MD: Hypovitaminosis is a condition which can prevent you from leading an active or even a normal lifestyle, and it requires special cure. But first you should be aware of its symptoms.
When the long-awaited spring thaw arrives around February to March, few people can boast about being in an excellent state of health. If you’re in generally good health, you ought to pay attention to dry skin, hair loss, a slightly runny nose or periodic digestive problems.
At this time all of us are more prone to sharp mood changes, and winter depression takes time to pass. It’s at this point that people begin to complain about the notorious vitamin deficiency syndrome. It’s worth mentioning that in the medical literature, vitamin deficiency refers to a critically low vitamin content in the body, one which requires not just an adjustment to your diet, but also seeing a specialist for full treatment.
Due to certain circumstances at different times of the year, many people have to overcome hypovitaminosis, which is the technical name for vitamin deficiency. The problem derives from an imbalance within your intake of vitamins. Doctors diagnose this deficiency at different times of the year. The reason for spring hypovitaminosis is that many people are accustomed to a certain lifestyle in the cold, and continue it into the spring season.
The most common causes of spring hypovitaminosis are:
- a lack of outdoor time and open air, inactive leisure time;
- unbalanced and poor nutrition;
- a higher number of colds and infections due to a weakened immune system;
- more regular intake of medicines compared to during the warmer seasons, causing a build-up of antivitamins into the body, i.e. substances that suppress the biological activity of vitamins;
- intestinal dysbiosis.
The typical signs of hypovitaminosis are:
- regular and severe colds;
- an exacerbation of chronic diseases;
- common illnesses and bleeding gums;
- dry and flabby skin;
- dull and brittle hair;
- soft and brittle nails;
- a propensity to experience depression and apathy;
- irritability and unnecessary anxiety;
- quick to fatigue, constant lethargy, drowsiness;
- difficulty arising in the morning and a feeling that you have not had enough sleep;
- absent-mindedness, reduced concentration, forgetfulness;
- anemia and convulsions.
However, it should also be mentioned that the occurrence of such signs cannot be unequivocally regarded as hypovitaminosis. It’s possible to make such a diagnosis yourself only when you are regularly observed by various doctors, in order to make sure, for example, that bleeding gums are not a harbinger of periodontitis, or that the stratification of your nails is not simply the result of fungal damage. In addition, dry skin and brittle hair can be caused by frosty winter air. If you notice any of the aforementioned changes to your body, it’s better to consult a qualified specialist who can prescribe you a course of vitamin therapy once they have made a correct diagnosis.
The consumption of vitamins or vitamin complexes in accordance with a doctor’s prescription will bring great benefits to the body, rather than you independently selecting the drug. It’s very complicated to establish which vitamin deficiency is provoking a deterioration of health without preliminary medical examinations. For instance, bleeding gums can be caused by a lack of vitamin A, C, K, B3, P or simply by dry skin.
Family doctors recommend choosing vitamins only after a preliminary blood test for their content of vitamins. Any recommended guidance and prescription of drugs should be entrusted to a specialist, and not undertaken independently.
With the arrival of spring, it’s necessary to both replenish the missing vitamins by consuming sufficient medication as well as by supplementing your balance of nutrients naturally, i.e. diversifying your menu and adding seasonal fruits and vegetables. If taking medication doesn’t result in any improvement to your overall health, this is a definite reason to seek professional assistance.