Human bodies are wonderful, complex machines that need a wide array of nutrients, vitamins and minerals to function well. However, our modern diet, full of processed, sugary foods that are devoid of any real nutrients but are high in calories, make it impossible to meet all daily requirements. Once your body becomes vitamin deficient, it may go to great lengths to let you know about it.
For example, cracked lips may not be from the wind or lack of a chapstick – they may be from not having enough vitamins B and C in your body.
That strange skin rash you’re developing? It may not be your moisturizer but vitamin A deficiency.
Here are common symptoms you may experience if you’re vitamin-deficient.
1. Dry, Cracked Lips
If your lips are always dry and cracking, or you experience cracks at the corners of your mouth, you may be deficient in:
- B vitamins, including riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3) and B12,
- Vitamin C,
To overcome this, make sure you’re eating whole foods, especially vegetables and fruits but healthy fats and protein too. Include plenty of properly prepared legumes, kale, spinach, broccoli, apricots, citrus fruits, fish and eggs.
2. Skin Rash/ Red, Flaky Skin
If your skin starts suddenly developing a strange rash or your skin becomes red, sensitive and flaky, you may be deficient in:
- B Vitamins, especially biotin (B7) and niacin (B3).
- Vitamin A.
To fix this, make sure you’re eating whole foods, including eggs, avocados, nuts, bananas, carrots, sweet potatoes, mushrooms, organic yogurt and goat milk.
3. Hair Thinning
If your hair has become thinner than usual or very dry and brittle, you may have thyroid issues or vitamin deficiencies such as:
- B vitamins, especially biotin (B7) and pantothenic acid (B5),
- Vitamin C,
- Vitamin D.
To overcome these deficiencies, make sure you’re eating plenty of: fish (you can also take fish oil), eggs, leafy green vegetables like spinach and kale, citrus fruit like oranges and lemons, mushrooms. To boost your vitamin D levels, sit in the sunlight 15 minutes daily or take supplements.
4. Acne-Like Bumps
If you experience red or white bumps that look like acne anywhere on your body and no matter your cosmetic and skincare products, you may be deficient in:
- Vitamin A,
- Vitamin D,
- Vitamin C.
To fix this problem, consume plenty of: healthy fats such as avocados and nuts, organic eggs, mushrooms, organic yogurt and milk, fish and fish oil, leafy green vegetables, citrus fruit.
5. Numbness in Hands, Feet and Other Body Parts
- “Pins and needles” or a tingling sensation in your hands, feet, legs, etc, may be caused by a vitamin deficiency such as:
- B vitamins, including folate (B9) and B12.
Fix your diet and eat plenty of: leafy greens, oysters and clams, properly prepared legumes, organic red meat.