Detecting Nutritional Deficiencies

A healthy diet can provide all nutrients that a body needs, but the reality of our busy lifestyles and sometimes finicky eating patterns can lead to vitamin deficiency. Knowing what to look for is part of the battle. We want to help you in detecting these nutritional deficiencies!


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


  • Stretch marks: zinc deficiency
  • Spontaneous bleeds: vitamins C or K or platelet deficiency
  • Dry scaly skin: Vitamin C deficiency
  • Yellow palms: excessive beta carotene intake


  • Tender calf muscles: magnesium deficiency
  • Brisk knee reflexes: magnesium deficiency


  • Irregular beat, high blood pressure, cardiomegaly: magnesium and Co Q10 deficiencies or sensitivity to caffeine


  • Thyroid swelling: iodine deficiency, hypothyroidis


  • White spots: Mineral deficiency, but often low zinc
  • Ridges: Zinc deficiency
  • Soft or brittle nails: Magnesium deficiency


  • Bags or dark circles: allergies or food intolerances
  • Cataracts: chromium deficiency or excess free radicals


  • Pale fissured tongue: iron deficiency
  • Cracked lips: vitamin B2 deficiency
[via Positive Med]