Minerals and vitamins are essential substances which we need to keep the body healthy and functioning properly. Mineral and vitamin deficiency occurs when the body lacks the required amount of vitamins and minerals to stay active.
Vitamin and mineral deficiency develops slowly over time, caused by several reasons. When you face difficulty absorbing minerals and vitamins from food and lack of minerals and vitamins in the regular diet, it causes deficiency. When your need for vitamins and minerals increases, it might also cause vitamin and mineral deficiency.
Let’s take a look at six common signs you might have vitamin and mineral deficiency:
- Brittle hair and nails.
Brittle hair and nails are common signs of a lack of vitamins and minerals in your body. Vitamin B7, known as Biotin, is responsible for converting food into energy. But when this vitamin decreases in the body, it causes brittle, thin, split hair and nails. The deficiency of this vitamin also causes tingling in the feet and hands, cramps, muscle pain, and prolonged fatigue.
- Weakness and Fatigue.
Weakness and fatigue is another common sign of vitamin and mineral deficiency. Iron is a mineral that produces red blood cells in the body, responsible for carrying out oxygen throughout the body. But lack of iron causes a reduction in the red blood cells, which results in weakness, fatigue, rapid heartbeat, pale skin, shortness of breath, and cold hands and feet.
- Mouth ulcers and cracks.
Mouth ulcers and cracks in the corner of the mouth are other signs of vitamin and mineral deficiency. Low levels of iron and B vitamins cause this sign. In this sign, the mouth cracks, split, and bleeds.
- Bleeding Gums.
Bleeding gums are another sign of vitamin deficiency. Lack of vitamin C causes this problem, as vitamin C is responsible for healing wounds and strengthening immunity; when it lowers, it causes many problems because the body does not produce vitamin C; it has to be obtained through diet.
- Loss of appetite and nausea.
Loss of appetite and nausea are other causes of vitamin and mineral deficiency. When the amount of magnesium in the body does not meet its needs, it causes loss of appetite and nausea, including vomiting. In severe cases, it causes seizures, muscle cramps, and contractions with other problems.
- White growths on the eyes and poor night vision.
White growths on the eyes and poor night vision are the sixth common signs of vitamin and mineral deficiency. Lack of vitamin A causes this problem and is associated with night blindness. It also leads to skin irritation, bone pain, fragile joints, nausea, and headache in severe cases.
I hope you understand the deficiency of vitamins and minerals now and how important they are for the human body.
Do you see any of these symptoms in your body? Did you know these symptoms were related to vitamin and mineral deficiency? Let us know your answers in the comments.
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Team Doctor ASKY!