Spotting Nutritional Deficiencies – Part Two

Spotting Nutritional Deficiencies – Part Two

 

Last week we focused on how our nails and skin can give us clues for spotting nutritional deficiencies in our bodies. Lack of vitamins and minerals can cause serious health problems in the body. However we have intelligent systems that give small clues that can make spotting nutritional deficiencies easier. Today we focus on how the rest of our body offers signals that something is off in our system.

Eyes

Poor night vision: Can be an indicator of too little vitamin A.

Ruptured blood vessels in the eyes: If not due to trauma, lack of vitamin C may be the culprit.

Pale lower eyelid: If the skin inside your lower lid is pale rather than pink, it could be a symptom of anemia, a lack of iron.

Twitching eyelids: This can be due to too little magnesium in your diet.

White ring in the iris: A white ring around the iris or colored part of the eye may be a signal of high cholesterol which causes fatty deposits. Small waxy white lumps on the eyelid can also be a signal of too much cholesterol in the blood.

 

Mouth

Pale and smooth tongue: This can indicate anemia, too little iron in the system.

Canker sores: These painful sores are terrible to deal with but can help in spotting nutritional deficiencies such as lack of B3, B12, folic acid, and/or calcium.

Cracks in the corner of the mouth: This is a symptom of too little B2.

Loss of smell or taste: If not caused by trauma, your body could be sending you a signal that you are zinc deficient.

Bleeding, painful gums: Often due to gingivitis and a lack of vitamin C.

 

Muscles & Joints

Cramping/Spasms: Can be caused by too little potassium, magnesium or B vitamins 1,2 and 6. Too little calcium could also be the culprit.

Tingling/numbness in hands and feet: B vitamins such as folate, B6 and B12 play a large role in nerve function. Too little can cause tingling and numbness in the extremities.

Joint pain: Vitamin A is essential for the health of connective joints and a lack of it and too much of it can damage bones and connective tissues which results in joint pain. Vitamin D and C levels should also be checked.

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