Vitamin deficiencies are very common these days, and their health risks can be quite serious. And, they can even lead to death. Vitamin A, for instance, has killed over 8 million children over the past decade. More than a billion people worldwide are deficient in vitamin D. The problem is undoubtedly extremely widespread, to the extent of being called an epidemic. Are you mineral or vitamin deficient? Take a look at your face to find out!
When the body lacks the needed nutrient, every part of the body can suffer. If the skin is showing any signs of deficiency, you then know that it is affecting your insides as well. Even if you track your nutrient level or supplement, you may still not be getting all the required nutrients.
5 Signs Of Nutrient Deficiency You Can See On Your Face
- Puffy Eyes
Puffy eyes may be an indicator of lack of sleep, but they can also point low iodine levels in the body. Don’t rely on processed salt to get iodine, because it is not the form utilized by the body. Iodine will help you remove endocrine disruptors like bromine and fluorine and support thyroid function, which in turn lessens puffiness.
Eat this: Beans like lima and navy, sea veggies like dulse, kelp, and wakame, pastured eggs, and kefir (preferably from raw goat’s milk).
- Pale Lips
Pale lips are a common sign of iron deficiency. As a matter of fact, this deficiency is the most common in the U.S, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Many people know about iron-deficient anemia, but any fatigue could point to lack of iron in the body.
Eat this: Raisins, spirulina, lentils, dark chocolate (Cacao!), spinach and other dark green leafy veggies.
- Extremely Pale Skin
If you skin has become extremely pale, it could indicate vitamin B12 deficiency. If the body is receiving less B12 that it needs, you will begin to feel fatigued and your skin will suffer. Animal foods are great sources of vitamin B12, but there are vegetarian alternatives as well.
Eat this: Vitamin B12 Supplements, Pastured eggs and/or raw rennet-free cheeses.
- Dry Hair
Is your hair extra brittle and dry lately? Have you noticed a large amount of dandruff on the scalp? These signs point to lack of biotin, known as vitamin B7. The use of antibiotics is one of the most common causes of a biotin deficiency.
Eat this: Mushrooms, legumes, avocados, nuts, especially walnuts, sunflower seeds, and green peas.
- Bleeding Gums
Have your gums been bleeding lately? This can be a sign of vitamin C deficiency. This vitamin is needed to fend off a cold, but a deficiency will lead to more than snuffles: nosebleeds, swollen joints, bleedings gums to name a few. Note that we don’t produce vitamin C, so you have to get lots of it in your diet.