Avoid Having a Vitamin Deficiency by Listening to Your Body

You eat right, try to stay healthy, and make sure to get enough sleep. You even wear one of those fitness watches that can guilt you into parking just a little farther from the supermarket to get your steps up. But good health can sometimes be hard to measure. For example, how do you know when you have a vitamin deficiency, short of a blood test?

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Having a Vitamin Deficiency is Very Common

It turns out, your body holds the clues. When you’re low on certain vitamins and minerals, it will show: in your skin, hair, and even in your overall mood. This problem is more common than you think; according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 10 percent of people in the U.S. over the age of one have a vitamin B6 deficiency, while 8 percent of the population has a vitamin D deficiency. And about 6 percent of the U.S. population older than 6 has a vitamin deficiency. The latter means that more than 1 in 20 people are experiencing this.

If you’re concerned about any of your symptoms, schedule an appointment with your doctor or take our free test. In the meantime, here are just a few ways to look for signs you might have a vitamin deficiency:

Hair and Scalp Issues

Going grey early? If you don’t have a family history and are in your 20s or younger, you may be going grey because of a copper deficiency. On the other hand, if you notice your hair is brittle, it may be a sign of anemia caused by a lack of iron. Brittle hair could also be due to low levels of  folic acid. Finally, if it’s your scalp that’s the issue — because of flakiness and itchiness, perhaps — you may be missing certain key vitamins like vitamins A and C, or fatty acids. Those can help with the production of hydrating oils in your scalp.
  • Sources of copper: canned clams, oysters, mushrooms
  • Sources of iron: beef, beans like chickpeas and kidney beans, lentils, spinach
  • Sources of fatty acids: fatty fish, walnuts, flax
If you have mouth sores, it could be one sign you have low levels of B12 in your system. But just as with all other symptoms here, it could have many different causes, so be sure to check with your doctor.
  • Sources of B12: animal foods like lean red meat, poultry, and eggs, or fortified foods like soymilk, cereal, and nutritional yeast.

Feelings of Fatigue

Fatigue can be caused by a variety of things, including low levels of potassium or a vitamin D deficiency. If fatigue is accompanied by loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, and weakness, it could be due to a magnesium deficiency. So make sure you’re getting the right vitamins.
  • Sources of potassium: bananas, whole grains, milk, vegetables, beans, peas
  • Sources of vitamin D: fortified dairy in the form of yogurt or milk, certain fish like sardines
  • Sources of magnesium: almonds, cashews, peanuts, spinach, black beans, edamame

If you find you have little red bumps on the back of your arms, it could be keratosis pilaris. This could indicate that you’re missing out on key nutrients like vitamin A and zinc. And you aren’t alone: according to the CDC, about 17.3 percent of the global population is at risk for zinc deficiency, while 1 in 3 pre-school aged children and 1 in 6 pregnant women are vitamin A deficient.

  • Sources of vitamin A: sweet potatoes, cantaloupe
  • Sources of zinc: poultry, hummus, pumpkin seeds

via 4 Ways Your Body Tells You You’re Running Low on Key Vitamins

To have a more clear picture of where you’re standing, check out our free deficiency test or try the hair scan analysis to get a more in depth analysis of your overall well-being.

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