Detecting Nutritional Deficiencies

A healthy diet can provide all nutrients that a body needs, but the reality of our busy lifestyles and sometimes finicky eating patterns can lead to vitamin deficiency. Knowing what to look for is part of the battle. We want to help you in detecting these nutritional deficiencies!

HANDS

Cold hands: Magnesium deficiency, hypothyroidism, chronic fatigue with low cardiac output.

SKIN

Stretch marks: zinc deficiency

Spontaneous bleeds: vitamins C or K or platelet deficiency

Dry scaly skin: Vitamin C deficiency

Yellow palms: excessive beta carotene intake

LEGS

Tender calf muscles: magnesium deficiency

Brisk knee reflexes: magnesium deficiency

HEART:

Irregular beat, high blood pressure, cardiomegaly: magnesium and Co Q10 deficiencies or sensitivity to caffeine

THROAT:

Thyroid swelling: iodine deficiency, hypothyroidis

NAILS: 

White spots: Mineral deficiency, but often low zinc

Ridges: Zinc deficiency

Soft or brittle nails: Magnesium deficiency

EYES:

Bags or dark circles: allergies or food intolerances

Cataracts: chromium deficiency or excess free radicals

MOUTH: 

Pale fissured tongue: iron deficiency

Cracked lips: vitamin B2 deficiency

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