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Warning Signs You Have a Vitamin Deficiency

When you’re eating throughout the day, you most likely aren’t considering the vitamins that are in your food. However, you might not be getting all of the essential nutrients and vitamins that you need just through your diet. If you aren’t careful, this can lead to conditions known as vitamin deficiencies

At IVY Infusions, our team helps you determine if your symptoms point to a certain type of vitamin deficiency. Sasha Beatty is our nurse practitioner who helps get your vitamin deficiency under control with vitamin infusion therapy.

Common vitamin deficiencies

Your body needs a lot of things to thrive—food, water, and vitamins keep your body going day in and day out. However, sometimes, vitamins are harder to get than you think. Although many of the foods you eat contain vitamins, you might not be getting the proper amount your body needs. 

A lack of a certain vitamin in your body may lead to something known as a vitamin deficiency. This just means your body is lacking the amount of that vitamin that it needs to function properly. There are several common vitamin deficiencies of which you need to be aware, including:

There are a lot of other vitamins in your body as well; however, these vitamins are the most common that are lacking in many people’s bodies. 

A healthy diet is one of the best ways to make sure that you’re getting enough essential nutrients, but sometimes that just isn’t enough. There are a lot of supplements out there, but how do you even know if you need them?

Signs of a problem

Sometimes, it’s hard to tell if you’re lacking certain vitamins without a blood test. However, like many other disorders, vitamin deficiencies have some distinct signs and symptoms that help clue you in that you’re lacking these nutrients. The following are a few signs of common vitamin deficiencies:

Brittle nails and hair

This symptom is usually because of a deficiency in biotin, which is a B vitamin in your body. Also known as vitamin B7, biotin is essential for energy. Although a deficiency in this particular vitamin is rare, it can lead to other serious symptoms like muscle pain and extreme fatigue.

Bleeding gums 

Surprisingly, this is a sign of a deficiency in vitamin C. This important vitamin is essential to help repair tissue damage and provide your body with immunity. Because your body doesn’t create any of its own vitamin C, you need to get it solely from the food you eat.

Hair loss

Although hair loss is sometimes just a sign of getting older, it can also mean you’re deficient in several vitamins, including zinc and niacin. Making sure your diet is full of fresh fruits and vegetables can help you kick this symptom.

Ulcers in your mouth

If your body is deficient in iron or certain B vitamins, you may end up with ulcers, or canker sores, in your mouth. Vitamin B1, B2, and B6 are the most common B vitamins that lead to this sign.  

Dry, scaly skin

Dry skin is a common problem, but can also be a sign of a problem with vitamins in your body. There are several vitamin deficiencies that lead to scaly feeling skin, including niacin and zinc.

You might also be suffering from a vitamin problem if you have more severe symptoms such as extreme fatigue, an irregular heart rhythm, or muscle weakness. If you’re having any problems with your heart, make sure to see a doctor as soon as possible.

Can a vitamin infusion help?

What can you do if you’re suffering from symptoms of a vitamin deficiency? The first thing you can do is look at your diet to see if you’re eating whole foods that are rich in vitamins and minerals. If you aren’t, adding leafy greens and vegetables may help increase the levels of vitamins in your body.

However, if you’re eating a healthy diet, you might need to look into supplementation to get your levels up to where they need to be. At IVY Infusions, we offer a different type of supplementation known as vitamin infusions.

Vitamin infusions directly deliver the specialized vitamins that you’re lacking into your bloodstream through an IV in your arm. This bypasses your stomach, making it a much more effective way for you to get supplemental vitamins. 

The infusion is specially made for you with the vitamins that you’re lacking. The procedure is quick and virtually painless, and it provides you with the essential nutrients that your body desperately needs.

If you’re interested in improving your health with vitamin infusions, call our office in Greenwich, Connecticut at 203-397-6865, or book an appointment online today.

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