deficiencyThe human body is a perfect construction, programmed to bring homeostasis thanks to its self-healing abilities. In every moment, without your awareness, millions of processes are taking place. In just one second, 2 million of new blood cells emerge, which substitute used, defective, and damaged ones. Without the constant exchange of these cells, the human body couldn’t exist.

Every day, your body encounters biological changes. Thousands of internal and external factors disrupt your body’s homeostasis. Every day, especially during sleep, your body regenerates itself. As long as the self-healing system of the body is working correctly, your body, mind, and emotions are in homeostasis. When, there are too many destructive factors attacking your body (such as environmental, bad nutrition, etc.), degradation processes take over. Then, your body starts to send you warning signals about internal disorders, weakened organs, and nutrient deficiencies. If you won’t provide it with a missing remedy, it won’t have material to create new cells or to regenerate tissues. Every day, you need proteins, amino acids, fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, elements. You can recognize the deficiencies by observing your own body. It’s important to recognize it as soon as possible before too many issues emerge which would be difficult to overcome.

How to recognize fat-soluble vitamin deficiencies?

  • Vitamin A- dry eyes, night blindness, skin rashes, burning eyes. In children, it stops the growth and development as vitamin A is necessary for these processes.
  • Vitamin D- weakens the immunity, bone pains, weak muscles, head sweating, and problems with intestines.
  • Vitamin E- weakened balance, weakened muscles, drooping eyelids, premature skin aging, age spots, slow healing of wounds, leg cramps, hair loss.
  • Vitamin K- bleeding gums, nosebleeds, bruising easily, difficult healing wounds, bleeding disorders.

How to recognize B-complex vitamin deficiencies?

Vitamins of group B make up some of the enzymes or activate them, and perform important catalytic functions. It is a myth that they create energy. The truth is; however, that you feel weaker. Vitamins B help to metabolize proteins, fats, carbohydrates, and change them into energy.

  • Vitamin B1 (thiamine)- irregular heart rate, night terrors, panic attacks, nervousness, digestive disorders, lack of concentration.
  • Vitamin B2 (riboflavin)- bloodshot eyes, mouth infections, chapped lips, tongue pain, photosensitivity reaction, cheilosis, anemia.
  • Vitamin B3 (niacin)- dizziness, tongue pain, compressed or cracking tongue, insomnia, weak memory, irritability, nervousness, mental disorders.
  • Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid)- hand or foot burning or numbness combined with poor coordination, muscle spasms, tingling, tiredness, apathy.
  • Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine)- pain or numbness in the wrists, the slight flutter of the eyelids, night pain in the back of the calf. The symptoms can be misdiagnosed with magnesium deficiency.
  • Vitamin B7 (biotin)- hair loss, redness and flaking of the skin around the eyes, the nose, the mouth, depression, excessive drowsiness.
  • Vitamin B9 (folic acid)- tongue sores, gum problems, mood disorders, weakness, cracking of the skin on the feet and hands, cracking in the corners of the mouth.
  • Vitamin B12 (cobalamin)- hand and foot numbness, weakness, pale skin and oral mucosa, bleeding gums, fast heart rate, and breathing, getting tired easily, dizziness, tongue pain, weakened memory, lack of concentration, mood changes.

How to recognize trace element deficiencies?

  • Zinc- excessive sweating, bad body odor, taste and smell disorders, nail spots, skin rashes, sleep disorders, infections, diarrhea, acne.
  • Chrome- excessive desire for sweets, sudden and violent terror attacks, anxiety, morning tiredness.
  • Magnesium- easy to break nails, hair loss, muscle cramps, anxiety, trouble falling asleep, nightmares, sweating at night, heart palpitations, flashing dots in front of the eyes. With a large magnesium deficiency, the symptoms are similar to diabetes.
  • Manganese – murmurs in the ears, slow-growing hair, significantly weakened nails, impaired hearing.
  • Copper- anemia, swelling, hyperactivity, aggression, breathing disorders, arachnids and varicose veins, hair color change.
  • Phosphor- alopecia, anemia, bone pain, shortness of breath.
  • Silicon- rapid skin aging, collagen loss, acne, fragile and split nails, weak bones and connective tissue.
  • Potassium- weakness, lack of strength, muscle cramps, heart palpitation, excessive thirst, depression.
  • Sulfur- weak and brittle hair, brittle nails, problems with memory and concentration, skin blemishes, slow healing of wounds.
  • Selenium- nail peeling, garlic breath, hypothyroidism, liver spots.
  • Sodium- excessive intestinal gas accumulation, neuralgia, frequent urination, swelling, diarrhea.
  • Calcium- muscle cramps and weakness, finger numbness, dry calloused skin, irregular heartbeat, insomnia.
  • Iron- cheilosis, pale tongue, pale complexion and conjunctiva, dark circles, rough and dry skin, brittle nails, hair loss, split ends, ulceration of the mouth, constant tiredness.

If your deficiency is a result of poor nutrition, your body gives you a signal that it is time to change what you fuel it with. However, lots of people eat healthily and take supplements, but still have deficiencies. It is caused by poor absorption of these minerals, especially zinc, magnesium, calcium, iron, selenium, and b complex vitamins. One of the reasons for that may be too high a pH of your stomach juices. The absorption of a lot of minerals is interrupted and your body absorbs about 1% of them. That’s almost nothing. Unbalanced intestinal flora is another reason for poor absorption. It is associated with poor metabolism, problems with creating vitamins K and B complex, and poor storage of vitamins soluble in fats. Sulfur deficiency disturbs the absorption of other 70 trace elements. The tired and lazy pancreas doesn’t produce enough enzymes to digest. Therefore, vitamins and minerals deficiencies could be a signal that you should take a closer look at the overall and detailed health of your body.

Sources: “Vitamin and minerals deficiencies- how do they occur?” by Bogusia DellaPorta in magazine “health without medicines” (11/19)

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