Mineral and vitamin deficiency can lead to more serious health issues. Here are the five most common signs of vitamin and mineral deficiency:
Headaches and\or muscle cramps
Magnesium deficiency is the most common mineral deficiency nowadays, affecting almost 75% of the north American population. Magnesium is a crucial nutrient for proper nervous system function – it relaxes the nerves and muscles and alleviates the muscle cramps and headaches. The easiest way to stock-up on magnesium is a diet rich in green leafy vegetables such as kale or collard greens. A daily Epsom salt bath can help as well – the salts are full of magnesium and are easily absorbed through the skin.
Zinc deficiency is what usually causes acne to appear. The zinc is responsible for regulating the oils in the skin and the color of the complexion. It can soothe inflamed areas of the skin, regenerate skin cells, speed up the healing processes and inhibit the 5-alpha-reductase activity that causes acne. This enzyme converts testosterone into a more active form. Only 30 mg. of zinc daily will help you reduce the acne, and you can get this amount by a quarter of a cup of raw pumpkin seeds.
Dry\broken\brittle hair or brittle nails
Vitamin B7 (biotin) is the key nutrient for a healthier hair. Biotic deficiency is rare as this vitamin can be found in many sources. However, brittle hair or nails are a sign of this deficiency, so you need to stock-up on vitamin B7 foods in order to improve the condition and prevent your hair and nails from breaking.
Iron deficiency is usually shown through hair thinning. This important mineral is responsible for carrying oxygen and other nutrients to your hair follicles, and when its levels fall too low, anemia occurs, resulting in hair loss.
White bumps on the back of the arms
The little bumps on the back of the arms are a direct result of fatty acid imbalance, especially the omega-3 fatty acids deficiency. These fatty acids are anti-inflammatory in nature, meaning that they can reduce the inflammation and dissolve the build-up and hardening of the follicles.