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Signs You May Have Vitamin Deficiency (And You Don’t Even Know It)

Signs You May Have Vitamin Deficiency (And You Don’t Even Know It)

There are so many small things that you can do to help your health. Vitamins, or a lack of vitamins, can make a huge difference in how you are feeling day in and day out. Here are some common signs that you are lacking something, along with ways to deal with, and hopefully rectify, the problem.

Here are some of the most common vitamin deficiency complaints.

1. Mouth cracking at corners

Your body lacks Vitamin B (specifically B2, B3, and B12,) zinc, and/or iron.

You should eat more salmon, eggs, tuna, clams, and more seafood to give your body a boost. Vegetarians can eat lentils, legumes, peanuts, dried tomatoes, sesame, and chard.

An important note: Vitamin C should be taken with iron in order to boost effectiveness. Vitamin C sources include broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, red pepper, etc.

2. Rashes on skin and hair loss

Your body lacks zinc, Vitamin B7, Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, and Vitamin K.

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You should eat more dried fruit, pumpkin seeds, whole grains, dairy products, avocados, button mushrooms, raspberries, and bananas.

An important note: Vitamin B7 levels are sometimes affected negatively by eating a lot of eggs. The protein in eggs keeps this vitamin from being absorbed.

3. Acne on cheeks, arms, and upper legs

Your body lacks Vitamin A and Vitamin D.

You should eat less saturated and trans fats.

You should eat more fish, flax seeds, dried fruits, almonds, walnuts, carrots, sweet potatoes, and red peppers.

An important note: sometimes people find the acne to be so painful that they have to pop the small bumps—avoid this.

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4. Burning, itching, and numbness in extremities

Your body lacks Vitamin B (B6, B9, and B12).

You should eat more asparagus, spinach, green veggies, legumes, eggs, and seafood.

An important note: shortages of these vitamins can affect the nerve endings in skin. Additionally, depression, fatigue, exhaustion, anemia, and hormonal imbalances are caused by this same deficiency.

5. Cramps and pains in feet/legs

Your body lacks potassium, calcium, magnesium, and Vitamin B.

You should eat more bananas, hazelnuts, almonds, pumpkin, cherries, apples, broccoli, grapefruit, cabbage, dandelion, and spinach.

An important note: these levels are affected when a new exercise regimen is started. The sweating allows the water-soluble vitamin levels to drop. Don’t stop working out. Instead, eat more of the recommended foods.

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Specific Vitamin Deficiency Symptoms

Vitamin A Deficiency Symptoms

  • Fatigue
  • Poor night vision
  • Bad skin
  • Bad teeth and bleeding gums

Vitamin B Deficiency Symptoms

B1:

  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle weakness
  • Depression, with or without irritability
  • Weight loss
  • Heart and digestive tract issues

B2:

  • Eye irritation
  • Oily skin
  • Fistula in oral cavity
  • Rashes and inflammation

B3:

  • Headaches
  • Low energy
  • Bad breath
  • Anxiety
  • Ulcers, intestinal issues, and low appetite

B5:

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  • Burning in legs and feet
  • Cramping
  • Fatigue
  • Unusual heart beat
  • Vomiting
  • Insomnia

B6:

  • Insomnia
  • Skin issues
  • Hair loss
  • Cramping
  • Fluid retention

B12:

  • Fatigue
  • Diarrhea
  • Depression and/or anxiety
  • Appetite loss
  • Inflammation in mouth
  • Hormonal imbalance

Vitamin C Deficiency Symptoms

  • Slow healing of wounds and fractures
  • Bleeding from nose and gums
  • Aching and enlarged joints
  • Indigestion
  • Anemia and bruising

Vitamin D Deficiency Symptoms

  • Weak bones
  • Rickets
  • Tooth decay
  • Kidney stones
  • Muscle weakness
  • Poor absorption of calcium

Vitamin E Deficiency Symptoms

  • Anemia
  • Anxiety
  • Fertility problems
  • Bad reflexes
  • Difficulty moving and maintaining balance

Summary and Recommendations

The affects of some of these deficiencies are far-reaching. If you are concerned about any of your vitamin levels, consulting with your doctor is never a bad idea.

The article linked here will provide you with more information. Additionally, it points out that as our diet moves further away from unprocessed natural foods, our levels of vitamins are depleting. This is why it is best to balance out vitamin levels by eating recommended foods rather than purchasing supplements in pill form.

