Your muscles start to ache when you walk, You want to get in shape, but your body lets you down. Are you tired and exhausted all the time? Can’t overeat, but still hungry?
In general, the body can send signals indicating the lack of certain essential vitamins and minerals. But how can you recognize the signals? Here are the top 5 signals from your body that you are lacking in essential vitamins and minerals.
1. Constant feeling of Hunger
If you suffer from constant hunger, it’s probably because the food you eat doesn’t contain enough minerals and vitamins to keep your system running. The body needs a regular supply of nutrients to allow you to breathe, move and even think. If you keep sending crisps, sweets, soda and gravy rather than nutritious foods, you will soon be hungry. And you can’t expect your body to do its job well without the right foods.
2. Feeling tired
You slept more than 8 hours last night, but you are tired of getting up, and even a paper feels heavy in your hand. If you are still suffering from fatigue, you are probably low in vitamin B12 or iron. You need to do a simple blood test that will show your iron and vitamin B12 levels. In general, vegans and vegetarians are the most prone to these deficiencies, as vitamin B12 is mainly found in animal products, and liver and meat are also an important source of iron. If your healthy diet leaves you with iron deficiency, you should regularly consider regular blood tests.
If you can’t fall back to sleep and wake up regularly in the middle of the night, you could be low in calcium or magnesium, or even both. Magnesium is necessary for the maintenance of your nervous system; without enough magnesium, your nervous system can’t rest at night, so neither can you. If you suffer from insomnia and a blood test indicates that you have low magnesium, you may also want to check your calcium or vitamin D levels.
Vitamin D helps your body absorb minerals such as magnesium and calcium, so a vitamin D deficiency could be the direct cause of your magnesium deficiency. You can benefit from vitamin D by sun exposure which is the easiest source of vitamin D, so if you live in the northern hemisphere you are likely to suffer more from insomnia when you are less exposed to the sun and for longer in the winter months precisely. Milk is rich in magnesium and vitamin D, as well as calcium. A glass of warm milk will certainly help you sleep peacefully.
5. Muscle pain
Do your muscles burn and cramp when you move? This could be another sign that you are low in magnesium and calcium. Magnesium is essential for muscle maintenance, so if your muscles are throbbing after just a little exercise, check your levels. Try to eat whole grain bread, pistachios (unsalted) or nuts and if you need more magnesium in your diet.
So if you want to get fit, healthy, and have your body holding you back, you might just need more vitamins and minerals to stay strong and vibrant. Your body will warn you and give you a signal whenever you run out of essential nutrients. Start your new fitness regimen by having your doctor or nutritionist do a blood test to check your levels of vitamins and minerals that you are missing, so you can give your body the nutrients it needs to stay fit.