Vitamins are chemically unrelated families of organic compounds that are essential in small amounts for normal metabolism. Because vitamins (with the exception of vitamin D) cannot be synthesized by humans, they need to be ingested in the diet to prevent disorders of metabolism. They should be distinguished from minerals (such as calcium and iron), some of which are also essential micronutrients.
When vitamin deficiency is defined as low blood levels, or levels associated with reversible metabolic changes, the prevalence of vitamin deficiency on typical Western diets is higher than generally believed, especially in older adults. Pregnancy and alcohol consumption may increase requirements for some vitamins. Subtle deficiencies in several vitamins, at levels below those causing classic vitamin deficiency syndromes (ex, scurvy or pellagra), have been associated with chronic diseases such as atherosclerosis, cancer, and osteoporosis in observational studies. However, it is less well-established that the vitamins in supplements can prevent or reverse chronic diseases.
Companies pushing products with added vitamins and minerals can fool people into thinking that they’re eating a “healthy” food when they’re not—but it’s not like those vitamins and minerals are there for no reason. For much of human history, diseases of nutrient deficiency were the norm, and in some parts of the world, they still persist. Even into the 20th century, conditions caused by a lack of certain vitamins or minerals were endemic to North America and Europe. Artificially added nutrients may not make a food “healthy,” but they do stave off several debilitating, and sometimes fatal, diseases of malnutrition. Here are a few of those maladies.
When the body shows you some strange unknown actions it is usually because of the lack of vitamins. The symptoms are easy to notice and you shouldn’t ignore them.
Red rash on the face that is scaly or is peeling / excessive hair loss
You lack biotin.
Solution: Start consuming almonds, peanuts, chard, goat milk, yogurt, carrots, onions, milk, sesame, bananas, mushrooms, avocados, tomatoes.
Considering the low temperatures in winter, the skin is more exposed to various diseases, which Is especially manifested on the facial skin.
Many factors can lead to hair loss:
- A few months after an illness or difficult operations you can suddenly lose a large amount of hair, which could be the result of elevated stress hormones like cortisol.
- Thyroid disease is often caused by the decline of the hair.
- Many women notice hair falling out within three months after childbirth.
- Hair loss can be caused by certain drugs, for example as blood thinners, gout, high blood pressure, heart disease, and depression.
- Fungal infections of the skin can trigger hair loss in children.
- Hair loss sometimes occurs as a component of the disease such as lupus or diabetes.
- Some hairstyles can trigger hair loss, especially if you wear long braids or use tight curlers.
- Hot hair oil or chemicals used for dry frizz can cause inflammation of the hair follicles, which can lead to damage and hair loss.
- Hair loss can be caused by genetic factors.
Numbness in the hands, feet and other parts or burning sensation
If numbness and tingling persist and there’s no obvious cause for the sensations, it could be a symptom of a disease or injury, such as multiple sclerosis or carpal tunnel syndrome. Treatment will depend on your diagnosis. The medical term for numbness and tingling is paresthesia.
Many things can cause numbness and tingling, including some medications. Things that we do every day can sometimes cause numbness, including sitting or standing in one position for a long time, sitting with your legs crossed, or falling asleep on your arm. These are all exams. Some diseases produce numbness or tingling as a symptom. Diabetes, Reynaud’s phenomenon, multiple sclerosis, seizures, hardening of the arteries, or an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis) are examples of this.
You lack of folic acid or vitamin B9, and vitamin B6 and B12.
Solution: Eat spinach, asparagus, and all kinds of beans, dairy products or beets.
Red or white bumps that resemble acne (on the cheeks, arms, hips)
Red and painful subcutaneous rash that resemble acne in adulthood may be a sign of hormone imbalance, but often lack the following:
Lack of essential fatty acids and vitamins A and D.
Solution: Increase your intake of healthy fats; eat more nuts and seeds like flax. Also the intake of green leafy vegetables and carrots and peppers for vitamin A and dairy products should be increased.
Cracks in the corners of the mouth
There is no universal cause for angular cheilitis and the cracks can develop for a number of different reasons including:
- yeast, staph, or strep infections
- dry lips and skin (particularly during dry winter weather!)
- B-vitamin deficiencies, including B2 (riboflavin), B6, and B12
- iron-deficiency anemia (low red blood cells due to too little iron)
- allergic reaction to some substance (particularly products used on the lips, such as lip gloss/stick/balm, and even dental care/oral hygiene products, such as toothpaste)
- poorly fitting dentures (or no teeth or no dentures at all)
To get past these annoying cracks you should eat more tofu, lean cheese, peanuts, dried apricots, all kinds of seeds and legumes chard and spinach or quinoa.
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