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Vitamin and Mineral deficiencies

Deficiencies of some vitamins and minerals can have deleterious effects on our system. Some particular symptoms might be directly related to these deficiencies. Our bodies are the smartest machines in the world. They try to send us signals when something in our system is not right. It is up to us to pay attention and be pro-active about such indications, whether mild or moderate. It can be the only aetiology for various named or coined diseases as well. Let’s try to understand some of the common deficiencies and be more aware of our level of health.

We have to understand when do we need to take any active steps to address such deficiencies and when should we hold off as there are many of us who can go overboard with supplements and even that can disturb the delicate balance of the high-level functioning of our system, majority of which we still do not exactly understand medically.

Here is a list of the most important and common symptoms which are directly related to the deficiency of some vitamins and minerals:

  • Vitamin C: Some of the representations of this particular vitamin deficiency could be bleeding gums with or without brushing your teeth, frequent viral infections, or any other infections which are recurring or have become long-standing. Vitamin C is not intrinsically synthesized so it becomes an externally procured essential vitamin. It is great for our immune system and can be used to support it as well as our skin and joints benefit a great deal from this particular vitamin.

Some natural sources of vitamin C are citrus fruits like orange, strawberries, broccoli, and many other vegetables. Amla or gooseberry can be a very good natural supplement for this vitamin

  • Vitamin A: Dry skin and blurred vision (especially at night), are the two common representations of the deficiency of this vitamin.

The natural sources of vitamin A are cheese, eggs, oily fish, cod liver oil, carrots, milk, and yogurt.

  • Vitamin E: A general lack of feeling in your feet, chronic eczema, skin blemishes and lack of radiance, frequent abortions, and Infertility issues might be an indication of a deficiency of vitamin E. Vitamin E is a strong antioxidant that is important to get rid of free radicals in the body.

Some rich sources of vitamin E are nuts (almonds/ peanuts), sunflower seeds, vegetable oils (corn, soyabean oil, sunflower oil, etc.)

  • Vitamin D: A general feeling of apathy, indifference, and low mood can indicate a vitamin deficiency. This vitamin can represent itself on the many systems of the body and it is currently a predominating vitamin deficiency in the world. Bowel issues, chronic fatigue syndrome, hair loss, and hormonal imbalances can also be related to this vitamin.

We must have direct exposure to the sunlight daily for 20 minutes which is the best natural source to get your recommended daily dose of vitamin D. Expose your face, shoulders, chest, and legs to direct sunlight.

Vitamin D is found in animal fat like liver, egg yolks, oily fish, butter, ghee, and cod liver oil.

  • Vitamin B1 (Thiamine): Weight loss and anorexia are associated with this deficiency. Mental symptoms like confusion, short-term memory, cognitive issues could also be indicative of this condition. White discoloration on the nails could be a physical sign to look out for.

Vitamin B1 is found in pork, fish, green peas, beans, lentils, nuts, and oats.

  • Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin): Skin rash, chapped lips, mouth and tongue ulcers, hair loss, tongue, and eyes redness, are