Eating a well-balanced diet provides the body with many health benefits. However, if your body is lacking in essential nutrients, you might experience several unfavourable symptoms.
It pays to recognise these symptoms because it will help you adjust your diet accordingly and feel better. Here are common symptoms of nutrient deficiency and how to address the,
You’re Itching For Chocolates
Raw cocoa, which is the main component of chocolate, is a rich source of magnesium. If your body is deficient in magnesium, then it will start craving for chocolates to get this nutrient. Of course, you may just be a chocolate lover but if you find yourself constantly itching for chocolate, then your body might be deficient in magnesium. In order to be sure that you’re really deficient in magnesium, look out for others signs such as agoraphobia (which is the fear of being in crowded places), insomnia, and smelly feet. To get a good dose of magnesium, eat foods such as peanuts, pumpkin seeds, coffee, avocados, popcorn, and, as you might have guessed, dark chocolate.
You’re A Mosquito Magnet
Do you find that you’re always attracting mosquitoes? On top of that, your bite marks are alway more swollen and itchier than those of your friends. This might just be a clear sign of vitamin B1 deficiency. When you have the right amounts of vitamin B1 in your body, it gives of a smell that helps to drive mosquitoes away. Thankfully, you can find vitamin B1 in foods such as pork, tuna, salmon, corn, oatmeal, dairy products, orange, egg, and beef.
You Always Feel Sleepy In The Afternoon
If you’re always sleeping off in the afternoons, then you may not be getting the required amount of rest at night which is not a good thing. Again, afternoon drowsiness may be as as result of vitamin B1 deficiency. If this is the case, try to eat the foods rich in vitamin B1 which are listed in the above point.
Your Body Jerks When You’re Falling Asleep
Have you ever been falling asleep and you’re drifting off to dreamland, when your leg suddenly jerks and wakes you up? If this sounds familiar, then your body is low in electrolytes. These electrolytes are calcium, magnesium, and potassium. A lack of electrolytes can cause your leg to twitch when you’re falling asleep and they can cause symptoms such as irregular heartbeat, confusion, blood pressure changes, nervous system and bone disorders. Foods rich in electrolytes include nuts, diary products, leafy vegetables, table salt, and banana.
You Have An Odd Sensation On Your Feet
A weird sensation on your feet can be a sign of vitamin B12 deficiency, especially when these odd sensation are combined with dry skin,constipation and memory problems. Vitamin B12 helps your body produce more Hemoglobin, which helps your blood cells to transport oxygen to different parts of your body. If you have vitamin B12 deficiency, you can solve this by taking the necessary supplements prescribed by your doctor. And you can also eat foods rich in vitamin B12 such as beef, sardines, tuna, liver, and yeast.
If you could recognise any of these symptoms, then lucky you! See your doctor for further advice and try to eat a healthy diet to see the necessary changes.