13. Feeling Cold or Chilled
If you find yourself reaching for a sweater while your coworkers are complaining about the heat, your diet may be affecting your thyroid. Your body turns the glucose from carbohydrates into the energy required to produce thyroid hormones. In turn, thyroid hormones maintain and regulate your body temperature. Rather than avoiding carbohydrates altogether, indulge in whole grains such as rolled oats, barley, and brown rice. A great way to get in some complex carbohydrates is to start your day with a bowl of whole-wheat bran flakes, shredded wheat, or oatmeal.
12. Pale or Yellow Skin
Pale or yellowish-tinted skin can be attributed to iron or vitamin B12 deficiency. A deficit in vitamin B12 means your body isn’t able to produce the red blood cells it needs to transport oxygen. As your hemoglobin breaks down into bilirubin, your skin and eyes can take on a yellow pallor. Lack of oxygen to your extremities and skin can also cause paleness. Meats such as beef liver and sardines are rich in iron and B vitamins. If you are vegetarian, lima beans, red kidney beans, spinach, or cereals enriched with iron can provide you with the iron you need.
11. Dry, Itchy Skin
Dry, itchy skin can indicate a lack of iron, vitamin B3, and essential fatty acids. Vitamin A is another nutrient that helps maintain healthy skin. Beef liver and salmon both contain the iron, B vitamins, and vitamin A your skin craves. Enjoy vegetables like sweet potatoes, winter squash, and kale to give your skin the vitamin A it requires to stay supple and protect your body. Drinking plenty of water also gives your skin the moisture it needs to maintain that healthy glow.