We are often told that a well-balanced and nutritious diet is important for our health, but many of us don’t realize how easy it is to become deficient in certain nutrients. Lacking certain vitamins and minerals can lead to a host of unpleasant symptoms, from brain fog and poor night vision to brittle nails and cracked lips. Although many of these symptoms are mild in the beginning, they can become serious health issues as you age. Learning how to recognize and combat the most common signs of vitamin and mineral deficiencies is a proactive way to take control of your health right now and in the future.
Cracked Lips or Mouth Ulcers
Cracked lips or sores around the mouth are common symptoms of nutritional deficiencies. Canker sores are the most common type of mouth ulcers, and studies show that they are often the result of B vitamin and/or iron deficiencies.
Cracked lips are often caused by a condition called angular cheilitis. Although it can be caused by dehydration, in many cases it is also related to a lack of iron and B vitamins.
If you are experiencing these issues, try incorporating more iron and B vitamin-rich foods into your diet. Iron and B vitamins are abundant in meat, poultry, fish, dark leafy greens, whole grains, seeds, nuts, legumes.
Poor Night Vision and Other Vision Problems
Nutritional deficiencies are a common cause of poor night vision and other vision problems. Vitamin A is especially important for your eyesight because the body needs it to produce the pigment called rhodopsin, which is found in the retina of the eye and helps you see when it’s dark.
Night blindness can actually progress if left untreated, ultimately leading to a condition called xerophthalmia and eventually, blindness.
If you suspect that you have a vitamin a deficiency, try incorporating more yellow and orange vegetables, leafy greens, eggs, and organ meats into your diet.