Detecting Nutritional Deficiencies: All Hidden Symptoms of Nutritional Deficiencies

A healthy diet can provide all a growing body needs, but the reality of our busy lifestyles and sometimes finicky eating habits can lead to vitamin deficiency. Knowing what to look for is part of the battle. In this article, we’ll try to help you detect nutritional deficiencies. Also, note that symptoms are actually better indicators of nutritional deficiency than signs (In medicine a sign is objective while a symptom is subjective).

Hands

  • Cold hands: magnesium deficiency, hypothyroidism, chronic fatigue with low cardiac output

Nails

  • White spots: mineral deficiency but often low zinc
  • Ridges: zinc deficiency
  • Soft or brittle nails: magnesium deficiency
  • Bitten nails: general mineral deficiency