nutrient deficiencies

Uncovering 5 Nutrient Deficiencies, for You.

Alane Wincek, ND, CNC
certified holistic nutritionist, naturopath, author
678-372-2913 /

March 3, 2023 

Uncovering 5 Signs of Nutrient Deficiencies for You.

Even if you eat a healthy diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables like sweet potatoes, bell peppers, and leafy greens, you still could have nutrient deficiencies. 

Here are 5 vital signs of nutrient deficiencies that may be causing adverse symptoms in your health that you can easily prevent.

You may have asked yourself what are the most common nutrient deficiencies that someone like me sees in her clients every week. Here is a simple list, and then I will go into more detail about the deficiencies and accompanying symptoms. They are Vitamin D3, B12, Folate, Magnesium, and Zinc.

What is the Most Common Nutrient Deficiency? 

The most common nutrient deficiency I see in my practice is folate or vitamin B9. 

Folate or B9 is vital to prevent anemia. Folate is crucial for the methylation process, and the need shows up with MTHFR gene deficiency. Some folate deficiency symptoms include depression, mood swings, or cardiovascular disease.

Some food sources of folate are spinach, eggs, beets, beef liver, beans, sunflower seeds, and any dark green leafy vegetable and citrus fruit.

Here is an article I wrote about the best test for vitamin deficiency. 

Here is a List of Vitamin D Deficiency Symptoms:

  • Poor bone health
  • Muscle weakness
  • Depression
  • Obesity
  • Hair loss
  • Insomnia
  • Frequent sickness 
  • Hot flashes 
  • Fatigue 
  • Poor wound healing 

Vitamin D is difficult to get from food alone. The best sources include the flesh of fatty fish and fish liver oils. Smaller amounts are in egg yolks, cheese, and beef liver. Many foods are fortified with vitamin D, but more is needed, and it is the wrong kind of D. For example, D2 is the type of vitamin D fortified in foods like cereals, but it is D3 that we need. Many studies prove that D3 raises the blood vitamin D level better than D2. 

What Are the First Signs Vitamin B12  Deficiency?

The top two symptoms I usually see in a client with b12 deficiency is that they are tired and dizzy. These symptoms happen because you may not get enough oxygen to your red blood cells. Some other b12 vitamin deficiency symptoms are pale-looking skin, Extreme fatigue, hair loss, nerve pain, brain fog, and numbness or tingling. 

Some food sources of b12 are animal meat, seafood, dairy, eggs, and cereals fortified with b12. 


Does Taking Zinc Help Your Skin?


I often see all sorts of skin conditions and symptoms associated with zinc deficiency. Unsurprisingly, many of the top skincare products have zinc because it does help improve the quality of your skin.

Symptoms of a zinc deficiency can include acne, eczema, psoriasis, bruising easily, rashes, and poor healing. If I eat a food that makes my skin react, my secret to clearing it up fast is taking more zinc for a few days.

Other benefits of zinc are that it helps metabolize protein, carbs, and fat, and it helps improve energy and your immune system.


What Happens if Your Calcium is Low? 


It is common when a client has a calcium deficiency to have weak bones, osteoporosis, or osteopenia, but other low calcium symptoms are also essential. These include parathyroid and thyroid symptoms. 

I see many women aged 50-60 in my clinic with sudden hypothyroid symptoms, including weight gain. When I check their thyroid levels in blood tests, some indicate hypothyroid and other parathyroid. These are two different conditions.

Did you know that the parathyroid hormone called PTH regulates your calcium level? It is essential to check your PTH levels and check for calcium deficiency.

Calcium-rich foods include dairy products, kale, broccoli, Chinese cabbage, dark green leafy vegetables, nuts and seeds, dried figs, tofu, beans, and lentils.


How Do You Test for Nutrient Deficiencies? 


If you are concerned about your nutrient deficiencies and want to run a blood test to learn which vitamins your body needs, here is a link to my favorite nutritional deficiency test. 

Unlike any other, it looks at the intracellular level of vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, amino acids, and more.

Concerned about the top nutrient deficiencies and if they are linked to symptoms you may be having?

Order Your Nutrient Deficiency Test Today and Get the Answers You Need. 



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Hey! I’m Alane Wincek. I grew up on sugar and plenty of junk food and had no clue how my diet effected my health. 

 I changed my life and have worked as a holistic nutritionist and naturopath, for over the last 30 years. I help people get healthy, fit and lean, find hormone happiness and recover from all sorts health challenges. 

Obsessed With: my family, my dog, my clients, loving life, and living it to the fullest! 

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