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5 Signs You May Be Vitamin & Mineral Deficient

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Sometimes we get so busy and preoccupied with life that we stop listening to the signals that our body is using to try to communicate that something is wrong. These are a few of the ways your body may be screaming at you that it's lacking the nutrients it needs:

Symptom #1: A scaly red rash and hair loss

What it's telling you you're deficient in:

Biotin (B7), known as the hair vitamin. While your body stores fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, K), it doesn't store most B vitamins, which are water-soluble. 

The Fix: Reach for more nuts, avocados, raspberries, mushrooms, cauliflower, and bananas.

 

Symptom #2: Cracks at the corners of your mouth.

What it's telling you you're deficient in:

Iron, zinc, and B vitamins like niacin (B3), riboflavin (B2), and B12. 

The Fix: Eat more sun-dried tomatoes, Swiss chard, tahini, peanuts, and legumes like lentils. Iron absorption is enhanced by vitamin C, which also helps fight infections, so combine these foods with veggies like kale, broccoli, red bell peppers, and cauliflower.

 

Symptom #3: Red or white acne-like bumps, typically on the cheeks, arms, thighs, and tush.

What it's telling you you're deficient in: Essential fatty acids and vitamins A and D.

The Fix: Skimp on saturated fat and trans fats, which you should be doing anyway, and increase healthy fats. Focus on adding more salmon and sardines (wild caught), nuts like walnuts, cashews and almonds, and seeds like ground flax, hemp, and chia. For vitamin A, pile on leafy greens (which our Energy & Endurance blend is packed with) and colorful veggies like carrots and beets (in Slim & Strong), sweet potatoes, and red bell peppers. For some vitamin D, get some good old fashioned sun rays. Make sure you don't burn though! Everyone is different, so make sure you adjust the amount of time you are exposed according to how fast you burn.

 

Symptom #4: Tingling, prickling, and numbness in hands, feet, or elsewhere.

What it's telling you you're deficient in: B vitamins like folate (B9), B6, and B12. These symptoms can be combined with anxiety, depression, anemia, fatigue, and hormone imbalances.

The Fix: Seek out spinach (in Refresh & Revitalize), asparagus, beets, beans (pinto, black, kidney, lima), eggs, octopus, mussels, clams, oysters, and poultry.

 

Symptom #5: Crazy muscle cramps in the form of stabbing pains in toes, calves, arches of feet, and backs of legs.

What it's telling you you're deficient in: Magnesium, calcium, and potassium. 

The Fix: Eat more bananas, almonds, hazelnuts, squash, cherries, apples, grapefruit, broccoli, bok choy, and dark leafy greens like kale and spinach.

 

So... if you are experiencing some of these symptoms (or others like general lack of energy or headaches) incorporating a variety of juices and raw foods can help you start to alleviate the vitamin and mineral imbalances.

Remember... A juice a day keeps the doctor away!

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