Looking your best and feeling your best truly go hand in hand. Especially when it relates to your internal health. It becomes clearer and clearer that our internal health directly impacts our appearance. You likely already know that we all need vitamins in order to maintain our health. The vitamin industry continues to rise and more information comes through that so many people are deficient in the essential vitamins. So…how do you know if you’re deficient in the essential vitamins? As it turns out there are some obvious signs of vitamin deficiency that can help you determine whether or not you need to readjust your diet.
Constant Dry Hair
Dry hair can be common if you’re not getting enough conditioning from your hair care products or habits. But if you use quality conditioning products and practice healthy hair care routines and still struggle with dry hair it’s been found to be an indication that your body is deficient in biotin and/or vitamin B7. Experts suggest incorporating more eggs and nuts into your diet to get a higher source of these essential vitamins.
Sure, puffy eyes can be common when you haven’t gotten enough sleep or if you’ve had a little too much salt in your diet. Puffy eyes tend to be synonymous with those types of lifestyle habits, but the cause doesn’t start there. Many experts suggest that if you have puffy eyes for an extended period of time it’s often a sign that you’re deficient in iodine. Iodine is an essential vitamin to the body that helps to maintain the health of your thyroid. Strawberries, beans and potatoes are some of the common foods that have been found to help increase the iodine levels in your body.
This is different than pale skin, if you notice that your lips have lost their natural color it’s a clear sign that you’re deficient in iron. Low iron levels for an extended period of time can lead to serious problems, like anemia. Red meat, dark leafy greens and seafood are a few of foods that have high levels of iron in them.
We’re not talking about the actual shade of your skin here, but if you’ve noticed that your skin looks lackluster and lacking much natural color resulting in a pale feeling it’s said to be a sign of vitamin deficiency. Pale skin tends to be related to a deficiency in vitamin B12. Along with pale skin, other common signs of vitamin B12 deficiency are low energy and irritability (to name a few). Incorporating more sources of natural vitamin B12 with salmon and red meat (along with quite a few others) is a great place to start if you’ve been experiencing these vitamin deficient signs.
If you’ve noticed any of these obvious signs, don’t ignore them! When experts say our appearance and OUTSIDES are a direct reflection of our internal health these are the types of things they’re referring to. Do what you can to raise your vitamin intake accordingly, and seek medical assistance if you continue to experience any of these common signs.