Vitamin and mineral deficiencies do not always show up as major health problems. This is because most of us are not deficient in one single nutrient. So we don’t have diseases such as scurvy (which results from a severe lack of Vitamin C). What we are more likely to have is what is called a ‘subclinical’ or marginal deficiency. These marginal vitamin and mineral deficiencies are likely to be the cause for minor symptoms such as headaches, difficulty in sleeping or skin problems. These minor problems, if left untreated, are likely to become more serious which is why it is important to deal with vitamin and mineral deficiencies as soon as possible.
Vitamin deficiency signs and symptoms
Our bodies make it clear when we have minor deficiencies. The following is a list of the symptoms and the vitamin and minerals that may be deficient.
Ask yourself the following questions:
- Are you tired a lot of the time?
- Is your ability to keep going noticeably decreasing?
- Are you having a hard time keeping your weight stable?
- Do you often experience physical pain – arthritis,
- muscle aches, migraines?.
- Do you often get colds?
- Is your eyesight deteriorating?
- Is your mental clarity or concentration decreasing?
- Is your memory on the decline?
- Are you experiencing more sleeping problems?
- Are you often depressed?
- Are you often anxious, nervous or irritable?
- Do you have difficulty with your bowels either constipation or diarrhea?
- Is your skin dry and scaly?
- Do you have problems with pimples and blackheads?
If you answered “yes” to any of these then you could be suffering from vitamin and mineral deficiencies. The initial vitamin and mineral deficiencies may lead to only minor problems, but as they develop and get more pronounced, they can lead to serious consequences.
A great example is a lack of ANTIOXIDANT nutrients that has been linked to the development of diseases such as Parkinson’s disease and motor neuron disease.
If you have signs and symptoms associated with vitamin and mineral deficiencies then you need to review what you are eating to improve your diet, cleanse your system so that you can make the most of the nutrients that you do take in, and make sure you take VitaMist’s vitamin and mineral supplements.
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