Ethiopia: Signs That You're Deficient in Vitamins


Ethiopia: Signs That You're Deficient in Vitamins

A variety of factors may cause brittle hair and nails. One of them is a lack of biotin.

Biotin, also known as vitamin B7, helps the body convert food into energy. A deficiency in biotin is very rare, but when it does occur, brittle, thinning or splitting hair and nails are some of the most noticeable symptoms.

Other symptoms of biotin deficiency include chronic fatigue, muscle pain, cramps and tingling in the hands and feet.

Pregnant women, heavy smokers or drinkers and people with digestive disorders like leaky gut syndrome and Crohn’s disease are most at risk of developing a biotin deficiency.

Also, the prolonged use of antibiotics and some anti-seizure medications are risk factors

Lesions in and around the mouth may partly be linked to an insufficient intake of certain vitamins or minerals.

For instance, mouth ulcers, also commonly referred to as canker sores, are often the result of deficiencies in iron or B vitamins.

One small study notes that patients suffering from mouth ulcers appear to be twice as likely to have low iron levels

Foods rich in iron include poultry, meat, fish, legumes, dark leafy greens, nuts, seeds and whole grains.

Good sources of thiamin, riboflavin and pyridoxine include whole grains, poultry, meat, fish, eggs, dairy, organ meats, legumes, green vegetables, starchy vegetables, nuts and seeds .

If you experience these symptoms, try adding the foods above to your diet to see if your symptoms improve.


Sometimes a rough tooth brushing technique is at the root of bleeding gums, but a diet lacking in vitamin C can also be to blame.

Vitamin C plays important roles in wound healing, immunity and even acts as an antioxidant, helping prevent cell damage.

The human body does not make vitamin C on its own, which means the only way to maintain adequate levels of it is through the diet.

Vitamin C deficiencies are rare in individuals who consume enough fresh fruits and vegetables. That said, many people fail to eat enough fruits and vegetables each day.

This may explain why studies performing routine screenings of healthy populations estimate low vitamin C levels in 13–30% of the population, with 5–17% of people being deficient.

Consuming very little vitamin C through the diet for long periods of time can bring on symptoms of deficiency, including bleeding gums and even tooth loss.


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