Sometimes, you may not be aware that you lack certain vitamin or mineral, even though you experience several symptoms. You need to know that different vitamin and mineral deficiencies can lead to all sorts of health problems, so you need to treat them on time.
The following are five common symptoms that indicate you are vitamin or mineral deficient:
1) Dry/Broken/Brittle hair, brittle nails: Biotin deficiency
Biotin (vitamin B7) is essential for a healthy hair. This abundant mineral can be found in a variety of sources, so its deficiency does not occur often. However, if you lack biotin, you will experience the following symptoms: hair loss, hair breakage, brittle hair, and even brittle nails. In order to enhance the quality of your hair and stimulate hair growth, you need to consume foods rich in biotin.
2) Headaches and/or Muscle Cramps : Magnesium Deficiency
Magnesium is a powerful nutrient for the function of the nervous system. Also, magnesium can relax your nerves and tense muscles, alleviates muscle cramping and headaches, and can help you fall asleep. However, magnesium deficiency is one of the most common in our culture, with about 75% of the North American population. If you need to get some magnesium quickly, you can add some green leafy veggies, like kale or collard greens, to your next smoothie or a scoop of Vega One Nutritional Shake which will satisfy 30% of your daily requirements. Furthermore, you can You add Epsom salts to your next bath, as they are high in magnesium and easily absorbed through your skin.
3) White little bumps on back of arm: Essential Fatty Acids
If you have little bumps on the back of the arm, they indicate an imbalance of an essential fatty acid, in particular, low levels of Omega 3 fatty acids. These fatty acids have anti- inflammatory effect, so they reduce the inflammation of the bumps, dissolve build-up and prevent hardening within the hair follicle.
4) Acne: Zinc deficiency
Zinc deficiency can often cause acne. Namely, zinc soothes inflamed skin, regenerates skin cells, and speeds up the healing process. Moreover, it controls the production of oil in the skin and adds color and brightness to the complexion. Zinc also inhibits acne by stimulating the activity of 5-alpha-reductase (the enzyme that converts testosterone into its more active, pimple-promoting form). You can get over half of the recommended amount of zinc a day by consuming a quarter cup of raw pumpkin seeds. Moreover, you can eliminate acne by consuming just 30 milligrams per day.
5) Thinning hair: Iron deficiency
Iron is also extremely needed by your hair, as it helps to carry oxygen and other nutrients to the hair follicles. Therefore, iron deficiency and anemia will cause hair loss.