Healthspan’s head of nutrition Rob Hobson
says: ‘Many of these symptoms are things people put up with every day, thinking
they are just par for the course. But often, they could be a sign that you are
suffering with a vitamin or mineral deficiency and simply eating foods which
contain the item you are lacking could ease your symptoms.
For example, a headache could be an indicator
that you need more magnesium, vitamin B12 and B6 – something you can get from
eating pumpkin seeds, prunes, banana or fortified soy milk’.
Mineral and vitamin deficiency symptoms and their dietary saviors
Our experts have revealed seven of the
most common symptoms that could point towards a vitamin or mineral deficiency
and how you could utilise your diet to help prevent them.
You’re lips are
cracked: This could be a sign of iron and or
vitamin C deficiency and foods that could help are:
You’ve got a
persistent case of dandruff: You
may be lacking in biotin or vitamin B7 and or deficient in essential fatty
acids. Try the following:
Acne has been
troubling you: Acne has been
linked to those with a possible zinc deficiency so if you’re struggling to get
rid, incorporate these foods into your diet:
Your hair is
thinning: Similarly to cracking lips this could
be a mild form of iron and vitamin C deficiency. Give the following foods a go:
Red kidney beans.
increasingly bad breath: Poor oral health
can actually be linked gut health as well as a possible iron deficiency. For
experiencing low mood: There could be a
link between a deficiency in vitamin D as well as in the B vitamins and
magnesium with low mood. Try:
You suffer from
regular headaches: Dietary factors
could play a role in regular headaches along with a lack of magnesium as well
as vitamin B12 and vitamin B6. The following foods may help:
Could you benefit from supplements?
Are you one of the 44% of Brits that are
unaware of the different minerals and vitamins they should be taking for good
health and normal bodily function?
Without knowing the role of vitamins and
minerals within the body it’s difficult to predict which ones you’re getting
enough of and consequently hard to work out which ones you might benefit from
consuming more of.
If you do experience any of the
symptoms above, taking the required vitamin or mineral in supplement form is an
option and can be an easy way to ensure you are providing your body with the
nutrition it needs to remain in good working order.
For example, if you’re having trouble
with tiredness or lethargy as a result of difficulty sleeping or experiencing
mild anxiety, and find it difficult to reach the magnesium recommended daily
allowance (RDA) through diet alone, magnesium supplements, bath flakes or even
magnesium gel could help to ease your pain.
is required by the body to convert the food you eat into energy, which is
important for preventing tiredness and fatigue, and the sleep regulating hormone melatonin is disturbed when Magnesium is
This is just one example of the
importance of minerals and vitamins for your health and emphasises how the
latter play more of a role in your general wellbeing than you may realise.