Vitamin deficiencies lead to numerous serious health issues, and even death. When the body lacks a nutrient, its entire structure is damaged, and all functions are somehow imbalanced.
Vitamin A deficiency has killed over 8 million children in the last 12 years, and more than a billion people lack vitamin D, which is even considered to be an epidemic issue.
The imbalance in the body is often shown externally, so you might experience numerous skin issues.
These are the 5 most common signs shown on the face which indicate vitamin and mineral deficiencies:
- Bleeding Gums
The deficiency of vitamin C often leads to bleeding gums, as well as nose bleeds and swollen joints. Our body does not produce nor store this vitamin, so you should consume it through your diet.
You should consume: Guava, broccoli, red peppers, rose hips, kiwi fruit, and strawberries.
- Pale Lips
Pale lips are a common symptom of iron deficiency, which is the most common nutritional deficiency in the U.S., as reported by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Numerous people suffer from anemia and fatigue due to the lack of iron in the body.
You should consume Spirulina, spinach, raisins, lentils, dark chocolate (Cacao!), dark green leafy vegetables.
- Extremely Pale Skin
If your skin is extremely pale, your body probably lacks vitamin B12. Other symptoms of this deficiency include skin conditions and fatigue. Animal foods are high in Vitamin B12, but you can also take vitamin B12 supplements.
You should consume Vitamin B12 supplements, pastured eggs and/or raw rennet-free cheeses, cruelty-free goat’s cheese.
- Puffy Eyes
Puffy eyes sometimes indicate insufficient sleep but reduced also reduced iodine levels as well. You should avoid or limit the intake of table salt, as it is not easily used by the body. Iodine will help push out endocrine disruptors, such as bromine, fluorine, chlorine, and will boost the function of the thyroid, reducing the puffiness.
You should consume Washed sea vegetables, such as kelp, dulse, and wakame, pastured eggs, kefir, and beans, such as navy and lima.
- Dry Hair
If your hair has become brittle and dry, and you have too much dandruff on the scalp, you might lack Biotin or Vitamin B7, which might be a result of the use of antibiotics.
You should consume Nuts, especially green peas, walnuts, sunflower seeds, legumes, avocados, and mushrooms.
Other included sources linked in David Wolfe’s article:
Bright Side – related article
NCBI – Vitamin D deficiency
Slate – Vitamin A deficiency
Global Healing Center – Iodine-rich foods
Global Healing Center – Vitamin B12
Institute For Vibrant Living – dry scalp article
Mayo Clinic – Iron deficiency anemia
Dr. Axe – Vitamin C rich foods