Now more than ever we need to make our health and wellness a priority in our daily lives. Making sure we are getting the right amount of vitamins and minerals is critical to help our body and immune system function at their best!
Lacking in certain vitamins can wreak havoc on everything from our mood, sleep, energy levels and immunity but sometimes it can be hard to know what exactly our body needs.
Here are three signs that you might be deficient in certain nutrients.
Bleeding gums are often thought of as being a side effect of poor oral care. It can however be a sign you are lacking in Vitamin D. According to Dr Steve Lin "Gut health, immune system strength, and bone homeostasis, are all issues that can be exacerbated by low vitamin D levels and bleeding gums can be one of the initial symptoms.Ultimately, bleeding gums can be used as a sign of more significant health problems and it should not be ignored"
Whilst you can get Vitamin D from food such as Salmon, it's often not enough and a good quality supplement may be required. It's estimated that almost 50% of people are deficient in Vitamin D.
If you are suffering from regular leg cramps there is a good chance you are low in magnesium, calcium, potassium and sodium. All of these vitamins support proper muscle development and any deficiencies can lead to cramps in the feet, calves and legs.
For people who exercise regularly, it is worth taking a magnesium supplement or using a topical treatment like Salt Labs Magnesium Spray
Soft or Spooned Nails
Spooned nails are soft and thin and often shaped like a spoon. It can be across all your nails, or even on one or two. Spooned nails can be attributed to an Iron deficiency where the red blood cells are lower than normal.
Other symptoms may include fatigue pale skin, shortness of breath and a general feeling of weakness. Whilst it's easy to find Iron supplements at your local health food store it is advised to see your doctor for a blood test to determine if supplementation is required.