Feeling Sluggish?

Feeling lethargic and sluggish? Have you tried caffeine, getting more sleep and all the other recommendations and still can’t find your energy? You may have a vitamin deficiency.

With today’s Standard American Diet people don’t really get all the nutrients their bodies need. These are some very common deficiencies and signs you may have them:

Vitamin D

Feeling blue, sluggish or have achy bones? You might want to get your vitamin D levels tested. Your body makes Vitamin D through exposure to sun. Yup, your sunblock that keeps you safe from harmful UV rays also keeps you safe from what you need to make an essential vitamin.

Quick fix: The best way to get your vitamin D is by exposing large portions of your skin to the sun. But don’t think you can go get all leathery and it’s helpful, once you start to tan your body implements a self regulating mechanism and its no longer able to create vitamin D. So, no super bronzed skin needed, just a few minutes of basking in our lovely fireball in the sky. Sitting inside by a sunny window won’t do it either since UVB rays don’t pass through glass. So get outdoors and enjoy the beautiful world we live in.


Magnesium is used in 300 enzyme reactions in your body! A HUGE percentage of Americans are not getting the recommended amount of magnesium in their diet. Magnesium deficiency can lead to:

  • muscle cramps
  • migraines
  • fatigue
  • insulin resistance
  • high blood pressure
  • difficulty sleeping
  • muscle spasms like eye twitching, among other things.

Are you thinking, that can’t be me, I get plenty of magnesium. Do you drink soda? Have you tested positive for low levels of calcium? Eat lots of sweets? Carbonated beverages actually bind with magnesium causing it to pass through you without your body absorbing it. Eating refined sugar makes your body secrete magnesium through your kidneys. Magnesium deficiency also shows up as calcium deficiency when tested. This is because they work together to make your muscles work. Calcium helps them contract and magnesium relaxes them.

 Someone even wrote a book called “The Magnesium Miracle.” http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/034549458X

Quick fix: If you can’t stand the thought of taking another pill to supplement your diet then you’re in luck. They make trans-dermal magnesium! Oil, lotion, bath soaks, you name it! http://www.ancient-minerals.com/products/


Omega-3 deficiency can manifest in strange ways such as earwax buildup, fatigue, and poor circulation. Omega-3 can be found in foods like Fish and nuts.

The University of Maryland Medical center reports that increased Omega-3 intake may help with:

  • high cholesterol
  • high blood pressure
  • heart disease
  • diabetes
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • depression
  • bipolar disorder
  • menstrual pain
  • certain types of cancer

Talk to your doctor about how much to take because taking too much can have some side effects, and there are a few drug interactions to be aware of.


Deficiency in B12 can lead to a host of really scary symptoms such as:

  • depression
  • delusions
  • memory loss
  • loss of taste and smell
  • incontinence

Now don’t get too freaked out, those show up only when you have a severe deficiency. The National Health and Examination Survey says that about 20% of people over 50 have a borderline deficiency, while only about 3.2% are actually deficient.

A mild deficiency can lead to things like

  • tingling in the hands and feet
  • anemia
  • difficulty thinking and reasoning
  • fatigue

Unfortunately for some, a main cause of this is from cutting out animal products in your diet. Vegans and vegetarians are more likely to become B12 deficient.

Quick fix: Luckily there are a few ways to get more B12. You can take a B12 supplement, or get injections, but for most a standard multivitamin will ensure you get all you need.

Now you may be thinking that you need to start taking a bunch of pills, but in reality you can mostly balance your nutrient intake by cleaning up your diet and lifestyle. Make sure you are getting proper amounts of carbs, fat and protein. Eat your veggies. Have a balanced meal without a bunch of processed crap. Go for a walk. Be happy.



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Mariah Aurora is an lifestyle and fitness coach and professional Makeup Artist. Her goal is to help as many people as possible overcome personal setbacks so they can achieve the body and life they deserve.