not just being tired or drained, but actual exhaustion that you can’t seem to recover from. If you have anemia, for example, it could be due to vitamin B12 deficiencies. Vitamin B12 helps with red blood cell formation which carries oxygen around the body; without this nutrient available in your system, you’re more likely to experience symptoms like fatigue, pale skin, and weakness. Without proper hydration, you can also suffer from some of these symptoms.

2. Hair loss or changes

You might notice some changes (or thinning) in your hair that you can’t explain; again, this might be due to vitamin deficiencies. If you have a vitamin D deficiency, for example, it can affect the growth of your hair and nails, making them brittle and thin. This can happen if you have a zinc or iron deficiency as well – two necessary components that allow for healthy cell production.

A lack of these vitamins might also cause a change in your skin color or texture; your skin might become dry or laky, with patches of redness. If you come into contact with allergens like pollen, you might notice some rashes on your arms and legs.

3. Memory changes

One of the most puzzling symptoms for any person experiencing a vitamin deficiency is brain fog – an inability to think clearly or quickly. With vitamin deficiencies, it might be a lack of B-vitamins – the nutrients that help your body convert food into fuel – which can cause problems with memory and attention span.

4. Sore or swollen tongue

This symptom is a sign of a problem with iron metabolism or anemia. If you have trouble using oxygen properly, it can lead to a buildup of carbon dioxide which your body struggles to get rid of; the extra carbon dioxide irritates tissues in your mouth and tongue, leading to an inflamed or swollen tongue. Other symptoms include dryness, cracks at the corners of your mouth, and sore throat.

5. Digestive issues

If you regularly experience gastrointestinal issues – like extreme nausea, abdominal pain or diarrhea – your body might be trying to tell you that it can’t properly absorb vitamins and minerals from food. This is a sign of a potential deficiency in vitamin B12, zinc, folate (Vitamin B9), magnesium, or calcium.

In addition to those signs, if you have trouble swallowing, you might also have a lack of saliva in your mouth due to dehydration. A lack of saliva can lead to dry mouth, which compromises the protective enamel on your teeth and makes it easier for tooth decay to set in. You might notice some bad breath or bleeding gums as well.

So what are you supposed to do if you notice any of these symptoms?

First and foremost, check with your doctor to see what might be causing these issues. Also, speak with a dietitian or nutritional consultant about whether you should take supplements like B-vitamins and iron; because they’re water soluble compounds (meaning they dissolve in water), they don’t build up in your system.

And finally – eat a balanced diet and drink plenty of water every day! It’s the number one way to maintain proper nutrient levels and as long as you stay hydrated, you should be able to absorb all those vitamins and minerals properly.

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