Listen To Your Body: 10 Signs You May Be Nutrient Deficient

Many of us strive to eat healthy everyday but it can be hard to know how well you are really doing.  How do you know if you’re eating enough of certain nutrients?  Is there really any way to know for sure?  Luckily, your body has a way of communicating potential nutrient deficiencies.  Learning to listen to your body and recognizing changes can help you spot a problem before it gets worse. The following signs can indicate a nutrient deficiency that may require a dietary adjustment:

  • Feeling tired: Iron, B vitamins
  • Brittle dry hair/hair loss: Biotin, Iron, Zinc, Vitamin C, Essential Fatty Acids
  • Ridged or spoon shaped nails: Iron
  • Dental problems: Vitamin C, Zinc, Iron, B vitamins
  • Irregular bowel habits: Fiber, Probiotics
  • Mood, memory and mental health issues: B vitamins, Vitamin D, Magnesium, Essential Fatty Acids
  • Bruising easily and slow healing: Vitamins C or K
  • Frequent colds and infections: Vitamins A, C, E and Zinc
  • Poor Night Vision/White Growths on the Eyes: Vitamin A
  • Restless leg syndrome:  Magnesium, Iron

The good news is that a balanced diet, along with nutritional supplements when needed, can help ensure you’re meeting all your nutrient needs and will keep you feeling your best.

 

References:

(1) 6 Signs of Nutrient Deficiency. (0AD). Retrieved from https://www.rush.edu/health-wellness/discover-health/6-signs-nutrient-deficiency

(2) 8 Common Signs of Vitamin Deficiency … – healthline.com. (0AD). Retrieved from https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/vitamin-deficiency

(3) Migala, J. (0AD). 10 Ways Your Body Is Telling You You’re Running Low on Key Vitamins. Retrieved from https://www.thehealthy.com/nutrition/signs-of-vitamin-deficiencies/

(4) Poor Nutrition Can Affect Hair, Nails, Gut, and Energy Level. (0AD). Retrieved from https://www.webmd.com/healthy-aging/over-50-nutrition-17/poor-nutrition-signs