Your body needs a multitude of vitamins and minerals (collectively known as micronutrients) to function properly, to grow, and to keep disease at bay. Not all essential micronutrients are produced in the body, which is why nutritionists emphasize the need to consume a wholesome, nutrition-rich diet made of different food groups.
A nutrient deficiency occurs when your body does not produce or receive adequate amounts of a certain nutrient, which can manifest in a number of ways and affect both your physical and mental wellbeing. From something as simple as a muscle cramp to more severe symptoms such as short-term memory loss, nutritional deficiencies can affect you innumerable ways.
Take a look at the following most common symptoms to know if your body could be lacking in vital micronutrients.
- May feel fatigued all the time and cannot attribute it to overwork or exertion at work or at home.
- You feel unusually thirsty despite having water every now and then.
- You feel the urge to visit the restroom frequently and have poor control on your bladder.
- Your skin looks pale and lack-luster. This could also be due to poor skin care; however, if you’re healthy from within, you can get away with minimal maintenance of skin and hair.
- You don’t feel the energy to do day-to-day chores and want to keep postponing things until the very end.
- You’re losing hair and/or your hair has become dry, dull or coarse. Hair fall is an important sign of poor nutrition and should be taken seriously.
- You’re not sleeping well, which would also affect your ability to function during the daytime.
- You find it difficult to do any form of physical activity and feel tired or out of breath even after a short walk.
- You fall sick often and observe that you’re more prone to allergies and infections than those around you.
- Your nails have turned brittle and pale and break easily. You get acne or other skin problems frequently. You can see ridges or white spots on your nails.
- Your wounds don’t heal quickly and/or you bleed or bruise easily.
- You have bad breath, bleeding gums, mouth ulcers or a combination of these.
- You experience frequent mood swings or feel depressed. (Did you know that low level of many essential nutrients, especially vitamin D, is linked to depression?)
- There is blood in your urine or stool.
- You experience a tingling sensation in your hands and feet. Your limbs go numb and you have difficulty walking or balancing yourself.
- You have an itchy scalp or perennial dandruff.
- Your muscles feel weak and you get frequent muscle cramps. Poor muscle health can be easily be fixed with vitamins and minerals with health benefits.
- Your periods have become unusually heavy and leave you feeling weak and drained. This could be a symptom of iron-deficiency anemia.
- There have been changes in your vision; your eyes feel dry or there is burning or itching inside the eyes. Spots on eyes are also a tell-tale sign of poor nutrition.
- You’ve recently experienced sudden weight loss or weight gain for no obvious reason; your appetite is not the same anymore.
- You feel dizzy or experience mental confusion. You tend to forget things and feel irritable easily.
- You’re experiencing problems with digestion even while eating a fairly healthy diet. This could be caused by an overgrowth of bacteria in your gut, which can be easily resolved with a detoxification regimen.
- You are either overweight or underweight. Any of these can be a symptom or outcome of a nutritional deficiency. Striving to maintain an ideal body weight will empower you to tackle such health problems and lead a more fulfilling life.
- You are experiencing acute anxiety, paranoia and/or hallucinations. These are typically associated with a deficiency of vitamin B12.
- You’re experiencing personality changes and you can’t attribute it to a life event.
While any of these signs and symptoms can be attributed to other causes, in most cases they’re found to be linked to poor nutrition and an unhealthy lifestyle.
This also means that most of your health concerns can be resolved by paying attention to your body and mind, fixing nutritional deficiencies and, above all, making your health a priority.
As you gradually gain control of your health, you will find a surge in your energy levels and will experience a marked improvement in your overall well being.