Having a well-balanced and nutritious diet can provide your body with many health benefits. But with every balanced and nutritious diet, there is always someone who has a diet that is lacking certain nutrients. This can cause some unpleasant symptoms.
We tend to get frustrated when these symptoms occur, but this is the only way your body can communicate that you have certain vitamin or mineral deficiencies. By recognizing them, you’ll be able to rectify your diet accordingly.
If your body has low vitamins, you will experience the following signs/symptoms based on the vitamin you are lacking.
Brittle Hair and Nails: One of the main vitamin deficiencies that can cause brittle hair and nails is biotin deficiency. According to the National Academics of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, individuals who constantly consume raw egg whites over long periods of time can become biotin deficient. One of the main reasons why consuming raw egg whites for long periods of time can cause biotin deficiency is because it contains the substance avidin. Avidin is a binding protein of biotin, which means when it’s consumed, it reduces biotin absorption. One study they mentioned that was from the book Present Knowledge In Nutrition explained that adults who were consuming raw eggs for months experienced hair thinning, loss of hair and brittle nails when they consumed too much raw egg whites.
Mouth Ulcers: Have you ever gotten a canker sore or crack on the side of your mouth? If you have, chances are you may be suffering from low iron or vitamin B. According to one study published on PubMed, 144 patients in the United Kingdom who had oral disease were examined in order to try and resolve the controversy of whether or not levels of hemoglobin, blood cell numbers and indices, and blood film are adequate in the screening of patients with mouth ulcers. Although the sample was small, researchers found that patients who were suffering from mouth ulcers were twice as likely to have low iron levels. In addition, a separate study that can also be found on PubMed evaluated 60 patients who had reoccurring mouth ulcers. They found that 28.2% of those patients were found to be deficient in at least one of the following vitamins: thiamine, riboflavin and pyridoxine (vitamin B1, B2 and B6).
Bleeding Gums: Sometimes when you brush your teeth aggressively, you end up with bleeding gums. Other times you may have a serious case of gingivitis, but sometimes a diet that is lacking vitamin C can contribute to your bleeding gums. According to the National Institute of Health, as vitamin C deficiency progresses, collagen synthesis becomes impaired and connective tissues in the body become weak. This can cause several health issues to occur, which includes swollen, bleeding gums and even loosening of teeth, because of how weak the tissues have become.
Poor Vision At Night: If your diet is lacking vitamin A, you may suffer from night blindness, according to an article published on PubMed. The article elaborated by explaining that if this symptom is left untreated; it can progress and become xerophthalmia, which is a condition that can damage the cornea and can potentially lead to blindness.