Wondering if you have a nutritional deficiency? A vitamin or mineral deficiency is more common than you think. Read on to find the signs of vitamin and mineral deficiencies.
you've ever looked at the nutrition label on a jar of multivitamins, you know just how many nutrients are packed into those tiny capsules (or gummies!). But since we
need so many vitamins and minerals to keep us
strong and healthy, how are we supposed to know if and when we need to up our intake of any particular one? And is food first the way to go?
The good news: You don't need to have a blood test every few months to clue you in on if you have a nutritional deficiency. Your body is actually pretty darn good at alerting you by showing various signs. The tricky part? Many of the symptoms of a nutritional deficiency may seem normal to you if your body has been running on lower fuel for awhile. Get the details about if feeling tired—or having an odd ache or tingling is no biggie or is actually a sign of a larger health issue (like an iodine deficiency). Plus, get recipe ideas to boost your intake of vitamins and minerals the natural way! And if you decide to go the supplement route, find out what vitamin brands dietitians recommend.
9 Silent Signs of a Vitamin K
What nutrient is super important for bone health, cell growth, and blood clotting? Ding, ding ding! It's vitamin K! Because the nutrient plays so many roles in keeping your body running smoothly, you may feel some not-so-fun side effects if you're not getting enough. And there are actually two types of vitamin D. Yup! Head to my Reader's Digest article to learn more about this vitamin, plus signs of deficiency. Also find out how to fight inflammation with food.
11 Silent Signs of
a Thiamine Deficiency
Did you just read this subtitle and think, "What the heck is thiamine?" If so, you're not alone in wondering about this B vitamin. While thiamine isn't talked about much, that doesn't mean your body can do without it. Also known as vitamin B1, thiamine helps your body use carbohydrates and keeps your nerves functioning at their best. To help you recognize when you're not getting enough, I lay out the signs of a deficiency in my Reader's Digest article. Also find out more about methylated vitamins, including a B-complex supplement.
Amy's Recipe of the
Week: Cauliflower Sweet Potato Flatbread
Cauliflower is one powerful veggie, especially when it comes to providing your body with vital nutrients. It's loaded with vitamin C to boost your immune system, as well as vitamin K to help support your bone, joint, and heart health. Plus, when the cruciferous veggie is placed atop a crispy crust and sweet potato purée, you end up with a delish flatbread that'll win over your entire family. Love pizza? Then add white bean pizza to your meal-prep list, too!
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