We all like to think we are healthy, and would argue with anyone who says otherwise. But are we really as healthy as we like to think we are?
Living a healthy life is not all about what you eat or how much we exercise. It is about making sure our bodies also receive the right nutrients. As a parent of a child with a chronic illness, who a lot of the time is bed bound, I understand the importance of the different vitamins and nutrients your body needs. I also know that if you can not get these naturally you do need a boost in helping.
How do I know if I am deficient?
I think deep down we know if our body is trying to tell us we are suffering. Or our close friends or family will see this in us. We need vitamins A,C,D,E and K, plus minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, iron etc to maintain a healthy life. These are needed by our bodies to help heal wounds, support our immune system and giving us energy.
If our bodies do not have enough vitamins and minerals it can create health issues.
Symptoms to look out for
Listed below is a list of things to look out for if you are suffering a deficiency
- Burning sensation in the feet or tongue
- White growths on the eyes
- Scaly patches of skin
- Red or white bumps on the skin
- Wounds that are slow to heal
- Aching joints and muscles
- Irregular heartbeat
- Brittle hair and nails
- Bleeding gums
- Poor night vision
- Muscle cramps
- Hair loss
Living with a chronic illness
If you have a chronic illness you are combating pain and tiredness, so ensuring you have the right diet and supplements is important. We are lucky that our Consultant also knows the importance of these and will suggest supplements to take such as Vitamin D, B12 etc. Which we give C both in her diet and by supplements.
Can I Get Tested
You can request your GP to run tests for you to see if you are deficient. But from experience this can be a battle to get them to do this. C should be tested yearly, but even with a chronic illness we have to fight for this to be done. However, there are places where you can obtain blood tests. You can choose which tests you require and these will be carried out. If you are based in the US and would like to request a blood test I have a 15% discount for you, just follow this link.
With lockdown in place, and supermarkets running low on foods, which means our diets and also time spent outdoors can be limited. Looking after wellbeing is even more important. Which is why if you are feeling out of sorts it is worth requesting tests to see if you are deficient. You will then be able to take the right supplements to help maintain a healthy body.