Is your body trying to tell you something?

 Is your body trying to tell you something?

Dora Walsh, Nutritionist and Founder of  explains your body signs that your diet is lacking and what to eat to combat it.

We all have annoying niggles, but sometimes we ignore them and just keep going. But, have you considered that perhaps your body might be trying to tell you something? Why else does pain or an itch exist, other than to tell you when something’s not quite right.

Listen to your body and it will reward you handsomely, ignore it, and those warning signs will get stronger –  sometimes with devastating effects…

Your body knows

Illness could be staring you in the face since the face reflect our sense of wellbeing. Eye, hair, nail, mouth and skin symptoms are early outward warning signs of vitamin and mineral deficiencies which can severely impact your health. Get smart and get in touch with what you body ‘s trying to tell  you.

Signs and symptoms

Dark under eyes circles

We all dread that panda eyed look, and many of us are such experts at covering it that we don’t even consider why we look this way or what we can do about it. The good news is that if you get to the root of the problem you won’t have to spend hours in make up just to look normal. Hooray!

Other than lack of sleep dark under eye circles could signal possible food allergies, poor kidney function, or dehydration.

Get tested for food allergies and intolerances or simply try eliminating foods you are most likely to be allergic or intolerant to like wheat and dairy. Try this for one month to see if how your symptoms improve. You will probably lose some weight too. Drink plenty of pure water to rehydrate your system, cut down on caffeine and alcohol and support your kidneys with a healthier diet.

To support your kidneys cut down a little on the animal protein and avoid foods that are high in salt or monosodium glutamate (MSG). Steer clear of canned, pickled, or smoked meats and avoid adding salt to your food. Try to use lemon, herbs or spices to improve the flavor of your meals as this is much healthier for you.



Foods to support the kidneys include: Azuki and kidney beans, parsley and black sesame seeds will support your kidneys. And apples, cranberry juice, canned fruit, berries, plums, cabbage, mustard greens and broccoli are nutrient-rich, low in potassium foods that won’t send your potassium levels soaring. 

Muscle twitches

Quivering eyelids, muscle twitches, restless legs and spasms are common deficiency symptoms for the mineral magnesium.

This essential mineral is crucial for muscle contraction, nerves and many other bodily functions. However, this is such a common deficiency as the mineral is depleted by prolonged stress and physical exertion. Luckily this can be addressed by taking in more magnesium from your diet or supplements.

Magnesium rich foods include:  raw almonds, seeds, all green vegetables, lentils, kidney beans and whole grains such as oats and rye and spelt.  


Have you ever dreamt of having beautiful hands but can’t stop yourself picking  the dry skin around your cuticles? It’s a nasty habit, but you wouldn’t have this problem if you loaded up on healthy fats… 

Yes, hangnails are caused by essential fatty acid deficiency, and by that I’m referring to the omega 3 and 6 fats we keep hearing about in the news. Guess what? Those fats don’t just work on your brain, they are essential for your whole body and that’s why they have been termed “essential” because  we can’t do without them and we don’t have the ability to  make them ourselves.

Omega 3 rich foods include: sardines, salmon, mackerel or flax oil

Omega 6 rich foods include: avocados, olives, raw nuts and seeds


Are you embarrassed about dandruff and avoid wearing black? Maybe you are tired of using harsh shampoos that don’t get to the root of the problem. When you identify and treat the cause from within you will become flake free.

Dandruff is often a sign of vitamin B6, zinc, magnesium and biotin deficiency. It can also signal hormone  imbalances,  too much sugar in the diet, stress or allergies to dairy produce, chocolate, nuts and shellfish. Sometimes it’s attributed to inadequate rinsing or even fungal overgrowth.



Consume a healthy diet full of fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins. The diet must be low in saturated fats, sugar and excessive alcohol or caffeine which can deplete essential vitamins and minerals further.

Vitamin B6 foods include: Fish, pork, brown rice, whole grains, peanuts, walnuts, avocados.

Zinc rich foods include: peas, turnips, legumes, kelp, lean red meat, fish, poultry, and lamb (once a week ok).

Biotin rich foods include: almonds, peanut butter, tuna, pork, banana, papaya, carrots, avocado, tomato sauce, salmon, Swiss chard, sweet potato, haddock, cashews.

Magnesium rich foods include:  raw almonds, seeds, all green vegetables, lentils, kidney beans and whole grains such as oats and rye and spelt

Wash your hair in chamomile or tea tree shampoos and rinse with 1 cup cider vinegar and 10 drops of peppermint oil.

Mouth ulcers

Recurrent mouth ulcers are very common and can be linked to various nutrient deficiencies including vitamin B12, folic acid, vitamin B6 and zinc.

Many vegetarians and vegans suffer from mouth ulcers since it’s difficult to get enough B12 and folic acid from a vegetarian diet, however it is possible if you know how.

Recurrent mouth ulcers are sometimes a sign of celiac disease sensitivity to gluten in the diet) and should be discussed with your doctor.  Seek medical advice if ulcers keep coming back or last more than 3 weeks.

Vitamin B12  rich foods include:  Red meat, aloe vera, sardines,   eggs, liver, nutritional yeast

Vitamin B6 rich foods include: Fish, pork, brown rice, whole grains, peanuts, walnuts, avocados

Folic acid rich foods include: Liver, chicken, egg yolks,  beans,  almonds, sweet potatoes

Zinc rich foods include: peas, turnips, legumes, kelp, lean red meat, fish, poultry, and lamb (once a week ok).

Applying aloe vera gel can help this condition enormously, and you should also avoid toothpastes containing sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) .

Seek medical advice if ulcers keep coming back or last more than 3 weeks.

Sallow or yellow tinged skin

Sallow skin could be an outward sign of dehydration. Load up on two litres of pure water daily to combat dull, lifeless skin and get enough sleep.

A yellow tinge can also be a sign of liver toxicity, jaundice and liver problems, and should always be checked by your doctor. This is the result of a pigment called bilirubin being deposited in the skin instead of being removed by the liver.

Foods to support liver detoxification pathways include: broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, onions,  garlic, oranges, sweet peppers

Pale inner eyelids

Pull your lower eyelids down and check to see if they look very pale. If they do you may be sufferingfrom iron deficiency anaemia which is especially common in women due to menstrual blood loss although men get also become anaemic.

Other signs and symptoms to watch out for include white half moons at the base of the fingernails, pale skin, rapid heartbeat and excessive tiredness. Ask your doctor to check your iron levels and consume foods high in iron and vitamin C which you need in order to absorb the iron in your diet.

Iron rich foods include: lean red meat, (lamb, game, beef),  eggs (especially the yolk)

Vitamin C rich food include: kiwi fruits, bell peppers, berries, citrus fruits



Bleeding gums

Vitamin C, vitamin C, bioflavonoid, calcium, alkalizers

Pimply bumps on upper arms

Pimply bumps on arms – EFA deficiency. Also possible deficiency of Vit A and B vitamins



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