Integrated Nutrition & Dietetics

Integrated Nutrition & Dietetics

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A nutritional deficiency occurs when your body doesn’t receive or cannot absorb a specific nutrient in the amount required. If this is prolonged, it can lead to dangers.

Symptoms

  • Pale skin
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Brittle nails
  • Chest pain and shortness of breath (accompanied by fast heartbeat)
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Tongue inflammation
  • Unusual cravings for non-nutritive substances like ice or dirt
  • Headache and dizziness
  • Muscle aches and tenderness
  • Thinning hair
  • Depression
  • Impaired memory
  • Weight gain
  • Increased sensitivity to cold
  • Irregular menstrual periods

Causes

Any nutritional deficiency can have different causes but basic cause of nutritional deficiency includes inadequate intake or absorption of a particular nutrient. The causes include but not limited to:

  • When diet is inadequate in vitamins or minerals
  • Being vegetarian or vegan might lead to protein deficiency
  • Deficiency caused by drugs
  • Deficiency due to alcohol
  • Smoking

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