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How to Treat Common Nutritional Deficiencies at Home?

Last updated on October 20th, 2022 at 07:40 am

What if you could improve your health without spending hours in the gym or taking expensive supplements? Learn how to treat common nutritional deficiencies at home!

A well-rounded diet promises to fulfill all the nutritional requirements of our body. We take all the measures to add in a rainbow of vegetables, salads, fruits, and drinks to our meals to scrounge all vitamins and minerals in various foods. While a good diet is essential for good health, it may still leave scope for a nutritional deficiency.

Several factors play a role in affecting our body’s ability to gain nutrients from the foods that we eat. Blame it on our sedentary lifestyle, adulterated foods, climate, age or just our genetic composition; we may lack proper nutrition. Now, the worrying issue is not being able to find out about it simply because we may not be aware of the underlying symptoms, or ignore them if they ever show up.

Ignorance is the root cause of all health-related problems. If you learn which nutrients have more tendencies to abstain from your body, you can take extra efforts to get the same through your diet and also get a clinical test done regularly to keep a close watch.

Common Nutritional Deficiencies

Are you suffering from nutritional deficiencies? You may be surprised by what you’re missing out on! Find out how to treat common nutritional deficiencies at home!

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Vitamin D

The most important source of this ‘sunshine vitamin is the sunlight. There are very few foods that contain this vitamin. So, people who don’t get enough sunlight fall prey to its deficiency.

How to treat it – Skip processed foods as much as possible as their contents may interfere with the enzymes that regulate vitamin D in the body. Eggs, fatty fish, liver and mushrooms are some foods that provide a good amount of vitamin D.

Vitamin B12

It is required by the body for normal functioning of brain and blood flow. Vitamin B12 is mostly found in animal proteins, so vegetarians stand a greater chance of facing its scarcity.

How to treat it – Foods like beef, eggs and other poultry items, sea foods like prawns and salmon – are very high in Vitamin B12 content.

Vegetarians can try to make up for this deficiency by consuming B12-fortified foods in larger quantities. Have cereals and non-diary drinks to replenish the lack of this vitamin.


According to The World Health Organization, iron deficiency, which leads to anaemia, is the most prevalent health problem across the globe. Vegetarians are at a higher risk of catching this deficiency than non-vegetarians, as the iron found in plant sources cannot be easily absorbed.

How to treat it – Eat plant-based foods rich in nonheme iron – green leafy vegetables, legumes, iron-fortified cereals, beans, nuts and seeds.

If you are a non-vegetarian, consume more animal-based foods containing heme iron – poultry, fish, and red meats.


It is a pertinent source for good bone and teeth health. It also strengthens heart muscles and nerves. Calcium deficiency is mostly found in women and the elderly, as their ability to absorb calcium from food is low.

How to treat it – Any diet rich in fresh and whole grain foods can go a long way to fuel your calcium intake. Dairy products are the biggest supplies of calcium to the body. Green leafy vegetables like kale, broccoli and spinach are also excellent sources of calcium.


Magnesium forms an important cog in the wheel of nutrition but is vastly ignored. It contributes to the smooth working of the brain, heart, DNA synthesis and muscular system. Magnesium deficiency can lead to some irksome problems like depression, muscle cramps and muscle contraction – facts many of us didn’t know.

How to treat it – Limit the intake of refined flours and foods. Have whole grain foods, green leafy vegetables, fish and lots of nuts and seeds.

To maintain a healthy nutrient composition, keep a watch on any abnormal developments in the body and symptoms like constant fatigue, fever and headaches. The best thing to do is get a blood test done to check for the paucity of any nutritive element. Then, form a diet replete with particular healthy foods to attain your daily dose of nutrition.

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