Vitamins and minerals are organic compounds essential for the proper functioning of our body. When the body can’t synthesize vitamins in the quantities it needs, we need to obtain them through our diet.
Vitamin deficiency is a serious condition which occurs when the body is missing some vitamins, and it can have serious health consequences.
Here are some health conditions caused by vitamin deficiencies:
This problem is usually caused by zinc or vitamin B deficiency, and is more common among vegetarians due to their diet which lacks meat. In order to boost your vitamin B intake, you should eat more peanuts, Swiss chard, lentils, legumes, poultry, salmon, eggs, tuna and shellfish. Combine these foods with broccoli, red peppers, kale and cauliflower to increase your vitamin C intake which boosts the absorption of iron.
Red rashes on the face and hair loss
This problem is caused by vitamin B7 deficiency, which is known as the hair vitamin. To resolve it, you should eat boiled eggs, avocado, salmon, mushrooms, cauliflower, soybeans, walnuts, bananas and raspberries.
Red bumps on the skin similar to acne on the face, arms, thighs and back
This is a sign of vitamin A and E deficiency. To get more vitamin A and E, consume foods rich in healthy fats such as salmon, sardines, walnuts, almonds, flaxseeds and hemp. Try eating foods without saturated fat, and completely avoid trans fats which are present in margarine. To increase your vitamin A intake, we suggest consuming vegetables, sweet potatoes and red peppers which contain a lot of beta-carotene that is used to obtain the necessary vitamins.
Numbness and tingling in the hands or feet
Numbness and tingling in parts of your body is an indication of vitamin B6, B9 and B12 deficiency. The deficiency affects the peripheral nerves and the symptoms may be accompanied by anemia, hormonal imbalance, fatigue and depression. To increase the intake of these vitamins, consume more asparagus, spinach, beans, eggs, shellfish, crabs and chicken meat.
Muscle cramps, pain in the fingers, feet, wrists and back
These symptoms indicate lack of magnesium, calcium and potassium in the body. To resolve the problem, consume more bananas, hazelnuts, zucchinis, grapefruit, broccoli, dark leaved vegetables as well as dandelion leaves.