Common Vitamin Deficiencies and Solutions
These days, between the diets/lifestyles and where you end up living, just about everyone has something potentially wrong with their health. If you live in cold weather climates, one thing can go wrong. If you leave meat in the markets and choose to live a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle, then another thing may go wrong.
No matter how you slice it, optimal health is a difficult thing to come by. And if you’ve got it, then congratulations — but at the very least, you can agree that the definitions of “healthy” and the ways we all think that optimal health is attainable are as broad, diverse and subjective as anything you can imagine. How else can you explain the coexistence and passion behind diets as opposing as Paleo eating and Vegetarianism?
In this post, we take a look at some of the more common vitamin deficiencies, and a quick and easy solution to each.
Vitamin C Deficiencies: What Causes This and What to Do
Vitamin C is vital for the growth of all human beings, a pretty common notion at this point in our society. Referred to as “ascorbic acid,” this vitamin assists in the body’s production of scar tissue, skin, tendons and blood vessels, among other things. Hear enough about antioxidants at this point in your life? Well Vitamin C is another one.
If you’ve been experiencing symptoms like dry hair, rough skin, or are bruising easily, this might be a possible reason. Supplement your diet with fruits and foods high in vitamin C like kiwis and oranges, leafy green veggies, cranberries, or brussels sprouts, or take an over the counter supplement. Consult your physician before aggressively changing your diet.
Vitamin D Deficiencies: Why It Happens and What to Do
Let’s say you live somewhere cold, gray and rainy. Guess what? Major sources of Vitamin include your exposure to sunlight, so beyond mere relaxation that you get from the sun, you’re also getting a much needed vitamin. Deficiencies of vitamin d might result in poor or weakened immunity, a depressed mood, or problems with your heart, bones, or neurological health. And as you get older — guess what? You need it even more.
If you find that you’re experiencing a deficiency of Vitamin D vitamins, consider supplementing with over the counter products, after you consult with a physician. Capsules are often vegetarian, so if you’re a non-meat eater, fear not. Vitamin D back in your system helps with the health of joints and tissue, your circulatory system, your bones, your mouth and muscles too, among other things.
Iron Deficiencies, Where They Come From, What to Do
Iron, a mineral in high demand within our bodies, is a part of the makeup of every cell in your body. Among the many things that iron assists with, carrying oxygen throughout the body is among the most important. Iron is also vital to the digestion of food by the body.
Vegetarian? Did you know that the iron present in the things you’ve omitted from your diet (fish, chicken, beef, etc.) is absorbed by your body at a rate of 2-3 times the efficiency of plant-based foods rich in iron? And further, the amount of iron that your body absorbs from things like spinach is dependent on what else is on the plate.
Learn even more about vitamin deficiencies like iron at the website of the CDC now.
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