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5 Signs of Nutrient Deficiency

Nutrient Deficiency

Want to know if you’re getting all the nutrients you need to be healthy? Just take a look in the mirror! If you have been wondering why your hair or skin has been looking dry or dull, it could be something having less to do with the environment and more to do with your diet and lifestyle. Eating a well-rounded diet, rich in nutrients and vitamins is the best way to look and feel beautiful inside and out. You do not need expensive blood work done by a doctor to tell you that you have a nutrient or vitamin deficiency. A body that is deficient in certain nutrients will begin to show hard to miss signs that seem impossible to get rid of. What you use on the exterior of your body is only as effective as what you put into your body. Here are 5 signs of nutrient deficiency to keep in mind. If you have begun to notice any of these, it might be time to talk to your doctor about incorporating a multivitamin into your diet.

1. Pale Skin

pale skin

World Health Organization has deemed iron deficiency as an epidemic. Iron can be found in leafy greens, grass-fed meats, and wild-caught fish, and poultry.

2. Brittle Hairbrittle hair

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Dull, dry hair can mean more than just a sign that it is time for a haircut. A vitamin deficiency of B7 can cause dry, brittle hair and a flaky scalp. These symptoms can be the result of cold, dry weather, but if you have been conditioning and moisturizing with little to no relief, it might be something internal. B7 can be found in cauliflower, fish, kidneys, liver, meats, nuts, oatmeal, and oysters. Extended use of antibiotics can also cause a B7 deficiency, so those that are frequently ill may need to consider taking a biotin supplement. Mushrooms, egg yolk, and cauliflower are foods that are rich in biotin.