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Are You Missing Out (On Critical Vitamins?)

Getting the vitamins you need means that you are eating a well-balanced diet, right? Well, actually, even with the most perfectly balanced diet, it is still quite possible your body is lacking in the nutrients that it requires.

Vitamin deficiencies can show up in your body symptoms like feeling sluggish or tired or even feeling cold all of the time. You may experience depression, your bone health could suffer, or your thinning hair may be a direct result.

When you have an iodine deficiency, your body won’t be able to make enough thyroid hormones to help monitor your body’s metabolism, your overall body temperature and other functions. A swelling of the thyroid, also known as a goiter, could become apparent. Pregnant women need to be conscious of avoiding becoming iodine-deficient. Why? Without iodine, their fetus can be affected.

Your body may be trying to let you know you need more iodine if you gain weight, experience fatigue, feel cold all of the time, or if your hair starts to thin.

When it comes to Vitamin D, the sun is actually a great source of it. Spending 15 to 30 minutes a day in the sun can help. Turns out, you’re probably not getting as much sun as you think you are. Also, Vitamin D doesn’t occur naturally in many foods. For keeping your bones strong and keeping your immune system in tip-top shape, you may want to begin taking a supplement of Vitamin D to help fill in the blanks.

Talk with your doctor to see if lab work or any appropriate testing is necessary to identify any deficiencies you may have.

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