THE VITAMIN & MICRO NUTRIENT LAB
The human body requires 13 essential vitamins and 8 essential minerals to operate properly. They are essential because the body is unable to manufacturer them on its own, but they are necessary for proper cell repair along with most of the bodies natural processes including building a strong immune system. Most American's receive these vitamins through the foods they consume or vitamin supplements they take, but as our society has increasingly shifted to drive-thru dinners and fast food lunches, Americans are no longer receiving the proper amounts of these vital vitamins and minerals. Club Recharge would like to shine a light on this common problem of vitamin deficiency or over saturation among the general population. Unfortunately vitamin supplementation cannot just be placed on autopilot to correct the problem, is does require some maintenance. Many clients at the club boast that they take a vitamin D supplement everyday, not knowing if their body is even deficient. Here's the problem, having a vitamin D deficiency can cause a host of medical related problems including weakened immune system, poor lung cell repair leading to upper respiratory infections, while to much vitamin D can result in eczema, psoriasis or dermatitis. Monitoring and maintenance of these essential vitamins & minerals is necessary for your health and wellness.
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HOW DOES VITAMIN DEFICIENCY EFFECT YOU?
Vitamin deficiency anemia is a lack of healthy red blood cells caused when you have lower than normal amounts of certain vitamins. Vitamins linked to vitamin deficiency anemia include folate, vitamin B-12 and vitamin C, just to name a few.
Vitamin deficiency anemia can occur if you don't eat enough foods containing folate, vitamin B-12 or vitamin C, or it can occur if your body has trouble absorbing or processing these vitamins.
Vitamin deficiency anemia develops when your body has a shortage of the vitamins needed to produce enough healthy red blood cells. Red blood cells carry oxygen from your lungs throughout your body.
If your diet is lacking in certain vitamins, vitamin deficiency anemia can develop. Or vitamin deficiency anemia may develop because your body can't properly absorb the nutrients from the foods you eat.
WHAT SYMPTOMS MIGHT YOU HAVE WITH A VITAMIN OR MINERAL DEFICIENCY?
There are a number of different symptoms of vitamin deficiency. Usually, noticeable effects do not begin to develop until you have had several months of low vitamin levels.
Common symptoms of vitamin deficiency include:
Fatigue, low energy
Loss of bone density
Dry skin and hair
Easy bruising or bleeding
Poor wound healing (sores that last for a long time)
Predisposition to infections
Skin color changes
Prolonged vitamin deficiency can cause more serious health issue that may not improve, even with treatment.
Severe vitamin deficiencies can cause:
Decreased sensation of the hands and feet
Weakness of the toes and fingers
Shortness of breath
Tachycardia (a rapid Heart rate)
The most obvious cause of vitamin deficiency is related to your diet. Vitamins are complex molecules present in fruit, vegetables, grains, meat, poultry, and seafood. Each vitamin is found in more than one type of food, and some foods are fortified with vitamins. For example, milk, naturally contains calcium (which is a mineral, not a vitamin) and it is fortified with vitamin D. Pasta, rice, and cereal are often fortified with a variety of vitamins. In addition to dietary factors, medical conditions can affect your absorption of vitamins, even if your dietary vitamin intake is adequate.
Dietary Risk Factors
Some diets can make you prone to vitamin deficiency. Vitamin B12 is found in meats—a vegan or vegetarian diet can increase the risk of vitamin B12 and biotin deficiency. If you are dairy-free, then you can become deficient in vitamin D.
A gluten-free diet is a diet low in grains, which are naturally rich in vitamins and are also often fortified with vitamins. So a gluten-free diet can make you deficiency in many vitamins, including folate, and thiamine.
A diet that is high in processed foods and low in fresh fruits and vegetables can result in vitamin E and vitamin K deficiency.
Signs and Symptoms of Vitamin A Deficiency
Infertility and Trouble Conceiving
Throat and Chest Infections
Poor Wound Healing
Acne and Breakouts
Signs and Symptoms of Vitamin D Deficiency
Being Sick or Getting Infections Often
Fatigue and Tiredness
Bone and Back Pain
Impaired Wound Healing
Signs and Symptoms of Vitamin E Deficiency
Difficulty with Walking or Coordination
Muscle Pain or Weakness
Signs and Symptoms of Vitamin K Deficiency
Gets Small Blood Clots Underneath Their Nails
Bleeds in Mucous Membranes That Line Areas Inside the Body
Produces Stool That Looks Dark Black (almost like tar) and Contains Some Blood
Signs and Symptoms of Vitamin B1 Deficiency
Loss of Appetite
Fatigue and Tiredness
Tingling Sensation in Arms and Legs
Nausea and Vomiting
Changes in Heart Rate
Shortness of Breath
Signs and Symptoms of Vitamin B2 Deficiency
Tiredness or Fatigue
Loss of Appetite
Numbness and Tingling in the Hands and Feet
Soreness of the Mouth or Tongue
Signs and Symptoms of Vitamin B3 Deficiency
Thick, Scaly Pigmented Rash on Skin Exposed to Sunlight.
Swollen Mouth and Bright Red Tongue.
Vomiting and Diarrhea.
Signs and Symptoms of Vitamin B5 Deficiency
Upper Respiratory Infections.
Signs and Symptoms of Vitamin B6 Deficiency
Cracked and Sore Lips
Sore, Glossy Tongue
Weakened Immune Function
Tiredness and Low Energy
Tingling and Pain in Hands and Feet
Signs and Symptoms of Vitamin B7 Deficiency
Fine Scaly Seborrhea Dermatitis and/or a Red Rash.
Brittle Hair or Hair Loss.
Poor co-ordination of Body Movements
Loss of Appetite.
Signs and Symptoms of Vitamin C Deficiency
Rough, Bumpy Skin
Corkscrew-Shaped Body Hair
Bright Red Hair Follicles
Spoon-Shaped Fingernails With Red Spots or Lines
Dry, Damaged Skin
Slowly Healing Wounds
Painful, Swollen Joints
Bleeding Gums and Tooth Loss
Persistent Iron Deficiency Anemia
Fatigue and Poor Mood
Unexplained Weight Gain
Chronic Inflammation and Oxidative Stress
Vitamin Deficiency STUDIES:
Improved Neurologic Function after Long-Term Correction of Vitamin E Deficiency in Children with Chronic Cholestasis
Long-term neurologic consequences of nutritional vitamin B12 deficiency in infants
Iron and Vitamin A Deficiency in Long-Term African Refugees
Ancient Vitamin D Deficiency: Long-Term Trends