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Last Updated on January 11, 2021

11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

Affordable, relaxing, and healthy, oil diffusers are gaining popularity with people everywhere due to their extensive benefits. Oil diffusers work through the simple process of oil diffusion, which uses heat to turn oil into a vapor that is then spread around a living space. Diffused oil can have several relaxation and health-related benefits, including safe scent-dispersion, mosquito and mold defense, stress relief, and more!

Read on for 11 hidden benefits of using oil diffusers.

1. Safe Scents That Make Sense

Unlike candles or air fresheners, oil diffusers release cleansing molecules into your air that work to purify it, not overload it with unhealthy chemicals. Electronic diffusers also do not pose the fire risk that candles do. Plus, they contain the added feature of interchangeability, which means you change oil types for different scents and health benefits.

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2. Stress Relief

Several lab studies have confirmed that diffusing essential oils like lavender have been shown to reduce stress and help relieve anxiety in medical patients. Preliminary studies have also shown that oil diffusers can help alleviate symptoms of depression.

3. Improved Sleep

Diffused oil has relaxing properties that can help people of all ages fall asleep quicker and sleep more soundly. Electronic diffusers not only have the option to mix and match different oil blends (Try a lavender, Bulgarian rose, and Roman chamomile blend to help with insomnia), they also run at a gentle hum that helps relax an agitated mind. Many also come with an auto shut-off feature to help conserve oils once you have fallen asleep.

4. Appetite Control

Much like gum, oil diffusers can help stimulate the senses in a way that works to curb appetite. New research has shown that diffused peppermint oil can help curb appetite by inducing a satiety response within the body. Diffused peppermint oil has also been shown to increase energy.

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5. Bacteria and Mold Killing

When essential oils are diffused in the air, they break down free radicals that contribute to the growth of harmful bacteria. Eucalyptus, thyme, and tea tree oils are especially good for this purpose. Diffused oil is also highly effective when it comes to combating fungal yeast threats, as the oil help makes the air inhospitable for yeasts such as mold. Pine and red thyme essential oils are best for combating mold.

6. Decongestion and Mucus Control

Ever tried Vick’s Vapo-Rub? Its decongesting powers come from active ingredients made from the eucalyptus tree. In principle, oil diffusers work the same way as Vapo-Rub, except they diffuse their decongesting vapor all around the room, not just on your chest or neck. Oil diffusers have been known to cure pneumonia in lab mice.

7. Mosquito Repellant

Nobody likes mosquitoes — but when the trade-off means using repellants full of DEET, a toxic chemical that can be especially harmful to children, mosquito control can often seem like a lose-lose. However, scientists have shown that oil diffusers can be used as a safe and highly effective mosquito repellant. Studies have shown that a diffused oil mixture containing clove essential oil and lemongrass essential oil repelled one type of Zika-carrying mosquito, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, at a rate of 100%.

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8. Pain Relief

While applying oils directly to areas of your body may be the most effective way to alleviate pain, diffusing essential oils can also be an effective means of pain relief. When we inhale healthy essential oils, they enter our blood stream and can help internally relieve persistent pain from headaches, overworked muscles, and sore joints.

9. The New Anti-Viral

Research into the anti-viral effects of oil diffusion is now just gaining steam. A recent study showed that star anise essential oil was proven in medical experiments to destroy the herpes simplex virus in contained areas at a rate of 99%. Another study showed the popular DoTerra oil blend OnGuard to have highly-effective influenza-combating powers.

10. Improved Cognitive Function

Diffusing essential oils has also been shown to improve cognitive function. Many essential oils have adaptogenic qualities, which can work twofold in soothing us when we’re stressed, and giving our bodies a pick-me-up when we’re feeling down or sluggish. By working to level out an imbalanced mood, diffused oils also help us to focus. There are also several essential oils which have been shown to help balance the body’s hormones. With prolonged use, these oils can work to repair the underlying causes responsible for hindering cognitive function.

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11. Money Saving

With ten clear benefits of oil diffusers already outlined, there is one more that should now be obvious: using an oil diffuser will help you to save money. As an anti-viral, bug repelling, and stress-relief solution rolled into one safe product, an oil diffuser used with the proper oils will save you money on products you might otherwise be buying to help cure those pesky headaches or get your kids to fall asleep on time. If you’re wondering just how affordable oil diffusers can be, check the buyer’s guide to the best oil diffusers — you’ll be sure to find one that fits your budget!

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