It happens to all of us from time to time. We have a mysterious symptom pop up that we just can’t figure out. It’s annoying enough for us to take notice, but may not seem serious enough to warrant a call to the doctor. And we start to wonder, “What’s causing it? And how do I get rid of it?”
Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Following are five weird but common warning signs you may be lacking in some vital vitamins.
1. Symptom: You’re tired ALL the time
It doesn’t matter how much sleep you get you still feel exhausted all the time. Sound familiar? If you find yourself dragging through your days you could be running low on calcium, vitamin D, iron, B12, folate, magnesium or B1.
You can make sure you’re getting enough of all these important vitamins by focusing on some specific foods. To boost your iron and magnesium levels eat more squash, pumpkin seeds and dark chocolate. Bring up our calcium levels by snacking on mozzarella, sardines and almonds. To top of your vitamin D and thiamine levels try trout and portabella mushrooms. Chick peas, pinto beans and spinach are all brimming with folate. And clams, beef liver and smoked salmon will raise your B12.
2. Symptom: Cracks in the corners of your mouth
Have you developed small painful cracks in the corners of your mouth that moisturizing doesn’t seem to help? Look to your levels of iron, zinc, vitamin C and the B vitamins – especially B2, B3 and B12.
Beef is a great source for B vitamins, iron and zinc. And eating more seafood, peanuts, and cruciferous vegetables like cabbage and cauliflower can help bump up your levels of all of these vital vitamins if you’re running low.
3. Symptom: Tingly arms or legs
If your arms and legs feel numb, tingly, or full of “pins and needles” low vitamin levels could be the culprit. Numbness is a classic sign of low magnesium, vitamin B6 or vitamin B9 (folic acid).
Stock up on spinach, beans, eggs and chicken on your next grocery store trip to naturally boost your levels.
4. Symptom: Small hard bumps
If you’ve developed hard red and white bumps on your arms, cheeks or thighs that aren’t acne they could be caused by drooping vitamin A, D, or fatty acids levels.
Salmon, chia seeds, and leafy greens are some of your best bets for raising the levels of all three of these important nutrients.
5. Symptom: Muscle cramps
If you get mysterious muscles cramps or spasms even when you haven’t been exercising they can be a sign you’re low on magnesium, calcium or potassium.
Soothe your aching muscles, and ease away those cramps, by chomping on more avocados, almonds, bananas and spinach to raise your levels of all three nutrients.
If you think you may be running low on any of these vitamins and your diet tweaks don’t do the trick it might be time to talk to your doc. Ask him for a blood panel to identify which nutrients need a boost.