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Visual Exam for Nutritional Status
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The foods you eat not only influence how you feel but also how you look. Certain physical signs can determine possible nutritional deficiencies.

Body Part

Symptoms

Possible Deficiency/Cause

Scalp

Red, itchy, dry

Omega-3, Omega-6, Vitamin A

Dandruff, hair loss

Vitamin B6, Zinc, Limited protein absorption

Face

Rough, scaly skin on forehead and nose

Vitamin B2, Iron

Acne

Zinc, Vitamin A

Edema, puffy round face (moon face)

Limited protein absorption, Hypothyroidism, Allergies

Eyes

Dry, red, light sensitive

Vitamin A, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6

Puffy, dark circles

Allergies, Food sensitivities,  Kidney malfunction

Lips

Cankers, cracks in the corner of mouth

Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3

Dry lips

Omega-3, Omega-6

Tongue

Red, irritated

 Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B12, Iron

Gums

Bleeding, tender

Vitamin C, Co-enzyme Q10

Skin

Dryness, hyperkeratosis (thickening of the skin and may include calluses, corns, and plantar warts)

Vitamin A, Omega-3, Omega-6

Stretch marks, small broken blood vessels on surface of skin

Vitamin C, Zinc

Bruises, excess bruising

Vitamin C, Vitamin K

Small red bumps on back of arms

Omega-3, Omega-6

Hands

Cold hands

Magnesium, Hypothyroidism

Nails

Thin, splitting, brittle

Magnesium, Zinc, Manganese, Copper, Omega-3, Omega-6

White spots

Zinc

Spoon shaped

Iron

Muscles

Tenderness

Vitamin B1

Excessive fatigue

Carnitine, Co-enzyme Q10

Nerves

Abnormal sensation of burning, tingling or aching

Magnesium, B-Complex (B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, B12)

Fidgety

Vitamin B1, Vitamin B12

Trembling

Vitamin B2

Note: Always consult with a health professional before taking any new supplements. 



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