Are You Suffering From Nutritional Deficiencies? Your Litmus Test
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Are You Suffering From Nutritional Deficiencies? Your Litmus Test

Are You Suffering From Nutritional Deficiencies? Your Litmus Test

With our busy lives and daily priorities all cut out, it can be tough to maintain a balanced diet.

However, even when you do feel that you’re following a diet that’s well-balanced and contains all essential nutrients, your body sometimes falls short and develops deficiencies – all of which can be evidenced by sinking energy levels and higher stress levels all the while.

Not everyone has the time to go see a doctor in order to determine if any nutritional deficiencies have manifested.

So the question is – is there a litmus test to easily determine if you’re suffering from any deficiencies?

As a matter of fact, there is.

Your Litmus Test for Determining Nutritional Deficiencies

Unfortunately, there isn’t one universal DIY test that can identify all telltale signs of what you’re deficient in, but you can inspect certain areas of the body to determine what deficiencies are there:

Brittle Nails and Hair

Brittle hair and nails generally signals a lack of Biotin, although these aren’t the only symptoms.

People who are deficient in this mineral also experience cramps, muscle pain, chronic fatigue and tingling sensations in the hands and feet.

Cracks Around the Corners of the Mouth and Mouth Ulcers

Lesions around or in the mouth indicates a lack of specific vitamins and minerals, typically iron and B vitamins (B1, B2 and B6).

In fact, those suffering from mouth ulcers typically have very low levels of iron.

Gums that Bleed

Do your gums bleed easily after you brush your teeth? This indicates a lack of vitamin C.

Scurvy, which is a condition where the immune system is depressed, making you feel lethargic and fatigued with aching bones and muscles, is another indicator of vitamin C deficiency.

Generally Poor Night Vision

A low vitamin A intake has been linked to what’s called “night blindness” which adversely affects your ability to identify objects or see properly in the dark or even low light.

Dandruff and Scaly patches on the Skin

Dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis belong to the same skin disorder group that encourages the body to produce more oil.

If you have flaky and itchy skin, then you are most likely deficient in B vitamins and zinc.

White or Red Bumps on the Skin

If you’ve lately been noticing white or red bumps on your skin accompanied by ingrown hairs, particularly on the arms, cheeks, buttocks or thighs – your diet is low on vitamin A and C.

Unexplained Hair Loss

If you don’t have hair loss in your genes, but still losing hair on your scalp as well as various parts of the body, then it’s quite likely that you suffer from an iron, zinc, vitamin B3, B7, ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) and LA (linoleic acid) deficiency.


Restless Leg Syndrome can affect individuals of all ages and this has to do with the iron levels in the blood.

Low iron and vitamin C levels typically cause the condition.

In Closing

This article only serves as a guide to potentially identify some of the nutritional deficiencies you may be suffering from.

It is always a good idea to consult your physician so that he/she can recommend a balanced diet based on your individual symptoms.

Stephen Coleclough
Stephen Coleclough

Stephen Coleclough is a personal trainer and online fitness/nutrition coach from the UK. He loves heavy squats, smashing PRs and bacon sandwiches. You can follow him on Twitter at ColecloughPT.

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