What is your body trying to tell you? The tiny hints you should never ignore… 11



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A small headache; an aching joint; trouble sleeping. It can be incredibly easy to write off the little inconveniences, not recognising them as potential symptoms of a larger problem.

But when it comes to diet and nutrition, sometimes the human body can be far more subtle. The following easy-to-miss clues could be signs that your food intake needs to change.

Spotted or Soft fingernails 

Have you ever noticed those tiny white spots on your nails? This is very common, and something most of us get at one point or another.

This could be a clue to one of several nutritional deficiencies: calcium, zinc or protein.

  • Zinc deficiency can show up in the form of white streaks or spots. To improve the zinc in your diet, you can explore options such as oysters, beef and wheat germ.
  • If your body needs more calcium, it could be a great excuse to up your dairy intake.
  • Protein deficiency will show up as a horizontal line across the nail. Foods rich in protein include yoghurt, lean beef, salmon and assorted nuts and seeds.

If your nails themselves feel soft or brittle, this could point to an absence of magnesium in the diet. Once again, leafy greens, nuts and grains are all great options.

Dry skin

Flaky or scaly skin can have any number of causes, from dehydration to simple changes in the weather. But according to Little Things, this could also come from a severe lack of vitamin A.

This vitamin is responsible for regular turnover of the skin cells. Without regular intake, this process is interrupted, leaving the skin to get rougher.

Eating foods rich in vitamin A can potentially reduce the risk of dry skin. Popular options include sweet potatoes, carrots, greens, seafoods and tropical fruits. 

Cold hands and feet

Do you often feel the cold? While there are any number of reasons, there’s a chance iodine deficiency may be to blame. If left unchecked, this can lead to extremely uncomfortable swelling, ultimately resulting in a goiter.

Since the body does not make its own iodine, it’s essential to work this into your diet. Dairy products, seafood, baked potatoes, eggs and certain breads are among the most common recommendations. You can also find specifically iodised table salt.

Cracked lips 

Like dry skin, sore or cracked lips can have any number of outside causes. However, they may be a clue that your body is not getting the internal nourishment it needs.

One common cause is a lack of riboflavin, or vitamin B2. Foods that can help you address this include cheese, oily fish and lean beef.

If you have noticed any of these symptoms, it’s important to first get a correct diagnosis to ensure your nutrition is correctly adjusted. Be sure to speak to a GP or nutritionist if you suspect your vitamin intake needs to change.

How do you feel about your vitamin intake? Have you ever had a small symptom clue you in to something more serious?

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  1. When they quite clearly state that the majority of bowel cancers in Australia is caused by red meats why are you recommending red meat as a good source of zinc , wheat germ has a much higher percentage of zinc pumpkin seeds are very high as are cashew nuts lots of other sources.

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  2. Those conditions can also indicate low thyroid too so would pay to get things checked out if you any symptoms like this that concern you

  3. cI drink green tea daily to help avoid other imbalances I could have in my body. Benefits that you may not have been aware of. Some of these benefits are still being debated, so please do your own research if you want to use green tea for medicinal purposes.
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    3. Heart Disease. Scientists think, green tea works on the lining of blood vessels, helping keep them stay relaxed and better able to withstand changes in blood pressure. It may also protect against the formation of clots, which are the primary cause of heart attacks.
    4. Esophageal Cancer. It can reduce the risk of esophageal cancer, but it is also widely thought to kill cancer cells in general without damaging the healthy tissue around them.
    5. Cholesterol. Green tea reduces bad cholesterol in the blood and improves the ratio of good cholesterol to bad cholesterol.
    6. Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. It is said to delay the deterioration caused by Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Studies carried out on mice showed that green tea protected brain cells from dying and restored damaged brain cells.
    7. Tooth Decay. Studies suggests that the chemical antioxidant “catechin” in tea can destroy bacteria and viruses that cause throat infections, dental caries and other dental conditions
    8. Blood Pressure. Regular consumption of green tea is thought to reduce the risk of high blood pressure.
    9. Depression. Theanine is an amino acid naturally found in tea leaves. It is this substance that is thought to provide a relaxing and tranquilizing effect and be a great benefit to tea drinkers.
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