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What Causes Nutritional Deficiencies?

What Causes Nutritional Deficiencies?

Nutrients play a good role in maintaining good health while nutrient depletion can take an impulsive toll on your health. Is your body telling you something?

Cracks at the corner of your mouth, Hair loss, muscle cramps, tingling or numbness of hands and feet. There is a chance you are undergoing some nutritional disorder.

Nutrients and their deficiencies:

  • Calcium—Important for bone density and strength, calcium is found in dark leafy greens and dairy products, as well as calcium-specific supplements. Calcium deficiency can lead to decreased bone density, lowered mobility, and falls.
  • Vitamin D— This vitamin works in conjunction with Calcium to promote bone health and strength. Vitamin D is naturally absorbed by the body through sunlight, but can also be found in certain types of fish and fortified foods like orange juice or milk.
  • Magnesium—This mineral plays a part in many body processes like glucose and blood pressure regulation. Magnesium is found in many plant and animal food sources, especially dark leafy greens, nuts, seeds, and whole grains.
  • Vitamin C—This vitamin plays a role in the absorption of proteins, as well as the creation of connective tissue, which is vital for wound healing. Vitamin C also contains antioxidants that may help fight diseases like cancer. Brightly colored fruits and vegetables are the best sources of Vitamin C, like citrus fruits, tomatoes, and bell peppers.
  • Vitamin E—The antioxidant qualities of Vitamin E allow it to combat disease-causing free radicals. This vitamin also supports immune system functioning. Vitamin E can be found in nuts, seeds, and vegetable oils.
  • Vitamin B6— B vitamins perform many functions in the body, primarily supporting protein absorption and cognitive function. The richest sources of B vitamins are fish, organ meats (like liver), potatoes, and other starchy vegetables.

Effects of Nutritional Deficiencies – Signs and Symptoms:

  • Cracks At The Corner Of Your Mouth

This could mean you aren’t getting enough protein, iron, zinc, and b6 in your diet. In order for your body to keep skin cells healthy, adequate nutrient intake is crucial. Make sure you are getting a variety of foods in your diet instead of eating the same thing every day.

  • Hair Loss

This can be a sign of vitamin B7, or biotin, deficiency. A study found 38% of women suffering from hair loss were deficient in biotin. Biotin is involved in breakdown fats, carbohydrates and proteins and helps strengthen hair and nails.

  • Muscle Cramps

This could be a sign of electrolyte imbalance – specifically magnesium, calcium, and potassium. A high percentage of Americans are deficient in magnesium which is responsible for making energy, activating muscles and building DNA and RNA.

  • Tingling or Numbness in Hands and Feet

This could indicate a B vitamin deficiency. When stress levels are high, stores of B vitamins are quickly depleted. If your diet is not rich in foods that contain B vitamins or you are not supplementing, you may be at risk for lower levels or deficiencies.

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