As a complex series of interconnected systems, your body needs a lot of things to be going correctly for it to function well. It needs to be in decent physical shape to prevent particular sources of degradation while at the same time it requires the appropriate materials for the regular maintenance the body does on itself. Without either of these, our health suffers and it becomes very clear to us that we’re not at our best. Vitamins tend to be among the more important nutrients that our body needs to keep supporting itself. Too much or too little of them can each dramatically impact our health in dramatic ways. It can be slightly harder to get too much though if you’re not mega-dosing on a given vitamin. That makes it important to be aware of the signs that you might just be failing to get enough of a given vitamin. Let’s take a look at some of the clues that your body needs more vitamin C as an example. This will help you see how something small can build up into a large problem as well as give you a small overview of common symptoms of vitamin deficiency.
One of the universal responses to a vitamin deficiency, including vitamin C, is a sense of fatigue. You feel sluggish and overall less energetic as a deficiency sets in. This is because of the complex interplay that many vitamins have with the body. We know some of the major things they’re used for, yes, but much of the time there are smaller uses that involve breaking down the vitamin to even smaller components to be filtered elsewhere in the body for support. Missing anything from this mix becomes a problem that drains you. We do need to stress that there are a lot potential reasons for feeling regularly fatigued, though. Vitamin deficiency is only likely if you’re eating an overall poor diet, but chronic fatigue, regardless of the reason, is something to talk to your doctor about so that the problem can be isolated. This will let you move forward with appropriate treatment to help curtail any other problems.
This is one of the aspects of a vitamin C deficiency that is particularly noticeable. These days we’re used to thinking of the term “scurvy” within the context of piratical insults from Hollywood blockbusters, but the disease is a real thing. It is caused by a severe vitamin C deficiency. One of those symptoms that is shared regardless of it being scurvy or not is gum disease becomes a real problem for people with the deficiency. Your body can’t keep your teeth healthy and this frequently leads to sore, bleeding gums. This generalized gum disease, in turn, leads to overall dental issues over time. The worst of this, that comes from a severe deficiency, is the loosening of the teeth over time. Vitamin C deficiency isn’t really a joke and needs to be treated with the respect of any other medical issue. It hurts lives just like any other condition.
Interestingly enough, vitamin C deficiency has another issue that it shares with other forms of vitamin deficiency too. Many people experiencing such deficiencies begin to feel a generalized soreness throughout their body. It feels like they’ve bruised areas without there necessarily being a visible bruise. They simply feel the accompanying pain. Many people experiencing this symptom tend to experience around major joints and muscles that move frequently. It makes it a less than pleasant experience. Vitamin C does appear to actually cause true bruises to form more readily, though. This is partly due to overall issues with the body’s nutrient supply, but is also likely connected to thinned skin from the body’s lowered ability to make and replace collagen in the skin and elsewhere. The pain tends to be relatively tolerable in these cases, but it does increase with time as the deficiency has a greater impact on the body. So remember to talk to your doctor if you’re experiencing generalized pain and easy bruising too.
Vitamin deficiencies are generally hard to come by if you’re eating a balanced diet. The only caveat to this statement is that some people do have or develop conditions that make absorbing particular nutrients difficult. These will generally be discovered during testing for a vitamin deficiency. The rest of us are generally fine despite the multivitamin craze. So try to do your best to eat well and you should be able to remain grateful that you’ve never experienced a vitamin C deficiency.