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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 March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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