Various health issues are caused as a result from vitamin deficiencies. All body’s functions are imbalanced when we are deficient in some vitamin. According to statistics more than a billion people lack vitamin D and over 8 million children have died from a vitamin deficiency in the past 12 years.
The imbalance in the body is often shown externally, so you might experience numerous skin issues.
These are the 5 most common signs shown on the face which indicate vitamin and mineral deficiencies:
- Pale lips
This is a common symptom of iron deficiency. People who are iron deficient usually suffer from fatigue and anemia. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) iron deficiency is the most common nutritional deficiency in U.S.
You should include more spinach, raisins, dark green leafy vegetables, lentils, dark chocolate and Spirulina in your diet.
- Extremely Pale Skin
This is a sign of B12 deficiency Other symptoms are fatigue and various skin conditions. You can take vitamin B12 supplements or animal foods which are high in this vitamin. Other foods that are rich in B12 and you need to consume more are : cruelty-free goat’s cheese, pastured eggs and/or raw rennet-free cheeses, fortified cereals, red meat etc.
- Puffy eyes
Although sometimes that can indicate lack of sleep, puffy eyes can be a symptom of reduced iodine levels. Try to avoid consuming table salt as it is not easily used by the body. . Iodine will help push out endocrine disruptors, such as bromine, fluorine, chlorine, and will boost the function of the thyroid, reducing the puffiness. You should include these foods in your diet : washed sea vegetables, such as kelp, dulse, and wakame, pastured eggs, kefir, and beans, such as navy and lima.
- Bleeding Gums
Gums usually bleed when there is a lack of Vitamin C in the body. Other things that can indicate this deficiency are also the bleeding of the nose and swollen joints. Our bodies don’t produce this vitamin so you should consume it through a proper diet.
You should consume: Guava, broccoli, red peppers, rose hips, kiwi fruit, and strawberries.
- Dry Hair
If you noticed that your hair has become drier than usual or there is dandruff on the scalp you might lack Vitamin B17 or Biotin. This can also be caused by the use of antibiotics.
You should consume avocados, sunflower seeds, walnuts, legumes, mushrooms and green peas.