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Updated 30 January 2014

13 things your body's telling you

Sometimes your body is trying to tell you something - such as that it is suffering from a vitamin shortage, that it's not getting enough sleep.

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Sometimes your body is trying to tell you something - such as that it is suffering from a vitamin shortage, that it's not getting enough sleep and that it's really sick and tired of hamburgers and chips.

We tend to notice the big things, such as migraines and terrible leg cramps or constant diarrhoea. But little things easily pass us by.

It isn't always easy to know how to interpret these signals that your body is giving you.

In fact, sometimes you could be struggling with something for years without knowing what it is your body is trying to tell you.

These are often not life-threatening things, but mildly irritating and constant things, such as a few mouth ulcers, or brittle nails or a greasy skin.

What are these signs your body is giving you, and what does it need you to eat to rectify the situation?

Check out this quick guide below.

Signs or symptoms Possible deficiencies Foods to eat
brittle or split nails iron, zinc, essential fatty acids meat, legumes, fish
dry eyes vitamin A, essential fatty acids dairy products, green, yellow and orange fruit, vegetables
cracked corners of the mouth iron, vitamins B12, B6, folic acid meat, legumes, dairy products, green vegetables
mouth ulcers iron, vitamins B12, B6, folic acid meat, legumes, dairy products, green vegetables
cracked lips vitamin B2 dairy products, meat
enlarged taste buds vitamins B2 or B6 dairy products, meat, fish, poultry
red greasy skin on face vitamins B2, B6, zinc or essential fatty acids dairy products, meat, fish, poultry, shellfish
pimples on upper arms and thighs vitamin B complex, vitamin E, essential fatty acids animal products, fortified cereals, poultry, seafood
poor hair growth iron or zinc meat, legumes, dairy, shellfish
dandruff vitamins C, B6, zinc, essential fatty acids citrus fruits, meat, fish, poultry, dairy products
acne zinc dairy products, shellfish
bloodshot eyes vitamins A, B2 dairy products, green, yellow and orange fruit, vegetables, meat
slow wound healing zinc dairy products, shellfish
depression vitamin B6 meat, fish, poultry

(Information from Every Woman's Health Guide by Maryon Stewart and Dr Alan Stewart)

Read more in Health24's extensive vitamin and mineral guide.

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(Health24, updated July 2013)

 
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