Signs of Nutritional Deficiencies

Good stuff to know.

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by Dr. Myhill & Dr. Patrick Kingsley

The following can be pointers to deficiencies, but do not necessarily apply in all cases.

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

SKIN
stretch marks – zinc deficiency
follicular hyperkeratosis (thickening of outer layer of skin) – vitamin A deficiency
spontaneous bleeds – vitamin C or K, or platelet deficiency
dry scaly skin with hair follicles plugged with coiled distorted hairs and a red halo – vitamin C deficiency
yellow palms – excessive beta carotene intake
pimply rough skin at the back of the upper arms, “chicken skin” – essential fatty acid deficiency

MOUTH
pale fissured tongue – iron deficiency
sore painful fissured tongue – vitamin B3 deficiency

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