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With the North American diet becoming more and more saturated with processed foods, it’s easy to become vitamin deficient. You may not be eating enough of the right foods, or your body may be struggling to absorb the nutrients properly. When your body is lacking certain vitamins, it will find a way to tell you! Here are 5 ways that your body is communicating a vitamin deficiency.

Sign #1 – Cracks at the corners of your mouth.

This is a sign of a deficiency in iron, zinc, and B vitamins like niacin (B3), riboflavin (B2), and B12. This is a common vitamin deficiency for vegetarians or people who are not consuming enough immunity-building protein in their diet.

Sign #2 – A red, scaly rash on your face and hair loss.

This is a sign of deficiency in Biotin (B7), which is the vitamin that is essential to your hair. Your body may have a hard time absorbing and storing most B vitamins from your food because B vitamins are water-soluble.

Sign #3 – Red or white acne-like bumps on cheeks, arms, thighs, and rear.

This is a sign that you are deficient in essential fatty acids, as well as vitamins A and D.

 

Sign #4 – Tingling, prickling, and numbness in hands, feet, or other areas of the body.

This is a sign of deficiency in B vitamins such as folate (B9), B6, and B12. This deficiency can also be a reason for anxiety, depression, anemia, fatigue, and hormone imbalances.

Sign #5 – Frequent muscle cramps in toes, calves, arches of feet, and backs of legs.

This is a sign of deficiency in magnesium, calcium, and potassium. This is a common deficiency for hardcore trainers who are susceptible to losing minerals through heavy sweating.

To combat vitamin deficiency, it’s important to get the necessary vitamins your body needs through a good combination of a balanced diet and supplemental daily vitamins. You can find a wide range of daily vitamins at Consumers Nutrition Center in Richmond! Give us a call today at (604) 270-0007 for more information!