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Visual Exam for Nutritional Status

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

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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
Bones Weak, soft, fragile bones Vitamin D, Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus
Joint pain, muscle cramps Calcium, Magnesium, Vitamin D
Heart Irregular heartbeat, muscle cramps Potassium, Magnesium
Chest pain, muscle weakness Co-enzyme Q10, Magnesium
Blood Pale skin, fatigue Iron, Vitamin B12, Folic acid
Bruising, bleeding gums Vitamin C

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

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