6 Symptoms Of A Vitamin Deficiency

Due to their increasingly busy lives, Americans are finding it more difficult to balance the stress of their job with their family life.

Because of this people are turning to TV dinners, and boxed meals for a convenient, and easy to make dinner. However, eating these meals too regularly put you at higher risk for vitamin deficiencies.

Vitamin deficient people often experience fatigue along with other strange symptoms that usually go unrecognized.

Here are some of the signs you may be vitamin deficient, and how you can treat this problem naturally...

1. Need a mint?
If you still have bad breath even after brushing and flossing your teeth, your oral hygiene probably fine, and a vitamin B3 deficiency is the likely cause.

Since vitamin B3 is responsible for liver function, not having enough can result in your stomach and intestines to work improperly, and poor digestion, which is a major cause of bad breath.

This deficiency is also commonly found in people struggling with long term alcoholism. To get more of this vitamin in your diet you can eat fatty fish, organic meats, sunflower seeds, and beets.

2. Feeling more down than usual?
It's normal to feel a little blue sometimes, but if you notice your sadness lingering around, and you begin to feel depressed on a daily basis, you could be experiencing a deficiency in vitamin B1.

In order for your brain and nerve cells to function properly your body needs adequate vitamin B1 levels.

Alcoholism, anorexia, and Crohn's disease are likely causes of low vitamin B1 levels, and are likely to result in psychological problems when left untreated. Adding foods like peas, lentils, blackstrap molasses, and organ meats are great ways to get the B1 you need.

3. Cuts and bruises won't heal.
Injuring yourself is just a part of life, everyone gets cuts and bruises, but they should heal themselves after a couple days. However, if you are finding that the healing process is taking longer than normal, you may need more vitamin C in your diet.

When your body is deficient in vitamin C it lacks the nutrients it needs to heal properly, and puts the wound at a greater risk for infection. Citrus fruits, and leafy greens are a great ways to introduce more vitamin C into your diet.

4. Slower reaction time.
Having difficulty reacting to basic tasks on time like catching soda can someone trows to you, or putting on your breaks when another car is trying to merge onto the highway could be caused by a lack of vitamin E in your diet.

Similar to vitamin B1, vitamin E is responsible for communication between your brain nerves. When you are lacking in this vitamin communication is increasingly difficult, and your reflexes suffer.

Eating more avocados, seeds, nuts, and wheat germ, which is the richest source of vitamin E, are great foods to get your reflexes back to full working condition.

5. It's hard to see at night.
Do you find yourself constantly canceling dinner plans because you don't want to worry about driving, or being in a low light environment, you need more vitamin D in your life.

Vitamin D has the pigments needed for the photoreceptors in your eyes, which are responsible for your eyes ability to see in low light, and dark, night time settings.

Getting more vitamin A is one way to help this problem, leafy greens, orange vegetables, and eggs are other sufficient sources.

6. Can't feel your feet?
We've all woken up with a numb tingling in your feet that make it hard to balance or walk straight, but if you notice this happening on a regular basis, you may be experiencing a vitamin B12 deficiency.

Vitamin B12 is responsible communication to the nerves that are responsible for feeling and balance, so deficiencies in this vitamin result in constant numbness and problems balancing.

In order to get more B12 into your diet you need to start eating more dairy products, and plant based foods, along with breakfast cereals fortified with B12 if you prefer not to eat animal based products.