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You May Find These 6 Things Common, But They’re Actually Signs Of Nutrient Deficiency

You May Find These 6 Things Common, But They’re Actually Signs Of Nutrient Deficiency

Finding the right balance in your diet is no easy task. Eating all the right things, taking supplements, and also getting adequate exercise are precursors to a healthy lifestyle, but it’s certainly easier said than done.

No matter how whole our choices are and how good we are at consuming the right foods in the right quantities, there’s still more for us to discover about what we’re putting into our bodies. Signs of nutrient deficiency can arrive even when you feel like you’ve been doing a good job taking care of yourself.

Here are some signs to look out for and how best to respond.

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1. Fatigue

Being unusually tired and fatigued is a symptom of an iron deficiency. Low levels of red blood cells are responsible for the deficiency, and can ultimately lead to anemia. Anemia is the most common blood condition in the United States, especially in older adults with poor diet habits or women who are pregnant, whose bodies have a higher demand for blood supply.

Dietary supplements can be an excellent source of iron. Implementing them into your diet can help bring more energy into your day and keep anemia far at bay.

2. Brittle Hair

Since hair is made up of protein, a lack of protein in your diet can lead to brittle and dry hair, or even hair loss. Yes, brittle hair and hair loss can simply be symptoms of aging. But admitting to yourself that “I must be getting old” might be a lazy excuse.

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It’s important to maintain a healthy balance of protein and essential fatty acids and iron at all ages. Fish is an excellent source of all these essentials. If you’re vegetarian or vegan and fish isn’t an option, integrate more flaxseed, canola oils, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, and chia seeds into your routine consumption.

3. Cracked Mouth

Inadequate amounts of protein, B-vitamins, iron and zinc can also result in cracked and inflammed corners of the mouth. As described earlier, be sure that you’re getting enough of these in your diet. This might prove more difficult for vegans and vegetarians, though.

Protein, iron, and B-Vitamins may be hard to come by in diets that don’t include meats, fish and poultry. Be sure to fill in the blanks with foods rich in these nutrients, including beans, quinoa, tofu, sprout-grained bread, and more.

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4. Acne

Just because your acne went away just in time for prom doesn’t mean that it could never come back again. Red or white bumps on your thighs, arms, or cheeks can be signs of a Vitamin A and Vitamin D deficiency.

Leafy green vegetables, sweet potatoes, bell peppers and squash are bountiful in Vitamin A. Cantaloupe melons, mangos, and dried apricots and peaches also pack a hefty Vitamin A punch. Take it all in while your outside to get your Vitamin D from sunlight. If it’s a cloudy day, then eggs, mushrooms, cheese, fortified dairy products, and fatty fish will help fill the Vitamin D void.

5. Muscle Cramps

This is another one of those things we assume happen just because we’re getting older. However, muscle cramps can be indication of deficiency in potassium, calcium, and magnesium.

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When this happens, almonds and hazelnuts can help ease the symptom away. Apples, kale, spinach, squash, and broccoli are also allies in the fight against muscle cramps.

6. Mood Swings

Mood swings are signs of nutrient deficiency and should be taken seriously. While other factors do impede moods, a lack of proper nutrients may be the root of the problem. Fill up on the right foods and supplements, and stick with a routine. Falling out of a routine and returning back to bad eating habits can lead to depression settling in again.

Even when things get tough, remind yourself that overeating and loading up on sugary foods is only doing your tongue a favor. A fleeting resolution like that can consequently make your mood worse. Treat your body right with whole foods filled with nutrients, and do New Year’s resolution that lasts for the first two weeks of January.

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Last Updated on July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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