nutrient deficiencies

Nutrient deficiencies can lead to very important health problems. Some conditions that are caused by nutrient deficiencies are: edema (protein deficiency), rickets (vitamin D deficiency), scurvy (vitamin C deficiency) and iron deficiency anemia.

If you believe that you are deficient in one or more nutrients, please consult your doctor before changing your dietary habits and/or taking supplements. Your doctor will be able to design a diet that is specific to your needs.

Talking with a nutritionist

One of the most challenging things about nutrition deficiencies is knowing when to seek help. A nutritionist will ask you questions about your medical history, workout schedule, eating habits, stress levels and work schedule to make sure your diet plan is right for your body type.

Appearance of Body Part
Nutrient Deficiencies
General appearance of apathy; muscle or tissue wasting; excessive irritability; underweight, undersized, underdeveloped for age; paleness and loss of color of the skin, nail beds, lips, or hair protein, calories, vitamin B I, vitamin B2, iron,
and zinc
Hair that is dry, wiry, stiff, brittle, loss of color, or easily pulled out protein, zinc
Nails that are spoon-shaped, brittle, ridged iron
Skin that cracks, flakes or scales; irregular pigmentation, fluid retention and edema; dermatitis, small hemorrhages or bruises protein, essential fatty acid, vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin C, niacin, vitamin B2, other B vitamins, or iron
Eyes that are small, circular, grayish or yellowish gray, dull, dry, or foamy irritations on the surface of the eye, inflammation of the eyelids; softening or thickening of the outer surface of the eye; loss of night vision or adaptation from dark to light high blood fat levels, vitamin A, vitamin B2, or iron
Face that has irritations at the corners of the mouth; greasy scaling around nose or mouth protein, vitamin B2, iron
Mouth that is smooth, reddened, shiny, swollen, or dry tongue; swollen or bleeding gums; excessive tooth decay; reduced taste sensation excessive sugar consumption, vitamin C, niacin, vitamin B2, folic acid, vitamin B 12,
Bones that are bowlegged, enlarged joints, shortening of stature, rickets, osteoporosis protein, vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin C, calcium,
magnesium, phosphorus

Stress and nutrient deficiencies

As a result of a complex of physical reactions, the body does not absorb nutrients well when it is under stress. The result is that, the body becomes (at the same time) deficient in many nutrients and unable to replace them adequately. Many of the disorders that arise from stress are the result of nutritional deficiencies, especially deficiencies of B-complex vitamins. B-complex vitamins are very important for proper functioning of the nervous system, and of certain electrolytes which are depleted by the body’s stress response. Stress also promotes the formation of free radicals that become oxidized and damage body tissues, especially cell membranes.

Questions to ask your doctor

  • Which foods should I eat?
  • How do I know if I have a nutritional deficiency?
  • When should I visit a nutritionist?
  • What happens in a consultation with my nutritionist?
  • How can vitamin supplementation help me feel better?
  • Will mushroom powders help boost my vitamin D levels?