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Are You Vitamin Deficient? Your Nails, Hair and More Can Give You a Clue | Amoils.com

 width=Set out in this link is a very comprehensive chart listing all the compilations which could help you to diagnose and treat any vitamin deficiencies through those symptoms appearing on your nails, in your hair, on your skin, in your mouth, on your tongue and even in your eyes.

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Probably the most important vitamin of all – namely vitamin D which is actually not a vitamin but a feel good hormone – is not listed but the possible reason for this could be that it is not indicated through these symptoms but through an actual laboratory test. If you are vitamin D deficient, you may be using sunscreen which blocks not only your body's ability to produce this vital vitamin but also your production of cholesterol sulfate which is highly protective of your brain health, protecting cells from glucose and oxygen damage and reducing your risk of Alzheimer's disease. The correct vitamin D test is the 25-hydroxy-d and it will show your current level. Below 50 nl/mg indicates you are deficient while between 50 and 100 nl/mg is optimum. 15 to 20 minutes of sunlight exposure to as much of your body as possible (several times a week between the hours of 10 am and 2 pm) is necessary during the sunshine months. Move out of the sun when your skin starts to turn pink. The darker your skin, the longer you need. If you shower, don't use soap for a couple of hours before or after your sunshine time. If you are deficient or the weather is not suitable (during winter months), supplement with vitamin D3.

Here are some interesting skin conditions from the chart with their possible deficiencies

Acne can indicate a low level of any of these vitamins and minerals - vitamins A, E, B2, B6, C, niacin, biotin, zinc, EFA*, lecithin and MSM. Keeping the skin as clean as possible with natural face cleaner and water is very important. Acne is a condition of the sebaceous glands, usually starting during the teen years when hormones stimulate these glands to enlarge, produce oil and plug the pores. Eczema (and skin ulcers) can mean insufficient vitamin C, B2, B6, zinc, magnesium and essential fatty acids. The secret to treat eczema is constant moisturizing. Eczema is a type of inflammatory skin condition with symptoms including dry, itching and reddened skin patches that sometimes split and ooze clear fluid. Eczema in babies and young children can indicate a lack of essential fatty acids, zinc and vitamin B6 and of course moisturizing is just as important in the very young. Psoriasis has the same or similar lack of vitamins and minerals as does acne. Avoiding gluten but ensuring sunlight exposure is good for psoriasis. Psoriasis is an inflammatory skin condition with 5 different types. Discomfort is caused by thick red marks (looking like scales) that form due to an increase in the number of skin cells. The appearance of rosacea with its distinctive redness on part of the face is indicative of a lack of vitamin B2. Rosacea is a common but chronic skin condition affecting fair skinned people between the ages of 30 and 60, causing a change to your appearance and often lowering your self esteem. Shingles could mean insufficient amounts of vitamins B12, C, A, B, E, zinc and lysine. Shingles affects millions of adults in their later years and is a viral infection of the nerve roots, causing pain and a band of rash that usually spreads on one side of the body, usually lasting about a month. It should be treated as early and as quickly as possible to avoid a more serious prognosis. Stretch marks needs to have vitamins E, B6, and zinc levels topped up. Stretch marks can appear on any area on the body from the knees upwards when the lower layer of skin tears. There is elastic supportive tissue in this lower layer helping the skin to stretch but if it is stretched too much, it tears slightly allowing blood vessels to show through. Warts and moles are a sign that vitamins C, A and E may be lacking. Wrinkles need more vitamins C, E, A, EFA and bioflavonoids while avoiding too much sun exposure (but on the face only).

Essential oils are used in natural products available for successfully treating the symptoms of many of these conditions.