Top 4 Body Signals That You’re Vitamin Deficient
You want to get fit, but your body is letting you down. You’re tired all the time and your muscles start aching as you walk to the door. And you don’t want to over-eat, but you’re always hungry.
Perhaps you’re not as unfit as you think. Instead, your body might be sending signals that you are low in certain essential vitamins and minerals. But how do you recognise the signals?
Here are the top four messages from your body that you’re running low in vital nutrients.
1. Constant Hunger
If your body is constantly grumbling for something to eat, it’s probably because the food you’re eating doesn’t contain enough vitamins and minerals to keep your system going. Your body needs a regular supply of nutrients to keep you moving, breathing and thinking. When your body is running low on supplies, it will call out for “more food!” If you keep sending down chips and gravy rather than nutritious food, you will feel hungry again quite soon. And you can’t expect your body to do its job properly without the right supplies.
You slept 10 hours last night, but you’re exhausted at the idea of standing up, and even a pen feels heavy in your hand. If you are suffering an unnatural level of fatigue, you are probably low in either iron or Vitamin B12. A simple blood test will reveal your iron and B12 levels. Vegetarians and vegans are most prone to these deficiencies, as Vitamin B12 is mostly present in meat and animal products, and meat is also a strong source of iron. So if your regular healthy diet leaves you deficient in iron or Vitamin B12, you will need to consider supplements and regular blood tests.
If you regularly wake up in the middle of the night and find it impossible to go back to sleep, you might be low in either Vitamin D or magnesium or both. Magnesium is necessary for maintaining your nervous system; without enough magnesium, your nervous system can’t “settle” for the night, so neither can you. If you are suffering from insomnia, and a blood test indicates you are low in magnesium, you might want to check your Vitamin D levels as well. Vitamin D helps the body absorb minerals such as magnesium and calcium, so a Vitamin D deficiency might be the cause of your magnesium deficiency. The sun is the simplest source of Vitamin D, so if you live in the northern hemisphere, you will probably be more prone to insomnia during the winter months, when you have less exposure to sunlight. A glass of warm milk will certainly help you sleep – milk is rich in magnesium and Vitamin D, as well as calcium!
4. Muscle pain
You haven’t made it to the top of the stairs yet, and already your muscles are burning and cramping. This could be another sign that you are low in magnesium. Magnesium is essential for muscle maintenance, so if your muscles are throbbing after only a little exercise, check your levels. Try eating nuts and whole-grain breads if you need more magnesium in your diet.
So if you want to get fit and your body is holding you back, you might simply need more vitamins and minerals to keep you strong and active. Your body will warn you whenever you’re running low on some essential nutrient. Start your new fitness regime by asking your doctor for a blood test to check your vitamin and mineral levels, so you can give your body the nutrients it needs to keep you fit. If you respond to the signals correctly, you will soon be feeling bright and energetic again!
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