In order to function properly, your body needs numerous vitamins and nutrients. Without these, which means your body is suffering a nutritional deficiency, you could be unknowingly putting your overall health at significant risk. Here are three nutritional deficiencies that could be hurting you:   

1. Vitamin D

Vitamin D is one of the nutrients that you can get naturally from stepping outside (the sun). It is essential for proper bone growth and can help prevent osteoporosis in older adults, especially when combined with calcium. Vitamin D also works to promote the absorption of calcium in the body. Vitamin D improves immune function, promotes cell growth, and reduces inflammation. Without proper Vitamin D levels in the body, your body can't function as it should and could be at risk for depression. It is suggested that most adults need to consume roughly 600 IUs of Vitamin D per day.

2. Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids are critical for the body, but the body does not make them naturally. Therefore, you have to get them by consuming certain foods or taking a supplement. The best food sources include fish, such as halibut, tuna and salmon. Omega-3s play a crucial role in the functioning of the brain, especially when it comes to brain performance and memory. Research has further suggested that these nutrients can help reduce the risk of developing certain diseases and illnesses, such as arthritis, cancer and heart disease, possibly because Omega 3-s can reduce inflammation.

3. Magnesium

According to CNN, this is one of the hardest deficiencies to diagnose. Unfortunately, it is also the most dangerous. Research shows that roughly one-fourth of the adult U.S. population actually takes or exceeds the recommended daily amount of magnesium. This equates to 310 to 320 mg for women and 400 to 420 mg for men. Magnesium is important for multiple parts of the body and a deficiency could eventually cause issues with nerve and muscle function, in addition to changes in personality, seizures and abnormal heart rhythms. You need to start reducing your intake of caffeine and alcohol, as it can disrupt the absorption of magnesium, and increase your intake of whole grains, legumes, fortified foods, yogurt and milk.

When the body lack the aforementioned nutrients, it is at risk for many illnesses and diseases. Therefore, it is crucial that you maintain proper intake of all the essential nutrients and vitamins that your body needs to function at optimal levels. If you're unsure whether you're suffering a deficiency or simply would like some help setting up a diet plan that will ensure you get everything that your body needs, set up an appointment to speak to your primary care physician or a nutritionist.