Fatigue, muscle aches, cramps, brittle hair… These are all possible side-effects of nutrient deficiencies. In today’s busy modern world it can be hard to maintain a balanced diet. As a result, many of us lack essential nutrients that our bodies need to function properly.
Processes like digestion, water balance, metabolism, and enzyme function all run on nutrients at the most basic cellular level. Nutrient deficiencies can throw off these processes, and in severe cases, lead to disease. For example, a vitamin D and calcium deficiency can lead to osteoporosis, or an iron deficiency can lead to anemia.
Here are six essential nutrients you may be low on, and how to recognize if you are:
Calcium is essential for maintaining your musculoskeletal system’s strength. If you are severely low on calcium, you may experience muscle cramps and even abnormal heart rhythms. In addition to maintaining strong bones, calcium helps control muscle and nerve function.
Iron is a critical element in the production of red blood cells. These red blood cells carry oxygen throughout your body. If you are iron-deficient, you may develop a condition called anemia. Anemia is characterized by chronic fatigue, dull hair, and pale skin.
Magnesium deficiency is less common but can occur in individuals who suffer from certain health conditions or who consume too much alcohol. This nutrient plays a role in bone health and energy production. A deficiency can lead to a loss of appetite, nausea, weakness, and fatigue.
Potassium deficiency can be caused by illness or a chronic condition such as kidney disease. This nutrient is vital because it supports the functioning of your muscles, nerves, and heart. Muscle weakness, constipation, tingling, and numbness are all signs that you may be low on potassium.
5. Vitamin B12
Vegetarians are particularly at risk of developing a vitamin B12 deficiency because plants don’t make the nutrient. Vitamin B12 has the important role of aiding in the production of DNA. Signs that you are low on vitamin B12 include anemia, fatigue, weakness, and numbness in extremities.
6. Vitamin D
Vitamin D is important for bone health. This deficiency is tricky to diagnosis as symptoms overlap with those of other deficiencies. Signs you are low on this vitamin include fatigue and weakness or muscle aches. In the long term, vitamin D deficiency can have serious effects like softening of the bones.
When your health problems are caused by a nutritional deficiency, there is no better way to address them than with IV infusion therapy. IV therapy supplies the essential nutrients your body needs directly to your bloodstream, allowing you to feel better, faster.
To learn more about the benefits of IV drips and how they work, check out our blog on the science behind IV infusion therapy.