How To Tell If You’re Lacking Vital Vitamins

vitaminsThere’s many symptoms that can indicate that you’re lacking vitamins and minerals in your diet. Did you ever consider that this can be told by more than just how you’re feeling on the inside. Your skin, hair and gums can be a good indicator of any vitamin deficiencies. Here’s what we know.

Tired Swollen Eyes

Swollen eyes are usually a sign of a sleepless night. If sleep is not an issue and your eyes look tired all of the time well then this could suggest that you are missing iodine. It’s an uncommon occurrence, but it can be a serious one. Iodine-containing foods (yoghurt, milk, mozzarella, seafood and cranberries) are recommended for neutralising any iodine deficiency.

Pale skin

Naturally pale skin doesn’t necessarily mean that you lack vitamins. However, if you notice that your face has been a lot paler in tone than it normally is, it may be due to the fact that your body is not absorbing vitamins. You might be lacking vitamin B12. In some cases your doctor might prescribe a full course of vitamins. Proper food can also help prevent this deficiency. Foods like beef, oysters and fish such as herring contain high amounts of Vitamin B12.

Dry hair

vitaminsDry hair is most commonly caused by over colouring and over styling. However, if you’ve been keeping these two to a minimum and it continues to remain dry, it might be because the cause lies deeper – inside your body. This cause might be a lack of biotin. If you’re lacking biotin your hair becomes dry, brittle, faster to break and fade. Biotin is essential for hair growth, but, like many other important vitamins and minerals, it’s important for the whole body. Biotin is needed for those who want healthy skin and hair and strong nails. Biotin rich foods are eggs, tomatoes, peas, soya beans and oatmeal.

Dandruff Skin

If you’re someone who suffers with dry, sensitive, and dandruff prone skin you know it’s not fun. However, if you are suffering from this facial skin problem, it may be that the skin has become dry and broken not only due to air changes, but due to lack of vitamins A, C, E, B. Eating and taking more supplements like fish oils, liver, dairy products, egg yolks, carrots, pumpkins, tomatoes, cabbage, spinach, broccoli, lettuce and apricots will help to keep your skin moisturised and dandruff free.

 

Sensitive Gums

vitaminsBloody gums or sensitive teeth indicate that you might be lacking vitamin C. This vitamin is essential for the formation of connective tissues. It helps to form collagen. But not only that – vitamin C is vital because it strengthens our immune system. Citrus fruits contain a lot of vitamin C. There are many other foods that contain this vitamin such as vegetables (broccoli, green cabbage), spinach, currants, and peppers.

Have you noticed any changes in your skin or hair? Do you have any tips or indications on vitamin deficiency? Let us know. We would love to hear from you.