BY DR. KHOOBSURAT NAJMA
Our body requires several minerals to function properly. Some of the mineral deficiencies can manifest as tiredness along with other symptoms. These minerals include:
Calcium is essential for maintaining strong bones and proper functioning of muscles and nerves.
Symptoms of deficiency: tiredness, muscle cramps, poor appetite, numbness and tingling in hands and feet
Foods that have it: milk, yogurt, cheese, dark leafy greens, broccoli.
Potassium helps maintain the correct balance of fluid in the body as well as the right chemical balance of acids and bases. Potassium triggers muscle contractions, including heart muscle contractions.
Symptoms of deficiency: tiredness, weight loss, muscle weakness, constipation
Foods hat have it: Citrus fruits, apples, bananas, apricots, potatoes, tomatoes, spinach, mushrooms, beans, peas, and almonds, whole grains, milk.
Iron helps body make red blood cells. When iron levels get too low, the body can’t effectively carry oxygen causing anemia
Symptoms of deficiency: tiredness, pale skin, headache, weakness, shortness of breath, dizziness, brittle nails
Foods that have it: dark green leafy vegetables, meat, poultry, beans, peas, cereal, beans, lentils
Magnesium helps support bone health and assists in energy production.
Symptoms of deficiency: tiredness, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting, fatigue, and weakness. In
more severe cases, it can lead to numbness, muscle cramps, seizures
Foods that have it: almonds, cashews, peanuts, spinach, black beans
It has strong antioxidant properties and is essential for proper functioning of the thyroid gland.
Symptoms of deficiency: tiredness, loss of appetite, weight gain, hair loss, intolerance to cold, a slowed heart rate, dry and scaly skin, constipation, menstrual irregularities, inability to concentrate, forgetfulness, poor mood and depression.
Foods that have it: sunflower seeds, fish, meat, poultry, eggs, mushroom