16 Signs You Have a Nutrient Deficiency

Trying to eat a well-balanced diet and exercising regularly are the two best ways to ensure that your body is functionally optimally, inside and out. Unfortunately, most Americans during some point in their life will find themselves deficient in certain nutrients, which their diet just doesn’t provide. Many people find that their symptoms are so minor that they live with them for a long time before they do anything about them.

Here are few ways that your body may communicate to you that it isn’t getting the necessary nutrients. Next time your body starts displaying any of these signs, pay attention and modify your diet accordingly.

Feeling unusually tired or fatigued 

This is a common symptom, and it can be terribly hard to recognize. After all, even little changes in our schedules can leave us feeling tired and generally off.

However, if you’ve been noticing a pattern of tiredness at odd times of the day, or fatigue after performing even the most basic functions, you may have a deficiency of several different nutrients, including calcium, vitamin D, or iron.

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Muscle cramps

If your muscles start cramping at odd times of the day, you may have an undiagnosed nutrient deficiency. If you find this is happening to you, try boosting your intake of calcium, or vitamin D.

It’s easy to get more of these nutrients in your diet by eating plenty of dairy, like fortified yogurt, milk and cheese. Humans can also absorb plenty of vitamin D through sun exposure, so make sure you’re getting outside enough during daylight hours.

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Weakness

A feeling of generalized weakness, or not feeling as able to lift, carry, and move around as you once did can be a sign of a nutrient deficiency. People who suffer from sudden weaknesses should boost their intake of vitamin B12, vitamin D, and calcium, just for a start.

If you’ve been feeling weak for a long time, it would be a good idea to see your doctor and request a blood test so you can pinpoint which nutrients you are lacking.

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