A Delicate Balance is more than just an award winning play by Edward Albee. It’s what keeps everything in check within the body. The more harmonious things are on the inside, the better you look and feel on the outside. In a perfect world we would all be able to find that sweet spot and live happily and healthily ever after. Sadly, our diet, lifestyle and habits tend to offset this, resulting in a domino effect of disasters. One of it is nutritional deficiencies. We think we get everything in, or don’t even worry about it til it’s too late. Are you affected? Take a look at these five signs of nutritional deficiencies to decide.
5 Signs of Nutritional Deficiencies
1.) Frequent muscle cramps
It could indicate that your magnesium levels are depleted. Magnesium is the on that helps regulate body functions. Low levels can result in tightness, cramps and discomfort while moving around. Load up on bananas (watch the sugar), leafy greens, kale, pumpkin seeds, almonds or just opt for the supplement at night.
2.) Cracked lips in the corners
I’m not talking chapped, I mean cracked, something not even massive doses of lip balm can remedy. This could be an indication of riboflavin (B2) or vitamin C deficiency. Dairy is a great source for your B2, like citrus fruits are for vitamin C.
3.) Broken or cracked nails
Every girly girls nightmare can be attributed to a simple lack of iron in the body. Get your burgers or steak to stock up, or if you don’t eat meat, beans or lentils are an equally good source.
4.) Ice cravings
As odd as it sounds, the desire for ice is also an indicator of iron deficiency. It’s not fully clear why, but studies seem to suggest that munching on ice gives you a mental boost that helps fight fatigue caused by low iron levels. And here I thought shaved ice was just another way to get more sugar in the body.
5.) Tingly or numb limbs
Your Bs are to blame for these, specifically B6, folate, and B12. The latter is mostly found in animal products, hence the reason why many vegans and vegetarians tend to be low on it. The replenish, reach for more whole grains, spinach, beans, and eggs.
While this is only a handful of warning signs of nutritional deficiencies, it’s important to be in touch with your body, listen to the signs it gives you and comply. Get plenty of sleep, hydrate throughout the day, make sure your vitamins and minerals are in check, and you’ll get closer to that delicate balance in no time.