Most people don’t even know they lack important nutrients in their body. We may be experiencing symptoms, but we remain oblivious of which specific deficiency these signs relate to or we mistake one deficiency for another. To solve this problem, here are five of the most common symptoms and which nutrient deficiency each symptom relates to.
1. Thinning hair: iron deficiency
Iron is a vital nutrient your body needs that helps to carry oxygen and other nutrients to your hair follicles. Low iron levels or anemia can actually lead to hair loss.
2. Headaches or Muscle Cramps: Magnesium deficiency
Magnesium is one of the most common mineral deficiencies. Magnesium is a vital nutrient for proper functioning of the nervous system. It helps relax to alleviate muscle cramping/headaches, nerves/tense muscles, and can improve sleep. Good source of magnesium is found in green leafy vegetables like kale or collard greens. Adding Epsom salts to your next bath is also helpful since Epsom salts are high in magnesium and can be absorbed easily through your skin.
3. Acne: Zinc deficiency
Zinc controls the production of oil in the skin and adds color and brightness to the complexion. Acne is often a major sign of zinc deficiency. Zinc helps to speed up healing process, inhibit acne, soothe inflamed skin, and regenerate skin cells. Raw pumpkin seeds is a good source of zinc. Also, consuming just 30 milligrams per day helps fight acne.
4. White little bumps on back of arm: Fatty Acids deficiency
Deficiency of essential fatty acid like Omega 3 fatty acids causes little bumps to appear on the back of the arm.
5. Brittle hair and nails: Biotin deficiency
The heart of healthy hair is biotin (vitamin B7). Since it’s an abundant mineral found in a variety of sources, biotin deficiencies are uncommon, but signs include hair loss and breakage, brittle hair, and brittle nails. Foods rich in biotin include eggs, almonds, peanuts, wheat bran, avocados, low-fat cheese and salmon.
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