Self-diagnosis is never a good idea, and putting too much weight on certain symptoms can lead one to spiral in fear of the worst. A lot of symptoms can mean different diseases, some of which are minor, and some of which are quite threatening. When it comes to maintaining a healthy body, one of the most important things to consider is your vitamin levels. Each vitamin serves a certain function, and without it, consequential symptoms will arise. Before jumping to conclusions, don’t panic, because most of the time, a vitamin-rich diet is all it takes to feel good again.
Today, we’re bringing to you some of the most common signs that indicate a lack of certain vitamins. Beware, that these are preliminary signs, and you should always consult your physician or health provider for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.
- Dandruff Makes a Strong Appearance
Shedding skin flakes from your scalp is normal to a certain level, but if you start noticing an increase in dandruff, you may be in need of some vitamins and minerals. A rise in dandruff levels points to a lack of Omega 3 Fatty Acids, which provide moisture for the body and prevent dandruff. A quick fix is to eat more coconuts and sunflower seeds.
- Your Hair Starts to be Frail
Folic acid alert! If your hair is getting weaker, or you are losing some of your precious locks, look no further than rice to increase your folic acid levels.
- Premature Grey Hair
While grey hair is normal with age, premature grey hair may indicate a lack of copper in your body; an essential mineral that is responsible for the formation of melanin, which gives hair its normal colour. You can fix that by eating mushrooms and oysters.
- Chapped Lips Cracks Its Way Through
A very simple remedy for chapped lips is hydration, but sometimes that’s not enough. In such cases, this may mean a drop in vitamin B-12. Sun exposure is crucial for vitamin B-12, which can also be increased by eating eggs, as well as white and red meats.
- Tough Spot, Rough Skin
Rough skin usually means a deficiency in zinc and vitamin A, which is simply countered by feeding up on chicken and pumpkins.
- The Biggest Cliché: White Spots on Finger Nails
This is perhaps the first sign one learns as a child, it usually means a lack of gastric acid, which is responsible for absorbing vitamins and nutrients efficiently. This may be caused by taking antacids.
- Bruises All Over The Body
If you notice a large number of bruises without actually being hit, you may be lacking in vitamin C. In this case, turn to acidic foods, such as broccoli, strawberry, or mango.
- Tired All The Time
Chronic exhaustion should not be taken lightly, this could be sign of vitamin D deficiency, which is an abundant problem, especially with women in Egypt. Depending on your skin type, you might not need a lot of sun exposure to counter this issue. But if getting sun is a problem, then foods such as fatty fish, cows liver, eggs, and foods fortified with vitamin D such as breakfast cereals or OJ can also help. However, the best help will come from supplements, but remember, always consult your doctor for the next steps.
- Legs Constantly Cramping Up
A lack of magnesium and/or calcium can lead to weaker muscles, which leads to frequent occurrence of cramps. These can be found in dairy products, dietary fibers that can be found in various fruits, vegetables and legumes.
Take care Cairenes and listen to your body. As prevention, make sure to include all the needed nutrients and vitamins in your diet, and, of course, consult medical specialists before taking any steps. Stay safe and healthy!