With today’s busy lifestyles it is easy to let your diet fall to the wayside. Drive-thru and fast food are a staple in many people’s diets because they just don’t have time for something better. This can lead to a vitamin deficiency, but you may not know that you are lacking in important vitamins. Lucky for you your body will tell you in some strange ways. Here are five different ways that you may be able to tell you need some more vitamins in your diet.
1. If you have cracks at the corner of your mouth you could be iron, zinc, or Vitamin B deficient. This is commonly seen in vegetarians since meat is where a good portion of these vitamins are found. To fix this eat foods like salmon, tuna, poultry, Swiss chard, kale, peanuts, or sun-dried tomatoes.
2. If you find that you have a red, scaly rash on your face or other parts of your body and your hair is always falling out, you could be Biotin deficient which is Vitamin B7. Try eating foods like salmon, cooked eggs, avocado, mushrooms, cauliflower, and raspberries.
3. When you find red and white bumps on your arms, thighs, and butt that look like acne you could be suffering from a Vitamin A and D deficiency or a fatty acid deficiency. Eat foods that are low in trans and saturated fats and go for foods with healthy fats such as nuts, salmon, and seeds like chia seeds. For some Vitamin A eat leafy greens and colorful veggies like red peppers and carrots. For Vitamin D take a 2000IU supplement per day.
4. Tingling or numbness in the hands and feet can indicate a Vitamin B deficiency. Go for some spinach, asparagus, beans, beets, and eggs or poultry.
5. Muscle cramps in the legs and feet can mean that you are deficient in magnesium, potassium, and calcium. Pick up a banana or some almonds, hazelnuts, cherries, apples, squash, or dark leafy greens.