Your body needs enough vitamins and minerals to stay healthy.
If it is missing any of these vital nutrients, your body will suffer from a certain type of health problem related to the missing mineral, or vitamin.
How do you know whether you are missing any?
Read through the list below to find out what are the 5 most common health problems caused by deficiencies, and the cause behind them:
- 1. If you have small skin bumps on the back of your arms – You’re missing Omega3
Some people suffer from keratosis pilaris, which are tiny, bumps that appear on the back of the upper arms, and are sometimes white, sometimes red in color.
The main cause behind them is insufficient concentrations of Omega3 acids in your body. The Omega3 acids are very powerful anti-inflammatory agents, and as such they will directly target the inflammations that cause the bumps, and reduce your skin to normal.
- 2. If you have acne – You’re missing Zinc
Zinc is a very essential mineral, which not only adds tone and brightness to your skin color, but also regulates its oil production. Zinc is also vital to skin regeneration and reduction of skin inflammations.
But the real reason why your acne might be a sign of Zinc deficiency is that acne are usually caused by higher levels of the 5-alpha-reductase enzyme, which is controlled by the Zinc in our bodies.
So if you want to get rid of your acne, you should take 30mg of Zinc per day. You can either use a supplement or eat ½ cup of raw pumpkin seeds.
- If you have muscle cramps/headaches – You’re missing magnesium
One of the most common deficiencies in America – magnesium deficiency is present in over 75% of US citizens, which is extremely worrying, since the magnesium in our bodies is responsible for the following processes:
- Headache relief;
- Muscle cramp relief;
- Muscle relaxation;
- Nerve relaxation;
- Assisting our bodies to fall asleep.
In order to get your magnesium levels up, you can either eat more green leafy vegetables like kale, raw baby spinach, or Swiss chard, or you can use a magnesium supplement. Another good solution would be to supply your body with magnesium through hot-baths, by using Epsom salts which can be absorbed by your skin.
- 4. If you have dry, brittle hair or nails – You’re missing vitamin B7
Vitamin B7, or biotin, is the vitamin that is responsible for the health of your hair and nails. B7 deficiency is actually not common at all, but you might be suffering from it, if you have the following problems:
- Nail brittleness;
- Hair brittleness;
- Hair loss.
If you want to keep your hair and nails healthy, shiny, and flexible, you should eat more food that is rich in vitamin B7.
- 5. If your hair is thinning – You’re missing Iron
Iron is probably one of the most vital minerals to our organism, because it transports oxygen and other nutritious elements within our body. Without iron, your hair follicles wouldn’t get the nutrition they need, which will cause your hair to start falling.
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