6 Signs You May Have a Nutrient Deficiency

Your body requires many different vitamins, minerals, and other kinds of nutrients to function at its highest level. Nutrients play a crucial role in immunity, heart health, disease prevention, metabolism, and many other body processes.

You need a full range of nutrients for optimal health. Generally, these nutrients come from food, but supplements can fill in when you need additional nutrients. For example, if you’ve had weight-loss surgery, you may require supplements to ensure you get the vitamins and minerals your body requires.

Calcium, choline, iron, magnesium, potassium, and vitamins A, C, D, and E are among the nutrients that many Americans may lack. And vegetarians may lack certain B vitamins. 

Here at Northwest EndoSurgical in Houston, Dr. Matthew St. Laurent wants to be sure you’re getting the nutrients you need. If you fail to take in adequate nutrients, you may start to notice changes in how you feel. Look out for the following six signs of vitamin deficiency.

Sign #1: Fatigue

Fatigue can occur as a result of various types of nutrient deficiency. For example, low iron levels can lead to anemia, which can cause fatigue, dizziness, headache, a sensation of coldness, and other symptoms.

Sign #2: Changes in your hair

Do you notice lots of hair on your pillow in the morning or in the shower drain after you bathe? Does your hair feel brittle or look dull? Changes in your hair could be a sign that you’re not getting proper nutrition. They could also suggest that your thyroid is not functioning properly.

Sign #3: Changes in your mouth

Your mouth says a lot about your health. Inflammation, cracked lips, swelling, burning, bleeding gums, or paleness in your tongue can result from suboptimal intake of nutrients such as B vitamins, vitamin C, or zinc.

Sign #4: Diarrhea

Loose stools and chronic diarrhea may occur as a result of malabsorption, which means your intestines aren’t properly absorbing nutrients from the food you eat.

Sign #5: Cognitive disturbances

Unexplained changes in your memory, ability to focus, mood, and other cognitive functions could occur if you’re not getting the nutrients you need from food, or if your body isn’t absorbing nutrients such as B vitamins properly.

Sign #6: Slow-healing wounds or chronic colds

Your body needs nutrients such as vitamin C to heal wounds and to protect you from infections, such as the virus that causes the common cold.

Find out if you’re nutrient deficient

If your symptoms suggest a possible vitamin or mineral deficiency, Dr. St. Laurent may order blood or urine tests to check nutrient levels in your body. He may also recommend that you take certain supplements.

Here at Northwest EndoSurgical, we recommend top-quality medical-grade dietary supplements. These supplements are manufactured using the same strict standards as pharmaceutical drugs. 

To schedule a nutritional consultation, call our office or book an appointment online today.

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